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TMA Information / General Call For Help With Governance
« Last post by sse on March 14, 2020, 03:01:25 PM »
Greetings, all.  You may have noticed some changes regarding our Facebook presence.  Basically, discussions are over with and willing participants have been directed to transfer over.  We are trying to make a new start in building interest here at our web forum.

Anyone reading this, who is either non-registered, registered, or a registered, dues paying member, we would like to hear from you, answer any questions you may have about helping, being a member on the Board of Directors, and what the obligations are.

In particular, we are in need of someone who can take the position of Secretary/Treasurer.  This involves keeping track of membership, collecting dues payments, and other things involving our checkbook.  Since we are fairly simplified in what we do, the duties are limited, but very important.  There would be sufficient support in getting going. 

Anyone interested should reach out to myself, or someone else on the Board of Directors, to learn the full extent of the job, and all it entails.  This is very important to meeting obligations to current members, and growing our community.

Thank you for your interest.
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TMA Information / The TMA is on Facebook!
« Last post by sse on March 01, 2020, 02:45:07 PM »
Shortly, the FB discussion group will be closed and the page will remain to direct participants to our web forum.
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TMA Information / Re: The TMA is on Facebook!
« Last post by Riley/MN on February 29, 2020, 07:41:52 PM »
Sooo..That being said;

Once the BoD votes to have me do so I will lock down the TMA Facebook group to the point that it is read only (I think - I've never tried that) and leave it that way for a month or so, and then archive the group. The TMA organizational page on Facebook will remain.
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TMA Information / Re: The TMA is on Facebook!
« Last post by Uncle Russ on February 28, 2020, 02:34:55 AM »
good morning folks .
 many years back when the whole face book subject came up , I  was against it . the reason was that I saw it as a distraction  from why we  set up the TMA in the first place . while it was true that it opened up the TMA  to a larger audience  , I felt that any such  involvement should provide a direct link strait to  the TMA forum , not just a new Facebook account . After it was opened it seemed like , to me that it  may well have been a very good idea  and that my fears were wrong . Now that being said over the last year or so I have  seen  and agree with what many of the others have stated . facebook seems to have become un controllable . myself though I read it a lot I find  that I often times just refrain from making any comment  unless its to try and help someone. even then I have become very tempered in my replies as  it always seems like someone gets offended. I also think face book has way to many restrictions . to many trolls  which  have no purpose but to  either try and get people shut down or pages closed . Do to the format it also provides for endless repeats of the same questions . I wish I had an answer as to how to get people back to the Forums .

Yep, that's exactly how I remember it happening too.
The Membership, at the time, was practically insistent on Riley setting it up, as it was the latest internet sensation.
Much like Captchee, at first I was against it too....but it started off like it was simply meant to be, so I admitted that i had also been wrong in the very early days.
The rest is history.
I feel we need a Facebook presence, as long as there is Facebook, I think, the TMA should be there, but not in a interactive format.
These same words have been said by many others, for several years now, it was just said in different ways, but all with the same bottom line.

Russ...
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TMA Information / Re: The TMA is on Facebook!
« Last post by Spotted Bull on February 27, 2020, 10:30:16 AM »
It's great to see you back Captchee! :wave
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TMA Information / Re: The TMA is on Facebook!
« Last post by Captchee on February 27, 2020, 10:29:00 AM »
ahhh sorry guys , I see if im going to start posting here im going to have to fix my signature block  :Doh!
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TMA Information / Re: The TMA is on Facebook!
« Last post by Captchee on February 27, 2020, 10:27:47 AM »
 good morning folks .
 many years back when the whole face book subject came up , I  was against it . the reason was that I saw it as a distraction  from why we  set up the TMA in the first place . while it was true that it opened up the TMA  to a larger audience  , I felt that any such  involvement should provide a direct link strait to  the TMA forum , not just a new Facebook account . After it was opened it seemed like , to me that it  may well have been a very good idea  and that my fears were wrong . Now that being said over the last year or so I have  seen  and agree with what many of the others have stated . facebook seems to have become un controllable . myself though I read it a lot I find  that I often times just refrain from making any comment  unless its to try and help someone. even then I have become very tempered in my replies as  it always seems like someone gets offended. I also think face book has way to many restrictions . to many trolls  which  have no purpose but to  either try and get people shut down or pages closed . Do to the format it also provides for endless repeats of the same questions . I wish I had an answer as to how to get people back to the Forums .   
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TMA Information / Re: The TMA is on Facebook!
« Last post by JB67 on February 26, 2020, 09:12:02 PM »
I did change the format to the mobile friendly one, it does seem more user-friendly.

And the patch knife is just fine, Uncle. I've been using precut patches, but it's a fine accessory for my kit. One can never have too many knives! :bl th up
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TMA Information / Re: The TMA is on Facebook!
« Last post by Uncle Russ on February 26, 2020, 02:57:44 AM »
A few comments about both FB and here:

Facebook is not for in-depth conversations. The format is very superficial, posts very quickly disappear into the mists. People post a question or picture, a few comments are made, and that's it. I see quite a few who come by just to say, "Hey waddaya know about this ML I just got?" without wanting to learn about MLs. I get the impression there are also quite a few who only shoot a ML to get a few more weeks of hunting season.

Forums like this are better for good conversations and exchanges, and for learning and preserving the art and history. It is EXACTLY what the TMA is about. What I find difficult about the TMA forum in particular is topicss aren't listed by recent posts, but by when started. Old threads can have new comments, but one has to dig for them. I'm also on muzzleloadingforum.com and, frankly, find theirs a bit more user friendly.

The FB page can be used as a portal to here, maybe more as a way to keep our presence on FB. Maybe have it so only paying TMA members can post there. I hate to see it disappear altogether as it is how I found this forum.

That's my 2c.
And a mighty fine 2 cents it is!

(BTW; Don't want to get of subject, but how's your little Patch Knife working for ya?)

Uncle Russ...
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TMA Information / Re: The TMA is on Facebook!
« Last post by Uncle Russ on February 26, 2020, 02:49:25 AM »
FWIW: in everyone's Profile there is a place to verify just how you would like your messages displayed. First to last, last to first. Etc, etc.....
Personally, my preference is "First to last", reading the last post first.
If you've never been through the 4 stages in your personal Profile that's available to you, you owe it to yourself to do that....you can change the entire perspective of how you would like best to read the forum.
That is NOTsomething the staff will do for you as it's all too personal.
Give it a try, you just might like what you find.
I'll give it my best shot to help anyone....I say this because I've been down this road, once, and I didn't care much for it!

Uncle Russ....
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