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Message Board > Sewing Techniques and Tips > Useful to post tips? ( Moderated by MissCelie)

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Useful to post tips?
A question along with a slight rant
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Date: 5/16/05 5:02 PM

I posted a tip recently that I thought was pretty useful. It was inspired by a tip by Phyllis C. I learned it from my mom when I was in my teens, so I'm pretty sure it's been around for a while.

When I got back from the weekend, this comment had been posted on the tip: "Good recycled tip. Yes, recycled. I learned this in junior high school..."

Now, my first reaction was, who is this person and what's with the attitude? My second thought was, it's a tip, for goodness' sake, not a freaking PhD thesis - since when does a tip have to be totally original?

So here is the question. Are "recycled" tips useful to folks here on PR? I certainly see a lot of things posted on the site that I may already know, but the postings remind me and are very useful. Am I being overly sensitive?

-Ann
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Date: 5/16/05 5:13 PM

I think that was a gratuitous slap. How many tips are totally new and thought of by the person posting? I read lots of tips I knew, and think, duh, I should have posted that but it seems so second nature to me I didn't think it counted. Then I realize there are lots of people who didn't know this.

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Date: 5/16/05 5:19 PM

Of course "recycled" tips are useful. In fact, many if not most of the tips posted are "recycled", but that doesn't mean everyone here already knows about them. For those of us who haven't been sewing for a long time, most of the tips are new information.

I'm hoping the commenter didn't realize how nasty her comment comes across...it does end on a nicer tone.

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Date: 5/16/05 5:23 PM

I agree with StitchMD. I have also gotten some remarks that I felt were uncalled for. No matter - as my Mother used to say "Take it with a grain of salt" or "consider the source" or its from just plain out and out meanness or jealousy. Any of this is not worth your precious time to reply to. After all - would they pay attention ?????

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Date: 5/16/05 5:26 PM

Well, Ann, my humble opinion is YES, the more tips the better, and I don't care if 100 out of 105 know it already....there is always someone who can benefit. We all have techniques and shortcuts we use on a daily basis that we just take for granted, but others might think it was doggone wonderful to know! And, I can't even begin to tell you how many things I have learned from others here on PR because of their willingness to share.

I noticed it was a pretty new member who posted that response to your tip. I'll bet a lot of people come in, browse around a bit, and never show up again, so let's hope she either 1)doesn't come back, or 2) decides to be a little more thoughtful in her comments. Her comment was really rather pointless dontcha think?

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Date: 5/16/05 5:27 PM


The reason I come to this site and that it's so helpful to me is that some people learned things in junior high, from their grandmother, aunt, father, best friend, a guy on the bus, a popular book, their own brain, an alien being, on the evening news--wherever--that I've never come across. One person's common knowledge is another's light in the darkness. As someone who really did need to be taught to boil water before I was brave enough to start cooking--please Post Those Tips. Someone will be greatful and treasure your insight and experience.

Thanks for all you do and the gifts you've given to those who wander around this site!!! It is invaluable and much appreciated.

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Date: 5/16/05 5:30 PM

Ann, I enjoy all the tips posted because since I am mostly self-taught I learn something or am reminded of something from every single one. Although I took home ec (mandatory in those days) in school my sewing teacher was not the greatest and besides it was many years ago and machines, notions, techniqes, etc. have changed since then.

I appreciate so much when people take the time to post tips as it has really improved my sewing. I only wish I had more to contribute to others. :)

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Date: 5/16/05 5:30 PM

Most of the tips I post are recycled one way or another, but some are new to *me*. I figure if it's helpful, why not post it, even if it seems like everybody except me knew it all along?

As for weird remarks, well, I've been guilty of making those, too, even if I didn't think at the time they were weird. Sometimes we get all foot-in-mouth disease (pen-in-mouth disease?). Sometimes people just feel like they have to correct others, asked or not! In my impetuous youth, I did things like *that*, too! (blush!) It certainly doesn't make the tip any less useful!

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Date: 5/16/05 5:32 PM

I think any tip is useful, even if recycled. It may be new for someone out there, and just what they needed.

Hopefully the "recycled" comment wasn't meant in the way it came across. Ya know sometimes something can sound kind of harsh, without the visual and audio signals that go with speaking face to face.

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Date: 5/16/05 5:40 PM

What the hey???!!!???

Oh well, guess I'll not go into flaming mode (too lazy, maybe)...I'll have to rely on the ol' "what goes around, comes around". Out of 32,116 members I guess you've got to expect some orneriness.

Please don't hesitate to tip me anyday!!!

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