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Our forum membership is growing by leaps and bounds and the forum is getting better and better (thanks not in a small way to TJ). Often times new members are not sure how to go about getting the information that they desire. Accordingly, I, JHAP, being of sound mind and a puffy body have decided to give you a new member primer. This is solely my opinion and is neither endorsed by the powers that be nor was I requested by anyone to write this. Yep, once again I took it upon myself to give you information that is probably useless dribble, heck it's what I do best so why should I stop now?

Anyhoo, here goes...

JHAP's tips for new forum members....

What the heck are they talking about?
Can't figure out all of the abbreviations? It takes a while to figure it out. That's why Forum Moderator extraordinaire, Theo Gallus, has assembled a very compressive list of commonly used acronyms. This list appears under the topic Common Pond Q&A (archives) and is named Commonly Used Acronyms (Abbreviations). Clicky here for a direct link. Print it out for reference. Especially at first this would make your journey through the Pond Boss forums much, much easier. Want a bit of Pond Boss trivia? Who cares, I'm telling you anyway. Theo Gallus is the only person to successfully land the elusive quadruple entendre. Sure he pulled a muscle in the process, but it was a site to behold. Read his words carefully, they often have multiple meanings.


Searching the Pond Boss Forums:
This was taught to us Aaron M. This is what I call the Google method of searching the Pond Boss Forums. IMHO one of the fastest and easiest ways to search this forum is to go to Google and type in what you want to search for followed by the phrase site:pondboss.com.

For example let's pretend that I wanted to read all of the posts about Hybrid Stripped Bass or hsb as they are commonly referred to here on the forums. To do this I would open Google and type in the phrase...

hsb site:pondboss.com

make sure you have the space between the search word, in this case hsb, and the phrase site:pondboss.com

What this does is to tell Google to scan through all of the posts on the pondboss.com web site for the "word" hsb.

Doing that I quite literally came up with 40 pages of Google references just here on Pond Boss.

Pretty cool right?


Read the archives:
While on the forum main page, click on Common Pond Q&A (archives). There are pages and pages of archived links. This contains some of the most valuable information in all of pondom. This section is a national treasure and in my humble estimation is worth 1.5 billion dollars. What do we charge for access to the archives? Nothing, nada, zip. Why? We’re just crazy that way.


Reading the free Pond Boss articles:
While on the main forum page, in the upper left, there is a button named “Free Pond Boss Articles.” Click on it to reveal a list of articles written by the best and the brightest minds in all of the Pond Meistering world (which is why there are no articles written by me on the page, I hate it when that happens).


Looking at other resources provided by “the” Pond Boss:
While on the forum main page, in the upper left, just below the Pond Boss logo fish, click on the words “Pond Boss.” This will bring you to the Pond Boss magazine main page. From that page you can click on Magazine (and subscribe to the very best magazine in the pond management world). You can order pond videos (yep we actually have videos at our disposal for those of you that couldn’t wait for the movie to come out guess what... it has.). You can order a plethora of books – these are a fantastic management tool. I own several of the books and have read them over and over (and over and over). Click on the resource guide and you will see lists of Pond Boss approved vendors sorted by subject matter. These are vendors that are Bob Lusk approved, he subjects his vendors to a level of scrutiny that would make the FBI envious.


