The Log Home Neighborhood

An online log home community for log home enthusiasts.

As I've mentioned in previous blog entries, this network continues to be a valuable learning tool for me, both as an editor and as an individual. I love to visit to see pictures of new builds, what products are piquing people's interest and all the friendly advice exchanged in general among members. That's what this site was created for: the education and enjoyment about all things log from those who've been there (and those who want to be).

That being said, some of the comment and blog posts of late seem to evade that basic principle, making the experience less enjoyable for those who joined specifically for that prospect of knowledge and familiarity. Although we certainly want members to be aware of all the myriad options and products the log industry provides, there are specific areas on the site devoted to promoting such items, such as the events page, featuring seminars, open houses and home shows, or one of our forums that specifically pertains to that information. A good rule of thumb: If the information you plan to post--whether as a blog, a profile comment or other public outreach--is promotional in nature, but was unsolicited, it's probably inappropriate as a public message on this network.

Also, for our newer members, please consider visiting our forums first before posing a question to the network. Oftentimes, an entire thread full of helpful information is already available to you. If a discussion on a similar topic already exists, consider adding your offshoot as a comment to the original discussion to get further input, creating an even more informative thread for the next inquirer in the process.

And, as always, because there are so many choices available to prospective log-home owners in creating their dream home, there are equally as many opinions about them. Be informative in your posts, but please also be respectful of others' posts and comments.

As many of its early members can probably attest, this network has come along way over the past couple years. Help it continue to flourish.

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Comment by Whitney Richardson on March 4, 2010 at 5:22pm
Glad you found it, Wes! I'll talk to our neighborhood host as well about making some of these groups/discussions more prominent as well.
Comment by Wes on March 4, 2010 at 4:02pm
Found the "Groups" link.
Comment by Wes on March 4, 2010 at 3:26pm
Whitney, I just noticed that the "Groups" page is gone. Is this part of the restructure of the website? I do like your idea of making this a way for individuals, not company's, to communicate between each other. If company's want to promote their products let them 'buy' a sponsorship and that gives us the choice to contact them - or not.
Comment by Greg Beck on February 9, 2010 at 4:05pm
Comment by Whitney Richardson on February 9, 2010 at 1:33pm
Whoa, guys! Although I'm certainly glad to see people share my enthusiasm for the true nature of this site, I didn't intend for this kind of tangent. We had simply received some complaints about some of the activity on the site, and because it's not generally our policy to delete content in order to encourage as open a forum as possible, we thought a gentle reminder on best practices was the way to go. No finger-pointing intended, no harsh words necessary--just a friendly note. Hope that's not asking too much.
Comment by Pat on February 8, 2010 at 8:45pm
Whitney: You're right.

Alan: Lay off the hallucinogens. Are you seriously comparing Whitney's good-natured post with the censorship of the Chinese government?

I didn't see anyone delete your post. And you stated an opinion that was moronic at best.
Comment by Shelley Martinez on February 4, 2010 at 3:21pm
Well said Whitney. I am discouraged when I see slanderous posts without "facts." I think we need to remember one thing - that we all share a common interest - the love and lifestyle of a log home. And also - there is more than 1 way to build the home of your dreams. It's what's right for an individual. Even I know that my way isn't the way for everyone. But I wouldn't dream of being disrespectful and making generalized statements to someone who thinks/acts differently. Posts should be informative and with good intentions. That is my two cents.

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