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Open Letter to the Powers that Be at Facebook – Regarding Groups

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

I am Michael Sellick, known online as 'Mikey', I am the founder and leader of The Crochet Crowd. I'm a 'hooker' at heart with the passion to crochet and play with yarn.

76 thoughts on “Open Letter to the Powers that Be at Facebook – Regarding Groups

  • January 28, 2017 at 9:02 pm
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    Mikey,so sorry,there must be someway we can all still stay in touch! We have all depended on your crochet crowd so much! For new ideas ,what,s hot etc. We need you guys!, when Iam having problems ,your crochet crowd site is the first place I go!,, Corky

  • January 24, 2017 at 11:16 pm
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    Please Facebook – consider these revisions. Group monitoring is very time consuming but with these suggested revisions it can be less overwhelming.

    Thanks!

  • January 24, 2017 at 5:54 pm
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    I agree.
    My friends and I needed a group forum and with fb as it is, our option was to have a CLOSED yahoo group – not a viable solution for The Crochet Crowd.

    I am sure there are other groups with the same problems.

    I hope fb is listening.

  • January 24, 2017 at 5:48 pm
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    Any troublemakers in my other groups are thrown off by the Admin and they’re gone. They can’t even access the site. If it gets rowdy, Admin will step in with warning. If you as Admin just ignore it as it continues, then it allows it to continue. Or just close Comments. Works each time.

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      January 25, 2017 at 3:02 pm
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      This doesn’t work for us unfortunately. People then email, then find you on Facebook… and if you don’t respond, they contact people who sponsor us to have them intervene. People who feel they are wronged stop at nothing… banning isn’t the solution… it’s the first step to creating a larger problem that spirals out of control.

  • January 24, 2017 at 4:36 pm
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    Please don’t go, where will I fine U two again. Crying ? ??✅??????

  • January 24, 2017 at 4:24 pm
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    I am truly sad. The state of your/ our crochet community shouldn’t turn into this. I will miss the Facebook page and the sharing. Like a previous poster said, take a break, enjoy the cruise and regroup for your own sanity. You are very talented and you, Diva Dan and the rest have made me feel part of something larger and taught me much.

  • January 24, 2017 at 1:01 pm
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    I hope FB can amend the rules and regulations to allow the changes as you have listed them! It is quite disappointing that a favourite page must be shut down. I am so thankful though, for the inspirations The Crochet Crowd has provided! All the best to the both of you, Mikey and Dan, and to your team as well!.

  • January 24, 2017 at 12:29 pm
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    So sorry you are closing the Facebook page. The letter you are sending is excellent and things that should be implemented by Facebook so that Groups established in the future do not have the same issues that are occurring now. Will miss your page and hope you remember that we love you, have enjoyed learning from you, seeing great things on your page and appreciate the help and support you have given us. Enjoy life and being with the one you love, see you in the future hopefully once Facebook wises up.

  • January 24, 2017 at 11:42 am
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    Please please please don’t let a few rotten apples spoil the whole basket if in the unfortunate event that this site gets closed down I can only hope I can find your new one because I found you once 6 years ago when I was at my lowest point having just lost my mother who loved to crochet you taught me to crochet and that makes me feel closer to her I have now went on and taught my sister so please Facebook please come up with some new ideas to help I for one will find Facebook I lot more boring without you and your wonderful team tell them all that there a lot more lovers of you all than haters ???

    • January 24, 2017 at 9:33 pm
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      But in a group this large, “a few” is a heck of a lot!

  • January 24, 2017 at 11:36 am
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    I believe you are taking the right path. I am wth you all the way.

  • January 24, 2017 at 8:49 am
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    Sorry this happened to you. I learned a lot from you. I had fun. Loved your tutorials. Some people are just mean and ruin everything. Good luck. Sorry you have to shut down. But I understand.
    All my love, Renee

  • January 24, 2017 at 6:51 am
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    I really hope Facebook listens to you Mikey, I would hate to have you and your page gone from my life for a second time. I love learning new crochet skills from you and really love your videos

  • January 24, 2017 at 5:02 am
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    This is the third, completely unrelated group I’ve been in that has had the exact same, significant trouble and closed because of it. I really hope Facebook listens and makes changes. I’m tired of my favourite groups closing!!!!!