Words from the experts:
Pay close attention to words by expert individuals. Sure sometimes they disagree and debate a topic but that is all part of the American way – the right to disagree. Most of the times however you will find a census of opinion amongst them. Now I know what you’re thinking, “Ok JHAP, in all of your immense wisdom who do you consider an expert.” Jeez way to put the pressure on me. Dang this list would be long and if I named them I would miss a bunch of them, but here’s a small primer:
Bob Lusk, don’t know that name? (what did you grow up in a cave?). Mr. Lusk is THE pond boss. Bob is so busy that he can’t post anywhere near as much as he’d like (trust me I’ve followed Bob around a for a day and the guy runs at a pace that would make Nascar looks like tricycle races). When he does post however you should listen. Bob is a renown author and chooses his words carefully (and, more often than not, very humorously). When Bob speaks I listen, and so should you. The only reason that you are reading these words is because Bob Lusk and Mike Otto built the Pond Boss empire to include this forum. Without them I would be wandering around the street aimlessly (well more than I normally do anyway). And that brings me to...
Mike Otto, probably the best pond builder in the northern hemisphere. Want proof, Mike Otto built all eight of Bob Lusk’s ponds (7, 8,9? I can’t remember for certain how many ponds Bob Lusk has but suffice it to say that when it comes to real estate Bob Lusk is under water, more than half of the Lusk real estate is a haven for all things pondom). Otto doesn’t dig holes he designs and creates ponds, and he does it very, very well.
Forum moderators: the moderators have been chosen for their experience, wisdom and commitment to the forum. They receive no remuneration for their services; yep they do this for free. Why? Beats me but they do and it is to our great benefit. Our moderators include rocket surgeons, attorneys, biologists, hardened Texans, freak detectors, etc, etc, they know their stuff. The moderators are hands-on pond owners that have been there, and done that. There are many other experts that are not moderators, nor Pond Boss owners, although I hate to name names (because I’ll miss many names) here are a few more...
Dr. Dave Willis – don’t know who he is? You should. Dr. Willis runs the South Dakota State University’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences. Known by his friends as Dr. Dave, he has quite literally written the book (actually more than one) on Wildlife and Fisheries.
Cecil Baird, although he doesn’t like to be called an expert (he’s humble that way), Cecil knows his stuff because he makes his living raising fish (as well as being one of the best fish taxidermists in the country – which of course he’ll also deny).
Bill Cody also known as “Commander Cody”, “Wild Bill Cody”, “The Codenator, Dr. Perca.” A forum moderator and widely considered an expert, by profession Wild Bill is an Algal & Invertebrate Taxonomist. Heck I can’t even spell that... I had to cut and paste it from his bio. When Bob Lusk has a question that stumps him (which isn’t very often) amongst the panel of experts that he consults with is Bill Cody.
Eric West, yep he's also included the moderator list but his name is worth mentioning twice. Nick named the Pond Boss Librarian, Mr. West has more information as his disposal that than the entire nation of Paraguay. He has linked more links here than a Johnsonville Sausage factory. Bob Lusk once told me when Eric speaks you should listen, and I do.
Forum vendors, yep forum vendors. Oh I know what you're thinking...JHAP have you gone mad??? Probably but that is beside the point, sure the forum vendors sell stuff but I've got a secret for you, this is just between you and me, make your spouse leave the room, cover the dogs eyes, turn off the light in the aquarium, ready? The forum vendors make money by providing the correct solution. If they gave out bad advice or sold lousy products they wouldn't be in business long. We have vendor/experts in pond management, aeration, chemical application, pond supplies, and so on and yep they'll make a few bucks selling you stuff. So what, it's the American way. That's only a partial list, I know I've forgot way, way too many names but that'll get you started. As I get yelled at for this list, I’ll edit it but that is a basic primer to get you started.


Ask questions:
Yep, we’ve heard most of the questions before but it never hurts to ask. Try a forum search first, read through the archives, but don’t hesitate to post questions. That’s why they are here.


Inspiration:
Want some inspiration? Check out Brettski's Liberty Nature Preserve website. Brettski has has meticulously documented the transformation of his property from wild wilderness to a beautiful oasis. IMHO he has the built the best of the best in websites documenting such a project. Not afraid to get his hands dirty, Brettski is building his dream and documenting the progress. He takes on projects that make lesser men weep. Don't believe me? Check out his website, you won't be disappointed.


