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.

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Best Knife Forum on the Web Winner

 

Winner of the 2008 Best Knife Forum on the Web

Winner of the 2008 Best Knife Forum on the Web

I am pleased to announce Jerzee Devil the winner of the Best Knife Forum on the Web for 2008.

This contest was an international field and the lead changed hands several times over the last few weeks. Congratulations to Jerzee Devil!

Out of the 25,214 total votes cast, the Jerzee Devil forum rallied their members to get behind the contest and in the end they prevailed.

Second place goes to Armasblancas, a Spanish speaking custom knife forum. They also did an superb job of activating their members to vote and in the end this forum was only 4% behind the Jerzee Devils.

Third place was BritishBlades

Fourth place was TalkBlade.info

Fifth place was AllAboutPocketKnives

Both Jerzee Devil and Armasblancas very effectively rallied their members to support their forums…really it was very impressive.

Please drop by and congratulate Jerzee Devil as the the Best Knife Forum on the World Wide Web for 2008!

Thank you for participating in our contest. Remember for all your knife and industry news in a fresh and interesting format stay with Cutlery News Journal.

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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