  • January 24, 2017 at 12:39 am
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    organization..communication..troubleshooting..this and more is needed. Both parties need to work together to produce and continue a excellent program with a large following. The success is between the two. The demand for the product is there. The success is wavering. Why? Do you need a mediator or a professional organizer?

  • January 24, 2017 at 12:28 am
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    Mikey, I have just joined two groups and the did have a sign up questionaire along with the rules that you had to check that you read. This group does not tolerate any breeches. You are gone! It is a very large diabetic group.

  • January 24, 2017 at 12:20 am
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    Thanks for all the help you have given us over the years.

  • January 24, 2017 at 12:17 am
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    I have liked all the help I have gotten from your videos, have made things I could not have made without you. Sorry you have to shut down. Thanks for all your help.

  • January 23, 2017 at 11:47 pm
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    Dear Mikey and the team,
    well spoken and you have outlined the problems very clearly, let’s just hope Facebook takes your points in consideration, as I am sure it happens to a lot of other groups as well.
    In the meantime, take it easy my friend, you are cruising very shortly, so don’t think about the archived groups and what Facebook may or may not be doing about your letter, it’s time to wind down for a well deserved break!

  • January 23, 2017 at 10:57 pm
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    I love the Crochet Crowd. When I found the crochet Crowd I needed help and guidance. I found a guy named Mikey and Diva Dan, and my world opened up like I never knew it could. My mother passed away, she showed me how to crochet. Mikey showed me how to take what I knew and go far beyond my imagination. Diva Dan showed me how to use colors. It sadden me to think that I’m going to lose such talent. I don’t know what I could do, but take my email and let someone read it. I want them to know , the great teachers and friends they are trying to stop. I’m just a plain everyday person who loves to crochet and has finally found someone who can show me amazing art, and teach me how to do beautiful work. I don’t know what I will do when I can no longer learn from the best I have ever seen. Please know that I thank you both for your kindness and teaching me how to enjoy a craft my mother started teaching me. My hope is that you can rest up and reinvent yourself, so plain people like me can enjoy the beautiful gift of Mikey and Diva Dan again. Please keep me informed. So sad that people took you for granted. I hope they have not messed it up for everyone else who’s only passion was to learn and enjoy the art of crochet.

  • January 23, 2017 at 10:53 pm
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    I can’t stop crying . You have taught me so much. I want to thank you and team for
    all the wonderful hours of pleasure you have given to not only me but others as well.
    When someone says they want to learn to crochet right away I say , Mikey Crochet .
    With that I always say ,”I will loan him and Diva Dan but keep in mind they are mine.”
    My heart is broke. Much love your way.?

  • January 23, 2017 at 10:37 pm
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    It is so sad that you have to deal with such problems. I learned to crochet because of YOU ! I rarely post, but do love getting inspiration from you and others.

  • January 23, 2017 at 10:15 pm
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    I am sorry this has happened. I guess it is just human nature that some people will take things too far. I don’t understand it, but I wish I did so maybe it could be stopped before great things are ruined. Facebook, pay attention, you are getting words of wisdom from the front lines. Sending you both love and support, take care of you selves. My self and many, many more will be waiting when you are ready.

  • January 23, 2017 at 9:26 pm
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    I am devistated! I love this group, seeing all the posts. Frankly I’ve never seen any negativity, meanest or any other issue you mention. What I have seen is amazing work that has encouraged me to try Tunisian crochet, to finish my WIP, to stretch my skills and to find help in asking questions and YouTube tutorials. ?

