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Resident 'Jawling Man' and 'Graunching Specialist'
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Many of us are members of more than one internet forum. I'm a member of a number of diving forums and also some non diving ones. Yet I spend far more time on Yorkshire Divers than on all these others combined. So why is that? I think its because YD is far superior to any other forum.

Yorkshire Divers is an incredibly useful resource. YD has a wide, diverse membership of people from various countries and backgrounds all willing to share their knowledge with the forum. Whether its diving destinations, skills or training, hunting for a bargain or some weird or exotic piece of kit YD can usually help. I've learnt a lot from YD'ers and have enjoyed a number of healthy debates at times.

YD-ers are also incredibly generous, both with their time and with lending pieces of equipment. There are innumerable examples of this but to name just two - look at the response when Gladders needed to borrow some cylinders. Just yesterday Garf offered to lend an analyser to someone he's never even met. YD post is another fantastic example of generosity.

Unlike most other internet forums YD-ers actually meet up all the time to pursue their chosen hobby together. Because of this lots of friendships have been formed and even at least one romance! Putting faces to the names on the forum helps enormously in the friendly sociable atmosphere prevalent on YD. YD has also always been welcoming of new members and the members by and large stick to an unwritten etiquette with mutual respect and tolerance for each other.

These are the things that I think separate YD from all the other forums out there. Long may it continue.
 

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for me its the humour that keeps me going through work and the time between dives.

i enjoy reading about peoples exploits and trips, it appears to me there are more trip reports here than on most other forums.
 

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Yep, that about sums it up :D
Mal
What he says.

This place has been a life saver to me. Being a new diver you like to hear advice from people who know. As a single parent of a young-ish child it's difficult to get out and interact with other divers so this forum has been great for sounding off and learning different things.

I've noticed there's been a few spurious "rants" and moans going on and it confused me because I didn't think that was what YD was about. Surely we should all remember that we are ALL different and what's right for one isn't necessarily right for another?

I think YD is great and I've met some brilliant people on here, including the chimps!!!! One of the chimps in particular has been very supportive of me despite hardly knowing me, offering to help me get back in the water to rebuild confidence. Without YD and it's people I probably would have consider giving diving up!

So to read this thread was brilliant! My thoughts have been voiced! Green incoming!!!!
 

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Sub-optimal DIR wannabe
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I'm a newbie on here and frequent (and moderate) in other (non-diving) forums.

What I like is the banter levels seem to be spot on. People seem to be to distinguish between serious and less serious threads, and it works well. Must be pleasant for the mods too!

The information and help that is available is quite staggering!

And thanks to Mr GWilson of this parish, I've even had a YD dive :)
 

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Dive tart, just can't say no :-)
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I completely agree with the OP but would add that the reason YD differs from so many of the other forums (names not mentioned) is the quality of the moderation, hats off to all the mods and thank you.
 

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I'm a newbie on here and frequent (and moderate) in other (non-diving) forums.

What I like is the banter levels seem to be spot on. People seem to be to distinguish between serious and less serious threads, and it works well. Must be pleasant for the mods too!

The information and help that is available is quite staggering!
What he said :teeth:

I also visit and moderate on other forums and YD is a great place.

Arfie
 

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I completely agree with the OP but would add that the reason YD differs from so many of the other forums (names not mentioned) is the quality of the moderation, hats off to all the mods and thank you.

Creep! :)


I can't disagree with anything that's been said. The thing that keeps me coming back day after day is the (generally) good hearted banter. I've met some great dive buddies from here and through the access to LOADS of knowledge and recommendations of kit and instructors have developed my diving much further than I would have done by bimbling along without any advice.... the downside of that is all the extra expense! :D Worth every penny though! :)
 

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Y'know, its funny, but you kind of have mates here without always having met them. Or only met them a couple of times.

You can walk up to people in hotels and hand over small pots of marmite because you hate the stuff, but happen to remember that someone else loves it.

You can hang out by a complete strangers car begging for chocolate.

Oh.... and I like the avatars. It is quite funny when someone changes theirs, and you think a new person has joined. When I changed mine, I got a PM from someone saying they hadn't recognised me. :)
 

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I agree with everything that's been said! I like to think of YD as a 'living' dive magazine that changes daily :teeth:

Have to agree with the light touch on the moderation being good too - keep up the good work guys :thumbs_up:
 

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Resident 'Jawling Man' and 'Graunching Specialist'
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Correct Dude! But remember you got to meet the Choccie Princess and the Choccie-princess-in-waiting!
 

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I feel a great fondness for YD and the people who populate it. I met Turbs through the forum, and have made what I consider to be my best mates through it as well.

Sometimes I try to wean myself off YD during the working week, but it doesn't work. I can't help logging on to see what's happening.

Isn't it funny how you can feel close to people you've never met?
 
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