Dispensing with the long introduction, let me get right to the point:
The JSSDC forums will be opening for public registration on January 1, and will continue until February 1.
Why? When JSSDC has been closed to the public for so long, why open it up now?
JSSDC is like anything – it needs to grow or it gets stale and stagnant and dies. While JSSDC has been diligent in keeping an eye on the hobby and seeing who is a good fit for our particular brand of rowdiness, we need a “shot in the arm” of new blood to change things up a bit, get to know some new folks, and try some different things.
Now, of course there have to be a few rules, conditions, points of order. They are as follows:
No members under the age of 18. If you are under 18 and try registering for an account, it will be deleted.
Member accounts are deleted for non-use. If you decide to become a member, you are committing to being an active member of the community. We don't send friendly reminders that your time is running short...we just delete accounts and go on about our business.
Becoming a member of JSSDC means you are a member of another forums, and that is all. Any perks, special deals, what-have-you, are now unsupported and are at the will of the member offering the deal. If you think you can become a member and somehow magically open the door to getting your hands on special sabers or soundboards – SORRY.
It's adults only at JSSDC, so members are expected to conduct themselves as adults. The few rules that exist at JSSDC are enforced sternly, but for the most part, members monitor themselves. Moderators at JSSDC have full authority to do what is necessary and at the request of the Administrative staff. Problems should be resolved at the line level if possible, and escalated to a Mod only if it becomes necessary.
Trouble-makers are not tolerated. If you want to join just to try and get things stirred up, I would STRONGLY caution against it. There won't be any arguments or debates – you'll be shown the door and will not be able to come back...ever.
It's all good. We don't care if you're a twenty-something or are pushing the back-side of 40, your gender, your sexual preference, political leanings, theological stance(s), etc. You are a person, and if you extend courtesy and a polite disposition, it will be returned to you. If harsh language offends you - you can either not join, or choose to ignore the f-bombs you see. We don't discuss politics, religion or sex. EVER. AT ALL.
With all the finger-wagging out of the way, let's discuss why you may or may not want to become a member of JSSDC. There are a few questions you need to be able to answer for yourself:
Can I handle the Gravy?
Specifically, I am talking about criticism, ribbing, and being the occasional butt of jokes that go way too far. Are your feelings easily hurt? Do you hold grudges? Do you retaliate against people on-line by getting defensive and hostile? If so, you won't be a fit for JSSDC. We're the group of folks that isn't afraid to tell you your work looks like crap and you need to redo it. However, we're also the group that can help you develop the skills to keep your stuff from looking like crap. Handy, eh? If you have an ego, it'll have to get checked at the door, because there isn't a place for it on the forums.
What kind of stuff do I post?
Do I post threads that are informative and stimulate discussion...or do I recycle the same pepsi/coke, jedi/sith, black/white threads every few months? Do I take the time to try and find my own answers before I ask a question, or do I just start a new thread every time I feel like it because I am lazy to search through results. There's no time for hand-holding at JSSDC. We don't spoon-feed information. There is a LOT of good info at JSSDC, and you'll have to search for your answers just like the rest of us.
Do I want to learn to build good sabers? Do I have the desire to learn this craft?
That is a very important thing to consider. How serious are you about this hobby? If you really want to crawl inside and have a thorough look around the saber hobby, JSSDC can serve as a gateway for that. There are extremely talented folks that are members, and I think it safe to say that most if not all of them think their saber builds have improved since being members of JSSDC.
There's no lack of forums out there for just about any interest you can think of. For custom sabers, JSSDC is just one forum amongst many. Maybe we are a good fit for you, maybe we're not. If you think you can handle the deep end of the pool, your opportunity is coming on January 1, 2011.
If you have specific questions, feel free to ask them, and I and other JSSDC administrative staff will try to answer them the the best of our ability.
Thank you for your time.
Jon Judge (JudgeSabersmith)
Owner - JSSDC Forums