Good question, no doubt this will become cannon fodder as well. But to answer your question I believe the most important thing I have learned is that there in no particular "one way" to do anything in bonsai.What is the single most important bonsai idea you have learned by participating in Online Forums?
Wow-Dude I almost had to get my dictionary out.I don't mean to be snide or stir up trouble, but the lesson that continues to get driven home to me is that bonsai forums, while strangely addictive, are not at all good venues for learning a single thing of any depth or lasting value about bonsai. Some factual info of greater or lessor accuracy about horticultural issues seems to be the best the internet can offer, but even that is better offered in didactic venues such as species guides and tutorials, rather than discussion forums.
The addictive quality is the thing that fascinates me. I keep hoping I will lose my taste for this strange pasotiempo, but it hasn't happened yet.
Remember bonsai cam over at BT? I don't know what technology he was using, I think it was still photos in real time but people had to post. I would think that with an investment in the proper technology, bonsai could be taught live over the web.That chat with picture posting abilities is really the most reliable way to discuss bonsai with a stranger. In chat you learn things about a person that may take years or never to learn on a forum. Discussion is real time and I can ask for clarification on any thought and get it in real time.
almost as good as being there.
Now If I can figure out how we can do a conferance call and all hook up web cams we might get some where.
That my friend is an epiphany. There are those who argue principles of design, metaphysics, and rules all over the board but people like Walter Pall have proven that many of those things we have thought graven in stone are not necessarily without exception; crimes against humanity. It is an eye opener when one discovers that you can slice a loaf of bread horizontally if there is a good reason to do so, and in many ways it is the Internet that has disseminated that information to a large number of bonsai growers.Firstly that I learned there was such a person as Walter Pall and from that gave me the realisation and appreciation that bonsai does not have to be as the Japanese laid it out for us. So now my options are wider and more flexible.
Yahoo Instant Messenger (YIM) provides these features. Video and voice. A couple of months ago, a dozen people were regularly getting together on yahoo instant messenger and chatting. The best part of this, was being able to actually talk to people from other countries. At one time, we had people from 4 countries at the same time. Best part... it's free.Now If I can figure out how we can do a conferance call and all hook up web cams we might get some where.
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