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Harley
21 Jan 2010
02:59:58am
As the title says,
Why did you join SOR.
was it for input to your hobby,
to converse with like minded people,
ask that question you always need answered ,but was afraid to ask,
for the use of the auction,
the great saveings generated by being a FREE club,and a FREE auction,
the group family atmosphere ,
to put another group of letters at the end of your postings- SOR,VSC,APS,ASDA,ASDC,SCA,and so on.

And how is that working out?
Is it everything you hoped for?
Are you haveing fun?
Do you need assistance in interpruting this post?
Have I mis-spelled a few words?
hello,,anybody out there????

TOM
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Doe
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21 Jan 2010
09:57:40am
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LOL Tom, I don't remember why I joined SOR.

I do remember how I found it though. I had an online friend who wanted to start collecting motorcycles on stamps. I was searching for information about motorcycles on stamps when a message from the SOR DB came up in the search. Once I was in, I did some searching around, lots of reading, and eventually decided to join.

That friend, she died a short time later. I don't know when I would've found SOR if it weren't for her.

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Saleem
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21 Jan 2010
10:31:15am
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Hi Tom,
I joined for all of the reasons you mentioned and some more. The main one being having my say amongst fellow collectors and not being looked upon as a grown up nerd :-). Still a lot of non-collectors think that stamp collecting is for kids alone.
To answer your questions:
It is working out very well for me, lots of friends around.
It is everything one can ever hope for in an online stamp collecting forum.
I am always having fun when I'm in a stamp environment.
No I don't want to interrupt any of your posts;-)
Yes a few errors are there.....
Saleem

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Dani20
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21 Jan 2010
10:51:09am
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Nah, for the jokes man, the jokes. Jerry Abern had a great newsletter filled with jokes and newsy things. Loved it, then we descended into stamps and it went downhill from there.
Dan
ps- way better jokes than the stepping stones! Actually, the original story had Moses & Jesus in it. I remember Moses telling it.

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21 Jan 2010
10:58:24am
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Not sure why this is in off topic. This is important "stamp" stuff and should be shared in General Stamp Collecting. Regardless, I do not remember exactly how I found Stamporama but it was the "Can You Identify This" section of the Discussion Board that was the attraction for me. I have always had trouble identifying stamps from Eastern Europe and such and this group has always been there for me. Eventually I became acquainted with Dan Cohen and his wry wit and I knew this was the place for me. It was then that I realized that a few members, especially a Canadian who lives in no man's land ( albeit beautiful ) had a vast knowledge and stamp collecting became fun again. To top this off and end this short story I find the friendships with folks such as Dave, Avi, Saleem, Harley, Richaard, the Tim's ( and the list goes on and on ) is why I stay and enjoy this club ... Perry

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21 Jan 2010
11:14:42am
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I'm not sure how I came across the site either. I do know I book marked it and forgot about it for a while. One day going through my bookmarks I revisited it. I trolled the messages for a while and found that there was a lot of knowledgable responses and the auctions were filled with great items that I needed. I also enjoyed the Exhibits Area. At that point I decided to join and have become friends with many people. It has been a very enjoyable experience.

Bob

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Dogg
21 Jan 2010
12:25:05pm
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I just re-entered the hobby and was looking for a friendly informative site, when I came across SOR.

I enjoyed stamp collecting with my little sister when we were just kids. It was a neat hobby during the cold Canadian winters, and having grandparents from Czechoslovakia made it all that more exciting knowing we'd get neat foreign stamps from Granny's mail! I guess we collected for 3-4 years then drifted away from the hobby. I only recently returned when I dusted off that old collection found buried in a box of mementos. I looked at the pitiful album and the mishmash of what can only be called philatelic trash (we knew nothing about quality or proper hingeing techniques)and all the memories of those childhood days came rushing back: the hours of gazing at those little pieces of art, the squabbling between my sister and I about who got to put the newly acquired stamps in the album, the delight of collecting Granny's mail (and snagging some homemade cookies at the same time)... I couldn't help but smile.

