kris_813 Posted 24 Apr 2007 , 3:04pm
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I may be wrong, but do any of you ever get the feeling that some people(very very very few, ok, maybe one or two) join this site just to use us. Not for recipes or ideals, but for other things. I'm not sure how to explain it without offending anyone, but there are thousands of us on here and we are a very powerful group if asked to do something for the cause. Does anyone here know what I'm talking about?

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stephanie214 Posted 24 Apr 2007 , 3:41pm
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Hi kris,

Love your avatar...he is a cutie icon_biggrin.gif

Yep, we are, if I'm not mistaken, the largest cake site. I'm not quite sure, but are you talking about advertising or getting info to help with starting their business? thumbs_up.gif

kris_813 Posted 24 Apr 2007 , 4:41pm
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Nope, because that's what this site is here for. I'm talking about something else.

indydebi Posted 24 Apr 2007 , 4:49pm
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I can appreciate how you're trying to convey your idea without offending anyone but it's still pretty vague. Are you talking about using us like a political lobby? Is someone trying to "slam" another business by discrediting them?

I can't say that I've ever encountered anything like this... icon_confused.gif

mommicakes Posted 24 Apr 2007 , 4:56pm
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I don't think I get it. icon_confused.gif

freddyfl Posted 24 Apr 2007 , 4:57pm
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do you mean by getting votes for things like baby contests or votes for any other contests?

fmcmulle Posted 24 Apr 2007 , 4:58pm
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I must be slow because I don't get it either! Can you help us?
Faye

Bzer Posted 24 Apr 2007 , 4:59pm
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Not sure what you mean?...give us another hint...

fooby Posted 24 Apr 2007 , 5:00pm
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Originally Posted by freddyfl

do you mean by getting votes for things like baby contests or votes for any other contests?




This was what I was thinking. Hmmm... icon_cool.gif

maryjsgirl Posted 24 Apr 2007 , 5:00pm

You read my mind. I just treat certain posts like a commercial, change the channel, lol.

Ali24 Posted 24 Apr 2007 , 5:01pm

I don't get what you are talking about....please help out.

archanac Posted 24 Apr 2007 , 5:02pm

You mean use this site to sell their Pampered Chef, Wilton, Williams Sonoma, etc. stuff?

Ali24 Posted 24 Apr 2007 , 5:02pm

So I'm a slow typer.

NEWTODECORATING Posted 24 Apr 2007 , 5:04pm

Yes I understand what you are talking about. Let's say I post a cake pic, to prove "I am one of you too" then it isn't to long before I start asking something of the community. I have seen this a few times. I too-change the channel.

Marvelous Posted 24 Apr 2007 , 5:04pm

Use us? Slightly confusing...a little paranoid....But i like where this is going! icon_lol.gif Ok I'm kidding. But honestly if you do feel you're going to offend people by saying what you're trying to say its best if you don't mention it ONLY because its been known to happen around here and it makes people quite unhappy and since this is a friendly cheery lil community we have going then the happier the better.

Note: I'm still very curious though...

alibugs Posted 24 Apr 2007 , 5:04pm

o.k. I admit it....I use you guys.....for free therapy...Thanks!

sue_dye Posted 24 Apr 2007 , 5:07pm

I think I know where your coming from. I have people wanting direction on some of my cake. I'm always glad to send, but then I go to see their pictures or post and there is none. Some of them are members for years. I wonder whey they don't share their talent with use. I think sometimes they are here for themselves only.

Countryatheart32 Posted 24 Apr 2007 , 5:10pm

I am really a brunette, but feel like I'm a blonde!!!!! LOL

No offense to our very talented and smart blonde's out there!

But I am definately lost! LOL

MikeRowesHunny Posted 24 Apr 2007 , 5:14pm

Oh yes! That thought has crossed my mind more than once as well...............and what a great source/force we are to tap into when you think we have over 80,000 members to sway into helping some self-serving cause or similar - things completely unrelated to cake!

bobwonderbuns Posted 24 Apr 2007 , 5:19pm

Well I'll just come out and say it... I read a thread recently where someone who had very few posts to begin with used the whole thread to encourage us to vote for her for something or other -- it just seemed like a blatant campaign on her part. Is that the sort of thing you are talking about?

playingwithsugar Posted 24 Apr 2007 , 5:21pm

sue_dye,

I know exactly what you mean. I do not like that, either. There are what, 70,000 members here, but only 300-400 of us participate regularly.

