It's interesting; most of the groups I follow have a mixture of people
from all over the world; lots of US people of course, almost as many
from the UK, and a sprinkling of others, mostly from countries where
English is spoken well (Canadians of course, Ireland, the Dutch, all the
Scandinavians, the Finns, most of India and Pakistan, Malaysia, ...).
But a quick scan through this group just now, though hardly rigorous,
showed me only US posters and lots of US-specific topics (Home Depot,
Craigs list ...)
Before you start to hit the keyboard harder read this, though: it's fine
with me if the answer is "yes": it's just odd, that's all.
I think it includes all of Europe and Australia as well. The majority of
posters are North Americans, but speaking for myself, all who make sawdust
and shavings (or want to) are certainly welcome.
One of our favorite sources of quality tools is Lee Valley and they are a
Canadian company. It seems that Hitachi used to be Italian ( I may be wrong
about that though).
Henry Law wrote:
| It's interesting; most of the groups I follow have a mixture of
| people from all over the world; lots of US people of course, almost
| as many from the UK, and a sprinkling of others, mostly from
| countries where English is spoken well (Canadians of course,
| Ireland, the Dutch, all the Scandinavians, the Finns, most of India
| and Pakistan, Malaysia, ...). But a quick scan through this group
| just now, though hardly rigorous, showed me only US posters and
| lots of US-specific topics (Home Depot, Craigs list ...)
| Before you start to hit the keyboard harder read this, though: it's
| fine with me if the answer is "yes": it's just odd, that's all.
As of 04:04 this morning, these are the recorded May hits by
domain/country at my web site. I think most of the search engine hits
fall into either the "Network" or "US Commercial" catagories. Nearly
all of my site activity is the result of posting articles here and to
There have been 106401 total hits so far in May - from 67 countries.
Here are the "Top 30":
1 41364 38.88% Network
2 27573 25.91% US Commercial
3 14367 13.50% Unresolved/Unknown
4 3051 2.87% Canada
5 2865 2.69% India
6 1920 1.80% Australia
7 1551 1.46% Italy
8 1233 1.16% Hungary
9 1110 1.04% US Educational
10 1107 1.04% United Kingdom
11 1047 0.98% New Zealand (Aotearoa)
12 969 0.91% US Military
13 780 0.73% Greece
14 705 0.66% Non-Profit Organization
15 459 0.43% France
16 414 0.39% Thailand
17 402 0.38% Belgium
18 399 0.37% Brazil
19 399 0.37% Mexico
20 396 0.37% Poland
21 324 0.30% Netherlands
22 318 0.30% United States
23 300 0.28% Sweden
24 282 0.27% Czech Republic
25 279 0.26% Switzerland
26 267 0.25% Finland
27 264 0.25% Germany
28 252 0.24% US Government
29 219 0.21% Turkey
30 192 0.18% Japan
Methinks there are a _lot_ more lurkers than posters. I wish more of
the lurkers would join in our discussions...
DeSoto, Iowa USA
AFAIK; this newsgroup is dominated by posters from North America,
although, I suspect many more read this NG
There are several forums, which are moderated, that have many more EU
members. I recommend:
It seems that in the UK, there are lots more problems with finding wood
suppliers than most North American's have any concept of. I, as someone
who lives in North America, finds the price you pay in the UK for raw wood
products / lumber is just unbelievably too high. Doesn't your lumber have
have some sort of certification that the source of the lumber is from a re-
newable forest or some such?
There you go Henry, that makes 3 Kiwis so far. And I am positive I have seen a
number of messages originating in Oz, and spotted several Pommy posters.
A sprinkling of Continental entries also. There are bound to be more lurkers
out there ....
</waves to Barry and Larry>
firstname dot lastname at gmail fullstop com
Lots are but there a couple of blokes from Oz, me being one.
I've learnt some interesting things in this group over the years and
hopefully been able to help a few people on the way.
It does get a little frustrating tho, when you mention an Aussie Co such
as Bunnings and get no response and when Home depot is mentioned the
flood gates open. Oh well that's what you get when your the 51st state :)
Just have fun
John B wrote:
| It does get a little frustrating tho, when you mention an Aussie Co
| such as Bunnings and get no response and when Home depot is
| mentioned the flood gates open. Oh well that's what you get when
| your the 51st state :)
I hadn't thought about that. Would it help if the subject of articles
dealing with tool/wood sources carried a US-vendor/CA-vendor/etc tag?
This might facilitate filtering out stuff of little or no interest to
people in other regions...
DeSoto, Iowa USA
Na, not really. I wasn't bitching about the US content, it's rather
amusing some times seeing the big retailers getting a serve :)
It was the other way around, just wishing there was a bit more Oz
content, but as the say "Wish in one hand and sh*t in the other and see
which fills first". ;)
all the best
There are other places to narrow yourself to your particular region.
http://www.woodworkforums.ubeaut.com.au/index.php?s= is a pretty good one.
One nice thing about the US folks is we're used to - dare I say - kowtowing
to minority interests. "For Spanish, press two." Al and Jesse are working
on "for Ebonics press three...."
on 5/21/2007 1:52 AM Morris Dovey said the following:
I am/was a woodworker, but haven't done anything serious in years, but
as a lurker, I still like to read about others' experiences.
I, like you, give my location in my sig line. If others did the same in
worldwide newsgroups, at least we/you would know where we're/you're
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