Have we all lost interest in NG

Gentlemen,
Its rapidly approaching winter and this NG is almost dead where are you all.
Martin P
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campingstoveman
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I is here, Boss.... :-))
Just back from SFO yesterday, catching up on email and forums etc etc.
Bit of a drop in temperature, it was 89 degrees F in SFO on the day we left!
Saw the trailer is back, thanks for dropping it off.
Peter -- Peter & Rita Forbes Email: snipped-for-privacy@easynet.co.uk
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Peter A Forbes
From Peter's reply it looks like reading forums!
Andrew Heggie
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andrew
Well, I am moderator on two forums, and look at 6 in total. That gives me a fair bit of reading/activity!
My own feeling is that the forums have almost made the newsgroup redundant, plus the forums can be accessed on the web while the newsgroups take a little more effort to get hold of, unless you use Google groups or something like that.
It was easy to keep up to date on the forums while we were in the USA, but I couldn't connect to BT's news server as my laptop didn't have the 'special' access setup that they require. As I don't use BT's email, I never bothered with the laptop settings, all our email addresses are non-BT.
Peter -- Peter A Forbes Prepair Ltd, Rushden, UK snipped-for-privacy@prepair.co.uk
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Peter A Forbes
I agree but I haven't subscribed to any forums, as newsgroups die I'm just finding less need to read.
Andrew Heggie
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andrew
I've been given a new toy from work, its a phone, a camera, a computer and it sweeps the floor as well. Got it yesterday and have nearly mastered switching it on :-))
Martin P
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campingstoveman
I have a Fowler engine, which, although running, is not in showing condition and sitting next to it at a steam rally while dogs bite you and children spill iced cream on you, interspersed with long periods of boredon, is not for me. So I don't consider myself a "real" stationary engine person..
However, I do access the newsgroup (via Google groups) and have it on my home page (via iGoogle) and enjoy reading what real stationary engine people do and think.
So, although I have nothing to contribute, I would miss it and feel a little bit more isolated without reading the about derring-do of the experts!
Will Fan and peripheral sort-of stationary engine person.
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Will
I feel a bit like that sometimes - despite having dabbled with stationary engines on and off since the mid 70's, I don't consider that I have ever actually 'restored' one (repaired a few maybe). Apart from the odd small club crank-up I don't show - tried it around 15 years ago and decided it wasn't for me, maybe have another go when I retire if burning fossil fuel to no useful end is still allowed! Rally visits must have hit an all time low this year - partly the weather and partly because it all seems to be getting a bit samey, I haven't written anything for SEM in ages and to be honest, time spent in the workshop seems to be dwindling too. So what kind of stationary engine person am I?
Nick H
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Nick H
I suspect, Nick that you are quite normal and many of us are similarly affected.
Weather, Holidays and Work have all taken a lot of time out of the 'playtime' this year, and I am behind with a lot of stuff.
The new gaskets for the Onans have arrived from Thailand, and they do look nice. I may get the guy to make some up for the little BSA genny sets as well.
Peter -- Peter & Rita Forbes Email: snipped-for-privacy@easynet.co.uk
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Peter A Forbes
Peter A Forbes wrote:(snip)
Well! I've never been so insulted in all my life ;-)
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Nick H
But can it make tea?
John
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John
I try to report what I'm about, but this is always less in the summer as I'm usually away somewhere surrounded by people in mail shirts! This year was worse than usual as I spent a month getting wet in Yorkshire for a TV movie, so even less got done. I still buy stuff & occasionally sell other stuff, but there's not a lot of news in that.
Not loosing interest at all, just busy like the others here.
regards,
Kim Siddorn
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Kim Siddorn
Indirectly yes, I ring the wife :-))
Martin P
But can it make tea?
John
Reply to
campingstoveman
It's all down to us,so we can't blame anyone else. I will add that the other NG's i'm in are the same!!
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Charles Hamilton
An exception could be UK Railway who seem to be in full flow as usual !
Regards Pete
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Pete Stockdale
Yes. ISTR an article which said that fishing was the most popular hobby/pastime in this country. I think that if there was a "proper" census then I'd wager that "Railway Enthusiasm" would beat it hands down!!
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Charles Hamilton
I look in frequently, but I'm only an occasional poster on any newsgroup/forum/list.
Now the darker, colder evenings have definately arrived, and with one last working day to go to on this Sunday, any spare evening time spent in the shed/garage has just about come to an end. At the moment, a couple of projects are in the air and to choose from over the next few months.
Regards, Dave Carter.
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D.J.Carter
I have a vague recollection of a thread some years ago forbidding discussions about e-bay items on this NG. I think it was just by one (or two) individuals who obviously had their own agendas, but it did effectively kill a good percentage of the posts and posters overnight.
Julian.
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Julian
I was one of the worst offenders until it was politely pointed out to me that I might be a bit fed up if I was just about to put in my killer bid of £10 on the Otto and Langen misidentified as "some sort of pump" when someone posted a "hey, have you seen this?!" message on the NG! Since then I have pretty much stuck to "hey, did you see this?!" posts on completed listings.
NHH
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Nick H
The accepted rule is to wait until the item has ended before posting about it to avoid the situation Nick describes. I make the occasional exception when I see something off topic or so excesively priced that no one here will realisticaly bid on it. This way, any discusion is held after the sale. I don't see it reducing the group activity at all.
John
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John

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