At that point I decided to collect again, but this time after a bit of research on the internet to check out the state of the hobby, I decided that I would strictly be a cover collector. I've since become a member of the AFDCS, purchased lots of neat items, had relatives and friends give me bunches of stamps and covers, joined other communities, discovered my city has a stamp club, found out my neighbour collects Canadian stamps quite seriously, done what seems a myriad of exchanges with international connections made over the internet, actually won two lots on SOR and now made my very first post here! I'm certainly enjoying myself and hope to become more active in the SOR community as my confidence grows. Anyways, thanks for reading such a long post...

Chris

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21 Jan 2010
04:19:31pm
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i wasn't part of the original six, but wasn't far behind either. it's always been a mixed bag of highly specialized and very junior people mostly pulling together. I see it as a community. Between this and US specialized, i find i have great contacts in most of what interests me. There are other internet communities, but most are either quite banal or so filled with vitriol and bile as to be poisonous.

I'm especially fond of the DB and, like Arno, miss it when nothing's happening. But i like the auciton, too, both as a seller and buyer, and am thankful for the many innovations and improvements with which we've benefited in the last two years.

Most of the original crew is now long gone, although a few pop up occasionally. Mark Dyck and I used to run the auctions when they were paper and mailed twice yearly; Bob Ingraham was part of the first, failed round robin I participated in here (I never found a RR that worked well for me); I've had some of the best trades ever with Tom Harley; i bought several bankers boxes of correpsondence between a husband and wife during the war from Mary Jane Campbell shortly before she died; Kathy Kelsey introduced me to seals, and she pops back in every once in a while; and it seems like Liz joined this group fairly early on, as well; Roy Lingen is more reponsible than anyone for moving us to a fully electronic format; Tim Auld has followed that tradition and been so utterly inviting of ideas and responsive to them; and Jerry Abern was one of those wonderful men who think in small steps that have huge implications in the lives of others.

What's amazing is that we've kept the breadth of our interest and experience while retaining most of the focus (DB and auction), allowing other things to whither (organized trades, RR, articles for the longest time). In that way we're a living organism, likely to ride most Darwinian currents that come our way.

We've also been blessed by a small, mostly quiet group of people who contribute their time, ideas, and philatelic and other professional expertise. We're blessed a great crew now, and we've perserved through immense change because we've usually had such people.

David

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Liz
21 Jan 2010
05:07:21pm
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I cannot remember why I did what I did yesterday let alone remember why I joined Stamporama so many years ago when Jerry Abern was still alive.

The members of Stamporama are like a family to me. I miss Kathy Kelsey but periodically she sends me a funny email and brightens my day. Mette was an inspiration to all of us and helped me immensely when I first started collecting stamps from Denmark, which was around the time I first joined Stamporama. Roy Lingen and David held my hand and led me through the learning curve of using a scanner & taught me how to list stamps on the auction. David must have been swamped with paper work sending out little invoices for our small fee we paid at that time for selling on the auction.

The Stamporama round robin trading group eventually was taken over and continued by Laurie Boss-Greenhow who moved the RR to the Oceansong group on Yahoo. Those round robins have now folded and were plagued with the same problems that most round robin trading groups experience. I have never found a RR that works for me and prefer private trades with individuals.

I do remember that when I first joined Stamporama I collected only Canadian mint stamps. Wow! My hobby sure has changed over the years. How did I ever accumulate a houseful of stamps? I purchase those strange pieces of paper called stamps and bring them into my home like the SPCA takes in stray animals. Perhaps I should be diagnosed with a obsessive compulsive disorder!

I believe that Tim, our fabulous webmaster, presented us with some figures recently that surprised all of us. I was surprised at the number of visitors we have to the Articles and Exhibits. That tells us that not all of our visitors are just for the Discussion Board and auction.

Stamporama has come a long way since I first joined and I for one am really impressed with the dedication, help and constructive criticism that comes from ALL of our members!