  • January 23, 2017 at 7:20 pm
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    Mikey and Dan, I am so sad and sorry to see the group go. It is a shame that people cannot follow rules and start trouble. I just want to say that you have been an inspiration to me, I have crocheted for over 30 years but was never able to read patterns and never ventured to make anything more than scarf, hat or blanket, basic patterns, in the past couple of months I made a Christmas tree, a lovey, made a virus baby blanket and I am starting to make a baby dress. I am learning to read patterns better and your videos have helped me tremendously. I am so proud of myself for finally trying new things and I love what I am accomplishing and it is all thanks to you. I hope all works out and I will continue to watch your videos and love your e-mails. Thank you again 🙂

  • January 23, 2017 at 5:44 pm
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    Mikey,
    I love you. But you’re too Canadian, my friend. The Crochet Crowd and all its offshoots are your sandbox. If people don’t want to abide by your rules in your sandbox, they deserve the boot and can take their whining and moaning and go create their own group. Perhaps they can name it “Nobody loves me. Everybody hates me. I’m gonna go eat worms!”? I realize that this would cause a fuss, and whiners would likely complain to your sponsors, which would be a major problem for y’all. But a fiber fondler can dream, can’t they?

  • January 23, 2017 at 4:59 pm
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    I totally understand the need to close the group, and support you. I truly hope that Facebook take note of the problems that large groups have. It’s such a shame that a few people can ruin a good thing for 1,000’s of others. I love crochet, it’s been a life saver for me, helping me deal with anxiety and depression in a positive way. The group was amazing and positive and encouraging. Keep up your great work and be encouraged that you have a lot of support the world over. (from New Zealand)

  • January 23, 2017 at 4:26 pm
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    I am so sorry to hear this Mikey. I am a disabled person that somedays can’t even do anything but sit in my recliner . I have always wanted to crochet . Reading a pattern just is something that don’t compute in my foggy brain . One day I googled something I thought I could do , and there you were !! I have learned so much . If anyone asks me about this craft I do , I say Google Mikey and The Crochet Crowd . I have noticed the stressed out look on your face while you are so politely giving us instruction . It doesn’t matter what I need I can find it on your page . You have made so many tutorials . That’s why I would be quick in saying I get it . That’s too much work to be doing and then people are ugly and fighting . My selfish side wants it to work out where I get to keep you and the Crochet Crowd Team . I want your life to be good . But I honestly had to let you know what you have meant to this old woman’s life . I have a great Husband but he knows nothing about Crochet . Ha ha !! I hope this all works out like you need it too . Take care of you !!

  • January 23, 2017 at 3:26 pm
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    I am at such a loss for words… my breath is taken… to think that a place such as this, as lovely as this, as cherished and adored as this may be close to an end, I’m saddened beyond comprehension… I pray for all of us that this can be salvaged so we can all continue to come together and share, love, and grow

  • January 23, 2017 at 3:17 pm
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    Glad you were able to get it off your chest in such a manner, but sorry you are stressed out over words. Don’t let nonsensical talk and comments get to you. They are everywhere in our daily lives now, and we just have to overlook them and consider the source. You have the right to delete people from your list at any time they are inappropriate or abusive and you don’t need to apologize for that. Mikey, you have made me smile on days when I was so low I could hardly get out of bed, you have encouraged me to crochet at those times and my work has actually improved 100% and I feel more confident in picking up that hook. You did that through your love for all of us and we want to keep you in our lives.

  • January 23, 2017 at 3:14 pm
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    This is such a disappointing situation. This is the second group I have seen go under due to people’s misbehavior. Thanks to Mikey and the team for all your hard work. I hope Facebook can come up with solutions.

  • January 23, 2017 at 3:13 pm
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    I am absolutely speechless. I really had no idea this kind of behavior has been going on. You have done so much good for so very many people. You and Dan have all my appreciation for all the wonderful things you have done for all of us fellow “hookers”.
    I sincerely hope a solution can be found. I know of other sites that can kick bad people out of their group. You should be able to do that as well.
    Love both you and Diva Dan. And I’m sure the positive people DO out number the negative. It’s just that the negative are like a festering thorn. So sorry this has done so much damage.

