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Well, the uploader is still down, which, of course, puts the halts on my Pick of the Week. Rather than composing another write-up and saving it until the uploader is operating again, I thought I would ramble a bit.

With this, I address the LEGO community that frequents this site, of whom I have spoken very positively in the past, and for whom I still maintain a lofty opinion. Since the onset of the recent difficulties this site has been experiencing with the uploader and email alerts and any other technical issues there have been, I have been seeing a lot of fiery rhetoric in reference to these issues. There have been comments aimed at Sean Kenney and the MODs that I would consider unfair, even some that I would consider gratuitously hateful. I would like to submit my own thoughts on these matters, if you could lend me a moment.

Despite our differences, we are bonded by one single factor: Our love of the brick. When I build, I am always proud of what is left when the smoke clears and all the pieces that didn’t make the final cut are sorted once more. I am sure that you, the reader, can relate.

Let’s see if you can relate to this:

Sometimes, my pride in my finished work encourages me to allow others to see the fruits of my labor. Or, perhaps in other situations, I may just engage in conversation about my hobby. I have a job that allows me to interact with people from many different walks of life, and when I find the opportunity, I talk about LEGO, in a search to find another who shares my love. I have found few, and I might be overestimating those numbers. I would like to think that every day there are others who emerge from their dark age, or pick up a brick for the first time and we can then number them among our ranks, but, be that as it may, the fact remains that we are a rare breed.

The truth is that the vast majority of the LEGO conversations that I spur into being ends in me receiving looks of patient tolerance, thinly-veiled amusement, or, more often than not, confusion, as though my words are coming out of my ears. I would suggest that this is true for any who have a passion. I have a friend who runs. To the point that you could say that he is a “runner.” He mentioned a profound thought to me at one point. He believes that there is a limit to how many miles you can run on average before others stop understanding you. It makes sense. If you run a few miles a day, you are trying to stay in shape. If you run marathons, you are a serious runner. I admit, I hate to run, (to which my gut would testify, along with enjoying a good beer and the occasional salty snack), and the idea of running for 26.2 miles is a foreign thought, for which I have not one inkling of desire. I can't relate. It would hold true with LEGO. If you get down on the floor with a child and tinker with LEGO, most could relate and would probably say something like, “Awesome, I love legos,” or, “I used to play with legos when I was a kid, it would be fun to play with them again.” But when you are a MOC builder, and don’t need the presence of a child to enjoy to build, you become less relatable, and most will not be able to. This has made it painfully clear to me that, no matter what our hobby is, most people don’t get it, or just plain don’t care. I ask again: can you relate to that?

Back to the subject of this that has become a rather lengthy dithyramb. If it were me that were putting my free time into maintaining a site for FOLs of all kinds to gather and share their passion, and I read some of the acidic statements that have been made in reference to the technical difficulties that this site has most recently suffered, personally blaming me, alluding to laziness, or, in one case that I saw, suggesting that maybe I’m a starchy vegetable, I would begin to question why I even bother doing it.

The point is simple. There are not many places that we can go to enjoy our hobby and rub shoulders, (digital shoulders, perhaps), with others that enjoy the same hobby. That being said, I encourage, or maybe even implore those that have lost their patience to discover it again and try to be thankful that we have this place. For I have found no other place like it.

Thanks for reading.

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| February 5, 2013, 11:50 am
Hear hear! Very well said.

People who rant and rave about the site issues are out of order. Yes, the issues are annoying, but oh well! Every website has issues! All you have to do is be patient and wait for the problems to be resolved! Ranting on about them and more so, insulting people, is going to get you nowhere and is also not going to help the matter!

If you think so strongly about the issues then, as has been suggested before, leave! Because the people of MOCpages are kind and helpful. Not whiny ,annoying and insulting.
The MOCpages staff do their best all the time, and their best is incredibly good. I doubt you'd find another LEGO fans website out there that's better run than this one.

Sean, Chris and Mark are brilliant. They're always around to help out when there's an issue and any issues that do arise are dealt with as quickly as possible.

So to those moaners and complainers out there...
Just don't.

MOCpages is a place of fun and good times. If you don't feel that way then clearly you're on the wrong website. It's not good when a fellow Moccer leaves, because as previously said, we're a rare bunch and so to lose ANYBODY is a blow to our numbers. However, reading a rant about how badly the site is run or how bad the problems are or whatever, isn't what people are here to read, especially the fantastic mods and out wonderful admin.

They don't need it. We don't need it. It's not right. Don't do it.

