RB211 wrote:Back when I had to leave my shop in 2009, there just seemed to be more activity on this forum, there were more web pages being actively updated, and HF had no shortage of large machine tools for sale.
Today I am happy to be in the hobby again, having my workshop going, and enjoying making metal chips. However I cannot not notice how much quieter this forum seems to be, along with another forum I frequent. I also noticed that HF no longer sells larger machine tools. People who have dedicated web pages to home shop machining have flat lined. I remembered Steve Bedair had a very active page, among others.
So do you all suppose that the hobby itself is in a decline in terms of active participants? Or has the content been spread out among many more forums? Where have all the interesting build logs gone?
First RB211, I should look you up sometime while I'm wintering in Homosassa Florida. We go to Spring Hill all the time and are fond of a restaurant in Bayport.
I also go target shooting at Chassawitza WMA, Hernando gun club several times during our stay.
RB211, I have made the same observations that you have. I think what you are witnessing here is an example of what is happening to the machine trades overall, lack of interest. I remember this forum when it was in the old format. By the way, this is one of the oldest machining forums on the internet. Little do people know CNCzone.com and even Practical Machinist.com and others are spin offs from this very forum. This dates back to 2000 and 2001.
It is obvious the lack of interest of the machining trades is evident throughout our schools and our economy and eventually becomes evident in places like this. We need to look at the number of new people coming in and the number of people going out, (Gulp, passing away
There was a time when I posted here quite often but now it is a couple of times a year. I was always posting my projects and builds here. At first they were received with great enthusiasm but as time went on I felt there was so little interest I asked myself, "why bother". In the old days when someone posted a build or project people would ask questions or make suggestions but later not so much.
My question is this. Are people indifferent these days or are there fewer people surfing these forums?