In 2009, Nels' wife suggested he "get a hobby." He began collecting and repairing antique clocks. Realizing that he would need parts, he decided to look into buying a South Bend lathe to turn some clock wheels. Not knowing anything about this, he searched and found a site he thought would be helpful (which won't be named). Nels tried to get some assistance in getting his "stupid newbie" questions answered regarding his South Bend lathe. He knew nothing, admittedly. Sure, he made some mistakes, didn't read or search. He was cyberbullied, made fun of, ridiculed, harassed, personally abused, had his personal information spread around on the forum, had his career ridiculed. He even more foolishly tried to defend himself and respond in kind to the miserable people who dumped on him. When he tried to defend himself, he was abused even more, and even had a female moderator on the forum use her editing privileges to edit one of his posts and modify it to post many lies about him and his family. When he tried to defend himself, he was banned. [The libelous posts about him appear on that forum to this very day. They think it makes Nels look bad, but actually, it shows how cruel people on that forum can be. It claims to be a "professional" forum, but the behavior of most of the people on there is unprofessional, and downright childish.] He went to another forum, and while he had no arguments with anyone on there, he was treated with hostility, and eventually banned by the site administrator, a man who encourages that behavior, despite the fact that he can easily be sued and subject to monetary damages.] In response to the above treatment, Nels then started this site on or about September 10, 2010, using free forum software on shared web hosting simply to have his questions answered, stupid or not, without getting abused, defamed, libeled, and hated by so-called "experts" who live on those other forums and abuse others to make themselves feel good about who they are. This site began as a personal site. But soon others who felt the same way began to join. They too, had been made to feel stupid just to get some information they needed by the same crew of miscreants who get enjoyment out of treating others that way on those forums, which included the forum owners and administrators. The people on that other site still hate Nels to this day, after their many efforts to sink him and this forum failed. They continue their attacks whenever his name or this site come up. To Nels' credit, he never sued them, though he certainly had grounds to, given their many false accusations about him. Instead, he went on those sites to let others know about this site, using other names by necessity after he was banned, and was abused over and over again, by those who obviously enjoyed abusing others, and by the forum owner, who feared being exposed as the cruel, arrogant, elitist he is. Nonetheless, Nels stood his ground. Most people would have given up by then. He did not. We had a couple hundred members at that time, mostly the curious, some anxious to watch him fail. Some members who had abused him on the other forum joined so that they could cause problems on his new forum. They joined, made public accusations, and then left. Or they joined under false names, and then reported back false accusations on other forums. There was one group who used forum resources to organize and attract members to a new forum they were starting, and somehow felt that was alright to do. One former moderator jumped ship, and started a machinist video site, after telling Nels that this site would die without the deserting members. It was a tough journey. The site faltered a couple of times. Owing to the attitude of many of the denizens of those other forums, Nels stepped aside as primary administrator of the site, and surrendered the reigns to machinist Tony Wells. And our numbers grew, and grew. And now, it is 5 years later, and we are still here. We currently have over 18,000 members on the forum, and we want more of you to join! Everyone is welcome. [Well, not the people on the forums who continue to abuse Nels- they can stay where they are and abuse one another.] There is no such thing as a "stupid newbie" question on THIS forum. Never be afraid to participate here. Ask whatever you want, whenever you want. We're all here to learn, not to show off how smart we are.