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Leaving Orchid


#1

After giving it considerable thought, I am reluctantly leaving
Orchid. The volume of messages on this list has gotten too high
relative to my other e-mail traffic, and I need to spend more
time working in some other directions. One or more of my
co-workers may be subscribing to Orchid eventually, but I can’t
say when.

It’s been interesting. I suppose I’ll be contacting some of you
in other situations. Have fun, and don’t reticulate anything I
wouldn’t.

Joel Kahn <@Joel_Kahn>
Comptroller for Maxon’s Jewelers
Diamond Merchants & Estate Jewelers
2622 S Glenstone, Springfield Missouri 65804 USA
Voice: 417-887-1800 or 417-887-1809
Fax: 417-887-3422


#2

I am responding to this post because there are some issues
regarding Orchid i would like to see discussed. I love reading
most of the posts here however i too think I spend to much of my
time doing so.

IF a person posts a inquiry on any subject and the answer has
merit or interest for the group by all means post it to the group
but if the content of your post is only of interest to the postee
how about sending your response directly to them and not post to
the group.

I would like to see more of the posts listed as YAK so i would
know that the post is of a type the may be fun to read but is not
a technical post and is more anecdotal in content.

My third suggestion and it is because i not always read every
post the i would like to see the person responding to a post
include a snippet of what the original was about as i have done
at the beginning of this post. If you copy the important
and then hit reply it will automatically include it
in you response as i have done above.

I am hoping that a fruitful discussion will follow my post and
make this group even more entertaining to read.Or if you think im
all wet say so. Michael


#3

(on soap box)

Michael said,

 IF a person posts a inquiry on any subject and the answer has
merit or interest for the group by all means post it to the
group but if the content of your post is only of interest to
the postee how about sending your response directly to them and
not post  to the group. 

Right ON!

  I would like to see more of the posts listed as YAK so i
would know that the post is of a type the may be fun to read
but is not a technical post and is more anecdotal in content.

This would be great!

 My third suggestion -- i would like to see the person
responding to a post include a snippet of what the original was
about 

Amen!

Think about it folks. Put youself in the readers shoes. As a
reader you’v e got time for questions & would like to see answers
to technical questions , but time spent browsing/reading the
fluff is wasted, that time may be better spent cleaning the bench
or looking for that lost stone (bg).

Talk Net & we all win.

(Off soap box.)

Feel better now.

Dave


#4

Bravo Michael!

I must say that I agree with this proposal, the separation of
the yak from the tech. This forum was described, I seem to
recall, as an ongoing discussion of methods and materials by
professionals in the field, and a wealth of learning for the
smithy novice.

I welcome the technical advice & commentary, as well as replies
from those who report given results from implementing said
advice. I am pleased that I have now a greater range
(worldwide, not just in my county) of contact with other
goldsmiths, jewelers, sculptors, and also a greater info base of
the suppliers of our materials, tools, etc.

I enjoy reading the introductory entries by newcomers to this
meeting of minds, and news concerning upcoming shows of interest
in North America (and info about local hotel rates, show times
and costs, etc. is very helpful!). What I see as basically
useless to this forum are messages whose content is no more than
individual travel plan comparison to shows and such, prolonged
convalescent sympathy notes, person-to-person lecture/rah-rah
notes, interior decorating for the blind, and related tech-less
gossip (Note: it seems that the only time my wife looks over my
shoulder at my daily e-mail session, is when I’m on an Orchid
YAK note, and is therefore convinced that YAK is all Orchid is
about…).

Oh, and one more thing: When someone e-mails (through Orchid)
someone else about meeting at an agreed-upon restaurant at a
given time, I motion that several thousand Orchidites respond
there in person, and give the resulting bill to the original
message sender!

Sincerely,

     Daniel P. Buchanan                   dan@nelsonhouse.com

#5

I am as busy as the next person and so I often delete mail
without reading it. I do, however think that work related travel
and meeting plans are appropriate to the list. A gathering of
like minds is a very productive use of time and efficiently
arranged via the list. Creativity doesn’t happen in a vaccum
and takes more than technical skill… Deb