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sea monkey

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Re: Help! We are sinking!
« Reply #15 on: December 09, 2015, 11:34:28 »
Our dwindling number has bugged me and I've been looking at some other unrelated forums (non boat/non model) and many are in the same situation. It seems that when the forums first appeared (most around 2005) there was a  steady increase in use for about five years and then a really busy period for a few years and then a slow tailing off beginning about 3 years ago.
Maybe once the newness of the whole forum idea had warn off and the casual observers and tyre kickers had lost interest it was only the committed hard core left.
Some guys only ever make 1 model so they eventually lose contact.
Most of us are getting on so there are other distractions and natural attrition.
Making models is expensive and time consuming so that cuts out a few people these days.
Most younger modellers are into different subjects (although their forums have dropped off as well).
Many guest viewers may feel a bit shy to join in I know I did for a while.
Many newbies might feel that their work might not compare to some the work on display don't worry, we all feel that way when we see the work of Leen, Tiny, George, MTM, etc.
However, when I logged on this morning I suddenly realised what the problem was. The advert at the top left of the site was for mail order Ukrainian girlfriends. They like much more interesting than fiddling round with bits of balsa. Maybe that's were all our missing members have gone?

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Re: Help! We are sinking!
« Reply #16 on: April 19, 2016, 15:48:22 »
Well for some reason, I just got summarily dropped quite a while ago, having been quite supportive by way of postings and I had even made a contribution. I tried to re-inlist and contacted but got no reply from the webmaster. So I set up the Aucklander persona. I have been receiving personal messages from Sea Monkey and cannot even reply to him for some reason.
Maybe you could check the workings of the website.....
Russell Ward :-X

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Re: Help! We are sinking!
« Reply #17 on: April 19, 2016, 16:53:06 »
I sent you a "PM" Russell, let me know if it gets to you alright.
Michael
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Re: Help! We are sinking!
« Reply #18 on: April 19, 2016, 17:11:10 »
That's good Russell, you received my PM and I yours. So, you might try to PM
Sea Monkey again and perhaps it will work now.

Sorry you got "summarily dropped" a while ago. I have no idea what happened
to your membership but I sent you my email address in case it ever happens
again.

I'm glad you figured out how to get back into the Forum alright Russell,
Michael
Yet another case of why men and women go down to the sea in ships. . .A pleasure to be here and smell the salt air. Thank you Tugboat Forum. . .Michael in Anacortes, Washington www.twotugboats.com

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Re: Help! We are sinking!
« Reply #19 on: April 19, 2016, 22:46:00 »
Another factor in the way forums sink is when you look at the number of views on a topic and then look at the number of members who reply you do have to ask yourself, why bother spending the time resizing photo's the typing whatever you want to add when people are not interested as it sometimes seems. Just my thought.

Regards Dave.
« Last Edit: April 19, 2016, 22:53:37 by mersey dave »

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Re: Help! We are sinking!
« Reply #20 on: April 19, 2016, 23:14:48 »
I think we must be a very rare breed of person that uses this very specialised web site, we enjoy what we do with our models and we enjoy tugs.
Unlike other so called boat websites there are no subjects posted here that have nothing to do with tugs, which I find refreshing.
If you log on to a boat or tug website you really don't want to have hundreds of posts about cars,Lorries,planes or even health issues, so come on guys lets have more from you all and keep this website afloat and sailing.
Tugs are for life      George B

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Re: Help! We are sinking!
« Reply #21 on: April 20, 2016, 01:37:03 »
I think we must be a very rare breed of person that uses this very specialised web site, we enjoy what we do with our models and we enjoy tugs.
Unlike other so called boat websites there are no subjects posted here that have nothing to do with tugs, which I find refreshing.
If you log on to a boat or tug website you really don't want to have hundreds of posts about cars,Lorries,planes or even health issues, so come on guys lets have more from you all and keep this website afloat and sailing.

Hi George, you are correct mate this is in a way a specialised forum and it's a shame the way it's going. If people take the time to both photograph and record their progress as they work through their build it's not a lot to ask that we at the least acknowledge what they have achieved.... offer advise or point them in the right direction...This is what's needed to make this forum great again.

Best Regards Dave.
« Last Edit: April 20, 2016, 04:08:52 by mersey dave »

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Re: Help! We are sinking!
« Reply #22 on: April 20, 2016, 03:10:35 »
Well I'm still here !

I know the site is not perfect and not really swish like other but its still here and still is just about tugs :-)

Ok, so I like a drop !

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Re: Help! We are sinking!
« Reply #23 on: April 20, 2016, 05:33:45 »
Here !here ! get out the rum I say Tugmaster.🌊🌊🌊🍷🍷🍷🍷
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Re: Help! We are sinking!
« Reply #24 on: April 20, 2016, 06:39:38 »
Its sort of nice now and then to see some "new guy" signing on looking for advice.  There still seems to be some response to get him/her pointed in the right direction but must admit a lot more info from the old timers would keep the forum more active.

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Re: Help! We are sinking!
« Reply #25 on: April 20, 2016, 10:32:49 »
Is he talking about you Geo, LOL
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Re: Help! We are sinking!
« Reply #26 on: April 20, 2016, 10:47:18 »
Is that the ( new guy) or the ( old timers) you are referring to little Bro.👴🏻👴🏻
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Re: Help! We are sinking!
« Reply #27 on: April 20, 2016, 16:27:44 »
I haven't been as active with postings but do check this frequently looking for photos and interesting building solutions. Lately I've been too busy with work and the boat building has really taken a hit. I did visit a model builder up island a few weeks ago and that got me motivated again - building small boxes for the electrical bits for two springers and another Alan B tug. Must learn the patience and fine techniques required for painting though - spayed a wheelhouse with one brand of paint below the window areas, then used Humbrol enamel on the top portion, wasn't happy with the way it turned out so I sanded it down, spayed again with the first paint, now have a great crinkle finish! Fiberglass wheelhouse but can't use paint remover as I added styrene window frames.
I have noticed we have have not seen quite a number of active posters for quite some time.

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Re: Help! We are sinking!
« Reply #28 on: April 23, 2016, 07:17:19 »
I will have to offer my apologies for my delinquency over the past year. I retired and have been getting the house ready to sell (lost 20 lbs the first 2 months). I plan to move to a house on Lake Lanier next month. Once there, and when that house is the way I want it, I plan to complete the Franklin and begin a new build thread for the Foundation Lilian. Hope you are all well and I look forward to rejoining the fray in the near future.

TM
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Re: Help! We are sinking!
« Reply #29 on: April 23, 2016, 08:43:39 »
Take it easy MTM don't overdo things, hope to hear more from you in the near future.  Geo
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