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29 Jan 2022

The Purpose of the ANA

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The ANA was founded to promote and protect the hobby of Numismatics. It is an organisation whereby all are welcome who share in the passion and joys of collecting. Whether coins, tokens, medals, currency or script, originating in the United States or from around the globe. On the ANA website there are two places where topics, subjects, questions or comments may be posted for others to read and reply. One, the member blog page and the other a member forum.However, due to an ease of adding images the former seems to be the more used of the two, despite a lack of understanding in the purpose and intent of each. Recently, there have been many repeated postings from membership who clearly acknowledged their intent to collect points. This is not, nor has it ever been, the purpose as to why we are here. They mean absolutely nothing. Posting is not a competition of prizes or status as being better than another. This in no way means that you are limited to a number of postings to share. In fact it's the opposite, they are strongly encouraged, no matter how many or how often. The point is, reflect for a moment as to what you are a part of and why you are here. If you are merely here for points which win you nothing, then you misunderstand why the ANA exists. I know that this topic has been discussed, and commented on, private emails exchanged to the fact and so forth. I strongly suggest that you read the terms and conditions found at the link on top of the page or at the very bottom. The very first being, spam which this behavior borders on. Again, in no way am I or anyone discouraging participation in the blog or forum postings. I read each and every post, and although I do not always comment on them, this in no way means I am not interested or dislike what has be posted. Yet to be told it was posted for points is insulting, not only of myself but the membership as a whole. -Longbeard.

Comments

CheerioCoins

Level 5

Yes. I agree with you completely. People will just post blogs for attention or points. What’s the purpose of getting the ANA membership if that’s what your gonna do with it. It’s insulting to not just us but coin collecting. Thanks for addressing this.

Mal_ANA_YN

Level 5

Great feedback. I would say re-post once per month as a reminder, except someone will just call that spam.

"SUN"

Level 6

Appreciated your take on the subject

Long Beard

Level 5

Thank you all for understanding. It's purpose was simply to shed light on a rather sensitive subject By no means am I criticizing any individual or particular posting. As collectors we must remember to be a little more respectful and considerate of one another, not pointing out flaws. As previously mentioned, by all means share what you have as often as you chose. I would never call out anyone, nor leave a negative reply in any fashion. Who am I to say what motivates and drives you to further this wonderful hobby? There are simply things we do not like, it's human nature. Nothing personal, ever. There are, quite honestly, two things I would not wish to happen. A loss of membership over petty foolishness like acquiring points or the ANA stepping in and changing or removing the blog page all together. Most likely, if so, it would be to a usage issue on the servers from gigabites of information. There are no other sites that have this style of open communication for us collectors. So please, exercise some thought and courtesy.

Kepi

Level 6

All well said Longbeard and very true. It seems as if now and for quite a long time the subject of points comes up again and again. Too bad we can't put up an informative fun blog, have people comment on it and go on to enjoy our day. People get too serious and abuse the point system... Just my opinion. ; )

AC coin$

Level 6

Brilliant words from an admirable collector who represents what knowledge of coins is from historical backgrounds and also an individual who promotes respect and equal standards for all. What matters is Numismatics and its passion. Let us read your mentioned site rules often like you have proposed. Rules are instructive guidelines however imposing personal criteria or will is not a healthy communication activity. Comments within blogs should be constructive NOT demoralizing because then new members and old members alike will run out of the site thus damaging ANA's shiny purpose. Thank you Mr. Long Beard.

mrbrklyn

Level 4

And yet you continue to abuse the Blog space with animal pictures and poorly written essays. Why? That rampage that was deleted addressed you specificically. You annoyed them and they decided to annoy everyone else.

Longstrider

Level 6

I agree completely. Why can't photos be added. If I figured it out these YN's surely can. Thanks Longbeard.

It's Mokie

Level 6

One major reason why the Member Forum is so infrequently used is its position under the Community tab. While the Member blog is in the second position right underneath ANA staff blogs, the Member Forum is buried under Two Bit Podcast, Young Numismatists, Club Support, Dealer Support, News, Awards, Quizzes, and ANA Social Media. Basically it goes almost completly unnoticed. Now if they were to place Member Forum directly under Member Blog, I feel confident that i would get a lot more traffic and some of the Blog entries would migrate naturally there. IMHO

mrbrklyn

Level 4

It might partly be position, but it is also the limitation of the subjects and other things...

Mike

Level 7

mrbklyn you have picked up on this very quick. Long Beard is rite . the abuses that go on are a disgrace. To a point I don't want to check other blogs to learn. Then you have someone following over 6000 people and Yns continue to follow him. He has done nothing in 7 or 8 years. They know what there doing. I think you meant collections. We do not post that many coins in forums. They think no one knows. Everyone knows. This is my opinion. Also points are important to yns. Based on there blobs they get Yn dollars for auctions. Based on what Sam thinks is a blog! He dies have rules.

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Hmmm... I go away a few hours after a blog post and look what happens! I can deduce what occurred. Thank you for a frank explanation of who we are and what we are about. I hope it is taken to heart by those involved.

mrbrklyn

Level 4

perhaps the east coast snow storm has agitated the situation today. Until today, I had not seen a problem, although I am new here. I would just expect that in the Blog section. where it would be expected that one would find extensively researched posts , that they would also stay on the topic. There is a single line of new blog posts and adding a large number of shallowly researched and poorly written posts just pushes everyone down. If you work on a post for 2 hours, which is about how long it takes me to write a blog post, it can be a bit annoying to see it pushed off the screen in a half hour, especially when there is forum section just below the blogs which is better suited for such superficial posts. -- Whatever... It just takes a moment of consideration and cooperation to make things go smoothly. Moderators can draw up long sets of rules for every conceivable situation, but in the end, it is a spirit of cooperation that makes forums and blogs work. Aside from the trolling and the points ... it is not rocket science to know that one shouldn't load up the blog space with pictures of things not related to Numismatics. It ruins the whole site for everyone.

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