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Derek H Inactive Member writes:

Just because many of you don't like the sort of mediocre default type forum that comes from ten minutes uncreative use of standard software such as phpBB it doesn't mean that there are not possibilities that would be considerably better than the existing TMP.

If anyone's really interested I'd point them at Ravelry, a custom coded community for people into knitting and crochet.

The site itself can be found at https://www.ravelry.com/account/login About Ravelry ravelry.com/about

Over one million users.

The Wikipedia article at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ravelry will give you some idea what it's all about.

quote from article in New York Observer link

The site works like this: Once users sign in, they can create a profile and start uploading photos of their most recent projects. There's space to indicate which pattern, yarn and needle size they used—which is useful if other users want to make the same scarf, hat or sweater. They have a "project queue" where knitters can tag and rank patterns that they'd like to work on in the future, and a "favorites" feature, where they can track other users' progress. Blog posts chronicling their process can be integrated onto personal Web sites. Designers can also create online stores to sell patterns and other projects.

The site opened in May 2007 and by December 2009 over $1.25 USD million of pdf patterns had been sold there.

A fantastic example of a collaboration between a good programmer and someone who really understands the needs and wants of a craft community.

It makes TMP look like something out of the stone age and has far better functionality, all designed round the needs and wants of the people who use it.


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VOTING RESULTS
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yes
38
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don't drag TMP kicking and screaming into the century of the fruitbat!
26
8%
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no
107
32%
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(shrug)
60
18%
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Only if it cures us from the Multiplying Board Madness
49
15%
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I'm only voting because I like to click on links and such.
36
11%
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Yes, please, I'm begging on my bare knees every night!
20
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Henrix muses...

Well, would you?

I mean something akin to these: