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Unread 10-24-2015, 03:54 PM   #61
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Interesting point about the mobile phones..I always use my laptop personally. But if I wanted to use my phone..i can see it could be a problem somehow.

How could that be addressed...a TYW app perhaps?
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Unread 10-24-2015, 04:54 PM   #62
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It seems to be specific to Apple products from what I've seen, or at least they get the worst of it.

I have a Kyocera Brigadier from Verizon and I'm able to use the site just as it is, including uploading pictures. They always load correctly, but I've never even tried to load more than one at a time.
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Unread 10-24-2015, 05:08 PM   #63
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This forum is the greatest. I became a member in 2001 and was very active until the end of 2007. After a long hiatus I came back in April of this year.

John Bridge and his fellow tile-setters, along with other tradesmen and moderators have entertained and helped thousands of people. Just think of the countless tile-setters who improved their craft from the knowledge gathered here and the great relationships that were founded. I'm so proud to be involved again. This forum certainly made me a better contractor, in all kinds of ways, and has empowered me. Because of the things I learned on the forum, I enjoy being a remodeling contractor and tile-setter. Even got lots of jobs from this site years ago.

When I returned here this year, I did notice that the DIY forum is busier than ever while the Pro Hangout isn't as active as it was years ago. I guess that is due to technology. People love texting and using their smart phone. Tile Geeks is kinda like texting. It's so instant and easy to use.
On Monday I reinstated my Facebook account (which I quit in 2006 because I found it too intrusive back then) just to be able to get in the Tile Geeks group. It truly is an evolution of the John Bridge Forum. A lot of guys from here I recognized. It is fun there. I wish it was called John Bridge and the Tile Geeks or something like that. Another plus is that it is a closed forum. It really feels like an exclusive club.

Still, I'll always post something here. Sometimes I try to help in the DIY forum. It's rewarding to help people; feels good. However, it is scary to post something that turns out to not be exactly in line with TCNA guidelines or the building code. I'm afraid that I'll post a photo of a mortar bed that is 1/2" and not 3/4" thick and get 20 lashes. LOL as the kids say.

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Unread 10-24-2015, 05:46 PM   #64
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Funny... as I was writing the previous post I musta got logged out. Pressed submit and had to log in again... only to find that the reply box was empty and had to type the whole thing again. Damn iPhone.
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Unread 10-24-2015, 05:55 PM   #65
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I really wish I had some great suggestions regarding how to make the forum better for the pros, but I got nothing.

As far as the DIY forum goes, I think it is the best it can be. The forum is helping people build bathrooms and tile other rooms, generating lots of sales in tile and building materials ...and making people happy. Renovations really revitalize people's perspective and improve their life. Excellent work the forum is doing.
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Unread 10-24-2015, 09:22 PM   #66
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I'm still here. But I never really post that much anyway. I myself have been rather busy with bids and paperwork
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Unread 10-24-2015, 09:33 PM   #67
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Feel free to delete all of my posts. Not being a drama thing, but nothing good comes of this talking, EVER. Years, Ever.
Then you're doing it incorrectly.
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Unread 10-25-2015, 09:41 AM   #68
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Don't get it. Tom was just responding to your comment. It was a polite and constructive response. For someone who does 70% commercial, I would think you would have thicker skin.
I still say closed forum for professionals. How to verify? Perhaps a CTEF certification # to join and a copy of any state license registration numbers? Just a thought
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Unread 10-25-2015, 11:36 AM   #69
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Why change the Pro forum now? Little counterproductive wouldn't you say? But they have no choice but to do something before its a complete ghost town and traffic count slides even more.

All the cool kids are at the hip bar down the street called Tile Geeks. Why would they come back? They have created a place where "industry standard" is not the end all be all rule of thumb. They don't get reprimanded if they deviate from it. It's a unencumbered discussion area where real peers can talk tile.
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Unread 10-25-2015, 11:52 AM   #70
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Craig, the Advice Forum has always been the place where we attempt to keep within industry standards when we are giving advice to visitors who have little or no experience. If we don't, and therefore allow anyone who wants to post anything they want, it'll get very confusing very quickly for the visitors, and also for subsequent readers.

The Pro Forum is open to different methods, whether tried and tested or not. If someone wants to post about a particularly way of doing something that doesn't conform to industry standards, they can do so in the Pro Forum. They just need to be able to back it up.

The only thing a person really can't openly do there is post about difficult jobs or customers, out of fear that the customer will see what they've written. If the powers that be decide to start up a locked pro forum, it won't change anything in the rest of the forums, but only give the pros a private place to talk. Won't cost anybody anything, and those that choose not to participate will be welcome in the rest of the forums just like always.
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Unread 10-25-2015, 12:07 PM   #71
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Kman ,
I know how the Advice forum works. It's not broke,don't fix it.
The Pro forum doesn't quite work how you described. If it did we wouldn't have this thread going. JB Forums has a locked Pro section,its called Tile Geeks.
They got shirts and everything!
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Unread 10-25-2015, 01:58 PM   #72
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...including members who join together with the John Bridge Forum to better themselves at special training events.
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Unread 10-25-2015, 02:51 PM   #73
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Just an observation....

Did the pro activity start to decline shortly after Gueuze was banned? Coincidence?

Maybe. Maybe not.
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Unread 10-25-2015, 03:12 PM   #74
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Ya got that right Justin.
A 2 bit hack gets offended, valued member gets the boot and abracadabra, Tile Geeks !
I'm sure the mods wish they could turn back the clock on that one.
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Unread 10-25-2015, 03:51 PM   #75
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including members who join together with the John Bridge Forum to better themselves at special training events.
Yeah....big wink wink on that one.
Give it time,The Geeks will have their own events. I'm sure company's will or already have contacted them to sponsor some. Gotta go where the pro's go!
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