TPTW (thought provoking thread of the week) - Check this one out!!!

ValencianNails

Positivity rules!
#1
OK, hopefully I've got your attention :wink2:

Time for MY thought provoking thread of the week (or TPTW for short) and one which invites replies from every single member of the site... yes, that includes YOU! :wink2:

How do you keep a website community (like Salon Geek) alive?
How do you keep it fresh?
What makes it 'tick'?

I'm really interested in hearing your thoughts on this as I'm sure we ALL have different ideas.
Thanks in advance for your input Geeks :hug:
 

happyfeet

Well-Known Member
#2
Not reading and running, I'm going to mull this one over and get back to you!

Looking forward to reading everyones replies.

Thanks Valencian Nails xxxx
 
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shedunlop

Well-Known Member
#3
The thing that keeps it alive is the mutual interest we all have, i.e. Hair, Nails and Beauty. That is what this site is about after all, a professional site for those in the industry, whether training, qualified or well over the hill like me!

To keep it fresh we need to try to think of new things to discuss or old things but in a different way, from a different angle or different point of view.

Making it tick along is another thing altogether. For that we need understanding, compassion and mutual respect. To be able to move on when things get stale, to ignore what irritates us, there is plenty of other stuff on the site to get involved with.

I have been on here for over 4 years now and have made very good friends all over the world who are bound to me by our mutual interests and respect for eachother. We have our disagreements, flippin' 'eck we have them with our nearest and dearest so why not with others on here? But, at the end of the day we should be one big family on here and a beautiful, well manicured, exfoliated and titivated family :wink2:
 

mizzy_dizzy

Well-Known Member
#4
How do you keep a website community (like Salon Geek) alive?
Community
without different ideas , driving forces , motives , inspirations , situations , experiences , even locations and genral bouncing of ideas the site would flat line!

How do you keep it fresh?
keeping the site up to date , phone apps and the like , but like anything it needs to be kept tidy , the mods do this but there is alot other members can do to! there is a place for everything , report spam , don't text talk , think about the title of your thread so it can be found easily by others looking , if you want to talk and have no real question use the shout box , if its something you want to get off your chest blog it , if you dont want others to read set blog to friends only !don't use a thread like it was a face book post and over comment on it , take it to PM or facebook! by doing these things the main forums are not cloged with rubbish ,

What makes it 'tick'?
:idea: information! :idea:
new and old , tried and tested
new members and old helping each other along along the way ,bouncing ideas in Sam biddles be inspired DVD'S the rs a quote something like for every student she teaches she feels she can learn something from them to.
I think this adapted to salongeek works well , every time theres a question thats been done before you might know the answer , if you do chances are you learned it here ! pass it forword!
 

chocolatepickle

Well-Known Member
#5
Sharing!

I think sharing keeps it alive, it can inspire conversation, inspire learning, inspire other users to try something different.

Sharing advice helps not just the poster but all who may come across a post by searching which makes us all a little bit more knowledgeable- bit by bit!

Sharing pictures, I love looking at the critique section and even though I dont offer critique often I learn a lot from those that do. I think this is a great tool for moving forward in your area nails/lashes etc, along with the user galleries.

I think I'm guilty of perhaps not sharing as much as I should as I have learnt so much reading critiques others have given, looking at photos of nails- good and bad, the tips I've read- so much.
The tips and tricks that I've learnt on here from others sharing little bits of advice have been invaluable to me.

Perhaps many of us are guilty of not sharing enough.
 

Crystal colleen

Well-Known Member
#6
I have learned a lot through searching reading old posts looking at people's pics of nails and my god is there some talented people on here I could only wish and aspire to be as good as people on here seriously....and my god am I practicing my butt off to be as good.:lol: it's a good sight to learn different things and to make friends.

