Historically this has been a busy and interesting Newsgroup, but activity
has dwindled to virtually nothing these days. I check it every day for
activity but I wondered - how many people are doing a similar thing via a
News Reader - not the ripped off copies of postings on Google Groups or
similar Forum organised offerings, but actually reading it as a Newsgroup?
I have a look most days and all the newsgroups I look at I use
Thunderbird to read. Sadly postings seemed to have diminished in
frequency on the 4 newsgroups I follow, rec.crafts.metalworking might be
an exception but most of that traffic is unrelated to metalworking.
I find YouTube a remarkable source of information on a whole range of
I'd struggle to think of something I've looked for and not found an
example of someone who has done it, generally several you can compare.
People even show their 'disasters' and you can even learn from those. Of
course, for subjects related to this group, the range of techniques for
a given task vary a great deal- depending on the skill and facilities of
the presenter but that is, in itself, useful in my view.
OK, sometimes some presenters lack 'presentation skills' but you can
generally get something useful from their videos. Plus, of course, some
are in foreign languages but that is the beauty of video- if a picture
paints a 1000 words, how much better is a video ;-)
I've picked up countless 'tips' and techniques in addition to the maim
topics I've searched for. It really is a vast resource.
I check most every day but lots of the time can't help because I'm on
an island north of Seattle. I have just about given up on rcm because
of all the politics and trolls. I don't really see that here. I make
my living as a machinist but it is also a hobby. So it's convenient
that I own a machine shop to work in. And it's on my 10 or so acres
300 feet from my house.
I'm still here with an nntp reader. Don't post much unless it's something that
I can leap into with a useful comment.
Occasionally I dip into RCM, but haven't posted there for a long time.
I'm ashamed to say that I've drifted over to Practical Machinist,
HomeWorkshopMachinist and a couple of other web based bulletin boards.
I don't feel proud of this :-(
I agree it is quiet but I still check it every day with a news reader.
Another newsgroup I used to follow, rec.crafts.glass, and was active
seems to have totally died but I suspect that was largely due to people
going elsewhere driven away by the constant bitching between a number of
the newsgroup regulars at the time. I still follow
rec.crafts.metalworking as some interesting stuff appears from time to
time but that newgroup requires fairly heavy filtering to get rid of the
political and other BS to make it worth looking at.
Such is the nature of 'progress' I suspect, where everyone wants everything
presented on a 'Gui' plate :)
I'm still amused to occasionally come across my postings from DECADES ago on
this Newsgroup, when googling for things. I've even caught myself searching
for something that I've obviously searched for and got answers, and
FORGOTTEN - oh dear - old age coming on !
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