  • January 23, 2017 at 2:59 pm
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    Well written. I love this site. So many great crochet participants who share so willingly their lovely work and how they used a pattern to create some beautiful things. Am now working on a pattern that someone shared a few weeks ago. I really do not understand how people these days so easily try to instill negativity into everything.
    Thank you Mikey & Dan for bringing beauty & joy into the crochet world.

  • January 23, 2017 at 2:56 pm
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    Think someone needs to get on this thread and put it in some form that the crochet crowd is not closing that you have only closed down the sister page the Crochet Along Crowders… it seems a lot and I do mean a lot of genuine people are assuming that you are closing the Crochet Crowd.
    I hope that fb gives you the tools that you need to moderate adequately soon. I greatly respect the effort that you and your team make to keep the peace….

  • January 23, 2017 at 2:48 pm
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    Mikey, I love your patterns and your videos, I have learned so much and have been able to create things that I never thought I could. Thank you so much to you and to your whole team. Take care of you first and foremost. Hope to see The Crochet Crowd back up soon!!

  • January 23, 2017 at 2:42 pm
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    Such a sad world we live in when people with a love of any type of art simply cannot get along!!! I applaud your honesty, and I feel your despair. I love how you and Diva Dan and the others who work so diligently alongside you care for your fellow “hookers”…..I have learned so much from your tutorials and others who share their expertise as well. I took steps to learn new stitches because of that! I hope and pray that one day we can all get along to come together for a wonderful past time. Thank you for sharing this with us as well. We all love you and stand beside you. Have a blessed day!!!

  • January 23, 2017 at 2:10 pm
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    It truly saddens me to know that somebody that started out so small yet has climbed the latter from the bottom up pretty much all on his own along with his partner and staff. On a more personal note I came along looking for a place to go for comfort and a place that could teach me how to crochet.
    I had learned how to crochet for several years but after the sudden death of my husband who was 54 years old, I put my hook down and buried my yard, one day while I was surfing the web I ran across your website, “Mikey Selleck” it was then that I was re-introduced to a passion I truly enjoyed. Had it not been for Mikey and of course his partner known to many as diva Dan it was then that I was re-introduced to a passion I once truly enjoyed. I probably would still be sitting on the couch depressed. He pulled me out of a very dark dark place and again made me smile and realize that the craft that I so loved was still very enjoyable. It’s sad to learn that politics as well as many other things have gotten in the way of something that Mikey and his partner Diva Dan have managed to Open up a dead flower and make a live again.
    Enclosing this post I just want to say it’s very sad that he was able to do what he’s famous for doing, “TEACH” except the imbeciles out there that don’t want to work with Mikey and his staff is extremely depressing. I have been to so many crochet website it’s truly not even funny once, I found his group, I truly felt loved and excepted. Even though he talks to thousands and thousands of women and men daily I am a single widow who wants to extend out to him as well as his partner and staff thank you for all that you’ve done and I do hope that you’re still around for many many more years. Thanks again hang in there, hopefully the powers that be will push though and return the joy to so many.
    Sincerely,
    Colleen Schanz
    ColleenSchanz@gmail.com

  • January 23, 2017 at 2:03 pm
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    So sorry this has had to happen, but I entirely understand your reasons and frustrations. Maybe things can be worked through in the end, maybe things have reached their natural conclusion in this form, I know you guys dedicated a lot of time and effort and will never really be recompensed.
    Keep strong, Jo

  • January 23, 2017 at 1:45 pm
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    I agree with you and love these ideas. I really believe crochet people are so nice and such pleasant people to be around. Fun people!

  • January 23, 2017 at 1:33 pm
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    Very well said. I hope Facebook listens as there are other groups out there with the same problems and your ideas and solutions are well thought out.