Finally and in conclusion (bet you thought this would never end):
Be nice, be polite, don’t be political, and don’t be afraid to laugh. The members of this forum have become like a family, we poke fun at each other, we joke around a lot, and occasionally we even use photo manipulation software to prove a point. Have fun here. This is all just one lowly forum member's opinion. I've risked life and limb to give you these tips. Take 'em or leave 'em. Lots of info I know, but hopefully it will help you along your journey.


Lastly, to quote the immortal words of Emerson, Lake and Palmer... "welcome back my friends to the show that never ends, we're so glad you could attend, come inside, come inside."

Welcome to Pond Boss, we're glad you found us.


Disclaimer:
The information provided above is for informational and entertainment purposes only and should not be considered as, nor relied upon as, an expert opinion. JHAP is NOT an expert in anything to do with ponds but that doesn't stop JHAP from pretending to be one. Prolonged exposure to JHAP's posts can cause discomfort, displeasure, disassociation, disbelief, discontent, disharmony, disheveling, disgust, disloyalty, disobedience, disquietude and many other words that start with dis. Four out of five doctors recommend avoiding any prolonged exposure to JHAP's posts while three of seven dentists actually enjoy reading them (dentists are weird that way). The dentist thing makes sense when you think about it because most folks don't like visits with either their CPA or their dentist so the two professions kinda stick together. So what does JHAP actually do? More than he should and less than he can, but to earn dollars to spend on his pond, JHAP is a CPA that is licensed to practice in the State of California even though he resides in a perpetual State of Denial. JHAP will continue to practice accounting until he gets better at it. What does being a CPA have to do with Pond Boss, well nothing now that you mention it, jeez way to make a guy feel inadequate. Bruce Condello (moderator) being a tooth doctor and JHAP being a CPA actually considered merging forces thereby creating the first ever CPA/Dental practice. Image a one stop shop for root canals and tax preparation, pretty cool huh? Just envision having your taxes prepared while under the influence of laughing gas, pure genius I tell you. We were gonna name the practice "Drill 'em and Bill 'em" but then Bruce got all famous and that was the end of that. The opinions expressed by JHAP are not necessarily those of Pond Boss's management, moderators, advertisers, members at large, members at small, or even medium sized members.



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JHAP, great post. I think it should be made into a sticky.

It took a while, but I read a LOT of the archives when I first found this place. Granted, there were a few less in there, but I learned more than I could assimilate and had to keep going back to soak up more.

The wealth of information on here is truly mind boggling, and the informaton resources of the members here is even greater. I'm not just talking about ponds either.


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Excellent reading JHAP, excellent. I wish you had written it back when I became a member.


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Out of the mouth of babes.

Not that I think Jeff is a "Babe".

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Originally Posted By: Yoda
Sticky this should be.


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Originally Posted By: Cisco
Excellent reading JHAP, excellent. I wish you had written it back when I became a member.


Well that's an easy one, Cisco. Just delete your current account and start again! grin

JHAP, great post. I agree, this should absolutely be made a sticky. And come to think of it, you should have told people what a sticky is in your post. It took me a few months here before I realized it wasn't something I'd be embarrassed to tell my mother about!


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Ok, a "sticky."

A sticky is when the one of the forum moderators/owners/powers that be, somehow cause a post to "stick" it to the top of the respective forum list.

How do they do it? Crazy glue? Duct tape? Wikkan chant?

I don't know, only special people know and they won't tell me. Not that I blame them heck if it were up to me I'd "sticky" stuff all over the place and then that would make stickies a moot point.

That's my definition of sticky and I'm sticking to it.




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Sometimes that crazy mind of yours does some amazing things. Great post Jeff.


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Okay - I THINK I moved this topic to a more prominent postion under Intro - Questions and Observations and made it sticky. Either that or I just created a rip in the fabric of the universe and we're all doomed.


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Add me to the dentist list.
That makes 4.


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Wow, my very first sticky. Jeez I've waited years and years for this. It's taken me over 6,000 posts to get here. Proving that eventually quantity will in fact trump quality. Also providing empirical evidence that if you throw enough "stuff" at the forum sooner or later something will "stick." I stand in awe of myself (well actually I'm seated but let's not get bogged down with the details).

