"Hello.......can anybody hear me?
Well, I'm not Andy, but I do
For about one month now, I have found that every time I come to this forum I am the LONE member online.
That cannot be a good sign.
I thought so too.
Please take the time to consider if that is a situation caused by an "overall" attitude that does not extend a warm welcome.
It's hard to put one's finger on the exact cause of this tepid welcome, but one of its components might be that there are a couple of people who like to talk at length, rather than to listen. A credo is put forward, and a logical structure built on it, with the talker (and many listeners) forgetting that logic built on "I believe" can never be proof of anything.
A greater impartiality would be a welcome addition to this forum.
Tha majority of registered members have never posted anything, let alone submitted an article. Considering the amount of talent and experience they represent, that is a great pity. The absence of a members' gallery where pictures can be posted by all, could be one cause. The other might be that the "Bonsai for the West! Down with the Eastern traditions! Long live initiative and modernisation!" etc. are too strident and intolerant, now and then.
If this is indeed an "Art of Bonsai Project", its scope should be much, much wider than experienced so far.
That will do for now.
Thank you to those who have done their best to keep this Forum going.
I hope that brighter days lie ahead for it.
John, I think you had better forget about a reply from Andy. He postulates, but won't argue. At least, only rarely and to a limited extent. (See above, among others.)