  • January 23, 2017 at 1:32 pm
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    I totally agree with you on all these matters, mostly that it’s incredible that you cannot speak to facebook direct to suggest these things. With such a huge organisation in multi million dollars it’s incredible that there is no support. I totally agree on all the changes you suggest too. I’m also convinced that there should be more than one admin in each group. One admin leads to unfair decisions being made with no recourse if you are banned from a group for no other reason than the admin doesn’t like you or something you’ve said. I think there should be more scrutiny of posts on Facebook in general. There are too many fake accounts and far too many trolls out there. There are too many spammers and too much violent and unnecessarily gruesome posts on facebook. The minimum age in 13 which is still the age of minors yet the content on some accounts is totally inappropriate and ends up in groups without you knowing. I think people who cause arguments ought to be able to be given warnings then on the third warning be removed from the group. I don’t think it should be for personal disagreements but rules are rules. Maybe a temporary ban from a group? (time out). Finally I’d like to see more help for group leaders and admin from Facebook. We aren’t all experts when we start out and crowd management isn’t easy. There should be a panic button when you feel yourself being targeted and someone should be stepping in. I run a selling group and I asked nearly 2 years ago for pounds and PENCE but it still hasn’t been sorted. All because I can’t talk directly to Facebook. This is just wrong. THe UK economy works in decimal places, not whole pounds.
    Well done for highlighting these issues. You have my full support.

  • January 23, 2017 at 1:20 pm
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    I love Mikey, from seeing him at Creative Sewing Conventions, from watching on Facebook. Mikey and his team have good hearts and love crocheting. Why would anyone complain?

  • January 23, 2017 at 1:05 pm
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    You said this was your second page, maybe if FACEBOOK listens and builds better controls, we can have you back. Until then, take care, stay creative and know you and your team are loved.

  • January 23, 2017 at 1:03 pm
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    I agree with you. Very sad about it. It just seems like the whole world is confused about following the rules. Thank you for all the help you have given us. You and your team are so supportive. Good luck.

  • January 23, 2017 at 12:54 pm
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    I am a buy and sell group owner and I’d love to see all those tools plus more. As admin we have to go in and delete old posts that is no longer revelant or the items are no longer available, but we can only delete them one at a time !! This takes hours and hours of waisted time cleaning up a group. Admins need to be able to remove multiple posts at a time. We need to be more in control even better options of how our page looks like and how the posts are seen.
    One group looks exactly like the next and people tend to think they can act the same way in every group.
    We all font look alike, dress alike or decorate alike in the real world so why on here. My buy and sell group looks just like the truck group or the cake group or the candle group etc
    I want my group to reflect my thoughts and feelings within reason.
    I love all the suggestions for tools from the crochet group as this is tools all admin can use and they were well thought out . They come from experience and frustrations of not being In more control of our groups that we put In so much time to make it a success.
    It’s a shame to lose such a wonderfully helpful group that is willing to show us all how to crochet or knit. To share all they know because they do love what they are doing.

  • January 23, 2017 at 12:48 pm
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    Dear Mikey & Diva Dan,
    It was heavy on my heart to hear such a letter had to be written. This group has helped me to see “all things beautiful”. It would be very heartbreaking if this page had to shut down. I have read your entire letter, and I support you 100%. Thank you so very much for all the sacrifices you have made, in order to bring us happiness! Sincerely SLK

  • January 23, 2017 at 12:46 pm
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    Your open letter was nicely said Mikey. It states what most of us have thought all a long, you need to have some admin tools that will help weed out the ones causing all the trouble so they don’t get the attention they are looking for. We all miss your crochet group, I for one check each and everyday to see what you and your staff have posted for us to learn. It saddens me to find that our crochet group has been suspended, because of a few bad apples in the barrel. Facebook if you are listening, help Mikey get the group going again, Please. We miss our group.

  • January 23, 2017 at 12:43 pm
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    This happens any time there are three or more people. It happens in professional groups, administration in companies, work groups, extended families, play groups, communities, churches, heck, even the Marches we saw on Sat, though those have a dire issue to keep them together — people’s lives.