Liz

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21 Jan 2010
07:27:55pm
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I don't remember how I found you but I'm glad I did. It has only been about four months now. It was not the auction that attracted me. I didn't even go there for a while, although I've made many purchases since. Rather, it is the character of the DB that I appreciate. You all sound like people I'd like to meet and hang out with. The postings are helpful, pleasant, and knowledgeble. It is unlike me to participate in the way that I have (I'm usually a "lurker", not a "poster") but I've been made to feel that I'm part of a very real and very friendly club. I don't have to tell you how unusual that is for the internet. Since I don't have the years of collecting under my belt that the experts here have, I'll have to continue to take instead of give. I value the discussions as a learning tool. I want to pick your brains. Thanks.

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22 Jan 2010
09:46:12am
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Google led me here, but the warm inviting nature of the message board and the members here got me to stay. I have learned so much here and added to my collection (accumulation) and have made some excellent acquaintances. I consider stamporama an important part of my stamp collecting family. I look forward to adding more to the club as time and new baby and family allow.

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Mdelicieux
23 Jan 2010
01:39:53am
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I couldn't believe that membership to anything on line could really be FREE.I had never bid in an auction before,and have been a closeted stamp collecting Geek for years.Its amazing that everyone mostly seems real, and gives straight forward answers without acting all "snobby" about it.I love seeing all of the pictures of stamps, and the covers, and I realize every time I read the discussions how much Terminology exists above and beyond what I thought I knew.I learn something new every time I come here.So Thank-you Stamporama from the bottom of my heart!!

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23 Jan 2010
06:40:24pm
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I stumbled on the site a few years ago and was grabbed by the discussion board - so much information. I lurked for a while and made a few posts, then got a bit involved in the Arthur and Philatelia on-going novel.

I haven't yet dabbled in the auction, but am sure I will some time.

Whilst not physically knowing anyone in the group, it is easy to feel part of one large friendly family.

Thanks to all of you,

Merv

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Fatherauld
23 Jan 2010
09:27:11pm
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A couple of years ago, I stumbled across my Dad's old stamp collection. He and I used to collect together when I was a kid. I started thinking nostalgically of the old times and pulled out my old collection. The more I looked through the old material the more I thought that this could be fun to do again. So I started. Then I found that I was kind of alone and didn't really know what I was doing or who to ask. So being the geek that I am, I started looking online and after a while I found Stamporama. I spent a fair bit of time looking through the website. I found the discussion board really helpful and friendly. I found the articles and exhibits really interesting. It took me a while to get going on the auction, but once I had figured it out it was fun and now I'm addicted. I just love being a part of the SOR family.

Regards ... Tim.

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19 Feb 2013
09:32:10pm
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To revive the topic -

I was part of the early group of SOR - there was only a handful of us. I can't recall how I came across the group but I remember Jerry's Rambler newsletter that despite the internet, arrived safely to my mailbox in print! I was excited to be a part of a club online - at that time there were websites popping up here and there for people to put their names on lists to trade, etc. I think a number of people on those websites eventually found their way to SOR.

I loved SOR right from the beginning and as I've said many times before - the spirit of SOR is the heartbeat that keeps it going.

Kelly

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20 Feb 2013
09:19:26am
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I inherited a stamp collection and had no idea what to do with it. I googled a ton of things trying to find a place online that could help me and I found SOR. When I was accepted as a member, Tim (I think) first hooked me up with Dan so I could get some one-on-one guidance as to whether I wanted to sell the collection or start collecting. I have to say, talking with Dan was an amazing experience. He was so knowledgeable and so patient and it was his influence that made me decide to begin this adventure called stamp collecting. I still feel a special bond with Dan and I can never thank him enough for taking my hand and guiding me in those first weeks.

Kelly, I know you revived this topic for a couple reasons. To remind all of us what SOR is all about and the atmosphere that many of us love so much as well as to let our new members in on the things that make SOR so special to so many of us. I've been here almost a year. I have to say, the first 9 months were amazing! I felt welcomed and loved, I made friends, I felt I could ask anyone anything and they would help and guide me to the best of their ability.

