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14 April 2012 @ 11:08 pm
New tank stand coming along and new forums  
I'm very happy to have inherited three communities today. LJ handed over lepidopterists, hummingbirders and ljcps to me because they were abandoned. Lepidopterists is LJ's moth and butterfly community. Hummingbirders is self explanatory. And ljcps is Livejournal's Carnivorous Plant Society. These sites used to be big and very active. They still have good membership but everyone is dormant. I cleaned up the spam on some of them and deleted all the members that were strike throughed. I'll be changing the layouts so they're more presentable eventually and then will try to pump some life into them. Wish me luck. If anything I can at least maintain order and keep the robots out. I'd like for at least ljcps to be active again.

Today turned out to be an inadvertant day off. Chris and I worked a lot on our own projects. He got more shelves up in his room and I worked on my own shelves; the new stand for the 55 gallon tank. I only made one mistake that set me back a little. One of the bricks that was supposed to be green I accidentally painted black. I miscounted since I needed 5 greens and four blacks. So I repainted it with green over the black which will take several coats so the black isn't visible under the green. Sigh. Annoying set back. But I'll be glad to be able to move most of my plants into the larger tank.

I'm only concerned about one thing right now. I joined a group order for plants from over seas on the forum. The order was supposed to have gone through last week but he didn't put it in because half the people didn't pay. That annoyed me because that's not fair to those of us that did pay. If the others didn't pay too bad for them. They coudln't meet the deadline then they can't be on the order. Simple as that. But he held everything up because of them. I told him what I thought about this. He agreed but hasn't been keeping us informed like before and I'm getting worried since I gave him a sizeable amount of money. Luckily it's paypal so if worse comes to worse I can do a claim for no items delivered. So I emailed him again since the next ship date from that nursery is the 17th and it's getting close. I told him that I need to know if the order will be placed otherwise I want my money back. I could sure as hell use it. I could have placed the order myself for the same amount and not gone through this mess about waiting fora group. Though really when you do something like this you need a good leader to make these "tough calls" and not worry about hurting people's feelings. So we'll see. Group orders really are great when they work because everyone saves so much on shipping.
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Mewtrorr Wagsilvolf on April 15th, 2012 10:46 am (UTC)
Congrats on getting the groups! My ukguineapigs one is dying. I wanted to make a group that didn't have pet nazis in it with their dumb views but I guess I failed.
Good luck with the group order, I hope it works out.
Des: Thagirion Drippingthagirion on April 15th, 2012 12:32 pm (UTC)
It's really hard to keep communities going here on LJ because there are so few people left. I still say LJ is the best and wish more people would join. Communities used to be more active years ago in the early 00's. One thing you could try is search the interests and invite the most active recent people. That's what I'm going to try to do for the ljcps one.
kabuldurkabuldur on April 15th, 2012 11:50 am (UTC)
They are all good sounding communities by interest, so I hope you can breathe some new life into them.

You two sounded like you both had good days.

I guess the catch 22 is with the orders that the shipping would be more for single orders and he is competing with others on the lowest price possible. I hope he ships them off on the 17th.
Desthagirion on April 15th, 2012 12:33 pm (UTC)
Yeah I'll do my best...hehe seems that both in real life and in virtual life I'm working on breathing life back into dead things.

Yes, yesterday was great for both of us. So productive.

Yeah, I think group orders can be really good or really bad.
marchskies: pink bouquetmarchskies on April 15th, 2012 06:50 pm (UTC)
LJ finally got something right even in the midst of more screw-ups (that cut icon comes to mind) I was able to grab a rename for my account, so finally no more hyphen.

I had no idea there was a community for CPs. If anyone can revive a community, it's you.
Des: LiveJournal for Introvertsthagirion on April 15th, 2012 06:55 pm (UTC)
Ah, you didn't want a space in your name. Well I'm glad you got what you want. I renamed my dream journal to Owen_Marsh and definitely wanted it separated.

Yeah, it's sad but there are a lot of dead communities out there that at one time were quite active. This one I couldn't let sit there. But I don't know. I own several communities and all are dead right now. It's a shame really that there aren't that many people on LJ anymore I've reworked the look, made an announcement and have been inviting people but who knows if it will take off.
marchskies: washmarchskies on April 15th, 2012 07:40 pm (UTC)
I think that's the best icon I've seen in a long time! So true.

marchskies was my first choice years ago, but was taken by someone who never posted a single entry. It's been a long wait.

I'm cleaning up my collection of CPs. It might sound a little strange, but it makes me nervous when I think about posting to a community audience. It's really silly when I consider it's about an interest I share with others.

It's been great watching you fix up your tank for your collection. I've said for months that I'm going to tackle the one my dad more or less abandoned. I think now I'm ready. You've been a great source of inspiration and ideas. (I feel like I don't know what I'm doing for the most part)

Des: Ego Tripthagirion on April 15th, 2012 09:09 pm (UTC)
Excellent. And I made it so even better.

I'm confused now. Since you don't post much I don't remember who you are. Aren't you also elkdawn or is that someone else? I remember your flickr posts but don't remember the whole story behind your LJ/s.

I'm currently reworking my tanks. Gosh, it's been fun but now for the first time it's becomingfrustrating since I have to learn what the new problems are and how to over come them. You shouldn't be afraid to join communities. Just don't post anything you wouldn't want anyone to find out. Talking about plants is not giving anything away. You've already got photos on Flickr anyway that anyone can see. May as well share those. And if anyone said anything mean you'd got me as the admin to defend you. If you've read any of my fight threads (the "For Your Reading Pleasure" series I sometimes post) you know hwo that ends up.

Thanks. I'm glad I can be an inspiration. I'm happy when I can do that for others.