Attention Q and A re: the BF Spring Street Barlow!! Read carefully!

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Quiet

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Sadly, yes. And furthermore, to circle back and connect some other dots here, I would add that I have read your entire Lambsfoot thread, and I try to keep current with new postings, but I have never posted a single comment there myself. Because I don't have any joyous examples to share and I don't wish to speak up just to gripe about the one example I do have. So I lurk and I learn and I drool over some of the beautiful pieces of cutlery on display. The point being, I think there are probably a lot of folks like myself who read here a lot and speak a little. I completely understand that flipping is a problem and that there must be some type of minimum qualification for the forum knife. But it would be wrong to assume that everyone with a low post count here is a greedy scammer with no actual interest in this community.
The sad part is, we've all heard this exact story. "I'm around, I just don't post". Well then, it's not really participation then, is it? Think about it this way. Two of the main threads on this section (among many!) are the "Let's Talk GEC" and "What "Traditional Knife" are ya totin' today?" threads. Simply put, if someone simply jumped in, started asking questions, maybe sharing some of the knives they own, that would grow participation, and people would start seeing you around, and remembering you and you become one of the Porch Regulars. You order a knife, no one bats an eye.
 

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I'd have no problem upping the buying requirements from now on.

2022 knife should be 250 post minimum in traditional forum, and posts need to be 6 months or older before the ordering thread is announced. And 1 year minimum membership.
 
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The fact is, the rules for buying a forum knife each year should be arbitrary, constantly changing, favorable to myself, and ruthlessly enforced by a committee of the 3 most grumpy denizens of the Porch. We should consider a poll to select the 3 grumps, and a runner up grump.

Furthermore, anyone who joined after January 6, 2014 and has less than 1,890 posts is a greenhorn cheechako that shouldn’t even be allowed to buy second hand forum knives. There, I have said my piece.
 

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All im seeing is Out Of Stock and Sales On Hold....Ill be very disappointed if I've missed out....🥺
Im hoping that The Australians (all 3 of us) can be lumped in with our good buddies the Canadians in that final roundup..?
Are knives even allowed in Australia anymore since the COVID dictatorship took over?
 

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So many innernet police regarding the annual forum nife. It's a very un-welcoming experience to read all this angst regarding who is qualified and who is not. I think I just bit into a lemon...
I'm very happy that I managed to luck into finding the Big Thread at the appropriate time, and feel sorry for any long timers whom may have missed out. This will be a bitter sweet knife to me when it arrives. Just my personal thoughts and feelings. I am here on a regular basis reading and checking in to see old names and avatars, and I do enjoy the porch, even if from a distance. Keep 'em sharp and oiled. :)
 

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All im seeing is Out Of Stock and Sales On Hold....Ill be very disappointed if I've missed out....🥺
Im hoping that The Australians (all 3 of us) can be lumped in with our good buddies the Canadians in that final roundup..?

Meako, I am hoping that you have a knife in the hopper. If not, you will be most welcome to mine - I'll ship it myself once in hand.
 
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I'd have no problem upping the buying requirements from now on.

2022 knife should be 250 post minimum in traditional forum, and posts need to be 6 months or older before the ordering thread is announced. And 1 year minimum membership.
Another option

1,000 posts total in Trad Forum
Or
100 posts within the last 12 months to qualify.

That is participating in the forum less than once every three days.......

And yes, for a year like this one,
one that I've been taking time away from BF,
I wouldn't qualify and rightfully so.

The BF knife should be for the community that is the porch and if I decide to take a break and step off the porch that year, I don't get a knife.
 

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I'd have no problem upping the buying requirements from now on.

2022 knife should be 250 post minimum in traditional forum, and posts need to be 6 months or older before the ordering thread is announced. And 1 year minimum membership.
Make it 100, I can get there by then :) In all seriousness I hope I don't come across like I'm whining. I've got nothing to complain about-- I meet the requirements for the forum knife this year (not by a huge amount, but truthfully do meet) and I happily placed an order yesterday. And more importantly, when I do post something I try to make sure I'm actually adding something to the conversation, not just fluff. If the requirements jump up dramatically next year, well so be it. Anyone who was along for the ride this year would understand.

