There is a reason . . .

@GardenGerty (100387)
United States
July 16, 2016 10:54pm CST
There is a reason one cannot post recipes directly to this site. The same reason applies to sewing patterns, knitting patterns, links to other sites where you sell items. The simple reason is that none of these things are discussions. None of them leave anything to discuss. You can mention in a discussion that you have a store on another site, but not put the link there. You may not say "Go to my profile and find my link". You may put the link there, then it is up to you to make me curious enough to go look for it. You can tell me what you ate for supper, and why it was good, and when you learned to make it.Then you can tell me the recipe, as long as we can talk about it. You can tell me about your favorite one size fits all top and how to make it, who gave you the idea and we might discuss the fabric you use or how it will look. Do you like to knit or crochet? Good. Tell us about the items you make. If it is really simply, tell us how, but please do not just post the pattern and that is it. Tell us what you use the item for, or who you gave it to as a gift, or that you are able to sell it in your online store. For goodness sakes, make a discussion out of it. Have you seen these posts here? I have. I wonder if the posters have read the guidelines? Do they understand about making a discussion, having some back and forth?
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@sharon6345 (130890)
• United States
17 Jul 16
I have but normally leave it alone. it will be taken care of soon.
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@GardenGerty (100387)
• United States
17 Jul 16
They do get reported and removed. I used to try to tell people and they would just get mad. It is a lot of work to go to then to just get in trouble.
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@koopharper (6312)
• Canada
17 Jul 16
A lot of people don't take the time to get to know the rules here and just post stuff like this. It's hard to get the concept of discussions through their heads sometimes. I may post things here that are more of a statement than a discussions but the intent is always to take the time to chat about what I wrote here.
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@GardenGerty (100387)
• United States
17 Jul 16
In my experience you usually have some meat in there that can be discussed or that people have an opinion on.
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@jstory07 (68288)
• Roseburg, Oregon
17 Jul 16
That is one reason why I will never share a recipe on here.
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@GardenGerty (100387)
• United States
17 Jul 16
I do share recipes on here, but only as part of a discussion. I think of it more as the how and why of what I cook.
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@sallypup (27505)
• Moses Lake, Washington
17 Jul 16
@GardenGerty Peer pressure: a person notices what others write and what gets them attention. They lean that way too then. Its the way of human nature.
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@bunnybon7 (36901)
• Holiday, Florida
17 Jul 16
@GardenGerty yes that is worth while to read. i have read a couple just recipes here but not lately. i do like it when someone explains something that is different for a reason. like replacing an ingredeint not usually used.
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• India
17 Jul 16
ho thanks for sharing this.
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@GardenGerty (100387)
• United States
17 Jul 16
Sometimes people do not read the guidelines. Other times they just do not understand. When we put up a post it needs to be something that we can discuss.
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• India
17 Jul 16
@GardenGerty yes i got that point clearly. but sometimes a single word can have enough meaning to make a discussion.
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@GardenGerty (100387)
• United States
17 Jul 16
@sunilparthan that would be news to me. I guess I could try it, but I bet no one would respond.
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@Lucky15 (33753)
• Philippines
17 Jul 16
Now i get the point of why no recipe. And i agree...there will be nothing to discuss in there.
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@GardenGerty (100387)
• United States
17 Jul 16
And on the other hand, you can say "my momma used to make these noodles","I put this in them but she made them another way. It takes me back to my childhood because we always ate them on cold and rainy days." Then it becomes a discussion of child hood memories even while you talk about how to make noodles.
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@Lucky15 (33753)
• Philippines
17 Jul 16
@GardenGerty oh..that would be the best to put it ;)
@GardenGerty (100387)
• United States
18 Jul 16
@Lucky15 It takes a little thought, but then we get to know one another better.
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@JudyEv (126232)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Jul 16
I read one of these today and moved on. I should really find it again and point her towards the guidelines.
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@GardenGerty (100387)
• United States
17 Jul 16
You know, I have tried that in the past, and feel rather jaded because often I get told to mind my own business and I believe the last time I tried, in a private message, to warn someone, what I got was "We will see" The discussion in question did get removed.
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@JudyEv (126232)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Jul 16
@GardenGerty I guess that's why I mostly move on. Others who have tried to help newbies in the past never seem to be thanked for their trouuble so mostly I just don't bother.
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@GardenGerty (100387)
• United States
17 Jul 16
@JudyEv On very rare occasions people respect the help, but it is unusual. I usually report something and go on.
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@marlina (74867)
• Canada
17 Jul 16
You explained the reasons why certain posts are not acceptable here.
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@GardenGerty (100387)
• United States
17 Jul 16
i think it is important to remember. Otherwise we could end up with a whole site filled with just this stuff.
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@Tampa_girl7 (25893)
• United States
17 Jul 16
I occasionally see this type of post.
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@GardenGerty (100387)
• United States
17 Jul 16
These types of posts can be made into discussions, but first the poster has to realize that it is against guidelines. I think that it comes from different writing sites having different rules.
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@sallypup (27505)
• Moses Lake, Washington
17 Jul 16
Its interesting to me to note what is acceptable here and what peer pressure also makes acceptable.