Thank you, TJ.


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All this time I thought a "sticky" was a Post-It note.

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I call stickies Sand Burrs, the natural Velcro.

Great post Jeff, and I read every word!

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Jeff, I am w/o speech - that was great.


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Jeff, great post and vastly informative, not to mention humorous, to me as a nearly one year member, but I am a little slow.


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JHAP reinforces what I have seen from a lifetime as a CPA's son. After tax season, they have too much time on their hands! grin

Great post and very informative.



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Insightful and entertaining. Good job. It should be required reading by new members.


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JHAP, I take back my comment about wanting to know your nose to screen distance since you only cut and paste. grin

Obviously there is something ticking inside that noggin of yours.

Good work, my friend!

Hopefully TomG doesn't search for the word "ticking" using that Google search method you published. laugh


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JHAP; I wish it, TJ delivers. It's that easy! wink

For a post to have that much valuable info for new PondMeisters, it was a no brainer.

Congrats!


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Thanks all for the kind words. I've edited 37 times already.
Once I realized it would be a sticky, man did that put the pressure on.

I need to step awayyyyy from the keyboard.

Originally Posted By: Dwight
Obviously there is something ticking inside that noggin of yours.

I wouldn't describe it as a ticking, its more of a....
whoosh,bing,clankel,clankel,whirrrr,zingaaa,bruuuppp,ding dong,twaaaaannnggg,yaaapooeee

and then back to the whoosh to start the process all over again.


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A link to this thread should be included in a "Welcome to Pond Boss" private message that a user would automatically receive upon registering as a member. smile


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oh boy....JHAP as the Walmart Pond Boss greeter

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Do I get a vest? I think at the very least I should be given a vest. Oh and a name tag. A vest and a name tag that's all I'm asking for. Oh and a polo shirt. That's all, a vest, a name tag and a polo shirt. Well and some khaki pants. OK, a vest, a name tag, a polo shirt and some khaki pants. And maybe some comfortable shoes.


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Unfortunately all the ones that are left are about 3 sizes too small. But, if you wear them, you'll fit right in! grin


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Ok, go ahead and get them.


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Originally Posted By: Brettski
oh boy....JHAP as the Walmart Pond Boss greeter




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Oh come on! That looks nothing like me!!!


Too much hair and I don't wear glasses.


This is a much more accurate depiction.





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Egad! For newcomers, please excuse my friends. We are a very friendly and open group, who welcome everyone (just read some of the posts in this thread, and think about those of us who have endured as long-time contributors).

We love diversity -- as long as you like fish. We love the crazies of the world -- even if you love green sunfish. We have active members from Southeast Asia to Scandinavia, going east to west, or west to east.

Heck, I can't think of anybody we wouldn't welcome if you enjoy puppies, kittens, babies, fish, and ponds.

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know this may sound dumb and most basic; but, how do i post a message. just joined and can't seem to navigate my way to the most basic step.... posting a question?

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Originally Posted By: donald
know this may sound dumb and most basic; but, how do i post a message. just joined and can't seem to navigate my way to the most basic step.... posting a question?


Donald,
Welcome to Pond Boss.

Near the top, just under the banner ad, you will see "Control Panel .. .. Forum List .. .. My Stuff . . ."

Click on "Forum List." Choose the forum where you would like to post your question. When you click on the forum, you will see all the topics. Just below where you earlier clicked on Forum List, you will see "New Topic." Click on New Topic, and you are all set.

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Awesome information! Hedley Lamarr quote, HA!

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Hi.

I'm new here and want to understand the Acronyms, but the Acronym link in this post is broken. Is there another link or listing? Thanks much.

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Here you go Cheryll...

http://forums.pondboss.com/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=92442#Post92442

I saved it as a "Favorite" as it is handy to have at your finger tips.

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THANKS! Wow, there's a lot of them.