Wow... that was longer than expected!

A (cyber) toast to our brilliant staff!
Thank you for doing your best for us all of the time. I think I speak for virtually all of us here on the 'pages, minus the moaners, when I say that we're all incredibly grateful for the work you three do here. Thank you so very much for everything you do. Solving issues, being here to help and just generally being great guys, not to mention fantastic builders!
We wouldn't be here without you, especially you Sean (as the site's creator) so thank you.
I don't think you guys hear that enough.
Cheers!

--R.K. Blast--
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| February 5, 2013, 2:36 pm
i agree with both of you we are a small group and the younger generation seems to be slipping away from legos most days it seems to all computer games and iphones me being 15 turning 16 i seem to be frowned upon by most people when they find out i still have and collect lego but i say if we dont keep this art making alive who will
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| February 5, 2013, 2:45 pm
Well said that man! Right right! Here's to good beer, salty snacks, and the brick!

Glad to say I've missed the firey mud-slinging. I advise all you haters; the system is having issues. People are trying. Give them time. Have MOCs to load? suffering withdrawl from positive reviews? Just hold off. Go build something, or go outside. It will be fixed eventually, and vitriolic spitespeek ain't gonna help things along.

I just hope that, when the issues are fixed, there is not such a surge of fervent uploading that it crashes the system. Wonder if there's a way to release the announcement of "hey, the site is gixed!" gradually. People would hate on the admins for that, but it may turn a tsunami into a mere stormsurge.

Anywhoo, keep at it dudes. Most of us appreciate you.
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| February 5, 2013, 3:28 pm
I don't think I can say anything that hasn't already been said.

I guess I should say a thank you. Just saying, "What they said," isn't appropriate in this situation.

Thanks to Sean Kenney and Mark Kelso. And for me, most importantly, Chris Phipson. If you were to think really hard for a second, you'd see that Chris is a guy who is so kind and generous to the community here, and all we do is make fun of him ... a lot ... I mean so much so that we could write a Twelve Volume Encyclopedia about him with all jokes about him. So thanks for putting up with all our shinnanigans Chris. Thanks for all the hard work you and also Mark and Sean put into the website, even if we aren't physically seeing anything, I'm sure you guys check e-mails daily to see if there was a problem and approving new people who are a little more kind-hearted than others recently. You don't ask for anything in return, or ask anything of us until the need arises. You guys rock. We're all eagerly awaiting the day when all this gets fixed, and I hope you guys are, too, because a lot of love will be coming your way.

As for everyone else, don't stop building. Just save the pictures on your computer for now, and keep cool. At least the whole site hasn't crashed like in 2011. Oh [CENSORED] Where's a wood plank or table or something?! Sorrysorrysorrysorrysorrysorrysorry.
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| February 5, 2013, 6:14 pm
 Group admin 
I could go on for a few paragraphs about what we do behind the scenes and all that but I'll simply wrap it up here in these two sentences.

Thank you. (Ok, so technically that was a fragment but hey, work with me here)

~Chris.
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| February 5, 2013, 10:22 pm
and everybody has a responsibility in the performance of this site, manage your space better, especially in groups, where old irrelevant conversations could be erased, or making a work page, to save storage space, it s kind of your portfolio domain, be responsible please! ...heu, when can we hope it comes back to normal? thanks!
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| February 5, 2013, 11:24 pm
First off, I would like to Thank Sean, Mark, and Chris, for the work they do to make MOCpages operate and to fix the problems that come up.

Having a little bit (and I'm talking very little) experience with what goes on behind the scenes of a website, I know how difficult it can be to make a website function.
So those of you who have lost patience in the staff or have made rude (and much worse) comments accusing the staff of MOCpages for the problems that we are all experiencing. Please be patient and make sure to remember that Mark, Chris, and Sean have real life's and jobs that they have to attend to as well.

I do have some good news for you guys, I received a few emails informing me of comments in the groups that I have joined. Hopefully it's a sign that MOCpages is healing.
Keep up the good work Chris, Mark, and Sean.

Thanks,
John
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| February 5, 2013, 11:57 pm
 Group moderator 
Well put, and finally someone having the patience and the maturity to address the technical difficulties and the work being done to resolve them responsibly.

I for one have lost patience. With all the people who insist on "debating" and "ranting" about the problems here. As Chris pointed out in another conversation - if coming here is so awful you need to rant ad nausea with your caps lock on, then find the door and use it. End of.

There are ways to still share your images here, (even when the uploaders aren't working,) you just need to look in the right places or ask the right questions.


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