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Doc Lightning
Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Member Since: 28th May 2001
Total posts: 13920
Posted:So, as has been pointed out in the "Is it quieter around here lately?" the boards are kinda dead.

Things really started to turn quiet around April/May of this year and I figured it was just part of the normal cycles that we see here of flurries of activity and then periods of less activity.

It's November and the trend continues. In Social Chat, only six posts were made over a period of four days. I haven't been posting much lately because there haven't been posts to respond to. In seven years as a HoP member, I have never seen anything like it.

Even worse, Josh and Kate were going to have a mini-Doof tomorrow night at their place in my honor and it appears that very few people will be coming. This disappoints me. It means that our community is collapsing and I can't figure out why this is happening.

But more important than the discussion of why is how to fix it. This community was an amazing, active, warm, loving family consisting of tens of thousands of spinners all over the world. I don't think the blame can be placed in the hands of any individual.

Did the community move to Facebook? If so, can we use that to our advantage? Is there something that we can do to make this forum more conducive to gatherings and socialization?

What are your ideas?

And please, if you know someone who has gone silent, encourage them to come back.


-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

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Magic Monkey Juice
Location: Saaf Ingerland Innet
Member Since: 21st May 2009
Total posts: 252
Posted:I am new here after a friend recomended I join, and I intend on staying for a while.... But I didn't want to come on here and start flooding the forums with babble no one cares about... Not yet anyhow wink. Hopefully I can help in not letting the forum die smile

Seems like a nice little community though smile


"We were making castles in the sand: Now we swim in the seas that swept them away"

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MMae
stranger

Member Since: 3rd Jun 2009
Total posts: 3
Posted:I am also new. I don't post much, I'm much more of a real life socializer, but from what I have perused and skimmed of the boards everyone seems very buoyant and charasmatic and just straight up funny. The silly little comments crack me up. So I like Home of Poi boards over rednecks because people are easy going and humourous from what I can tell.

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Felex
Felex

Destroyer of worlds and ooo shiny.
Location: In my own head
Member Since: 1st Jun 2009
Total posts: 268
Posted:I for one would rather read a informed opinion over what someone had for breakfast any day, and if people post for the sake of it thats what we will end up with.

Toast and a giant glass or orange juice if your interested.


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Magic Monkey Juice
Location: Saaf Ingerland Innet
Member Since: 21st May 2009
Total posts: 252
Posted:Originally Posted By: FelexI for one would rather read a informed opinion over what someone had for breakfast any day, and if people post for the sake of it thats what we will end up with.

Toast and a giant glass or orange juice if your interested.


Pizza and tea grin

Will try to post educated, informed and usefull posts... No promises though wink


"We were making castles in the sand: Now we swim in the seas that swept them away"

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Mynci
Mynci

Macaque of all trades
Location: wombling free...
Member Since: 27th Apr 2005
Total posts: 8737
Posted:I Just stopped posting in Social chat because I'm not chatty... and I'm not social wink

I do wonder if there was a competition for active posters if that may get more action or if it would fill the board up with spam. I look at the competitions etc, every now and then, but I've eased back my younger competetive edge so generally just peruse the forums.


A couple of balls short of a full cascade... or maybe a few cards short of a deck... we'll see how this all fans out.

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FireTom
Stargazer

Member Since: 20th Sep 2003
Total posts: 6650
Posted:is it about postwhoring? I don't think so.

is it about your brekfast? maybe - and if so, then it's because by telling us that you just had cinnamon porridge with cherries (yum, thank you Kyle) it tells us that you do love life in your own way and that you care letting us know about it.

If you tell us that you love guns, I for my part will not side it - but this wouldn't stop me from helping you out, lending you a shoulder if you're feeling down.

I've been the most unchatty person on this board and you only found me in SD, where I might (unintentionally) have offended pretty much every body that didn't agree with what I felt to be "right". And sometimes even those who did agree.

But for me it's really coming to the point of 'understanding'. Not about latent softness (where it's inapropriate) but about learning who you are and - surprisingly - this board helped me to shape my opinions. (Still working on how to get them across tho') wink I for my part like to know what you're thinking - if you keep it under 500 letters that is...

Life's an oyster - so come to claim your pearl grouphug


the best smiles are the ones you lead to wink

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Mynci
Mynci

Macaque of all trades
Location: wombling free...
Member Since: 27th Apr 2005
Total posts: 8737
Posted:I think of life like an onion pick the analogy that fits you best wink

1) Lots of layers
2) Get it wrong and you'll cry.
3) smells a bit funny
4) Comes from and returns to the earth
5) hangs around in groups at the shops
6) never rolls smoothly
7) made this up as I went along
8) will get back on topic.

