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GUEST,Jayohjo 10 Jul 01 - 11:31 AM
Kjell 10 Jul 01 - 11:40 AM
Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull 10 Jul 01 - 11:41 AM
catspaw49 10 Jul 01 - 11:48 AM
Mrrzy 10 Jul 01 - 11:50 AM
Bill D 10 Jul 01 - 12:05 PM
MMario 10 Jul 01 - 12:10 PM
Dave the Gnome 11 Jul 01 - 04:21 AM
paddymac 11 Jul 01 - 08:02 AM
GUEST,Celtic Soul 11 Jul 01 - 08:28 AM
GUEST 11 Jul 01 - 08:58 AM
Burke 11 Jul 01 - 08:27 PM
McGrath of Harlow 11 Jul 01 - 08:45 PM
Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull 11 Jul 01 - 08:50 PM
McGrath of Harlow 11 Jul 01 - 08:51 PM
Jeri 11 Jul 01 - 09:30 PM
Amergin 12 Jul 01 - 02:59 AM
Lox 12 Jul 01 - 08:01 AM
Hollowfox 12 Jul 01 - 12:33 PM
MMario 12 Jul 01 - 01:13 PM
Pseudolus 12 Jul 01 - 01:57 PM
GUEST,Burke (using a new browser) 12 Jul 01 - 06:30 PM
mousethief 12 Jul 01 - 06:35 PM
Snuffy 12 Jul 01 - 07:32 PM
Jim Dixon 13 Jul 01 - 12:27 AM
Geoff the Duck 13 Jul 01 - 04:19 AM
GUEST,Burke 13 Jul 01 - 09:05 AM
Bill D 13 Jul 01 - 02:36 PM
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Subject: Non-Music threads thoughts
From: GUEST,Jayohjo
Date: 10 Jul 01 - 11:31 AM

OK, this is more an explanation than anything else. I do feel bad about most of my posts being non-music, but there's a reason for this. I consider that I know very little about folk music, I just sing it, so I don't feel qualified to contribute to music threads, as I wouldn't have anything very helpful to say! However, the reason I hang about here is that I WANT to know, and there are so many hugely knowledgeable and talented people here that I just read the music threads and feel many times more intelligent instantly (um probably....)
That's all I wanted to say, thankyou! Jayohjo XXX


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Subject: RE: Non-Music threads thoughts
From: Kjell
Date: 10 Jul 01 - 11:40 AM

This is the same feeling for me, and I am not even singing - just listening and enjoying. I particularly like the discussions of the historical backgrounds of traditional songs. Every day I learn more and am very indebted to you all.

Kjell


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Subject: RE: Non-Music threads thoughts
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull
Date: 10 Jul 01 - 11:41 AM

I feel exactly the same way as you, I read most threads but rarely post to the music ones because I feel I have nothing relavent to add.john


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Subject: RE: Non-Music threads thoughts
From: catspaw49
Date: 10 Jul 01 - 11:48 AM

Great guys! When you can add, do so! AS you learn more, you too can answer some of the questions that you're learning from now. Plus, as time goes by, you'll likely find an area of expertise or special relevance where you can be of help.

A lot of people don't seem to get that point..........you can learn here as well as debate musical points. ANd there are things to be hashed in the BS as well. Personally, I'm glad you're all here. Enjoy the joint and don't apoplogize!!!!

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Non-Music threads thoughts
From: Mrrzy
Date: 10 Jul 01 - 11:50 AM

I also only sing but I post anyway, why not, I have thoughts if not knowledge. And I start nonmusic threads too, but usually only if a) I need personal help with something I think Mudcat members can help me with, b) if it's something I think Mudcatters might enjoy because they are the kind of people they are, even if it isn't about music, or c) if it's a Mudcat thing, even if it isn't a music thing. I also post as Guest instead of myself if the question I have would reveal too much about me. I love this site and this community, and don't see why I should only be allowed to show in in one admittedly not very narrow context. But as a courtesy to those who'd prefer this be a MUSIC thing, rather than a community thing, I also use NonMusic in my thread titles, if it's appropriate.


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Subject: RE: Non-Music threads thoughts
From: Bill D
Date: 10 Jul 01 - 12:05 PM

And Max has made it clear that he does not wish to stop or inhibit non-music topics..only that he hopes people will be reasonable and try to consider others as they post.

This has become a community, and though music is a central theme, members of a community DO often have non-musical things to say. If they respect each other, it will probably work out just fine.


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Subject: RE: Non-Music threads thoughts
From: MMario
Date: 10 Jul 01 - 12:10 PM

And don't forget - those of us less knowledgeable - CAN ASK QUESTIONS ! (!) !

