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[APD] Re: Why is list partcipation waning (and Cycling)
In a message dated 9/3/03 6:54:01 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
Aquatic-Plants-Owner at actwin_com writes:
> New users find the other boards more appealing than APD, so that's where
> go. I don't see very many questions from neophyte hobbyists on APD, but
> questions are a large part of the volume on the boards. Without
> by newcomers attrition takes over and APD gradually loses traffic. I think
> the process has been at work for a few years now. Overall growth in the
> has far outstripping growth on APD. It is only within the last few months
> that conditions have reached the point where there was a significant decline
> in traffic on APD.
If this "neophyte" may express her opinion, it's this: There are times when
I used to get thoroughly frustrated with APD. I don't have a clue as to what
H2O2 or KNO3 or KNO4 are and when these long-winded discussions using chemical
"symbols" rather than names came up, I'd just want to tear my hair out.
Egad, folks, I'm a grandma who's just gotten into this hobby in the past year or
two and never even took high school chemistry much less college level classes!
HOWEVER, I eventually learned that when you went off on those jags which I'm
sure were meaningful to a lot of you, I'd just skim over them (translation:
skip to the next topic).
I can tell you though that when I ask one of my "neophyte" questions, i.e.,
the algae on plastic plants issue, you've all been more than willing and
thoroughly able to offer some very viable solutions! I can't thank you enough.
Now, I shall continue to skim over the unintelligible discussions -- at least
until winter and then maybe I'll act on a suggestion that I've seen here, too
:) -- go to Half-Price Books and buy a high school chemistry book!
There! I've said my piece.
Growing old is inevitable; growing UP is optional.
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