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Re: Shop Talk Live 5: Compounding Errors

I love Fine Woodworking and have so much respect for the knowledge behind that and other major woodworking publications. If not for those magazines, I'd be no where near the woodworker that I am.

And, while there is no need for these guys to be insulting about it, they do make a good point—everything you find on the Internet is not guaranteed to be accurate. Here's the thing, though: no kidding. I mean, who regularly spends time online and assumes that everything they find is gospel? No one.

It's not just for woodworking. Anything the typical DIYer wants to learn how to do, he can get proper direction online that will get him about 90% of the way to completion. The rest of the way he'll need to find for himself. This is not a news flash; this is par for the course when learning using this medium.

Then, these guys use the term "crowdsourcing" in a completely wrong context. Crowdsourcing is getting a bunch of people to perform a professional task and only paying for the one you want—everyone else gets stiffed.

Conversely, online woodworking resources aren't devaluing Fine Woodworking; Fine Woodworking is still a high-end credible team of experts and all the YouTube videos in the world won't take anything away from that. What all of these resources actually do is get more people interested in woodworking, instilling early levels of confidence and widening Fine Woodworking's potential customer base.

So, a sharp rap of a dowel rod to the knuckles of everyone behind that video podcast for being arrogant and short-sighted.



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