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I watched Art Fair Insiders from afar for months.....Why?


It was just too confusing for me to throw my attention into the process.


And that continues to this date.  LOL


I see Larry Berman telling people their blogs belong under business. How do you do that?

I just saw a post about "Leaderboards." ( I was gratified to see my name there!)


I just keep feeling that we could tempt those 229 more people to join very easily if there were a FAQs or HELP section.


Now, the prolific AFIers can write me and tell me what I missed or am missing.

And, Connie, this is no criticism of this wonderful site you have built.....if anything, I care enough to want to help.

But I would like to hear from newbies.....are you confused?

How can AFI help everybody?

Thoughts, please?

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Comment by Nels Johnson on April 7, 2011 at 3:07pm

What Larry was saying, is that a lot of your technical questions are better posted in the "Forum Section" rather than the "Blog" section.  You just go to Forum and hit an "add" button and type away.  

I think the problem also lies in the fact that most people are not willing to surf around the site and check out its various possibilities.  That is what you have to do with any site.  You gotta be willing to explore, heck, that is how I figured out most of this site.

Comment by Larry Berman on April 7, 2011 at 4:29pm
Thanks Nels.

It's actually simple though it's not enforced. The blog is for show reviews and call for entry, period. Anything else should be posted to it's respective forum. Asking questions about a show or area where you are considering doing shows, there's a forum for show information. Asking questions about a canopy, there's a forum for suppliers. Asking questions about booth images or anything to do with jurying, there's a forum for jury information.

The problem is that if you start a blog, no one knows it exists unless they stumble upon it. If you start a forum post, everyone gets an e-mail notification and can participate. And when a forum thread is replied to, it automatically goes up to the top of the forum posts. But when blogs are posted, eventually they go off the first page and are gone unless you actually know that what you're interested in is there and go looking for it.

In short, the forums are much more user friendly and generate more interest and participation. And though there have been much participated in blogs, their subject matter was not about show reviews and should have been started on the forums.

I'll end this by saying that I'm stopping suggesting that people post in the correct space because I seem to be the only one trying to enforce it and it makes me look like the bad guy.

Larry Berman
Comment by steve turnre on April 7, 2011 at 4:39pm
wow, you may be the bad guy, but you have sure explained how the site works in a way that was easy to understand.....thanks...with very little time to surf around the site your explanation was very, very helpful...maybe ever required reading for new members....thanks again
Comment by Nels Johnson on April 7, 2011 at 4:58pm
Good words Steve, but just remember, we all work hard at times, but there is plenty of time to surf this site.  while you are eating a bowl of cereal in the morn you could be surfing.  I just don't buy people's arguments that they don't have time to surf.  The reason I am on so many forum and blog questions right now, is because I am cranking out photos for Ft. Worth on my computer/printer, and while I await one to finish i c an blog or surf, which I do--it is called making good use of your time.  we all have plenty of it.  Use it well.
Comment by steve turnre on April 7, 2011 at 5:11pm
thank you for your words of wisdom....I will get on with my new life according to your direction...I see now that my argumentative ways of time management have been a problem....screw work I must SURF NOW.....
Comment by Linda A Shields on April 7, 2011 at 8:33pm

So, gentlemen, where is this FAQ written down? Forum vs Blog. I am positive Larry is NOT the bad guy. In fact, I learn more from his site than any other except here, of course.

Who wants or has the time to "surf"(sorry,no disrespect, Nels).

People in this age expect a FAQ page: where is this, how do I get there, what does each answer require and affect, how do I.....on and on.

Where are these "rules"?

I wanna know?

Comment by Barry Bernstein on April 7, 2011 at 8:46pm
I don't get it!! There is nothing hard about finding and posting things here. I must be missing something.  If you are creating a new topic it is either a blog or a forum discussion.  Same with posting a response.
Comment by Connie Mettler on April 7, 2011 at 9:11pm

What would really help everyone is if questions (what do you think about this show? what is wrong with this tent? how can I do this better? etc.) were in the forum...PLUS, if folks who were posting in either place would use the TAGS. What's a "tag"? Every posting has a place to put in the words that will help others find that topic, that is called a tag. "Call for artists", "tent for sale", "Pittsburgh art fairs", "credit card processing", "Nels Johnson", Munks, "Cherry Creek". The point is it identifies the posting!! Additionally, in this system phrases must be put in "  " to keep the phrases together.

The only rules we have, Linda, are in the Code of Conduct up above under the Members tab. But Larry, I often ask people to move things to the forum also. They get better attention there and "live" longer.

Comment by Elizabeth Hay on April 7, 2011 at 9:31pm
Connie, I'm completely lost on how to get to the reviews section of Art Show Reviews. There are plenty of "

"Reviews of this Art Show are in the Comments below."  , but there are no comments, no links to comments. Other than clicking on the recent reviews links on the right side, there seems no obvious way to get to specific reviews. 


So I'm really confused...Could you please illuminate on how to get to the reviews? Thanks!!!

Comment by Elizabeth Hay on April 7, 2011 at 9:35pm
Connie, to clarify I am searching by Shows by State...


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