Thought provoking threads are great love um
 

angelina221

Master Lash Tech
#7
I have learned so much from Salon Geek and made a lorra lorra friends (can I say lorra lorra?:lol:)
To keep the community spirit I think you need tolerance.
It's very easy to get fed up of repetitive posts but we need to remember that we were all newbies once and sometimes, in the excitement of finding this wonderful site, we fire questions left right and centre before actually reading the rules.
So maybe if we just think before replying to a post, then people won't take offence.
Also to remember that, yes, maybe it is the 100th time we have read that same question, but it's the first time a newbie has asked it.
We can keep it fresh by posting more TPTW!
The members make it tick. These wonderful people give up their precious time to help others for free.
It's great that so many people can come together and impart their knowledge and make great friendships along the way.
If someone posts something that really should be a blog then you can answer;
'This really should be a blog' OR
'Did you know we have a blog section on this site. The blog section is for just generally chatting about your day to day life and the blogs would be a great place for this thread.'
It's all how you say things sometimes.
Obviously with a community this big there will always be the odd spats but that happens in real life too.
So more TPTW, more tolerance and more great professional advice.
Happy geeking!
 

happyfeet

Well-Known Member
#8
I think everyone so far has hit the nail on the head. I actually love the site the way it is, but then I've not been on here long.

I would like to see lots more TPTW and I'd like them to not only be nail, skin or hair specific but covering all three areas as think all three industries have different attitudes, ethos' and outlooks based on their individual work experience. I like difference of opinions, and i don't mean in a controversial kind of way, more what people think because even when i think i have it all worked out, someone comes along and puts a different spin on it and I'm like actually i didn't think of it like that. I think this is essentially what keeps this site ticking.

The search facility is like an instant online library. Everyone new and old have contributed to the wealth of info already on here. Success stories, bad decisions, controversial threads, mistakes, triumphs, recommendations etc have all helped us one way or another. Yes sometimes the search facility definitely needs using but at times fresh questions with a different spin, updated information, excitable newbies, knowledgable oldies can inspire and excite everyone giving us all a fresh outlook.

To keep it fresh I'd like to see more industry related news and discussions on that. Whether that's the hat posting or geeks sharing links.

I also love, whilst i don't post, reading all the other boards too. I think we can all learn from each other in what ever industry we specialise in.

Patients and tolerance is what also keeps and will keep this forum ticking. I know sometimes it wears thin or we get hurt, upset or fed up with things on here but thats all part and parcel of normal life, even cyber. We all sometimes need to walk away for a bit and come back fresh and i also think its everyones responsibility to add something new to the site. As mentioned several times by mods the boards are what we make them and if we see they're going stale we can all change it up with tptw, industry news related threads and such like.

I'd like to see constructive product reviews too. Not so and so is **** but this one is great. I want to know why people love something.

Ok i am rambling a bit now, no change there aye.

Valencian nails this is a great thread and i hope it inspires everyone including myself! Thank you x o x
 
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#9
I'm not the best at putting my thoughts down so forgive me if I end up waffling :)

How do you keep a website community (like Salon Geek) alive?

As Chocolatepickle said, Sharing :) The good the bad and the ugly, whether it's knowledge, an experience or just something new you have discovered. I love reading success stories be it from an old thread or a new one.It's a relief sometimes to see someone else has the same problems you do, especially if you have just been noseying (?) around the galleries and drool over nails you could only ever dream to achieve! :) The remember where you came from thread was a great idea too.

How do you keep it fresh?

I'm not so sure about this one! Only because everything is new to me at the moment, 30 odd years as a Tom Boy is my excuse :)

What makes it 'tick'?

The members make it 'tick'. This site is full of genuinely helpful people. Some of them have the patience of a saint :) These helpful people are a mixture of 'oldies' and 'newbies' too. I've met some fantastic people on this board since I've been here and been shown so much encouragement. I am extremely grateful for that.



