My mistake...

I just revisited an alternative watch forum, where I have spent a lot of time in the past, clicked on a thread which looked interesting and within three posts the thread had descended into petty, snarky comments.

I don't want to labour the point, but Watchcrunch 🥰 is a breath of fresh air and I might just dump the other bookmark. 

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Do you go to Hodinkee? Nothing against them but I find mostly folks hating on everything and really nothing helpful…it s shame though…

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Ichibunz

Do you go to Hodinkee? Nothing against them but I find mostly folks hating on everything and really nothing helpful…it s shame though…

I sometimes read articles on Hodinkee, I'm not aware of them having a forum. They tend to focus mainly on the higher end, which is not really my interest (I'm a shallow, aesthetics watch appreciator, rather than a nuts and bolts, or jewels and blued screws, guy). 

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Not seen this tag in months so here it is

#watchforumrefugees 

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Calumets

I sometimes read articles on Hodinkee, I'm not aware of them having a forum. They tend to focus mainly on the higher end, which is not really my interest (I'm a shallow, aesthetics watch appreciator, rather than a nuts and bolts, or jewels and blued screws, guy). 

referring to their article comments…I guess I might have just read an article…don’t remember which that seemed everyone post all negative but oh well…

Yup same here it‘s shiny me likeee…🍻😁

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Saw a comment recently on Hodinkee with the Breitling SuperOcean saying that only women wear watches under 40mm...

I like their articles and videos, but I think it's best to take up the old adage of "don't read the comments".

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can you give us an example what people says on the other forum? im very lucky to join this forum, there are many good people and enthusiast here 😍

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You know, I was participating in threads on another forum when I first started collecting and it really seemed to be nothing more than a series of comments deriding the choices of other collectors. "Why would you buy that when you could have this for less?" "That dial just looks too cheap for my taste." "Only an idiot would buy that brand!" etc. etc.

I think it influences us to be on a site with all that negativity, because I found myself descending into the snarky depths along with everyone else. It really seemed at times that collecting was mostly about defending your own choices and blasting those who disagreed with you. Not all the time, but enough of the time that I found it increasingly negative and distasteful, and I really don't participate in that site at all anymore except for the watch exchange. 😉

I don't know how many of you remember or were on Snupps, but that was the first breath of fresh air as far as being able to share your watches (and other collectibles) without anyone attacking your collecting choices. Unfortunately, Snupps didn't last that long and there was no place like it until WatchCrunch came along.

Thank you so much Max & Co for providing us all with a positive space to share our love of watches!

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Unholy

can you give us an example what people says on the other forum? im very lucky to join this forum, there are many good people and enthusiast here 😍

Exactly the kind of nonsense reported by CrazyBlue above and Candide3693  below. Informing Tudor owners that they just can't afford a Rolex is another peachy example...

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As a card carrying Official Snarky Person I wish the balance was set towards allowing a little more free expression. In the last 24 hours two of my favorite Crunchers have been silenced and had their comments taken down. I think one was suspended accidentally because they were back very quickly.  I don't know about the other. We have lost many discordant voices over the past several months.

I wholly heartedly agree that the sort of toxicity found at other sites is best left there. I have two settings: chin stroking philosopher and class clown. You get both with me.  I like to get in with a little joke to keep things light. When the site is set to the sensibilities of the most sensitive among us it is difficult to know if the joke is received in the manner intended. I fully expect to cross another line someday without intending to.

I really enjoy the community that is being built here but I would not offend me to hear from the grumpy old man chorus that thinks Tiffany blue is a stupid fad or that Seiko's QC issues make them a non-starter.  I would disagree and we could jokingly talk it out.

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Aurelian

As a card carrying Official Snarky Person I wish the balance was set towards allowing a little more free expression. In the last 24 hours two of my favorite Crunchers have been silenced and had their comments taken down. I think one was suspended accidentally because they were back very quickly.  I don't know about the other. We have lost many discordant voices over the past several months.

I wholly heartedly agree that the sort of toxicity found at other sites is best left there. I have two settings: chin stroking philosopher and class clown. You get both with me.  I like to get in with a little joke to keep things light. When the site is set to the sensibilities of the most sensitive among us it is difficult to know if the joke is received in the manner intended. I fully expect to cross another line someday without intending to.

I really enjoy the community that is being built here but I would not offend me to hear from the grumpy old man chorus that thinks Tiffany blue is a stupid fad or that Seiko's QC issues make them a non-starter.  I would disagree and we could jokingly talk it out.

Disagreement is good. Personal attacks are not. 

As long as we can all follow that, we will be fine. 

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Aurelian

As a card carrying Official Snarky Person I wish the balance was set towards allowing a little more free expression. In the last 24 hours two of my favorite Crunchers have been silenced and had their comments taken down. I think one was suspended accidentally because they were back very quickly.  I don't know about the other. We have lost many discordant voices over the past several months.

I wholly heartedly agree that the sort of toxicity found at other sites is best left there. I have two settings: chin stroking philosopher and class clown. You get both with me.  I like to get in with a little joke to keep things light. When the site is set to the sensibilities of the most sensitive among us it is difficult to know if the joke is received in the manner intended. I fully expect to cross another line someday without intending to.

I really enjoy the community that is being built here but I would not offend me to hear from the grumpy old man chorus that thinks Tiffany blue is a stupid fad or that Seiko's QC issues make them a non-starter.  I would disagree and we could jokingly talk it out.

There is a balance for sure, but I do find this forum refreshing. Generally speaking, I adhere to the idea that if you haven't got anything nice to say about a post, don't say anything at all unless the poster has specifically asked for opinions, in which case constructive criticism is fine. Jokes can tread a thin line, but I'm sure most of us are adults who can take it - it's just refreshing not to have a long line of crankies who set out thread after thread to annoy and undermine.

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Cognitive dissonance run-rampid!! 

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UnholiestJedi

Disagreement is good. Personal attacks are not. 

As long as we can all follow that, we will be fine. 

Exactly! Critique the opinion, don't criticize the person!

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I know this place has to be moderated to keep the serious negativity out. That’s OK with me; it’s way too easy to find the negative, about anything, on the ’net. It’s hard to find the generally positive, without being dumb. That’s here. 

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That's exactly why I came over here too.