    I think that the blog you do is a better way to keep your work alive. Maybe you could get an advisory volunteer panel that would field questions about technique, yarn usage, etc.

    My frustration was that I got moderated but was never told what my offense was. . . Was it when I tried to appease a bully, suggested when a group chill as to not put someone in harms way, or stupidly tell someone to step off when they were rude instead of taking a deep breath and not engaging?

    Sorry, women in our country are fighting for everyone’s life right now. Because let’s face it: you had people in the group all over the world and what’s acceptable in Bridgeport, CT is not acceptable in Madison, WI let alone Auckland or Tel Aviv. So how do you adjust for norms?

    The blog is the answer.

    But think about the volunteer advisory committee.

  • January 23, 2017 at 12:34 pm
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    Going to miss a lot of great ladies!!! Going to miss all the inspiration!!
    As they say all good things must come to an end.
    Thank you Mikey and Dan and the team for trying to make a good thing work!
    Looking forward to more things on TCC page.

  • January 23, 2017 at 12:31 pm
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    Thank you so much for all you do and have done. It is a shame that the remarks of some must destroy the enjoyment of all the rest of us, but I understand. I shall certainty miss learning from you as you have been teaching this old lady new things. Thank you again Dear Mikey!

  • January 23, 2017 at 12:23 pm
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    So sad! The crochet crowd was a go-to for projects… I hope someone at FB reads your open letter.

  • January 23, 2017 at 12:22 pm
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    I will miss you all very much. I love all the posts that are not just about crocheting. You two have taught me how to be a much better person and have lightened my heart!! You have also taught me how to be a better crocheter. I love you all and understand why you have to do this. It’s a shame people have to mess up a good thing. Living alone I so looked forward to your group and I was planning on coming on one of your cruises. Please let me know what’s up and if you are still plan on doing the cruises. Thank you for everything. Bless birth of you

  • January 23, 2017 at 12:21 pm
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    I recently quit as a volunteer admin of another large Facebook group so I understand your frustration. I learned what to look for with spammer joiners (very few friends, recently joined Facebook, wrong pronoun statements, such as “he changed his profile picture” on a page that’s clearly a scantily clad young lady, etc.) but even with the most diligent screening, they can slip through the cracks. Admin’s can turn off comments on posts, that helps cut down on the post being bumped back to the top of the feed. You can create a file of important rules that can be posted and “bumped” regularly or pin a rules post to the group page; tagging newly added members in that rules post and requiring them to comment on and “like” the post to continue in the group might help weed out some who are there to spam or troll. I know it can seem heavy-handed to see a rules post at the top of the feed all the time, but it does serve as a good reminder to all members – call it a necessary evil in this unpredictable cyber world we live in today. The admins for the group I left are from all over the Northern Hemisphere, in all different time zones – a separate group was created just for the admins to discuss problem posts/members. We created memes that could be popped into comments of a post that was going off the rails, referring members back to the rules. Since there is no way to flag them, we reluctantly started a “watch file” of members who repeatedly skirted the rules; it also listed members who were banned and why (in case that person PM’d another admin asking why). I know you and the Crochet Crowd staff put your whole hearts into the site and the groups you create for us. I hope and pray you come out of this stronger, with not an ounce less of the sparkle that makes all of you a crocheter’s favorite bunch of hookers. 🙂

  • January 23, 2017 at 12:16 pm
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    A very well written letter. Thank you for taking the time to express your concerns in order to keep our group safe and hopefully allow your Team more time to share their knowledge of crochet and knitting instead of monitoring people’s behavior. Your skills, kindness, educational benefits, and the love of anything yarn have saved me from deep depression over the past year. I have learned so much from you and your Team since January of last year when I knew nothing about crocheting. Thank you for that.
    The selfish part of me wants to tell you to ignore the Negative Nelly’s so The Crochet Crowd stays up and I can learn more from you. The mother in me says “You take care of you! Stress can kill you and None of us wants that to happen.” So you listen to the mother in me. Love and Hugs to you and your Team! <3 🙂

  • January 23, 2017 at 12:14 pm
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    I have read your post in it’s entirety and feel your sincerity and desperation. I enjoy the group and know it is not a place to self-promote or leave negative or argumentative comments. The majority of us want you, Mikey, to enjoy the page you created for us also.