I would love to contribute more in a helpful manner, but at this time I doubt a lot of my knowledge/skills/technique. I've typed a million replies, and hit the back button the same amount of times too.
Hopefully one day I won't feel the need to hit that back button, because the knowledge passed on by the geeks will have finally absorbed into my mushy brain :)
 

izzidoll

Strictly Scottish Geek!
#10
Sharing and Learning !!

They are the main reasons I am a part of this community!

I can share my experiences in the Industry and learn from others too.

It really is a circle!!

I don't do 'personal', thats just me, but I consider a lot of people on here friends, although they probably when they think about it don't know that much about me outside of Nails, despite all the years I have been here!
That said when I took a break from the Industry last year the messages of support I had from geeks on here were very uplifting. I couldn't leave Salon Geek even when I thought I had left Nails....so just when I thought I was out....the Geeks pulled me back in lol!
 
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dandelionpoppy

Well-Known Member
#11
Imagine a big party with thousands of work colleagues.

As you circulate the room you hear some interesting conversations..........
You learn about something new that can help you in your job........
You pluck up courage and ask a question that you thought was a bit stupid, but find that colleagues are eager and happy to help you!
You talk to someone you thought you had nothing in common with, but realise that you've made a new friend.

It's the best kind of party.
I'm so glad I came to it.
 

An*Gel

Well-Known Member
#12
I have learned so much from Salon Geek and made a lorra lorra friends (can I say lorra lorra?:lol:)
To keep the community spirit I think you need tolerance.
It's very easy to get fed up of repetitive posts but we need to remember that we were all newbies once and sometimes, in the excitement of finding this wonderful site, we fire questions left right and centre before actually reading the rules.
So maybe if we just think before replying to a post, then people won't take offence.
Also to remember that, yes, maybe it is the 100th time we have read that same question, but it's the first time a newbie has asked it.
We can keep it fresh by posting more TPTW!
The members make it tick. These wonderful people give up their precious time to help others for free.
It's great that so many people can come together and impart their knowledge and make great friendships along the way.
If someone posts something that really should be a blog then you can answer;
'This really should be a blog' OR
'Did you know we have a blog section on this site. The blog section is for just generally chatting about your day to day life and the blogs would be a great place for this thread.'
It's all how you say things sometimes.
Obviously with a community this big there will always be the odd spats but that happens in real life too.
So more TPTW, more tolerance and more great professional advice.
Happy geeking!
I really wanted to reply to this one, but angelina221 just said what I wanted to say! :)
 

gr8nailz

Well-Known Member
#13
You keep SG alive by playing a part...a constructive part. Not destructive. No room for that here. We're professionals empowering professionals, at least that's what we're supposed to be.

You keep SG fresh by contributing...contributing your ideas, your opinions, your wisdom, your support, your humor...if you have any. And if you don't, then just contribute a shoulder to cry on or an ear to bend.

You keep SG ticking a long by being part of the community. Being part of the SG community means tolerance. It means getting over yourself and your issues. It means listening and accepting. It means being part of a family...a big wonderful family!
 

#14
How do you keep a website community (like Salon Geek) alive?
How do you keep it fresh?
What makes it 'tick'?
When I joined SG I had never been involved in a web community before so had no idea how to join in - it was so new to me, so I listened a lot and I read and run a lot and now I join in a bit more, because although there's annoying/repetative stuff I still get lots out of it out of it, to be honest more than I put in, but I am working on that - I have realised it is very easy to expect others to keep us motivated, we need to remember we must motivate ourselves as well and by doing that it helps others.

I guess to keep it fresh we must keeping communicating, encourage the newbies and let other beauty/hair professionals know about SG and encourage them to join, so we grow, the more the merrier:biggrin:.

I think what makes it tick is the long term Geeks who have seen it all and still contribute, and the newbies who will one day be the long term Geeks.

Hope some of that was relevant:lol: x
 

ValencianNails

Positivity rules!
#15
Great replies so far, thanks guys :green:
 
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