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@GardenGerty (100387)
• United States
17 Jul 16
I am not certain I understand. I do know that when it seems that someone is succeeding at posting a type of post that is in violation, others will copy the pattern. Then we all lose in a way. That is why I am glad that admin. takes these posts down quickly before we get copy cat posters. It happened a lot on Bubblews, but the site was not about discussion.
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@paigea (22420)
• Canada
18 Jul 16
I have not seen those so far. I do want to find a good simple slipper pattern. Do you have one we could discuss? Just kidding.
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@GardenGerty (100387)
• United States
18 Jul 16
My grandma used to make crocheted slippers from granny squares, but I do not have the pattern. I saw one recently that involved using the soles of flip flops and crocheting slippers with cotton. I am sure the originator of the pattern would not want me to take credit for it, and that is another reason to not post a pattern as a discussion unless it is my own.
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@paigea (22420)
• Canada
18 Jul 16
@GardenGerty I made granny square slippers years ago.
@peavey (16806)
• United States
17 Jul 16
Not just recipes and patterns, etc., but I have seen posts that were nothing but a list of facts and did nothing to encourage responses. People don't always think or understand the concept of interaction, so I don't blame them, but everyone should be familiar with the guidelines.
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@GardenGerty (100387)
• United States
18 Jul 16
Those listing posts are very hard to respond to. I often do not try if my time is limited. I know we could pick a "fact" or statement and disagree. Might ruffle some feathers, though. If a person is here hoping to earn money or make friends that will not happen much with those posts.
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@peavey (16806)
• United States
19 Jul 16
@GardenGerty I tend to skip over posts like that
@LadyDuck (163414)
• Switzerland
17 Jul 16
I have seen too many posts that are not at all discussions. You can start a discussion on many topics, but of course posting a recipe cannot lead to serious discussions.
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@GardenGerty (100387)
• United States
18 Jul 16
If I am really sure I tend to report them. I do include recipes in my posts from time to time, but usually with something else to discuss about the food in the discussion. I would love to learn more international dishes.
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@MGjhaud (20696)
• Philippines
17 Jul 16
I think ive seen one or more. I didnt reply of course because you were right, aside from saying "that looks great" or something, i dont know what else to say..
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@GardenGerty (100387)
• United States
17 Jul 16
If there is no picture then it is even harder. I guess we could comment that something sounds great or is a wonderful idea. That still leaves things pretty flat, I would say. The original poster could come back and say "thanks, I thought so" or something else but not much.
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@MGjhaud (20696)
• Philippines
18 Jul 16
Sometimes im the one asking the questions to make our thread a bit longer but it gets boring eventually..
@jaboUK (54492)
• United Kingdom
19 Jul 16
I have seen them, but don't open them as I'm not interested in recipes or crafts.
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@GardenGerty (100387)
• United States
19 Jul 16
That in some ways would be on a par with saying "These are all the begonias I know" and starting out "Tuberous, angel wing, ever blooming" etc. You could make a really long list and never have a thing to discuss. This kind of posting can apply to lots of topics. You are right, though. If you are certain a topic will not interest you, move on to the next.
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@Susan2015 (21024)
• United States
17 Jul 16
I don't think that I've seen too many of those. But some days I can't be on here a lot either.
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@GardenGerty (100387)
• United States
18 Jul 16
I am most likely to find them under new users, because either they do not understand the rules or they do not expect them to be enforced. I only go to new users when I do not find other places to work.
@gr8nana6 (2194)
• United States
17 Jul 16
Oh boy this has me worried now that mine aren't good enough for discussions.
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@GardenGerty (100387)
• United States
18 Jul 16
Oh, no!! I do not mean to hurt anyone's feelings or anything like that. I have known you long enough that if I thought your discussions were a problem I would send you a private message. Mine are mostly just personal stuff.
@boiboing (12827)
• Northampton, England
17 Jul 16
Can you imagine trying to comment on a knitting pattern?
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@GardenGerty (100387)
• United States
18 Jul 16
That is actually what triggered this discussion. Just a pattern written as a post. Nothing personal or discussable.
@bunnybon7 (36901)
• Holiday, Florida
17 Jul 16
that is true. i do hope mine was okay. i try and make something happy about my posts lately. hard but better to read.
@GardenGerty (100387)
• United States
18 Jul 16
@bunnybon7 When we look for something happy to post we even cheer ourselves up. You are working hard at having a good life.
@sueznewz2 (10067)
• Alicante, Spain
18 Jul 16
You've made some good helpful points here ..., lets hope those people who wrote "those posts" you mention... will read it..and it will help them
@marsha32 (6693)
• United States
18 Jul 16
I know the discussion part was huge in the past here as many got on to me about that when I tried to be active once way back when. It turned me off from the site big time to have people scolding me. Now discussion is how we get paid, but past outright copy and pasting or just posting the recipe or pattern without further discussion about it, or posting referral links etc, it seems you can post what you want. Meaning it's my understanding that it's not a requirement that you spark a conversation like it once was, it's just in your best interest to do so.