I don't think it's about postwhoring. I think maybe a competition for the most useful/insightful new thread each month, may make people try a bit harder at their toys and come up with some intersting stuff. Push the boundaries a little. It' doesn't even need a tangible prize. Just the title "june winner of best thread" woould go in my signature laugh3 (but I'd celebrate any title I got)
If it helps I do point everyone I teach at workshops who shows interest towards Home of Poi (and Southern Lights of course lol) I wonder how many (if any) I have pointed here have become members who are active I don't really mention my hop name in company much apart from with a few Hoppers I befriended when I joined.

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A couple of balls short of a full cascade... or maybe a few cards short of a deck... we'll see how this all fans out.

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Seye
Seye

Geek
Location: Manchester, UK
Member Since: 27th Mar 2005
Total posts: 1261
Posted:Originally Posted By: Mynci...I've eased back my younger competetive edge so generally just peruse the forums.

Originally Posted By: MynciI think maybe a competition for the most useful/insightful new thread each month, may make people try a bit harder at their toys and come up with some intersting stuff. Push the boundaries a little. It' doesn't even need a tangible prize. Just the title "june winner of best thread" woould go in my signature laugh3 (but I'd celebrate any title I got)

Not cured quite yet then wink


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Mynci
Mynci

Macaque of all trades
Location: wombling free...
Member Since: 27th Apr 2005
Total posts: 8737
Posted:never mate laugh3 I like prizes grin

A couple of balls short of a full cascade... or maybe a few cards short of a deck... we'll see how this all fans out.

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Sir Nuggit II
Sir Nuggit II

The sequel
Location: South London
Member Since: 4th Jul 2009
Total posts: 26
Posted:Originally Posted By: Flyntbut... People. Move. On.
xoxox hug

I [semi] agree with your point about poi being a "fad". I first picked up poi near on 5 years ago now and I used to do it every weekend. I then found this notice board and became a "frequent flyer" until a second job took over most of my spare time. I've still got my first ever poi, and I get them out every time I go on holiday for literally the entire time I'm away, despite being the only person with a set.

My point being, I now have several sets and I'm back in the realm of HoP so you might be able to take the spinner away from the poi but not the poi out of the spinner.

Forgive the bluntness, but if a community fails, its largely down to its members. To get back on track, effort from everyone who is remotely bothered is needed. Start with organising more meets. Back in the day there used to be loads of meetings!! With the recession kicking in, what better [and cheaper] way to spend an evening than in a park, spinning?


Pull out my pin, throw me in to a room and see what happens!

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FireTom
Stargazer

Member Since: 20th Sep 2003
Total posts: 6650
Posted:what kinda annoys me a bit are those who wag, pee in the corner and never bother to stroll back to sniff their own mark.... wink

Sir I really agree with what you say - it's down to the members. And by that it really doesn't matter whether or not you're still spinning...

What I like(d) about this community is that I met so many ppl who had the same basic interest (poi) and expressed themselves here. It's fascinating to watch just HOW MANY different spinners are out there and how most of them have some common denominators:

- kindness
- respect
- intelligence and
- balls

old


the best smiles are the ones you lead to wink

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Felex
Felex

Destroyer of worlds and ooo shiny.
Location: In my own head
Member Since: 1st Jun 2009
Total posts: 268
Posted:Originally Posted By: FireTomis it about postwhoring? I don't think so.

is it about your brekfast? maybe - and if so, then it's because by telling us that you just had cinnamon porridge with cherries (yum, thank you Kyle) it tells us that you do love life in your own way and that you care letting us know about it.



That works. Thus my opinions have shifted


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house_of_mill
house_of_mill

old hand
Location: Manchester England
Member Since: 20th Jul 2004
Total posts: 896
Posted:I've never noticed this before, mostly as I've been on 10 times maybe in the last 5 years. But at least I have seen people in the flesh in the last year, that has drawn me back.

*Thats one of my favourite Nurseries over there,*

Roman, Trippie Hippie,On the way back from Play Festival

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Gnor
Gnor

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Perth
Member Since: 31st Mar 2003
Total posts: 5814
Posted:Not being able to post photos and so no new ones is a drawback frown

Is it the Truth?
Is it Fair to all concerned?
Will it build Goodwill and Better Friendships?
Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?

Im in a lonely battle with the world with a fish to match the chip on my shoulder. Gnu in Binnu in a cnu

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PK_
PK_

Lambretta Fanatic

Member Since: 20th Dec 2001
Total posts: 4991
Posted:... eeeep.

PK.

"To be an angel, one need not have wings.
In giving love there is an equal grace.
Nor need one seek the aura in the face,
As love unveils the beauty of all things."

*Francois Couperin.

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neonraze
I don't do boredom.
Location: Far North Queensland
Member Since: 27th Dec 2011
Total posts: 20
Posted:It's so quiet.

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willworkforfoodjnr
willworkforfoodjnr

Hunting robot foxes
Location: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Member Since: 8th Aug 2007
Total posts: 1046
Posted:Pardon?