I have also noticed that there are some newbies who are obviously not new to cake decorating, as their first post asks about complicated cake work, fondant inlays, chocolate wraps, etc. A little intro when they ask for help with these techniques, especially about their experience level, would be nice. It's easy to assume that just because it is a person's first post, that means that they're new to decorating, but I could be so very wrong. I would rather discourage someone with very little experience from taking on difficult techniques without some training, than to have them become totally discouraged with the outcome, then give up on cake decorating altogether.

Theresa icon_smile.gif

MikkelPaige Posted 24 Apr 2007 , 5:27pm

I'm a true newbie and want to be very involved icon_smile.gif I strive to have over 1,000 posts like many of you!! Thanks for being welcoming icon_biggrin.gif

getfrosted Posted 24 Apr 2007 , 5:28pm

Okay - I'm not cluing in to what the originaly posted meant by this thread ...

Everyone seems to have their own ideas as to what 'being used' means to them on CC. I honestly don't feel that this thread can go anywhere but downhill when it is said in that context.

People have asked me for advise, instructions, patterns, recipes, etc., and I'lm glad to help where I can ... and I have done the same. That to me is what CC is all about - people coming together to share their knowledge and in the process learn from others.

CranberryClo Posted 24 Apr 2007 , 5:31pm

If it's the case, then so be it. Ignore it and it'll go away.

This can't go anywhere positive, so just leave it alone.

Stop, stop, stop, stop, stop, please!

Melvira Posted 24 Apr 2007 , 5:32pm

Yes, we could be a huge force to be reckoned with if we made a move 'en force', so I can see how someone would be tempted to try it. (vote for me) I mean, there are hundreds of brilliant and influential people here! (I'm the bomb) And people respond to powerful groups! (Vote for me) Ok, I am just kidding. But I know where you're coming from. (I rule) I appreciate that you don't want to say anything specific to spare feelings, etc. (Is it me?) That is wise of you!! (It's me, isn't it?) Well, thanks for letting us vent this feeling. (Oh my God, they're onto me! I'm outta here!) icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

MikeRowesHunny Posted 24 Apr 2007 , 5:34pm

Melvira - you crack me up!

bobwonderbuns Posted 24 Apr 2007 , 5:36pm
Quote:
Originally Posted by Melvira

Yes, we could be a huge force to be reckoned with if we made a move 'en force', so I can see how someone would be tempted to try it. (vote for me) I mean, there are hundreds of brilliant and influential people here! (I'm the bomb) And people respond to powerful groups! (Vote for me) Ok, I am just kidding. But I know where you're coming from. (I rule) I appreciate that you don't want to say anything specific to spare feelings, etc. (Is it me?) That is wise of you!! (It's me, isn't it?) Well, thanks for letting us vent this feeling. (Oh my God, they're onto me! I'm outta here!) icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif




Melvira you rock! icon_lol.gif You got my vote! thumbs_up.gificon_biggrin.gif Now, would you just do my homework for me? icon_wink.gificon_razz.gif

fmcmulle Posted 24 Apr 2007 , 5:36pm

Melvira you are so funny!

albumangel Posted 24 Apr 2007 , 5:38pm

Melvira- You CRACK ME UP!! icon_lol.gif

I'm always trying to be very conscious of how much I contribute vs. how much I ask- I try to only ask things after I've researched the site thoroughly for the answer to see if it's already been posted. I would hope that someone would PM me if they ever felt I was taking advantage...

Melvira Posted 24 Apr 2007 , 5:38pm

I'm sorry... funny? Did I say something funny? (OMG... they can read my thoughts!!!!!!!! icon_eek.gif )

Edited to add: Hey wonderbuns... it depends on what you are studying. I did graduate with an IT degree with a 4.0, but I slept with a LOT of teachers! KIDDING!!!! icon_lol.gif

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