Hi @mpandfamily - Thanks for this note. I can see how this might concern someone, but perhaps the below may help.
Just to clear up a few points of fact. I am not seeking to be defensive or in any way invalidate, I just want to be sure everyone understands the history.
- Nothing has been “re-posted” – all previous Orchid threads were always posted online to the Ganoksin/Orchid website. They were indexed by Google, and anyone searching the interwebs could find them (if they typed the right words, of course). We took nothing private and made it public, and I would never do that or condone it.
- Everyone who ever signed up for Orchid always understood, as @Betty2 alluded to, that it was an email-based forum and that their email or note would be blasted out to everyone on the email list as soon as they pressed “send.” Thousands of people. No one who ever sent those exchanges had any reasonable expectation of privacy.
Old threads are coming up now, and they weren’t before. That is definitely true, for a few reasons.
We turned 250,000 discrete emails into actual, legible, topic-driven threads. So now when people search on Orchid based on a topic, they find dozens of really interesting old posts with valuable discussion on almost any topic. You are simply seeing people finding things really easily that they otherwise never would or could have found. I personally think that’s amazing, but I respect that others may feel differently.
Old posts are brought up to the top of the forum because, both for efficiency and archival continuity, people finding them simply decide to add on to those posts rather than start new ones, unless they feel new ones need to be started.
So I simply mean to say, this stuff has always existed, its just never actually been “usable” – I think as @JimGrahlDesign does… the more usable it is, the better for everyone. Some may disagree, but I believe the last 21 years of Orchid Q&A is something of value that can help the world make better jewelry if appropriately preserved. One of my primary motivations in taking this over was to do that very thing, and I take the responsibility to steward this resource seriously. It means a lot to me.
Those of you who are paying members of Ganoksin/Orchid, it is YOUR money that funds this, and I thank you for that.