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  • 11/10/2013 11:48 AM
    • kaydee
    • Perthshire
    • 15 Feb 2009
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    Fair also to say that a lot of the 'new' members have just one question to ask about some project they have taken up. They get the answer - very thoughtful good advice & for which they often do not quite get round to saying thank you for or they might toss in a 'Thanks in advance' but are never heard from again.

  • 11/10/2013 01:03 PM
    • miranda
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    From what I remember seeing some time ago, most of the new sign-ups are registering for the member's area on the RHS site and not for the forum at all.

    As kaydee says, most people just want one question answering and aren't interested in the social networking aspect of the forum. Very few ever have been, which is how most forums work.

    It's also normal, though not very polite, that many people don't bother to thank the person who has given them the advice they asked for. I guess it's partly because most people have to go out to work and look after their families, so they don't have much time or inclination for extra socialising online. So it goes.

  • 13/10/2013 12:07 AM
    • London
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    Hi Lily-rose.


    Nice to meet you.  I am perhaps part to blame for this. I seem to have somewhere along the line, mentioned that at one time I had served my country as a Police Traffic Officer.  Our fellow gardener Poppy1 picked up on this and posed a question.  Sadly, computer problems, as have been explained by myself in Idle Chat took place.  It appears that Poppy1 and myself  were perhaps a bit too eager to chat in general.  It seems that neither of us were aware of the,'Over the garden fence' section etc.  If you care to read through the posts of the latter. I am sure you will be satisfied.  This was a genuine error.  So please.  One and all.  Can we put this point to bed.



  • 02/11/2013 01:34 PM
    • chriss
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    • 06 May 2009
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     Well, I've been absent from the site for quite a while now, and I do agree that the forum seems to have lost it's serious horticultural interest. There used to be such interesting and informative questions and responses.

    I wasn't aware that the site was under threat of being shut down last year, perhaps one of you could enlighten me.

    I do hope we can get back to how it used to be. Everyone can still be friendly and focus on the subject of horticulture at the same time.

    Happy gardening everyone!

  • 03/11/2013 06:55 PM
    • AlexS
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    • 06 Sep 2009
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    Chriss, most of the discussion of the threatened closure of the forum was in the thread 'Closing RHS forums' in the section 'Forum News and feedback'. Admin announced the planned closure on 13 Feb this year. Although the forum is still going (obviously), it is a shadow of its former self - much less traffic, and many of the most interesting contributors no longer posting. I hope this is just a lull, but the decline is worrying. So it's good that you're back - do stay! Cheers,

  • 05/11/2013 01:08 PM
    • chriss
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     Thanks for that info AlexS. As I said before, I haven't been on here for quite a long time, so I have noticed the decline. As RHS members we sometimes visit Wisley Gardens. Judging by the amount of people there when we visit, I would say that horticulture is still one of Britain's favourite hobbies,so I'm wondering where all of the people have disappeared to who used to frequent this site. It would be good if the RHS, whose site this is, could promote it in the Garden monthly magazine. I'm sure everyone would agree that something does need to be done to help get it back on track. It is always good to have new subscibers to help with the diversity of comment, but it is a shame that the core of knowledge does seem to have diminished somewhat. I've been gardening for more years than I care to remember, so my knowledge is quite diverse, and  I also have some horticultural qualifications albeit dated now, but I still find this site useful when I encounter some gardening dilemmas that benefit from other people's knowledge. 

  • 13/11/2013 12:45 PM
    • willco
    • SE london
    • 05 Mar 2009
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    I am a casual visitor to this forum - much less now than previously as I find it has been overtaken by some members treating it as a blog, overshadowing and over dominating other users. There is no doubt in my mind these people are very highly skilled and knowledgeable. I simply find it faintly disturbing to read information written in third person. Over all  I have felt too intimidated as an enthusiastic amateur [abeit a RHS member] to pose questions or join most threads. Most of the friendly voices of old seem to have disappeared - a real shame. I periodically return in hope they too will return....

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