pete king wrote:Perhaps it's the subjects, content, aim, and, dare I say slightly higher minded and thoughtful person this site attracts that renders it of little interest to the bottom dwelling trolls that frequent the web and other sites - there is much lower hanging fruit for them.
I'd like to believe that there are a lot of people out there who are fed up and see how society is in decline (see reference to the Romans above) yet have enough hope to to put the work in to improve their little corner of the planet and thus the lives of those around them
(whether they know it or not).
Yes decency, respect and a willingness to learn, share and improve.
PERMIES gives all of us an incredible opportunity to do good that I'd like to think is not lost on anyone who frequents this oasis.
Jason Learned wrote:I can honestly say that the restrictions on how you talk here has made me better when posting on other sites. I try to remain respectful and don't assume the other person is attacking from the start. There is a decency here and you have guided this process to make a great place to communicate ideas surrounding permaculture.
Kristen Brandt wrote:I’ve been reading this forum for years and am so grateful for all of it and all of you! I’ve lived in the city all my life except two years on an old off grid homestead. Carrying wood and water, it was primitive and taught me a lot.
I’m a ‘lurker’ mostly on this site, don’t have much wisdom or experience to share. But I’ve learned so much that I hope to put into use someday in my yard at least. Was completely unaware that much management is needed here, everyone is so kind and respectful! Now knowing, I value this space exponentially more and will always do whatever I can to support your work. It is the future! I dream of someday soon creating a RMH in my basement to heat my house so thanks for making me feel like it could be done!
paul wheaton wrote: Or, I suppose, at the very least, fosters this particular flavor of decency - according to my standards.
Ted Abbey wrote:Rejecting negativity, and promoting positivity in word and deed is how we will survive, if not defeat, the current state of affairs. We are our own (and each other’s) best hope, so to quote Mahatma Ghandi.. “You must be the change you want to see in the world.”
Lina Joana wrote: The reputation question is an interesting one - what does it mean, really, on any site?....As long as you write and record stuff that is fairly consistent, you can “game the system” and gain reputation regardless of your physical reality.
With permies, the rule are different from most sites, but they can be gamed in their own way. Lots of posts means you know how to post within the parameters of permies. Lots of apples means you are good at writing posts that make sense to the apple givers. .....They could just have a really good library of homesteading books, and be able to write posts that are close enough to the truth to make it through. ....No matter who posts something, you always have to evaluate for your site, and against your own knowledge.
Regarding the permies as a whole - it is awesome, and I love spending time here. It is also very, very limited. .... I fully recognize that the rules and censorship are important in keeping permies awesome, but it does mean that it will always hold a limited place in my life, and that the information I get here is, in my opinion, super slanted. Again, not necessarily a negative, since it is a slant I like, but I have to recognize that it isn’t the whole picture.
Cécile Stelzer Johnson wrote:
When you visit a friend or a neighbor a family member, you have to also go by their rules, their quirks. When they come to my house, I expect good guest behavior too.