And now for my intro. We just had a new embankment pond built this week. Still getting final grading, electrical and piping finished Looking at a big clay pit in our yard, 1/2 ac. 12 ft deep.
C'mon rain!

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If you fill the pond from a creek be sure to filter the discharge water trough a filter sock at least 1mm mesh opening similar to window screen.


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Nope, just plain rainfall in watershed with a little boost from an old well.
Thanks for the tip! Love it.

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Kudos, Cheryll, for either persistence or use of the Search function in finding this thread.


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How, oh how did I miss this for so many years? Funny and informative all at once. Thanks JHAP


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JHAP,


While reading your post I opened about 10 tabs in my browser. Every time you brought up something, I checked it out. And guess what? The answer was right there on the next tab! I made my first "Welcome to The Forum" post today just a couple hours ago. Your post has helped me out tremendously already. So many questions that I couldn't find answers to on the forum......no more! This question was regarding vendors to consult me in the proper piece of property, design and construction. Thank you very much for helping the new members in the appropriate directions.

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Not a new member but have a question. How do I add a link on a post? Also add a link on your signature line?


The people who say I can't do it can just sit the @^#% down and watch me. Friends call me Rusto I also subscribe to pond boss mag. http://forums.pondboss.com/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=504716#Post504716
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Use the "Full Reply Screen", hit the (second from the left) little button that looks like a sphere with a chain link below it. You should be able to figure it out from there.

FYI, JHAP hasn't been around for some time, but I'll forward him the word that he's still appreciated.


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Thank you been messing with that for awhile.


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Glad I'm finally taking a moment to discover these forums!

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Hello everyone!
Thx for the post, noticed some helpfull info smile
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I joined a year ago and I came across a blog post I can't locate now: about the effects of groundwater on pond water levels. I'm in Kansas and our pond water level is about two and a half to three feet low. We have been in drought since summer, but it seems really low. I've walked the dam numerous times for signs of seepage, nothing. We hit groundwater when digging the pond, can a lower groundwater table essentially "suck" water out of a pond? Its the only thing I can think of.....thanks!

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Oh, yeah - if your pond isn't isolated from the ground water level, it will fluctuate with it. The ground water giveth, and the ground water taketh away.


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Well, I suspected as much. Any way to “isolate” my pond from the ground water? Maybe with that bentonite or floc seal stuff one can spread?

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What works best will depend upon the specific circumstances of your pond.

If you read some of the "how to stop a leaking pond" threads, you should be able to determine which potential fix is the best application for your pond.

Good luck!

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I’ll look those up, thank you!

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How on earth did I miss this thread ? blush

What are your thoughts on copying the initial post and archiving it so it is easy to find.
















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Originally Posted by ewest
How on earth did I miss this thread ? blush
Unlike some of us, Eric, you've never worked at the Ministry of Silly Walks.


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'The archives are a precious store of knowledge.' This forum ought to issue a digital coin. A billion coin issue at $0.02/coin. Reserve a good chunk of the coins to be payable to forum members in return for their $ donations or $ magazine subscriptions,,,50 coins per dollar submitted by members. Meanwhile, establish the coin on the exchanges and sell a good bunch for $ for the Pond Boss Forum Foundation. The Foundation attempts to stabilize the coins value, selling from reserve at $0.06 and buying back at $0.01. Eventually, the reserve runs out and all the coins are in circulation. While coins were held in reserve, members would still get a good deal of free coins equal in value to the donations and subscriptions. Maybe you need to issue six billion coins. Think of how, by some miracle, these coins will be worth a whole dollar someday...and the Foundation flush with money could even support research from the start. Most coin foundations are devoted to developing applications that tie into the blockchain ledger data. This Foundation...Pond, lake, fisheries and sport fish sciences plus the accumulated knowledge (even that bought or licensed). Wild rantings of someone who woke up to find a small bunch of crypto was worth a lot, and sold out too soon.


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