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Are we too many in here, should we start limiting acess?

Hi everyone :)

Are we too many in here, should we start limiting acess?

I have had the same thoughts before; at a point I felt like we where so many in here, that it was impossible to follow everything & everyone..

It sure is now.

Last time I did & said nothing, and it turned out to be the right solution; So many cool people dropped in, people I would never have known else. I am thankful I did not limit acess then.

However, are we shooting ourselves in the foot by growing uncontrolled? >There is like more than 2.000 people in here every day! More thatn 2.000 individual visitors.. I do not "know" everybody, is this cool?

Let me hear what you say :)

It would be easy to just shout down for new members for a while..

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That's actually a really good idea. I don't like the idea mentioned previously of keeping robots from being promoted back to the front page when they're updated -- sure, sometimes you're just making a minor change, but if you really have made a bunch of progress and are posting your new pictures and stuff, nobody would get to see it if it didn't get put back up on the front page.

But dividing the page into two or three sections to separate the robots by experienced builders from those from newer members seems like a great solution. And I like the idea of having one section on the first page exclusively for showing people's very first contributions. I don't know if Drupal can do this sort of thing natively, but everything's possible if you know a little PHP :)


I would assume that it could be done using some database calls...
Select * from ROBOTS where username_number_of_bots_built = 1 SORT BY date_posted

I know that the username numbe rof robots built would require a join with the user data table and the robots table but you get the idea. Maybe java or flash could be used to only show 3 at a time, but have it rotate every few seconds.

Should LMR refocus on competitons / challenges and try to cut down the general chit-chat?

To enter a competition you have to build a robot, and if there is to be an entry criteria, building a robot seems to be the one that is most often mooted. A competiton also focuses the posts onto the tasks relevant to the task. Someone recently posted a question about finding balls, or was it sticks, in a box; and there was a great discussion on how this might be done.

Close the forums for new threads, and only let (most) people post robots (in construction or completed) and posts under each competition. If some new knowledge appears, someone (chosen by common consent) should write a tutorial/walkthrough to capture the knowledge and add it to LMR's linbrary.


My wife makes cards. She's on a forum similar to this. They too run "challenges." Sometimes there are prizes and sometimes there is just glory. I find the format is very similar to what we do here. They have thousands of monthly visitors and a core of 50-60 real enthusiasts, of whom 5-10 are regular posters. Very similar breakdown. Cards are smaller, lighter and less expensive to produce than robots, but the "winner" will often receive several cards from other enthusiasts.

I'd be happy to contribue the odd bag of resistors or plugs/sockets or things I have too many of if I thought we had a culture of doing this.

I must enquire how they exchange addresses discretely. Obviously they're not publically posted (I HOPE). My wife got HUNDREDS of hand-made birthday cards this year from people she doesn't even know.

On a slightly seperate note, how would anyone feel about a cash competition? I was going to post the idea here, but I think it warrants a seperate blog.


Guys, thank you for the debate.

You now know it is your own fault if things are getting out of hands :D

You had the chance ;)


Keep flaming newbees who have not read the FAQ or the "best practice" (front page), thank you ever so much to everyone answering people asking stuff about the start here-robot, and my other posts, and each others posts and all, you know - thanks for all you do :)

If I was to rule, I'd close the party for newcommers for now - I like you guys, and don't care if we can get bigger, though it in itself also sometimes thrills me to see us beat the pack in shere numbers.

I made the site to get friends making robots.. and I have that now.. But hey, one can always use more friends ;) And it IS really cool that you just know that many people are going to see what you make, and it IS really cool to enter every day and see loads of interesting stuff made!

Rock on!

In exactly 24 hours, you managed to introduce a highly controversial issue, propose a very impopular counter measure, incite dozens of conflicting responses plus a few partly related flames, weigh them against each other and reach a verdict that is completely opposite your own suggestion.

Jack ain't got Jack on you Frits! Now how about that Global Warming Thingey? Let's say, 48 hours on that one?

Good call too.

Hey, one got to stir up some sh*t :D

Maby all of you agreed, and that was settled then, we closed for newcommers. You did not, so I'll find something else radical.

Global warming? That's easy; Stop breeding, people! (now)


This is a fundamental conversation about how LMR should work, and there's only 20 or so LMR-ians prepared to contribute a comment. LMR may be getting 2,000 visitors a day, but we 20 (and CtC - where's he gone?) are probably putting up 95% of the posts. If 1,980 visitors come through the door every day, look about, and leave without saying a word - who really cares?


CTC will b here in a minute :D
I kinda agree with frits, but I also kinda disagree with frits. I think that membership to this site should be limited, but only temporarily until this sudden LMR craze dies down. I also think we should keep it so that LMR stays ad and spam free (delete ted's sig). Nothing against ted, but its great to have an active community without harassment to buy things. Though I have said all this I still believe that forums that take months to approve your membership are really annoying and a big pain. Final verdict: Stop new memberships temporarily