Amazing concept, I know, *grin*, but true. As has been shown, over and over, if someone doesn't know the answer, someone else will try to find the answer, or at least you get people's curiosity going - which means a larger "work force" trying to find the answer...which (at least in theory) means it will take less time to accomplish.


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Subject: RE: Non-Music threads thoughts
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 11 Jul 01 - 04:21 AM

I always consider the Mudcat as a meeting room for people interested in Folk music rather than exclusively a forum about Folk music. Like any other meeting place people are going to have common interests but that does not prevent them from discussing anything and everything else.

Long may it continue thus!

Cheers

Dave the Gnome


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Subject: RE: Non-Music threads thoughts
From: paddymac
Date: 11 Jul 01 - 08:02 AM

Amen to all the above. I think Spaw pretty well nailed it, even without being, ahem, colorful.


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Subject: RE: Non-Music threads thoughts
From: GUEST,Celtic Soul
Date: 11 Jul 01 - 08:28 AM

:::WHEW!!!:::

I thought *I* was the only one!! :D

I am also a singer, but have never really learned a whole heck of a lot about the music I sing. I know what I like, and that is what I perform.

The level of knowledge and competance here is amazing, and I guess that can be a little intimidating when you know you have little to offer in the way of in depth and exacting information. But Jayohjo and Spaw are absolutely right. There is much to learn here, and the long timers are so very supportive and friendly that you can't help but love the place.

I came for the information. I stay because of the feeling of community and the supportiveness.


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Subject: RE: Non-Music threads thoughts
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Jul 01 - 08:58 AM

...so how about the way Kasey Chambers sings Fred Eaglesmith's "Water In The Fuel?" Did she nail it, or what? Feel so sorry for that poor trucker...


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Subject: RE: Non-Music threads thoughts
From: Burke
Date: 11 Jul 01 - 08:27 PM

Count me as another with a narrow range of knowledge to share, but wanting to feel a part of the group in some way.

By participating in non-music threads, music lurkers can become part of the group instead of standing on the side as invisible, silent listeners.


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Subject: RE: Non-Music threads thoughts
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 11 Jul 01 - 08:45 PM

Even when we can't help directly in a search, posting in the thread helps keep it alive, and that means more chance that someone new will drop in who can suggest a new direction to look, or come up with the goods themselves.

The other day I started a thread looking for a song that an 82 year old lady wants to hear again. A few helpful answers from people with information to give, but still we haven't found the words. But since nobody dripped in who didn't have info, the thread sank away out of sight.

(In case anyone might have anything to add - here is a blue clicky to the thread in question -"Poppies" song

Even if you don't have the information to add, threads need refreshing. Long live thread drift!


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Subject: RE: Non-Music threads thoughts
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull
Date: 11 Jul 01 - 08:50 PM

Mcgrath I tried your link but there seems to be a problem with it.john


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Subject: RE: Non-Music threads thoughts
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 11 Jul 01 - 08:51 PM

Now why doesn't that seem to work?

Anyway the name of the thread is Lyr Req: 'Poppies' song . And here os another go at making a blue clicky thtab gets you there. If it doesn't work this time, anyone wanting to visit the thread can use the search mechanisms on this site.


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Subject: RE: Non-Music threads thoughts
From: Jeri
Date: 11 Jul 01 - 09:30 PM

McGrath, the clicky didn't work because it said "a href=2http..." Fixed it.

When I first started posting on the internet - in newsgroups, not here - I didn't feel like I knew much. I still don't. What I did have that others frequently didn't was a willingness and the time to look for something. You may have never heard of a certain song, but you may be able to search for information for someone anyway.

Sometimes just contibuting a little bit of information can jog someone else's memory. Even more questions can help.


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Subject: RE: Non-Music threads thoughts
From: Amergin
Date: 12 Jul 01 - 02:59 AM

i don't have a narrow range of knowledge...i have exactly no knowledge.....


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Subject: RE: Non-Music threads thoughts
From: Lox
Date: 12 Jul 01 - 08:01 AM

but do you know that to be 100% true Amergin

*g*

lox


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Subject: RE: Non-Music threads thoughts
From: Hollowfox
Date: 12 Jul 01 - 12:33 PM

Dave the Gnome makes a good point here. This is a place for people interested in folk things, not a place where the membership is limited to experts.


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Subject: RE: Non-Music threads thoughts
From: MMario
Date: 12 Jul 01 - 01:13 PM

And thank {insert something here} for that!

