Challenges of technology and Knife Collecting

The advantages of technology and, more particularly- the Web, to our hobby are tremendous. I see it everyday, both here and over at iKnifeCollector. In addition to allowing makers & collectors the ability to upload and respond to images and video, the Web allows us to span geographic boundaries- to connect, in a personal way.

Well, using technology has its pitfalls too. Bugs, server crashes, hacks, bankrupt providers, etc. Most of which are over our heads and out of our control, and are issues to dread.

Unfortunately, the Custom Knife Collectors Association recently experienced just such an issue with their forum.

forumcollageForums are online discussion areas where you can post and read messages from other users, usually in an organized thread layout.

Here’s what Kevin Jones, the CKCA President said about the interruption in service of their forum-

“…we have an issue with our forum causing a shutdown, from which we may not be able to recover.”

Talk about bad news.

The good news is they are already in the process of obtaining and setting up new v-bulletins forum software and should be up and running now.

Knife Collecting, Knife Talk and the World Wide Web

In our recent post about knife forums- Knife Talk is Alive and Well – we pointed to the tremendous activity level of Knife Talk on the World Wide Web. It is interesting to see the sheer number of posts and replies posted on each knife forum.

You probably know CNJ started a Best Knife Forum of the Web poll that is running for the month of November. There is no doubt Knife Forums are the most popular knife “place” to go on the web.

Couple of interesting observations since we started the friendly contest. As of today, there have been almost 2000 over 3250 (11/11/08) 4500 (11/13/08 8:00 AM) 5664 (11/13/08 7:00 PM) site visits from the buzz at the various participating forums.  

forum de tous les couteaux

NeoCZen.org- Le petit affuté: forum de tous les couteaux

Something else happened too. We know the Web is worldwide and a French Knife Forum has joined in and started pounding the “Other” category. I felt it was only fair to add them to the list. Their name is NeoCZen.

Unfortunately, I only speak Southern, so you should have seen me trying to sign up as a member of their forum to let them know they were added to the list.

Google has Google Translator. I had to translate the instructions and “buttons” sentence by sentence. Then once I finally got registered I found the thread and posted “Votre forum a maintenant été ajouté à la liste. Mes excuses. Désolé pour ce désagrément, mais venir voter à nouveau, si vous le souhaitez. Bonne chance”

You know how funny it is to hear stories about words being translated and how they can have totally different meanings than are intended, well, hopefully I didn’t say something like- I like to eat dog or something stupid like that.

Published in: on November 10, 2008 at 10:43 am  Comments (2)  
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Knife Talk is Alive and Well

It is a beautiful autumn morning here in the heart of Dixie and as I think about important topics for collectors, I can’t help but focus on an interesting phenomenon taking place 24/7 among knife enthusiasts.

One of the very healthy by-products of the Word Wide Web is Knife Talk. While the Web brings us “together,” it is the sharing of ideas, debating topics, and meeting and getting to know other collectors that is really cool.

Hear the Buzz at the Knife Forums

Today, the best venue for Knife Talk on the Web is online Knife Forums. And if you take the “seeing the forest” perspective, there are a lot of healthy conversations going on. While I dare not attempt to illustrate the point by counting threads or topics, allow me to say- take my word for it. Knife Talk is alive and well.

If you are not a participant in a knife forum, allow me to encourage you to stick your head in and just listen. Don’t worry about whether or not you have to post, or reply. Far and away, the clear majority of folks simply read and that is just fine. 

Knife Forum Reviews

Coming up here on CNJ will be a review of knife forums. We will be looking at them from a bird’s-eye perspective- the number of members, the range of topics, the forum’s web-page ranking (overall popularity compared with other non-knife websites) and who each particular forum appeals to.

Published in: on October 25, 2008 at 9:32 am  Leave a Comment  
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