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majohnson

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Bonsai Forums
« on: November 15, 2010, 02:10 PM »
Given the number of forums there  are, which ones do you read most often and find the best info on?

 

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Re: Bonsai Forums
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2010, 02:57 PM »
I am on here most of the time. If you really want to learn bonsai from the internet you need to read blogs of people like Mike Hagedorn. Jonas Dupuich has a good one too.

Lots of people who have studied with boon are here, and Boon himself, which makes up a pretty good forum. I also like how we are just Simply Bonsai here.





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Re: Bonsai Forums
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2010, 05:43 PM »
I'll agree about this one because there are several Students of Boon willing to share info.  However I wish there was more activity on this forum:( Hopefully in the next few years there will be more. 


 

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Re: Bonsai Forums
« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2010, 06:18 PM »
The ones I know about:

http://bonsainut.com -- Probably the most active American-centric forum. That activity comes with a lot more off-topic chatter which can be a distraction, but there's a depth of material not paralleled anywhere else, ...yet/now.

http://bonsaisite.com -- There's activity, but there doesn't seem to be many advanced artists there, although Brent Walston occasionally chimes in.

http://bonsaivault.com (theres a forum if you find it; can't recall the URL at the moment) -- While a lot of the regulars are members, there seems to be even less activity.

AoB/Kob are in a state of ...transition right now.

http://ibonsaiclub.forumotion.com (the old International Bonsai Club, ...who right before it's forum disappeared ran a fund-raising campaign asking for donations, bemoaning the incredible expense required to maintain an active bonsai forum.  To my knowledge there was never a refund campaign ...but then, its none of my business.) -- It seems to be gaining in activity, but with a heavy European slant.

http://bonsaistudygroup.com -- Less activity, a pretty good base of experience/expertise.  If I say much else, I'd just be seen as biased.  (While BSG insists on pictures being hosted on-server, the picture size limits* are the most generous of all bonsai forums that I'm aware of.)

http://bonsaitalk.com -- We can only hope the wealth/breadth/depth of knowledge stored on this site makes its way back to the bonsai community at some point.  If anyone has an ear w/ Matt Chroust ...tell him we miss him.


The best info is found where you can get it.  For me, the critical question is where can I get the best signal-to-noise ratio.  I believe its BSG**, and that's been our goal.  If you see something you'd like, let us know.  If you see something you don't like, let us know.

If you don't get the amount or kind of responses you'd intended with this post, some folks are a bit skiddish to talk about other forums on this forum (after all, we have been accused of being thieves and nazis in the past; you can't make this stuff up!).  I don't think pretending there aren't alternatives is particularly productive.  Presently, choosing the best bonsai forum is a compromise in some regards.  Pick what's important to you.  If nothing else, maybe folks will agree/disagree with some of my points so you'll have a better idea.


*basically no physical limitations, and 256 KB/image
**In the interest of full-disclosure, I'm a "stakeholder" in this forum, so dismiss my opinion at your leisure.


There was a VERY LONG (I'd have difficulty overstating how VERY LONG it was) "ditty" about just this question posted somewhere on the *oB suite of sites, but there was a lot of opinion expressed as fact.
 

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Re: Bonsai Forums
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2010, 06:36 PM »
Since shim mentioned blogs, there was some discussion and a list (that I hope is still maintained) here.
 

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Re: Bonsai Forums
« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2010, 09:25 PM »
For local Australian action, heck out AusBonai
http://www.ausbonsai.com/forum/

Very active and we have quite a few international visitors too :-)

Also Blogs are a great source of info, and here is a "mashup" of 20 or so popular ones

http://www.google.com/reader/bundle/user%2F16036541317089998975%2Fbundle%2FBonsai%20Blogs

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Re: Bonsai Forums
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2011, 10:37 AM »
Bonsai Vault forum is taking new members again as of August 12, 2011: http://bonsaivaultforum.freeforums.org/portal.php. There is a new administrator; I believe Tom Brown simply got burned out.

Bonsai Vault is particularly good for tropicals enthusiasts, IMHO, because men like Jerry Meislik and Carl Rosner chime in when they have something to say.

BSG is the only forum I know with a subforum specifically dedicated to ponderosa pine. That's what drew me here.

Bonsai Nut, as had been said, has a lot of activity and a wide range of topics. Main drawback, again in IMHO, is a high level of "noise."
 

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Re: Bonsai Forums
« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2011, 10:43 AM »
Bonsai Vault forum is taking new members again as of August 12, 2011: http://bonsaivaultforum.freeforums.org/portal.php. There is a new administrator; I believe Tom Brown simply got burned out.

Bonsai Vault is particularly good for tropicals enthusiasts, IMHO, because men like Jerry Meislik and Carl Rosner chime in when they have something to say.

BSG is the only forum I know with a subforum specifically dedicated to ponderosa pine. That's what drew me here.

Bonsai Nut, as had been said, has a lot of activity and a wide range of topics. Main drawback, again in IMHO, is a high level of "noise."

Ash Barnes is now running the BV forum. I hope they do well.

"noise" is not as much a problem as the type of noise. Very xenophobic noise over there.
 

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Re: Bonsai Forums
« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2011, 11:57 AM »


"noise" is not as much a problem as the type of noise. Very xenophobic noise over there.

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You hit it on the head Chris.  Ignorance gone to seed.  I always have to take more high blood pressure meds after I have been there for a while.
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