    You have my full support!

  • January 23, 2017 at 12:10 pm
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    Such a shame that this has happened but I am glad that you chose the path that is best for you and yours.
    I am seeing the same problems in my other groups too. They have tried different solutions but nothing seems to be working.
    This is a sad day. We brought it on ourselves and it’s time to pay the piper. You guys have been great and I thank you for your care and patience.

  • January 23, 2017 at 12:09 pm
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    Mikey and crew,
    I am so sorry that you have to deal with this…it is sad that there are people out there that do harm because they only think of themselves. You guys should have the right to delete people that are negative and need to cause drama to feel better about themselves.
    I hope that facebook gets the message and takes you suggestions into consideration.

  • January 23, 2017 at 12:07 pm
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    Hi Mikel
    I am so sad for you and your team. I do not take part in any activities because I live in distant Scotland. However the years I been so thankful for tutorials and patterns and your encouragement of everybody.

  • January 23, 2017 at 12:03 pm
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    Hi, Mikey!

    Love you guys. Sorry about your group problems.

    I admin my own group with 10,000 members, practically drama free. Nowhere near the size of CACC, but still a feat I think. If I could make a couple suggestions:

    On the bubble up issue: You can’t hide the post, but you can turn off commenting. This prevents further comments and the post won’t rise to the top anymore.

    On policies: My group has a group policy that I ask everyone to read and agree to. I keep it pinned to the top. Most people ignore it, though, but that doesn’t keep me from enforcing the rules. Some rules (like soliciting), when broken, are grounds for immediate booting from the group, and is stated as such in my rules. I’ve tried the polite approach only to have people be nasty about it. I’m the only admin and it’s my group – I don’t have time for that. Follow my rules or go somewhere else. Most of the time I screenshot the section of rules that is being violated and comment on the post with the screenshot. That seems to work well. Soliciting and linking to other groups I don’t have much tolerance for.

    For flagging disruptive people, I ask why? If they’re known to be disruptive, they don’t need to be in the group. If they keep getting kicked out of groups, perhaps they’ll learn a lesson. If not, well, at least your group is a nicer place without them 🙂

  • January 23, 2017 at 12:00 pm
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    You are and have always been my teacher. However.. (isn’t there always one of those?) Facebook is and will always be politically motivated. Meanwhile those who love and follow you are motivated differently. We covet your style and your tutorials. So.. we join a group and those that are not like minded are also in there. That is not on you. Those who choose to put it on you are NOT LIKE MINDED. Mikey’s Minions? Whatever we are labeled. We choose. Love you Mikey! Walking into the dark side to find those that are like minded. Crocheting for those who can’t …

  • January 23, 2017 at 11:58 am
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    The loss of The Crochet Crowd is tragic – and unnecessary if Facebook will only follow the very reasonable suggestions. In fact, wI would like Facebook to follow these suggestions for all of the public groups to which I belong! Incredible thanks and gratitude to Mickey, Diva Dan, and your amazing team for all that you bring us! I pray that Facebook will listen to you and you can start a new FB page! Love you all – more! (And my gift to you? No need to reply- I KNOW you got this, and Indo not intend to create an additional burden!)

  • January 23, 2017 at 11:48 am
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    Mikey, I’m so sorry it has come to this. I adore this community and can’t understand why people can’t just abide by the rules. I’ve enjoyed your advice and tutorials, as well as others in this group. Please keep us posted on what happens. Love you and peace out

    • January 23, 2017 at 12:08 pm
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      Mickey, I adore you and Diva Dan. So sorry, this is happening to you. Please don’t give up on us. We need you and the whole staff and their tutorials. Thank you for all your staff does.

