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    PlanetChristmas shifting away from forums?


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    PlanetChristmas used to be the hip and happening place for Christmas decorators.  In the early days it wasn't unusual for the site to trip off-line because of too much traffic.  The stories I can tell...

    Then along came Facebook.  Now anyone can create their own version of a Christmas group and Facebook handles all the behind-the-scenes heavy lifting.

    I'm considering changing the PlanetChristmas website to a Christmas-centric classified ad site.  I'm seeing a growing need for Christmas decorators to have an easy way to move stuff between themselves.  The classified ads, as usual would remain free on PlanetChristmas.

    Whatdoyathink?

     

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    I won't pretend to know what it takes to maintain the forum pages.  Only you can decide that.  I can say that this forum has been a source of information for me over the years.  Everything I learned about blow molds I learned here with everyone's incredible knowledge and willingness to be helpful.  I, personally, don't use Facebook so losing these pages would be the end of the road for me as far as learning more. First it seemed as if Kevin lost interest in Blow-molded because nothing got updated or added and now traffic here has diminished.  This forum would be sorely missed by me.  If you decide to end it I just want to say "Thanks" for keeping it alive all this time.  

    Donna     

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    Chuck,

    You are correct on the Facebook deal, but....I have been on here since 2005 and learned alot and met alot of people from these forums. Granted it may not be as popular as it once was but it is still viable and in someway be retained. This was the place to go for Christmas knowledge at a time when we were all trying to figure it out. Knowing you I know that you will make the best decision for the site but hopefully the forums could be archived in some way to keep all the info that has passed through this site through the years.

    SPaschall

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    I would simply repeat and agree with everything already said.  I always tell my wife I could never have my display on national tv because my PCers would see all the ideas I’ve stolen from them!  Either way,  Chuck I hope you realize the help and encouragement your site has provided to a lot of Christmas light fanatics  over the years.  Thank you.

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    6 hours ago, Chuck said:

    PlanetChristmas used to be the hip and happening place for Christmas decorators.  In the early days it wasn't unusual for the site to trip off-line because of too much traffic.  The stories I can tell...

    Then along came Facebook.  Now anyone can create their own version of a Christmas group and Facebook handles all the behind-the-scenes heavy lifting.

    I'm considering changing the PlanetChristmas website to a Christmas-centric classified ad site.  I'm seeing a growing need for Christmas decorators to have an easy way to move stuff between themselves.  The classified ads, as usual would remain free on PlanetChristmas.

    Whatdoyathink?

    Hi Chuck,

    Reading this makes me feel sad.  On the one hand I understand where you are coming from but on the other hand nothing can ever "replace" the P.C. forums.  For those of us who are still here this is still a hip and happening place (even if the pace is a little slower now).  None of the other places (such as FB and other forums) would be as popular as they are if it hadn't all started here.  You've always had great vision as to which direction to take Planet Christmas.  I'll continue to support (and recommend) P.C. whatever direction you go but I do hope that some of the forums will remain.  Maybe it would be easier to maintain if the number of different forums/sub-forums was reduced.  Back in the day there were only a handful of different areas ("Lights, lights, lights", "blowmolds", "Heads Up", and a few others) and we did ok.

    TED

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    This time of year I always start seeing used Christmas equipment changing hands.  We currently have a Buy/Sell/Trade area in the PlanetChristmas forums but it's pretty crude.  Can't help but think there's a way to make this easier.  I need to keep pondering this.

    My goal is always to keep PlanetChristmas pertinent to today's decorator.  Facebook has certainly made that challenging when it comes to posts. To me the hundreds of thousands of old PlanetChristmas posts are a real treasure trove of information but the newbies seem to care less about how we solved a problem a year ago... much less 20. 

    I do like Ted's idea of reducing the number of subject forums to something less threatening. 

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    You are the one who does all of the work to keep this site running so it remains your decision.  Personally I check in here every few days to see if anything new has been added.  It picks up near the end of the year and slacks off after the New Year.   Had I not discovered Planet Christmas by accident I would not have expanded my decorations into blow molds.  Just picked up 11 more last night (see separate post).  I will miss it especially because I don't post and rarely read anything on Facebook.  It creeps me out with all of the data collection they do so I stay away.  I had to sign up for Facebook to read something there about three years ago and never posted anything .

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    I randomly found this 2 or 3 years ago and have learned a crazy amount of stuff. Some I have used and others I am keeping on reserve for years later.

    Just last week I was searching through some old posts learning new stuff.n

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    Oh man, say it ain't so!  i just started looking back on here in anticipation for the upcoming holidays.  With the way prices have gone up due to tariffs and the corona virus, i didn't now how people would decorate this year.  My wife and i talked about starting earlier this year just for the purpose of hopefully lifting someones spirits.  I too have used this forum to gain knowledge and insight to Christmas lighting.  I would hate to lose it.  I appreciate all the people that have gave me input and the comments on my display.

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    I just got here so i say keep it going!  Not sure how i missed this place for the past 5 years of actively escalating my decorating, although i'm glad to be here now and drinking from the firehose of knowledge that appears to be stored here! :)

    I also buy and sell blow molds as i build my collection and recently started a parts and accessories website for things i haven't found others making yet like exact replica candle flames and antlers. I, for one, am glad I found this website and forum and look forward to learning from (or "stealing from" as @slankard said above 😅) all the PCers who have been here much longer than me.   

    Also happy to help in any way I can on the buying/selling concepts.  I used to manage a small shipping dept, have a shopify store, sell on mercari and have 15+ years on ebay.  Finally, below is a picture of part of my display from last year.  

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    Chuck

    I agree with all the above. Last year my wife was in hospital for 65days. After our son was born he was in NICU for 10 days we brought home 3.8 lbs baby. I think I read most of the old post during hospital say with my wife and it was a great escape for me. This site is a great outlet to get new ideas, learn, Create,  All the positive comments. And the since of a team working together to put out Ideas and new way of doing things. I hope you can keep it going in some form. Also I don’t do FB either way to much negativity/drama.

    Chuck thank you for your years of work keeping site running I really appreciate it!

    Scott

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    I have this saying: "the easiest thing to do is nothing."  Most people seem to default to this setting.  

    Sooooooo... I'm going to leave things alone, at least for this season .)

    But... I'm wide open for suggestions on how to make PlanetChristmas a better place.  Please let me know here or send an email to me at [email protected]

     

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    I too don't use Facebook and  would most likely cease in seeking out help in the restoration of old David Hamberger animated Christmas displays..Slowing down a little with the age and not really looking to sign on other websites for those in the know on on this subject. Would like to " Thank all  " who have giving me ideas and possible solutions to a variety of minute problems on this subject.Thank you too Chuck for even having the idea of a place where people doing similar things like this can help each other. I''ll still be here on the side reading the different stories and remedies folks have as long as the site is here and  "" THE GOOD LORD  '' allows me the time...Frank

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