Bryan Bear wrote:To Jim's point, I lurk other places because I am curious about a craft or topic but not actually doing the activity. I lurked here before I started make g stuff and for a good long while after because I didn't feel like I had anything to add due to my inexperience. Now, there is a lot of competition on the web and people are using the web differently. People seem to be bouncing around looking for quick information and less likely to join a community.
IMHO I think we should have (at least) two separate goals:
1) Bring back our older experienced posters who have a ton of knowledge and history here. I'm really not sure how to do that but first I guess we would need to know why they are posting less.
2) attract new members and encourage people to take up instrument making. One way to do that is to, somehow, become more interactive. As it is now, it is just too easy to come here and read a bit then move on to the next Google hit. There is not much reason to engage.
Something I think would be great but probably take a lot of work to get going is to have an MIMF YouTube channel. Something members could contribute to and hopefully drive traffic to the forum. The channels with the most dynamic content seem to do the best. I'm not sure we have enough people here who are already set up/willing to make video content. Doing it well is a lot of work in itself.
We really need a good balance between both goals above. Too much number 1 and we risk getting too cliquish and eventually there won't be any questions to answer. Too much number 2 and the established members will get tired of answering the same questions and disputing the same I experienced advice.
I'm late to this, but I have to agree with Bryan.
Some things about MIMF vs OLF, foroflamenco, delcamp, sawmillcreek:
-OLF- some good info. Lots of Martin/Taylor fanboys. Not a bad crowd, but can be immature sometimes (when I was there years ago). Lots of router-centric, CNC-centric stuff.
-foroflamenco- cliqueish. Very passionate. Lots of jokes I don't get. Sort of snarky and not all that helpful sometimes. But refreshing in it's own way--like chewing on a sliver of cypress. I think Steven Faulk is the only reason I ever go on there.
-del camp- more mature. Primarily hand builders. Very good talent, but a bit more "advanced" in a way. Civil. I see Al Carruth, Dough Ingram, and other notable guys there too. European feel.
-Sawmillcreek- very basic. Not very much good info aside from maybe two posters. Bleh! I like the neanderthal forum more.
-Maestronet-- great guys. Tends to be very violin focused. Not too much on non-bowed-stringed instruments.
-MIMF-- always civil, sorta goofy, some great posters come and go. Tends to be the most "down to earth" of the luthier forums that I frequent.
Personally, I think that life happens!
I'm usually too busy with my practice to have time to go on MIMF or build!
This has changed, now that I have a great dental assistant!
ps. The Youtube channel would be brilliant!