The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #109916   Message #2301477
Posted By: Melissa
30-Mar-08 - 06:21 PM
Thread Name: Our ghastly folk tradition
Subject: RE: Our ghastly folk tradition
Why would someone persist past it, Sue?
The world is big and there are a lot of other ways to spend time and if a newcomer feels like a door has been slammed in their face, an impression is made.

The "In Crowd" here can ask each other the most basic music questions and get reasonable, useful responses. That's fair enough and it's really, really nice to be able to carry on 'living room' conversations with people who are scattered all over the world.
If a newcomer falls in to mudcat, the first posts they make are trials..testing the water. A Guest who opens a thread asking how the math for turning chords into sevenths is likely to be given a link and a pat on the head.

Sometimes new people might want to talk. Questions are how we introduce ourselves here. If what they wanted was a link..and if they found mudcat by playing around online, chances are they're smart enough to find the sterile information themselves.
Yes, giving a link is nice.
Giving TIME and consideration is a lot nicer.

There's a LOT of stuff here above the line that does not look very appealing when you look at it from the perspective of an outsider.
Great threads are more prevalent than lesser quality ones, but there's a lot of tackytalk up here that isn't good advertising IF the idea is to welcome and embrace young/new folks who are interested or to pull in and win-over the ones who poke in out of curiosity.

Another aspect of seeming to be 'offish' is that we lose out on the chance to learn by introducing a little new blood to the place.