Original Posted By: Steven Dortch
Mr. Eagle,I have to agree that Facebook and more modern discussion formats do drain off manycontributors. On the FB pages you can click on a link and see who is a reader,and it is easy to see that many people belong to all lists, not just one,but the formats like FB generate more comments and there are advantages withphotos and links. I personally like the idea that every person commenting hasa name and identity. It works both ways, I think readers give the benefit of thedoubt on ambiguous comments if they can click on the commenters name and instantlysee something about them..The Matroics/zenith list was at one time one of the most active matronics groups.Today it is essentially dead, it was not displaced by FB, it was done entirelyby "Zenith builders and flyers", the factory run group that works much likeFB. It was only created after many people made repeated attemps to get MattDraile to reveal the identity of hyper anti-zenith commentators, suspected tobe other kit makers. In the free market of places for builders to spend theirhours, the only valid test, matronics lost..In the final measure, matronics, FB or any other format will never compete withhanging out with friends at a small airport on a sunny day. Neither should itbe a large alternative to enjoying hours in the shop working on you own plane,with your tools, your hands, your thoughts. Just speaking of communications,newsletters, websites groups, their lasting value to a builder is Content. Peoplelooking for entertainment or validation have different criterion, but thosewith the goal learn build and fly are in need of proven content, and theyunderstand that it will frequently be revealed in non-entertaining presentationslike debate and posts longer than a bumper sticker.,For a final note on how it is the understanding of builders that matters, not theformat, follow this: On one of the Face Book Pietenpol pages, a person shareda single photo of a small single seat biplane called a "Roe Sport" which absolutelyis a magnificent piece of work with pure Pietenpol DNA, beautifully proportioned.It generated 21 comments about it, including a lot of negative, completelyunfounded criticism, claims it was a copy of a Gere (it isn't) and includingone person who made a big point that it shouldn't be allowed to be calleda Pietenpol, something the builder never did..Twenty one comments about a man's beautiful work, not all of them pleasant. NOTONE single one of them knew /mentioned / cared Roe built this whole plane byhimself 25 years ago, alone, while he was trapped in a WHEELCHAIR, all for thelove of creating a plane as he saw fit, one he would never fly in. It does notmatter how good the software is, or how glossy the newsletter, or how well boundthe book is; if it does not include the acknowledgement that a man confinedto a wheelchair, who has the will to wake up every day and struggle for yearsto build his own design is beyond the comments of critics, then it isn't worthreading.-ww.Read this topic online here:http://forums.matronics.com/viewtopic.p ... ______Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 11:26:09 -0600Subject: Pietenpol-List: Work list for this weekend
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