Mudcat Café message #61039 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #9438   Message #61039
Posted By: Bill D
02-Mar-99 - 12:51 PM
Thread Name: Origins: The Rose of Allendale / Allandale
Subject: RE: The Rose off Allendale
If you go to the upper left corner of the threads page and click on "forum search" and enter 'Rose of Allendale' in the body box, you get 12-15 answers...including this one (there are also discussions in these threads about proper spelling...remember, on a computer, you get exactly what you ask for, so to do productive searches, you also have to try alternate spellings..and/or learn the various tricks with the * to cover the possibilities)

The forum has been going for over 3 years now,and SO many songs and topics have been discussed...and there is no easy way to deal with it when someone re-opens an issue. Max has made it possible to search 40,00-50,000 messages, rather than ask those with information to re-type it everytime someone new arrives..(and certain songs and issues get LOTS of requests)...

Joe Offer has recently made a beginning at designing a 'users manual' page, but even if we get it, there will a problem getting folk to read it. And, lets face it not everyone realizes that song 'X' (like Rose of Allendale, for instance) is so well known that there MUST have been previous discussions in 3 years! If one does the requisite searches, and then needs more info, then a new thread---titled to reflect the new need, is always in order....but is can be hard for those who have been here for 2 or 3 years to find a way to type politely "we just DID that"!.*smile*

We have a fine thing one knows anyplace on the net where it so easy for people to see, learn and discuss their favorite subject..but anything this complex requires some effort to use it productively! I hope that as it develops, we will find ways to help each other and keep it fun without wearing on each other. (What, you say..a paid librarian who does nothing but search, sort and find and post answers??) *grin* I'm open to an offer..