There are things that a lot of people can do, from popping unanswered question threads up to the top (not necessary unless they are about to fall off or perhaps it's "peak" time for a segment - like the UK) to going into the auction and doing a similar service for items at the bottom of the list that still have time left on them. (we just discovered today that if an item goes more then 14 days without a bid it "disappears" on us. or searching the web.

heck - go into the old threads - find an interesting question and see if you can find the answer OFFLINE, then post...

etc. etc. etc.

or review a CD - or a gathering, or a session...


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Subject: RE: Non-Music threads thoughts
From: Pseudolus
Date: 12 Jul 01 - 01:57 PM

I'm-a-learnin too...

I used to go to open mike nights at a local Irish Pub a lot and finally I learned a song from a Clancy Brothers CD and sang it, naturally and proudly announcing it as an irish song. "The Garden Song" as most of you know is not actually irish but I thought it was because I learned it from that CD. Undaunted I decided to learn another. Certainly a song about "Willie McBride" from the same CD clearly had to be Irish. I made another proud announcment the next month and found out much to my chagrin that not only was it not Irish, it was called "No Man's Land" and not Willie McBride!!! Much of this must be second nature to the tried and true folkie but I was still learning! Finally, before announcing a new song the following month, I asked my friend (the one who was graciously keeping me straight teh rpevious two months) if "The town I loved so well" was Irish. He said yeah but even this time when I made my THIRD announcement, another friend close to the stage said, "Are ya sure?"..... Cracked me up.... So, learning CAN be fun!! I'm not an expert but my friend laughs at me a lot less these days!!!

Frank


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Subject: RE: Non-Music threads thoughts
From: GUEST,Burke (using a new browser)
Date: 12 Jul 01 - 06:30 PM

I search for lyrics as well.

I'd guess my real contributions come when I do quick look-ups in services my library pays for. OED online is probably the most recent.

Here's a permathread idea. Call it Unfilled or Open requests. Once a Lyr Req has been refreshed a couple of times with no results, put a note in the Unfilled thread with a link to the request. Then new people or people who've been away can find what still needs looking for.

We might want the person with the request to be the one to add it to the thread, just so we don't spend too much time on something they aren't that interested in. Guests, especially would need to indicate a willingness to check back for answers.


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Subject: RE: Non-Music threads thoughts
From: mousethief
Date: 12 Jul 01 - 06:35 PM

Cool idea, burke!

Alex


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Subject: RE: Non-Music threads thoughts
From: Snuffy
Date: 12 Jul 01 - 07:32 PM

But how would you get it off the unfulfilled thread once it had been answred?


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Subject: RE: Non-Music threads thoughts
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 13 Jul 01 - 12:27 AM

I don't have a lot of expertise about music, but I enjoy the challenge of searching for information on the 'net. When someone poses an interesting question, I go to work searching for the answer, using my favorite search engine, Google. If I find it, I post a link. Rarely does the answer come from my own store of knowledge. But I've learned a lot in the process.


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Subject: RE: Non-Music threads thoughts
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 13 Jul 01 - 04:19 AM

If the chat in this forum was reduced to ONLY the technicalities of Tunes, Instruments and Songs, I suspect that a majority of Mudcatters would never have bothered joining in the first place. I DO contribute to Informational threads, as I have a weird collection of facts and rumours which fly aroung my brain - God knows where they came from!!! Despite that, my main enjoyment of the Forum is from reading and contributing to the non-musical threads. I do feel that the BS: prefix covers the World with an overwide umbrella, but am not sure what categories I would split it into - given a choice.
Do not feel that you have not got a contribution to make - YOU are the reason I am here!
Quack!!!!
GtD


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Subject: RE: Non-Music threads thoughts
From: GUEST,Burke
Date: 13 Jul 01 - 09:05 AM

I'm going away right now for the weekend. If people think the unanswered questions thread is a good idea, I'll work it up in more detail next week.

I won't just start the thread until I've checked into how it would be maintained because we would indeed want to clear it out from time to time.


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Subject: RE: Non-Music threads thoughts
From: Bill D
Date: 13 Jul 01 - 02:36 PM

'unfulfilled requests' might best be followed by tracing your own threads, and refreshing them occasionally


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Subject: RE: Non-Music threads thoughts
From: Joe Offer
Date: 13 Jul 01 - 09:03 PM

Great idea, Burke - I started the PermaThread and put it on the PermaThread Index.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Non-Music threads thoughts
From: hesperis
Date: 13 Jul 01 - 11:37 PM

A lot of guests come by, and they don't even see the trace function. Would it be possible to have the word "trace" link to the apply for membership page, instead of just having nothing there for guests?

It would be a good advertisement.

Oh, and I come here for the BS threads, but am soaking up a lot of the folk-process while I'm at it.


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