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When I first came into the forum I liked it. Over time I have come to realise that it is nothing more than a collection of one or two (at most) of cliques.

Some of the things discussed are at best general chat about day to day mundane rubbish or are secretive and exclusive... cliques! No wonder the forum is dominated by so few.

I see people come here as newbies genuinely seeking advice and information. Yet I see comments saying such things as "That was delt with on GW last week", or people 'quoting' someone from a post that they disagree with as though some ridicule is deserved. Some even try to cause conflict or argument by posting contentious threads for their own personal amusement.

This is not a silly teenage troll room. We are gardeners of varying qualities, abilities, knowledge and experience who wish to share. Lets behave like that!



  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,306

    The chat threads are here for those who want them Digger, those who don't want don't join in.

    The garden discussion threads are here as well. I read and post on the threads I choose, that choice is available to allimage

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • xx Posts: 100

    That is true. But, when I last posted a thankyou for some advice I saw in a thread I didn't instigate, the next 2 posts where.....'here we go again'....and.....'that was covered on Friday by carol'. Was that helpful?? or derogatory??? was it just a put down by someone just posting for postings sake???

  • 4thPanda4thPanda Posts: 4,145

    I understand what you are saying about the 'cliques'. When I joined I was concerned bout cliques, but have been welcomed in, and I guess that maybe I am now in one of those cliques? image image

    I have also noticed references to previous threads, and hope that this is done to point the poster to somewhere that the topic has been discussed in an effort to be helpful rather than to cause derision. image

    There is bound to be 'debate' and contrasts in opinion. I would hope that these are done politely, but sadly this is not the case. It is easy to misconstrue the meaning behind the written word as opposed to the spoken word. I take most things with a pinch of salt and then ignore the posts/threads I don't like or don't want to read image

    I agree that we need to behave like adults image

  • 4thPanda4thPanda Posts: 4,145

    Sorry Digger, posted then edited as posted before I had finished - bloomin' iPad image

  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

    Everyone needs some rhino skin image

  • xx Posts: 100

    No, its not thick skin people need its a sense of sharing and common interest. As I said this is not a teenage troll room! Cliques should get their own internet chat room and stop using this place as their own personal property. And definitely stop 'downing' anyone with other experience, and knowledge other than their own. All is valuable.

  • SalinoSalino Posts: 1,609

    ..I understand what Digger is saying but if we're looking for in depth plant discussions then I don't think this is the place really, although the photo threads can be quite nice..

    ...sometimes during the summer there's more of interest...

    ...these days I rarely answer newer members as so often I find you never hear from them again, and I just think it's been an awful waste of everyone's time... and often we go to a lot of trouble with our replies....


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,306

    I think you should report your concerns to the moderators, or to Daniel Haynes, Digger.

    I haven't seen evidence of cliques. There are no threads where I feel I couldn't post or wouldn't be welcome. There are some that don't interest me but I don't see that as a problemimage

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,322

    I'm very surprised to read what you have written Digger. I can't say that I've ever felt unwelcome. There are always going to be people who have more in common with each other - that's life. And not everybody is blessed with natural diplomacy. And I know that my jokes bore some people silly. We all just have to try to accomodate each other's foibles and funny little ways.

    As Nut says, not all of the subjects interest all of the people and if something is tiresome then reading on isn't compulsory.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
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