In the past few months, there has been some discontent among the members and that, to me, has altered the environment that we all love so much. It seems to be getting better so please don't flame me for saying what I just said. We are a family and we do have growing pains and I believe that's what we just experienced. My point is that SOR has always been a family and even with 1800 members, we can still be a family. I have met friends here that I will now have for life. That's an amazing thing to say! I met friends for life on an online discussion board? That doesn't happen all the time and wouldn't happen just anywhere.

I'm writing all this to let you all know how much I appreciate each of you and this amazing site that we call SOR. Let's never forget that we are a family, we aren't a stuffy, formal, letter-of-the-law discussion board and auction. We're friends and family who come together to enjoy our hobby as a group. I love being here!!

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20 Feb 2013
09:56:56am
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I actually inherited two collections and it revived in me an interest in a hobby that I had as a boy. As I started doing research on the various items, I stumbled across SOR and it's great collection of friendly people who welcomed myself and my children.
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07:52:05pm
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To learn more about stamps. I haven't collected since I was young and was surprised at the depth of collecting. I find it interesting.

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20 Feb 2013
08:26:01pm
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I joined because someone told me there were a lot of crotchety curmudgeons such as I and I thought I would get along just fine. But since joining, I have found only a few cantankerous old goats, two or three crotchety curmudgeons, and a whole lot of nice folk; and they all like to talk stamps! What a bunch of nerds! I LOVE IT!

Bobby, proud to be a crotchety, curmudgeony, cantankerous, nerdy, old goat!

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21 Feb 2013
07:19:21am
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I wanna grow up to be an old dog, not an old goat!!!
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21 Feb 2013
07:36:53am
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When I was 5, my great ambition was to grow up and be a garbage collector. Just goes to show, "you don't always get what you want."

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Just one more small cover .....
21 Feb 2013
05:39:10pm
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I don't know Bobby, one man's garbage is another man's treasure.


Regards ... Tim

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21 Feb 2013
07:55:53pm
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and my favorite covers are the ones that got mutilated and whose remains are returned in USPS body bags. if that ain't garbage.......

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Martyn
06 Mar 2013
02:22:17pm
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I stumbled across Stamporama whilst trying to research a few stamps just a few days ago. Looked interesting so joined and have already bid on a number of auction items. Am trying to get through a few of the topics being discussed before my holiday ends and I have to go back to work :-(

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07 Mar 2013
02:40:18am
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Holiday !!! Did I miss a Holiday ?
Being retired no one reminds me when there is a holiday so I can take a break.

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Mike
07 Mar 2013
10:50:33am
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No Charlie,
Unlike you, I and probably half of the SOR members, Guyana has what they call a "job" and must report to work everyday. He is on his own personal "holiday" away from that nasty place, but must report back when his "holiday" time is up. Here in the states we call them vacations, something you and I are on permanately and very glad of it.

BTW, we have a great "holiday" coming up in short order (10 days), you know the one where we all have to drink Green beer and say "Top of the mornin' to ya", which saying actually got it's start in New Zealand and not the old sod.

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07 Mar 2013
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And as my ancestors came from Ulster, am I supposed to drink orange beer?

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07 Mar 2013
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I'm already don't know about the green beer though.And I do have an Irish sister in law.
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08 Mar 2013
11:21:28am
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" ... No Charlie,
Unlike you, I and probably half of the SOR members, Guyana has what they call a "job" and must report to work everyday. He is on his own personal "holiday" away from that nasty place, but must report back when his "holiday" time is up. Here in the states we call them vacations, something you and I are on permanently and very glad of it...."


What a revoltin' predicament that is. .....

".... BTW, we have a great "holiday" coming up in short order (10 days), you know the one where we all have to drink Green beer and say "Top of the mornin' to ya", which saying actually got it's start in New Zealand and not the old sod....."

That is what we used to call "Amateur Night"


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