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Type Like Your Friends Are Here

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Erin Holohan Haskell
Erin Holohan Haskell Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 2,321
edited December 2018 in THE MAIN WALL
Our house is located between two major roads and people tend to cut through the neighborhood during their hurried commute. They zip around curves and don’t realize that kids might be walking by on their way to the school bus. We don't have sidewalks here. So the neighbors got together and put up signs that say, “Drive Like Your Kids Live Here.” An interesting perspective, isn’t it?

I’ve been thinking about these signs and the Heating Help community. We have a lot of people here with different perspectives and opinions. We’re not going to agree with one another all of the time. And when you’re behind a keyboard, it is easy to speed along with your typing and say things you might not normally say if you’re face-to-face with someone.

In the past, we held an in-person event called Wetstock and Wallies gathered offline to get to know one another and discuss topics. We noticed that people who tended to butt heads online were friendlier and more respectful to one another in person.

With that said, I’m going to put up a new sign in this online neighborhood and it is Type Like Your Friends Are Here. (Because they are.) We’re all here to learn and share and there's something humbling to that. We know you work hard and have long days and we appreciate you being here. Just think before you type and don’t run anyone over.

Here is a gentle reminder of the site rules.

Thank you and happy heating season!

President
HeatingHelp.com

BoonSTEAM DOCTORTinmanD107wyoTim PotterCLambratioSolid_Fuel_Manrick in AlaskaJackson29

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  • NY_Rob
    NY_Rob Member Posts: 1,370
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    Well said Erin!

    There is something to be said about being civil to one another...

    With that in mind, even though there are some dust-up's now and then... look at what the guys are doing for that woman up in Sterling CT.

    Erin Holohan Haskell
  • Erin Holohan Haskell
    Erin Holohan Haskell Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 2,321
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    Thanks for highlighting that, @NY_Rob. There are a lot of big hearts here.

    President
    HeatingHelp.com

    NY_Rob
  • nicholas bonham-carter
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    Well said Erin!!--NBC
  • Sailah
    Sailah Member Posts: 826
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    Couldn't agree more. I participate in another forum and the conversation gets more rowdy. But we're all friends in person there so we know that the latitudes afforded are because we have a personal bond.

    Always try to keep things helpful, respectful and positive because that's just the type of environment that Heating Help is.

    Thanks for your leadership and reminder on this Erin.
    Peter Owens
    SteamIQ
  • Erin Holohan Haskell
    Erin Holohan Haskell Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 2,321
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    President
    HeatingHelp.com

  • Larry Weingarten
    Larry Weingarten Member Posts: 3,323
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    Hi, Dan used to say something like "pretend you're in my living room". No guest ever needs to be rude in their host's living room! A lot of Wallies do try and keep the peace, even when things get heated. This is a most civilized forum and Erin is absolutely right in wanting to keep it that way. o:)

    Yours, Larry
    Erin Holohan Haskell
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 16,885
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    So when is the next Wetstock?
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    Canuckerrick in Alaska
  • Tim McElwain
    Tim McElwain Member Posts: 4,628
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    You never know who is reading what you type and then they judge you by what you said. How about a Wetstock in Providence so I do not have to travel as I am getting to old for all of that, Would love to meet some of you new WetHeads!
  • EBEBRATT-Ed
    EBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 15,605
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    A welcome reminder Erin,

    For the most part most on this forum are pretty respectful I think.
    CanuckerErin Holohan Haskell
  • Tim McElwain
    Tim McElwain Member Posts: 4,628
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    Yes the language on some sites is terrible.
  • willasdad
    willasdad Member Posts: 23
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    Here’s yur Sign! Kudos Erin, Drive like your kids live here, should absolutely be a theme we take into many other areas of our lives.
    In another recent thread, Nibs points out how he appreciates coming to the site after reading the days news. Because people are here to be helpful. And learn. And I too, greatly appreciate that this the theme here. I’m a long time removed from the heating field, and often the more technical stuff is over my head, but I pick up stuff here and there. But What I really enjoy, is the atmosphere that’s here, and that I can log on to positive people helping people, in many ways. This site is cataloguing historic information that was earned with blood and sweat, so that others can learn and be helped. It deserves great respect, as does it’s creators and caretakers.
    Erin Holohan HaskellCTOilHeat
  • HVACNUT
    HVACNUT Member Posts: 5,855
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    Guilty, I think sometimes.
    Nobody here wants me to type like my friends and I do. My membership would explode.
    I need to start typing like theres a lady here.
    rick in AlaskaErin Holohan Haskell
  • Gordy
    Gordy Member Posts: 9,546
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    Funny how social media, and forums have cultivated a hidden boisterous mentality in some. So long as the only upfront, and personal confrontation is the keyboard, and a monitor........

    Always speak like there is a lady in the house. However I have crossed paths with some mouths of lady sailors :#
    CanuckerErin Holohan Haskell
  • nicholas bonham-carter
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    Another valuable effect of this wonderful website is in giving us the practice of good communication.
    The quote from Einstein is very apropos here,”if you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it”.
    I always try to proof read my posts, asking myself if I stated things clearly enough for anyone without previous exposure to steam problems to understand, using good grammar, as well as checking for spell-check anomalies.—NBC
    rick in AlaskaCTOilHeatZmanJUGHNEErin Holohan Haskell
  • Fred
    Fred Member Posts: 8,542
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    Guys, "Ladies" aren't the delicate, "on a pedestal mounted objects" they once allowed themselves to be. Kindness is not a gender issue. JMHO
    willasdadErin Holohan Haskell
  • Erin Holohan Haskell
    Erin Holohan Haskell Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 2,321
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    Great points all around. Thank you!

    President
    HeatingHelp.com

  • Erin Holohan Haskell
    Erin Holohan Haskell Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 2,321
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    Steamhead said:

    So when is the next Wetstock?

    We were thinking about having one in late September. Stay tuned.

    President
    HeatingHelp.com

  • Larry Weingarten
    Larry Weingarten Member Posts: 3,323
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    Yaaaaaaaayy!!! :p
    Erin Holohan Haskellrick in Alaska