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changes at another sewing site
and some comparison to PR
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Date: 7/21/13 7:31 PM

Another sewing site is going through growing pains and there is a big discussion about how to manage the changes. That is not really what my focus is here...I was just shocked to read some posters saying these things about PR:
*hard to navigate
*don't use this site
*are FofPR but didn't know the benefits
*find the other site easier to read
*one comment about threads not being merged here

Here is what I thought:
I cannot find anything on the other site!
I rarely use the other site.
I know all my benefits here, and I use them.
I scroll all over the place here...I find it easy to read.
I have asked moderators to move threads, and bingo-done.

It made me realize how much I gain in exchange for my FofPR $$. Thank you to all those who work behind the scenes.

edited to add: Just to include at least ONE negative---I hate the colors here. HATE them.
-- Edited on 7/21/13 7:32 PM --

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Date: 7/21/13 7:42 PM

I don't know how helpful it is to discuss the other site here, and it might be more appropriate to just post ideas for improving PR in the appropriate threads Deepika has set up. Spending time at all discussing that site seems like a waste of PR space to me, given that all your points are well made. ;)
-- Edited on 7/21/13 7:44 PM --

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Date: 7/21/13 8:52 PM

Mufffet, I am discussing PR. That is what I said in the intro. Listening to opinions of others made me think of how I view anyonline sewing site and what I value here. I don't feel the need to censor myself in this regard as my post was positive. I appreciate your input-

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Date: 7/21/13 9:34 PM

Point of discussion if you'd like: I find that PR has an older demographic. There's a few sites that are geared to the young - hip - and possibly gluegun and stapler generation, and I wonder why PR isn't mentioned. I've posted links several times in other places and the reaction I got was great place to look up a pattern, in that it is a reference site and does not have discussion or help.

(my daughter is of the gluegun and stapler type, loves watching Youtube DIY videos and tried to convince me to make a Dorothy costume just like a Youtube vid, with glue stick, I held my ground and sewed it, which she knew I would)

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Date: 7/22/13 3:41 AM

I don't frequent other sewing sites, but I too get frustrated with some aspects of PR. Navigating the site is cumbersome & even writing a review can be a trial. Hopefully these issues will be resolved with the redesign.

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Date: 7/22/13 4:17 AM

Not all of the other sites geared toward a younger demographic is the stapler and glue gun ilk. There are some, but many are enjoying themselves in the now and aren't as worried about perfection. And that's a whole other story.

Sometimes I think both sets are not all that welcoming to anyone outside of their age bracket/skill level. The young don't want to be talked down to, or told to do it right, or how they will never know fabric etc. and it can be pretty patronizing to newbies at times here. They, otoh, tend to be rude to anyone over 30, follow the whole thing on TV of being a designer and not a dress maker and tend to be patronizing to those that still do stuff the old fashioned way.

Then you have a group of us that are in the middle. We're somewhere between the project runway/art school types and the sewing explosion of the 60s and 70s.


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Date: 7/22/13 4:18 AM

I am still learning my way with PR, so yet to really discover any problems that seem insurmountable. I can tell its a big community, but to me that will mean that the tendency to descend into "cliques" will be lessened, which can only be a good thing.

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Date: 7/22/13 4:26 AM

I haven't a clue about any other sewing site that is young, hip and uses glue- doesn't sound like much to do with sewing. The only one I know of is ASG and I use their tutorials. It's a very different site from PR but not really geared toward the young. I think Crasftsy classes might be but that isn't really a sewing site, it just includes sewing. I can't help but be curious what this is about.

I don't follow any sewing blogs but do often click on specific links to blogs or videos or photos when I am interested. I pretty much fit the older PR demographic and yes, finding stuff has always been painful and generally requires moderator or other help. I definitely know my FoPR benefits! It seems a bit far fetched not too know! Go figure- why would anyone hand over money and not know what it is for? I mean as soon as you become a paying member you get your benefits emailed plus it is one of the topics that IS easy to find on the PR site!

I have been at the other end of web site building and am aware just how complex it is to manage let alone improve. Kudos to PR in trying to do that. A color change might be nice but this one doesn't bother me- my first website was this color back in the 90's! Guess that supports the theory of PR demographics!
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Date: 7/22/13 7:40 AM

I love the PINK.. But thats just IMHO ..

Only PR has poorpigling...

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Date: 7/22/13 8:01 AM

I agree with you that those who have never been involved behind the scenes in a website really have no idea of the complexity of making it all work. I may be of the older demographic but have always been computer literate and come to PR because of the pool of people who use it regularly. I find value in the site for me. It reminds me alot of my church - the church is not the building - it is the congregation.

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