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  • ombugge
    started a topic Members not seen for a while

    Members not seen for a while

    I have noticed that Pakarang has been inactive for an unusual long time.
    I never thought I would have to start a new thread to ask about him, especially. He normally manage to squeeze in a few posts, even on a busy day.
    What is going on????

  • wherrygirl
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    Oh good. be lovely to see them.

  • Ralf__
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    Thank you, Gestumblindi and we are looking forward to that.

  • Gestumblindi
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    Well, personally I still boycott Facebook. I haven't been very active here as I didn't have anything in particular to contribute lately, but I often check what's going on (mostly not logged in). As I just read the (hopefully) good news on Ragnvald Jarl here, this was a motivation to sign in and post in that thread. Also, I might post an update on the Lake Lucerne steamers soon...

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  • Ralf__
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    Thank you so much, Sigve!

  • yvneac
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    Yes. Nice to see you again onboard Sigmund.

  • Sigve
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    I must admit that I am one of those who have been absent from CVF for some time.
    The reason was the Photobucket issue. Much work spoiled. That was hard to swallow, and I didn't find Flickr as a good alternative.
    In the meantime I went to Facebook, where I posted on my own account, and on the "Hurtigruten venner" and "Hurtigruten history".
    I have missed, however, the "family feeling" that I had here on CVF.
    Now I'm making a new try, with the "Sigve's New Gallery". I hope you'll enjoy it!

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  • yvneac
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    Agree. FB can be useful from time to time to keep in touch with people you met, you appreciate for some reasons but you're not close to. As says Ralf, "hey i'm here and you too" is a good definition.

  • Ralf__
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    Exactly. I made very similar experiences with school mates, when i was researching adresses for a jubilee some years ago.

  • wherrygirl
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    I agree, Ralf. I had two tries at Facebook years ago. I do a great deal of family history research and as a result of my adventures in Western Australia, when my Aussie friend and his wife took me to explore the semi desert to find the old telegraph station at Mundiwindi where my uncle Will had once worked, I discovered a distant cousin in Plumstead, London. He was living only a few streets away from where I was born and grew up. He told me that he was trying to set up a Bowden group on Facebook - Bowden was my mother's maiden name and I have traced that lot back to the late 17th century. He asked if I would be interested in joining. Thinking that it would probably lead to some more interesting discoveries to add to our family tree, I agreed.
    So what happened? Plenty of responses arrived, yes. And what had they to say? Brief banal comments like "Yes, I'm a Bowden, isn't it great!" "Hallo everyone, my name is Bowden, too." Not one ever contributed anything to further our research nor indicated that they could join in our research. But I found one person whose grandfather was already on my tree and about whom I had some unusual information about his death (which my mother had told me). I told her about this and she was surprised as I was the only person she had met who had this particullar piece of info. I perked up, she would probably be a great help.
    But no. All she was interested in was giving daily reports on how well she was doing in some online game. Absolutely nothing else .After waiting a while, I decided to quit. Some time later I had another try and rejoined. (Yes, contrary to their promises, all my details were still there and had never been erased! There was nothing all that personal, just name, email address possibly (can't remember!), and interests.) But again nothing had arrived on the Bowden info. Eventually I gave up for good.
    A mine of intellectual exchange???? Not in my experience. I think it's main value is where people have many close friends and family members who are not seen very often, but with whom you want to keep in regular contact and update them on your doings, while enjoying the same news from them. Just casual chit-chat.

  • Ralf__
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    I am far away of offending them, but my wish is that we can discuss about our experiences here, in a polite and controlled surrounding.
    I don't see that on Facebook. For me it is not the place for an intellectual exchange. May be for a short message ("hey i am here") or a joke. Not more.
    Last edited by Ralf__; March 5th, 2020, 15:12.

  • wherrygirl
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    Originally posted by Ralf__ View Post
    But some of the active members are meanwhile posting daily on Facebook, but do not share these events or chats here in the forum.
    I'm very surprised at the long absence of two members in particular. Or perhaps not! Anyway, it shows where their hearts lie.

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  • Ralf__
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    Since the last days are again very quiet in here, i did some statistics to get an idea what is going on.

    We have 487 names in our member file.
    377 of them have just created an account, but do not use it, their sign in was the only visit in the forum.
    77 have been active members or at least readers for a while.
    33 members are more or less active now.
    So it has always been a small active community.

    But some of the active members are meanwhile posting daily on Facebook, but do not share these events or chats here in the forum.
    That is a pity, traffic is moving away from here, because these belong to the most active forum members.

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  • Sterkoder
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    Post #106 is read ;-)
    Even Norway is a direct neighbor to Russia, up north, I don't know very much about the country, the culture or people.
    The other way (U.S.A), I could describe a street in any small city, I know about the geography, I know cities, a bit about politics, I can name several former presidents in a correct order and so on, and so on.
    In Russia, I mostly know of Moscow and Murmansk.
    So your story might be an eye opener to many of us who never had the interest enough to check out Russia even on Google Earth.
    (But they kind of did it to themselves, closing themselves in like they have done for decades, specially in the time of being Sovjet Union)

  • wherrygirl
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    See my post above at #106, Svein.
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