Five rants - Hope this is the right place.
Pardon me if this is in the wrong forum, and I apologize in advance if some of you feel offended. That is not my intention.
Firstly, I dislike how slow GW gets in the winter. I've posted several threads to "liven things up" with tropical plant trades. Only a few of you seem to be still "active" this time of year. Afraid of the plant freezing? Then be there to pick up the box. I have not lost a single plant yet, this winter, coming or going.
Secondly, I don't like that every time I get cuttings, they are too dry to even have a chance, when they arrive, or they just die. People seem to use cuttings to "sweeten a trade" - I've been disappointed enough times that I won't take any more cuttings, other than the "VERY EASY" ones (Brugmansia, for instance.) But I hate to get a box that is 1/2 cuttings, meaning, other people get many rooted plants from me, and I only get 1/2 a trade, as it were. Does anyone else feel this way?
Thirdly, I have noticed several members posting "WANTED" plants, but when somebody (myself, anyway) posts saying, I have this plant, and get NO response. Why bother asking for something if you don't respond? Or why bother asking, if you have nothing to offer in trade? It's called EXCHANGE.
Fourth - May I suggest a "place" for POSTAGE ASKERS on GW? This would save everyone a lot of time. It is very tiring, mentally, to have people ask for plants for postage, especially the unusual plants. It is irritating. It puts myself into a position where I have to say "NO" and I don't like being in that position.
Fifth - NO OFFENSE! BUT! PLEASE BE THERE TO GET YOUR BOX! OTHERWISE, DO NOT ASK FOR DELIVERY CONFIRMATION!!!!!! This happened twice just last week - I sent boxes, and they were not picked up / not delivered, because nobody was there. Now my plants are suffering as a result of your not being there, and just because you asked me to use Delivery Confirmation.
Sorry for the burst of negativity here - It isn't directed towards anyone, but is based upon recent experiences and observations on GW - and please consider these suggestions for us all to improve / enhance the quality of GW experiences.