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I just noticed that we have 2271 members, yet there's only 157 posts in the member intro section. Guess we've got a lot of lookers but not to many willing to participate!
 

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We've got more bogus members then you'd think. I sent a small list (about 70) of them that I found in about 5 minutes to an admin last month to see if they wanted to delete some of them. As an example go to the members list and look at the names daisyjohn200 and those that follow or dianajohn2001 and again the ones following it. If you look into them they all contain links to other sites.

2271 registered members, 424 of them have posted at least once, 288 have posted 2 or more times. Basically we're running on 60 active members that have 10 or more posts.
 

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I know what you're saying. I just keep trying to generate new business for the site.
 

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Facebook can be very helpful. If you chat on FB, be sure to include a link to this site. Does this site have it's own Facebook account? The good thing about social media is that friends of friends of friends will also see postings, so you can exponentially broaden your exposure.

Is there a stated mission for Kimbertalk? Is it a place for Kimber owners to share in their joy of ownership or is it also a place to learn all things Kimber, from firearms issues to company experience? Most people I know, including myself, use the internet as a tool to find solutions to issues or to gather knowledge as part of the comparative-shopping process.

Simply: why are we all here?
 

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Facebook can be very helpful. If you chat on FB, be sure to include a link to this site. Does this site have it's own Facebook account? The good thing about social media is that friends of friends of friends will also see postings, so you can exponentially broaden your exposure.

Is there a stated mission for Kimbertalk? Is it a place for Kimber owners to share in their joy of ownership or is it also a place to learn all things Kimber, from firearms issues to company experience? Most people I know, including myself, use the internet as a tool to find solutions to issues or to gather knowledge as part of the comparative-shopping process.

Simply: why are we all here?
You bring up some interesting points.

Why am I here? To hang out with you and the rest of the gang and have some fun along the way!!
 

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You bring up some interesting points.

Why am I here? To hang out with you and the rest of the gang and have some fun along the way!!
I agree. But there's always got to be that 'hook' that draw that brings people back. I enjoy chatting with everyone, but I'm retired, the weather sucks and I have nothing much else to do....at the moment. When spring comes, we'll all be out doing things. Participation rate will fall dramatically if we're just here to "hang out" with our Kimber brothers & sisters. Anyway, that's my $0.02.
 
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I'm personally disappointed that Kimber doesn't have a online chat line or have a rep that visits this site occasionally to answer questions or correct misconceptions about the Kimber products.

If Kimber America were involved in some small way I think KimberTalk.com would become the defacto site for information and fun. $0.02.

Man, I'm getting broker $0.02 at a time. :)
 
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I don't think I've seen factory reps on any of the manufacturer specific forums. That could get ugly real fast.
 

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When I joined this forum it was dead, there would be maybe 5 new posts a week. Nellybelle was one of the top posters here and I think reading his common sense posts and the values that he projected in them brought me back. Posts started picking up and guys like Gmountain, pbsdaddy, sbubrick, MPO Southy, Islander and Insta-Gator just to name a few started posting here. This is what I come back for, I'll probably never meet any of these gentlemen but I'd be honored to share my campfire and bottle of adult beverage any of them at any time.

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Please don't be upset or read anything into my not mentioning your name in the above post. Due to space limitations and my inability to remember everything I should when I should you may have been accidentally left out.
 

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I just joined a month ago. I found this forum linked from another 1911 forum. It didn't show up on the first page of a Google search then. Now with the new members and increase in posts it is one of the first on the list. I like the folks and atmosphere in this forum. I actually like that it is active but not so many members that you can't follow the active topics. I have that problem over on the XD forum. There I have to limit myself to items of interest in certain sub-forums as there are too many posts in general. Even when I try to research certain topics there are often too many pages to wade through on a given thread. I think others feel the same way and that leads to the start of the same discussion over and over.
 

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I don't I've seen factory reps on any of the manufacturer specific forums. That could get ugly real fast.
FYI, I spend most of my online time on scuba forums. Manufactures frequently monitor their sub forum and chime in to provide info and answer questions. It's all a matter of maturity on both sides. If someone gets out of hand moderators will shut the user down real quick. The voluntary participation by the manufacturers is to be protected. If a user has a true beef, they can take it off-line, directly with mfg customer service.

It's actually a terrific way to learn about products, features, and even suggest improvements form a user perspective.
 

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I stay here because of the people. This forum is small, by that I mean the number of participants, and the people are friendly. We all like Kimbers but don't bash other manufactures or fellow members. Nice people and good topics keep us all staying.
 

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im a recent join and have to say this is a great forum. ive done a lot of reading, not many posts since i dont have much to talk about yet cuz im STILL waiting for my permit! nj sucks.. but yall are a great read!
 

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FYI, I spend most of my online time on scuba forums. Manufactures frequently monitor their sub forum and chime in to provide info and answer questions. It's all a matter of maturity on both sides. If someone gets out of hand moderators will shut the user down real quick. The voluntary participation by the manufacturers is to be protected. If a user has a true beef, they can take it off-line, directly with mfg customer service.

It's actually a terrific way to learn about products, features, and even suggest improvements form a user perspective.
Were any of the dive forums affiliated in any way with the manufacturers? To the best of my knowledge this one is in no way affiliated with Kimber. They may not even know it exists!
 

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Were any of the dive forums affiliated in any way with the manufacturers? To the best of my knowledge this one is in no way affiliated with Kimber. They may not even know it exists!
Absolutely not. There are way too many manufacturers in the industry to make that viable.

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Since we are dedicated to the Kimber product I think it would be much easier for them to have a casual presence. The easiest thing for their rep to do if specific issues arose would be to advise the user to call customer service to initiate the resolution process. Even if they ran their own "user forum" to entertain Q&A and user-to-user support, like we have here, would be a positive, IMO. I'd prefer they came here.
 

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Looks good on paper Gary, but I don't see it ever happening.
 

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:) :) :) Maybe not. Ya never know.

But since they don't even publish a email address, I'm inclined to agree with you.
 

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Perhaps there here all the time just not signed in. I'm sometimes amazed that the anti-gun activist are not trying to jam the forum with crap so its not used. or not worth being a member of.
 

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All of the above are good points.
As far as promoting this site, I don't 'do' Facebook, but I spend a lot of time on Reddit. There's weapon manufacturer specific 'sub-reddits' that I frequent. Like Marlin & 1022 for my kids 22's, 1911 & Sig's for me. And of course the long guns info. But oddly, there's not a Kimber subreddit. When someone posts a pic about a Kimber, I suggest they check this site out.
I really enjoy checking in on you boys to see who's done what, and what neat Kimber things are out there. Keep up the good work guys.
 

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I'm on quite a few forums. this site is by far my favorite. its small and informative. by the way some of you guys are better than my owners manual!!
 
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