Wouldn't that be "speed dating"! ;)
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"If only there were some way to start a "dating service" of sorts here at the site, where someone could post a listening event and invite others in their area to come and give a listen to their systems. I know there are clubs in many areas where people circulate to different houses, but not everyone belongs to a club or has one in their area."
Dont you think the "Audio Clubs" near bottom of forums page do just that? Our club has 2 new members because of a Cleveland Ohio thread.
No, they don't. There are tons of people on this site in the NY metropolitan area that do not belong or attend any of the many club meetings that I attend.
Perhaps they don't like the club thing. Perhaps they are turned off by the other members. Perhaps they are shy. Perhaps they don't know about them or never inquired how to join. Perhaps they are unavailable for club meeting times.
Who knows why, but I'm sure there are people who could benefit from this service, should it become available.
When you go here ...
And click on "Recent Discourse" for any of the time periods you are taken to a listing of recent and older threads. They now show previews of what is being discussed, including recent postings to that thread.
There are also system listings that now whow thumbnail pictures of the systems themselves.
Pretty cool - this is new in the last month or so.
Jere's another thought that may help you understand this concept I'm proposing. For the most part we see the same people posting on these forums. We see the same faces at our local audio get-togethers. That's great, and I love to share this hobby with each of you. But there are more audiophiles out there who do not necessarily participate at the same level, if at all. How can we bring them into the fold in a way that they are comfortable with? I think one way is to let them show off their own systems in a small group setting, under circumstances that they can control. Or perhaps invite them over to a regular member's place where their face can become known.
So, how can we help spread the word? Praise the lord (not sure if that is Krell, Levinson, or a slew of others, but you get my point).
I think a great start would be if our personal profiles allowed the option of posting "City" and "State". Right now the profile only lists "Country" and "Membership" and they are always blank.
I know that someone is going to point out that if we use our real names someone (surely not an Audiogon member) would look us up in the phone book and then steal our systems. That is why I said "option".