Most of the boards I went to were either nearly dead or breathing their last gasp... or if you posted it was hard to get a response or the board itself was hard to negotiate and difficult to find things in. :wall: [quote]
Okay, this is a shift from the puffy hearts and marshmallows.
knittinghelp.com is a good, lively, helpful forum, and the recent changes in format have made it even better.
But the tone of the original quote saddens me.
It is not necessary to knock other venues in order to praise this one. They have other objectives, other demographics, other issues, other "personalities."
The TKGA forum, for instance, is skewed toward people involved in the Master Knitter program. Which is as it should be, since TKGA sponsors the program. Participants tend to be more experienced knitters looking for new ways to hone their skills and develop their craft. There aren't too many newbie questions, and not too much general blather, but I've never met a nicer, more knowledgeable, more helpful bunch. You may not get a dozen answers to your questions, but you'll get thoughtful, friendly, in-depth advice.
knitty.com is quite naturally geared toward knitty readers. There's a lot more personal, non-knitting stuff and the demographic seems to be younger than TKGA. The vibe is irreverent but caring.
knittinghelp.com seems to be somewhat oriented to the less experienced knitter -- lots of beginner questions and concerns. That's fine. Amy's teaching videos are excellent and I've seen them recommended on other forums. (Knitters are generous people.)
I've only come across one forum that was downright unpleasant. Participants seemed to enjoy putting down others who asked "stupid" questions and indulging in snarky gossip. Fun for some, not for me.
The point is: there's a place for everyone in the world of knitting, and many people populate several boards that serve different needs. I'm happy that Donna has found her place. That doesn't mean that the others are no good.