Forum / Page for "Internationals"

Talking to some fellow cookiers I am just wanting to see if there is viability/interest in adding a forum / chat room area for us cookiers that reside outside the United States (sometimes referred to as "Internationals"). I have found that not being in the United States can present its own challenges at times, and therefore their own unique fixes (I have seen some great 'hacks'). From not being able to source some ingredients to holidays and seasonal challenges (northern hemisphere vs southern) to different legal requirements for home based businesses. We could share the challenges and fixes with other internationals in our own area so as not to clog up other areas. I understand that cookieing and the community is universal but sometimes the processes are not! 

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Originally Posted by Belleissimo Cookies:

Talking to some fellow cookiers I am just wanting to see if there is viability/interest in adding a forum / chat room area for us cookiers that reside outside the United States (sometimes referred to as "Internationals"). I have found that not being in the United States can present its own challenges at times, and therefore their own unique fixes (I have seen some great 'hacks'). From not being able to source some ingredients to holidays and seasonal challenges (northern hemisphere vs southern) to different legal requirements for home based businesses. We could share the challenges and fixes with other internationals in our own area so as not to clog up other areas. I understand that cookieing and the community is universal but sometimes the processes are not! 

That'd be fantastic. As someone who's potentially thinking of starting up a business, I'd be appreciative of any advice, "been there done that" stuff. And you're right about seasonal differences - ANZAC day, Australia Day etc, & then there's Queen's Birthday, trooping of the colours for the UK .. & the list goes on.

Thanks for suggesting this Belle!  

Hi, all, I'll wait a few more days for people to weigh in with opinions, but my personal preference is not to do this for the primary reason that I don't want to create splinter groups in what I think is a cohesive, international community. Or give the appearance that certain areas of this site are only for certain people.

 

Certainly, some process and product issues differ outside of the US. But the same can be said probably for every country and even within the US. (US cottage business laws vary by state and sometimes even within municipalities within a state.) So an "international" splice may not be that meaningful - what is "international" to one person is not "international" to another. Additionally, I think those in the US have a lot to learn from those in other countries, so I'd love those "international" dialogues to be front and center, mingled with everything else on this site, so that everyone feels comfortable viewing and participating in those discussions.


What I would like to see more of is people starting these types of forum discussions. There are plenty of places to do this already, and if the title and tags reflect that the issue is one unique to a region or country, that will help signal to others in that area (or who would like to know more about that area) to read the post.

 

The bigger issue to me right now is that there are very few people contributing new forum content to the site. Yet, everyone is welcome to do so, and has been since site inception. So rather than spawning new areas that may remain unfilled/inactive, I'd prefer to create new areas once there's evidence (from activity on the site) that those areas would actually be utilized.

 

My two cents . . . if there's a groundswell of support for this area after a few more days, I'll consider adding it. But so far the reaction seems mixed to me.

Originally Posted by Julia M. Usher:

Hi, all, I'll wait a few more days for people to weigh in with opinions, but my personal preference is not to do this for the primary reason that I don't want to create splinter groups in what I think is a cohesive, international community. Or give the appearance that certain areas of this site are only for certain people.

 

Certainly, some process and product issues differ outside of the US. But the same can be said probably for every country and even within the US. (US cottage business laws vary by state and sometimes even within municipalities within a state.) So an "international" splice may not be that meaningful - what is "international" to one person is not "international" to another. Additionally, I think those in the US have a lot to learn from those in other countries, so I'd love those "international" dialogues to be front and center, mingled with everything else on this site, so that everyone feels comfortable viewing and participating in those discussions.


What I would like to see more of is people starting these types of forum discussions. There are plenty of places to do this already, and if the title and tags reflect that the issue is one unique to a region or country, that will help signal to others in that area (or who would like to know more about that area) to read the post.

 

The bigger issue to me right now is that there are very few people contributing new forum content to the site. Yet, everyone is welcome to do so, and has been since site inception. So rather than spawning new areas that may remain unfilled/inactive, I'd prefer to create new areas once there's evidence (from activity on the site) that those areas would actually be utilized.

 

My two cents . . . if there's a groundswell of support for this area after a few more days, I'll consider adding it. But so far the reaction seems mixed to me.

Thanks for your 2 cents Julia. I guess I felt I was trying to add content to your site, with an area that some may feel more comfortable in posting. I thought  in an area that would not clog up issues for the prodominantly American audience, might encourage others to post. But the reverse of this I have no interest in the cottage laws of Arizona but I still like to see what an Arizona cookier does. But if you would prefer to see content not segregated I guess I can see where you are coming from. 9 votes is hardly a definitive vote and so I would probably say that we can leave it as it until the site grows and maybe the need arises again. In the meantime I will try to think of more ways to grown content thanks

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