Those weren't participation, they were spasms.
I know the minimum requirements have already been bumped up once since the original interest thread, and something like this shouldn't become a moving target, but... one very easy way to eliminate the shenanigans from yesterday would be to edit the requirements to say: 50 posts in this subforum prior to 9/21, the day the order instructions went live. That would exclude all the jokers who came in with 50 three-word posts on the day of, and hopefully free up a few more for longtime members who didn't happen to be online yesterday.
 
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Honestly, ever single year this same silliness happens. It really is like Groundhog Day.

I can understand why Spark and others roll their eyes when people start agitating for another forum knife.

My sense is that the annual forum knife brings far more joy into the world than negativity, it’s just that the negative stuff is compressed into 3 weeks and the joy goes on for years and years.......

To paraphrase Founding Father John Adams,

Our forum knife rules were made only for a moral and religious people.

The problem with minimum post count requirements is that the forum ends up clogged with tons of lame posts. Genuine posts from people excited about their hobby are what makes this a great forum, and forced posting is the opposite of that. There is no perfect solution to our collective dilemma, but the forum knife seems to work out ok with almost zero flippers.

In the past we have always struggled to get enough people to justify the run, with many members buying 2 just to reach a minimum number. We are very lucky that this year so many people want a carbon knife with mud brown covers with splotches of red and green.
 

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All im seeing is Out Of Stock and Sales On Hold....Ill be very disappointed if I've missed out....🥺
Im hoping that The Australians (all 3 of us) can be lumped in with our good buddies the Canadians in that final roundup..?
From what I've seen of the community here, I really doubt you'll miss out. Nice work on the message for the label. Encapsulates the story of this year's knife, and the times we're in, very nicely.

Hope you get a nice one! :)
 

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It's simple...
Qualified people that signed up for the original "interest thread" should have had priority registration.
They have been involved in the whole process longer than the "Johnny Come Lately" bunch.
If a regularly contributing forum member like meako meako misses out on the forum knife, that would make me very sad.
 

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So many innernet police regarding the annual forum nife. It's a very un-welcoming experience to read all this angst regarding who is qualified and who is not. I think I just bit into a lemon...
I'm very happy that I managed to luck into finding the Big Thread at the appropriate time, and feel sorry for any long timers whom may have missed out. This will be a bitter sweet knife to me when it arrives. Just my personal thoughts and feelings. I am here on a regular basis reading and checking in to see old names and avatars, and I do enjoy the porch, even if from a distance. Keep 'em sharp and oiled. :)
I was feeling that way too but then when I was just cruising threads I kept seeing a couple of guys (maybe gals?) who had numerous postings, many quite inane. So I looked at their posting history, something I’ve never done before. One guy posted over 45 times today, another over 50 yesterday. Prior to these mega-posting days, neither had posted all that much nor very recently. I now understand the feeling some members are having towards these interlopers.
 

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It's simple...
Qualified people that signed up for the original "interest thread" should have had priority registration.
They have been involved in the whole process longer than the "Johnny Come Lately" bunch.
If a regularly contributing forum member like meako meako misses out on the forum knife, that would make me very sad.
As far as I know, the only requirements were sign up date and post count in this forum. Some people, such as myself, met those requirements, but did not get a chance to post in the thread you mentioned before it was locked, but also managed to be active enough on this form to see the order thread and get a knife ordered. I'm not saying people who contributed shouldn't get a knife, but maybe there should be automatic reservations for those who did the most work in bringing the knife to life.
 

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Easy way to solve the frantic no substance posting is to set the requirement to be met at the time the initial interest thread is made. Such as I believe this years first Forum knife interest post was in April ... if the requirement is set for 50 or 100 or 1,000,000 posts then to qualify a member would have to have that number of posts before that date, not just before the order opens in the fall. Just an opinion which I know is worth exactly what you paid for it.
 

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The BF knife should be for the community that is the porch...
I think this was a topic of discussion a few years ago. IIRC some members of the Buck Knives forum, there might have been others also wanted a their own forum knife, I think it was Spark Spark who stated then that the Annual BladeForum Knife was for all of BladeForum so I was surprised to see the requirement, this year, for posts in Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades(the Porch).
 
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