    • January 23, 2017 at 2:47 pm
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      Well said, i feel the same way

  • January 23, 2017 at 11:46 am
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    Mikey, I am sorry to hear of the issues you are having with the postings. I have seen this before in many other groups I belong to. They have had to increase their ‘voluntary’ admin staff just for this reason. I now see them shutting off posts if they are not applicable or anything but professional. Perhaps you could set up the group as The Crochet Crowd – USA and Canada because of the similar time zones. – The world is a crazy place. Entitlement is running higher than ever before. I am not happy with the way the world is heading. Take care – Wish I could help….

  • January 23, 2017 at 11:43 am
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    I am so sad. So thankful to you.Because of you I understand crochet,I can make stuff that I never thought I could.You are a kind,funny,with a good sense of humor,talented man. I don’t understand,why some women are like this. Mind you more women than men. Why so mean spirited? I am a woman,I know. Why can’t we enjoy a FREE service.So much afford and and love goes into these projects. I think this is a developed,rich countries peoples problem.We,from developing and poor countries are so thankful for any service. Can’t even dream of complaining for something that I receive for free.I appreciate you.Please don’t let few mean, spoiled people do this to you. It is not worth it. They are everywhere.It is not you it is them.Please don’t leave us. Big hug to you Diva Dan and rest of the kind hard working crew.

  • January 23, 2017 at 11:40 am
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    Does this mean no more Mikey and Diva Dan help videos or chats? What about needing your help.
    I know handling a page as large as “The Crochet Crowd is must be very time consuming and would ware on your mind and body and I am sure Facebook could help in some area’s. I love you guys

  • January 23, 2017 at 11:39 am
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    You know it is easy to say oh let them say what they want but it does hit home and these people should not be allowed in the group. So, I love this group and I love Mikey and Diva Dan you two just brighten my day. Love your videos and when you laugh Michael I have to laugh along due to your catchy laugh. All in all I respect all that you do and have learned a lot from you and your videos it is just a shame that there are some nasty people in the world. Just keep up your good work and TRY not to let all this BS affect our crochet crowd. It is the best thing in my life and I truly mean that. I am 73 years old and let me tell you that you really make my day so keep up the good work. Love you guys from Gloria in the USA.

  • January 23, 2017 at 11:31 am
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    A rhetorical question, why do some take what is good and pure, and mess it up! Patterns, tutorials and just plain communication between those that have like interests, have been inspired by the crochet crowd, shared so we can ohh and ahhh.
    Please be here weather the storm and remain strong!

  • January 23, 2017 at 11:29 am
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    Love this open letter. Good points. For those posts that don’t warrant deleting, I do like that they have added the option for Moderators to Turn Off Commenting. This does allow those semi-relevant yet annoying posts to get buried on the page, since it can’t be bumped back to the top.

  • January 23, 2017 at 11:21 am
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    Bloody Brilliant!!
    Well written. Very clear and as always you are truly speaking up for the ‘crowd’. I hope that ‘the powers that be at Facebook’ at the very least read it.
    Very, very good!

    • January 23, 2017 at 12:20 pm
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      I agree with all you said. Plus I love these 2 guys. Mikey taught me how to crochet when so many others failed ex friends and family. He hit my a-ha brain cell.

      • January 23, 2017 at 2:58 pm
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        Mikey & Dan, I’m so sorry to hear that you will be shutting down your Facebook page, but I can certainly understand your reasons. Your letter to Facebook is excellent and I’m hoping it will promote positive changes on that site. In the meantime, please try to put all of’ that negativity behind you, and please, please, please keep this page on-line. I have come to this page so many times for patterns, suggestions, and refreshers. Please remember all of the crocheters out here who love the two of you and count on you. for support and help. Let’s all move forward together with only positive thoughts and words.

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