Working hard to be a wandering hippie layabout. Ten years down, five to go!

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Mr Majestik
coming to a country near you
Location: home of the tiney toothy bear
Member Since: 5th Dec 2011
Total posts: 45
Posted:It's dead actually.

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willworkforfoodjnr
willworkforfoodjnr

Hunting robot foxes
Location: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Member Since: 8th Aug 2007
Total posts: 1046
Posted:Then talk to us smile

Working hard to be a wandering hippie layabout. Ten years down, five to go!

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zeun4749
stranger

Member Since: 12th Feb 2012
Total posts: 1
Posted:Did the community move to Facebook? If so, can we use that to our advantage? Is there something that we can do to make this forum more conducive to gatherings and socialization?

What are your ideas?

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bender
still can't believe it's not butter
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Member Since: 14th Nov 2001
Total posts: 6979
Posted:be the change you want to see.

Laugh Often, Smile Much, Post lolcats Always

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shaping_light
shaping_light

member
Location: In a warm bed with me teddy!!
Member Since: 7th Sep 2005
Total posts: 138
Posted:This will always be the home of poi though smile

Fun is not a straight line <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

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Chronos
Chronos

How is it that one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?
Location: Spain (for now)
Member Since: 13th May 2012
Total posts: 20
Posted:ive been messaging a quite a few people on here that say they do firestaff, but no replies frown isanyonehere?

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willworkforfoodjnr
willworkforfoodjnr

Hunting robot foxes
Location: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Member Since: 8th Aug 2007
Total posts: 1046
Posted:I do staff, what do you want to know? smile

Working hard to be a wandering hippie layabout. Ten years down, five to go!

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Mynci
Mynci

Macaque of all trades
Location: wombling free...
Member Since: 27th Apr 2005
Total posts: 8737
Posted::ditto:

A couple of balls short of a full cascade... or maybe a few cards short of a deck... we'll see how this all fans out.

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Chronos
Chronos

How is it that one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?
Location: Spain (for now)
Member Since: 13th May 2012
Total posts: 20
Posted:How do I burn down a whole town using half a litre of paraffin?
Also, my staff is about 87cm long because its supposed to represent a samoan fireknife. How difficult would it be to convert to using a long staff? baring in mind that half of my moves are throws, and the other half are fail.


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beaniebob
casually noob tech poi spinrar
Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia
Member Since: 22nd Nov 2010
Total posts: 155
Posted:Wait until there's a drought order around, and maximum fire warning. Head to nearby completely dry forest and start there.

Alternatively substitute forest with a volatile chemical factory.

Have fun! (in jail)


"If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error."

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willworkforfoodjnr
willworkforfoodjnr

Hunting robot foxes
Location: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Member Since: 8th Aug 2007
Total posts: 1046
Posted:I think that moving to a different length staff will be more or less difficult based on the weight of your new one and the weight of the existing one. I'd imagine your current staff is very light, so you may not have really found the 'flow', where you move with the staffs own momentum too much yet. You'll pick this up pretty quickly though.

I'd advise not going straight to a 150cm contact staff, as the weight will be enough that its possible to pull muscles etc if you're not used to it!

For throws, the length will make behind the back throw/catches harder.

A longer staff allows you to have larger wicks and bigger flames, but you'll have more difficulty with doubles and juggling.

My advice would be to get a 130cm-ish standard fire staff, give it a few weeks and then decide if you want to go longer and heavier for contact, or shorter and lighter for doubles/throws smile


Working hard to be a wandering hippie layabout. Ten years down, five to go!

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bender
still can't believe it's not butter
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Member Since: 14th Nov 2001
Total posts: 6979
Posted:As i understand it, fire knifes have a disproportionately large wick on the 'knife' end and a tiny hook at the smaller wick on the other end.

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Chronos
Chronos

How is it that one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?
Location: Spain (for now)
Member Since: 13th May 2012
Total posts: 20
Posted:cheers for the inspiration beanie! keep your eye on itv news lol

willworkforfood actually my practice staffs are very heavy cause they are pickaxe handles with towels wrapped around them. my performing staff is a lot lighter and i use both to train with. The pickaxe handles are more to build muscle than anything, but everything I do on one I can do on the other... it just tends to hurt more and move a lot slower with the handles lol.




The idea I'm having is to get a 130cm pole, with a lot of wicking (maybe 3 65mm wicks spaced out on each side, the closest wicking towards the center of the staff being the same distance as it is on my fireknife staff). im just trying to find a way of doing the same stuff i do with a fireknife, but on a larger scale. I know I wont be able to go as fast, i just wanted to know if i can make such a thing.

and Bender, you're pretty much correct, although the hook is an integrated part of the knife, which is somewhat like a machete blade.


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