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bikerchicspain

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How did you find TFO and what was your first thoughts about the forum members as a whole?:D

I will go first!
I found TFO totally by accident, browsing the internet one day i found TFO and the tortoise trust, I did like the trust web page for instant info, but the TFO forum is much more relaxed and the people are so much more open and friendly.. I always recommend TFO to english speaking customers. :):):)
 

cherylim

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I've been a member of a few forums in my time, for various things. I always find they're the best way to get subjective information, and opinions, based on experience.

I'd decided I wanted a tortoise, I'd researched in depth about their care and requirements and I'd chosen a Hermann's. From there, it just made sense to search for a tortoise forum, make myself known and start contributing so I could learn more, and hopefully eventually share my experience with others.

I believe we can learn a lot from tortoise care websites, but they don't tailor their content to you. I was concerned about a week after having Emrys when his personality and activity levels suddenly changed. I thought the worst, because I'd done all my research and knew what could be happening, but people reassured me and told me I was doing things right and I decided to wait things out before rushing off to the vet. A few days later, he was fine. I know that I can trust people here to tell me straight if I'm doing something wrong, and I know that if they believed I actually needed to get to a vet they'd let me know straight away. You don't get that from anywhere else.
 

mattk

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I have only been a member for a little while. i also research on what ever type of critter i might be thinking of getting and since i was going to be getting back into tortoises again i did a search. i actualy seach out forums as they are very relaxed and helpful. when i saw this one i kind of looked around to get the feel for it and decided to go ahead and join.
 

DixieParadise

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I found them while researching information on Redfoot Tortoises. (To which I am now the proud owner of 3).

I found the information helpful and accurate. There are some great very experienced Tort owners of all breeds here and I like the fact that everyone is nice and respectful to each other. Not like some other sites that I have lurked around on.
 

JoesMum

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Found it by accident while investigating what to do for my TGG that can't hiberbate for the first time in living memory.

It seems a friendly and open forum. As I'm British, some of the US stuff doesn't apply, but there seems to be healthy ex-pat population on here!
 

dmarcus

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I found the site while looking up food to feed my sulcata and since I was using google, it brought up several results for the TFO. Joined and the rest is history...
 

Mao Senpai

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Found it when.. I was trying to do more research before getting my first tortoise :p about the greeks and then to better care for them.
 

Yvonne G

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If I'm not mistaken, one of our members - Laura - turned me on to the forum a couple years ago. At that time I was active on several YAHOOgroups and it was hard for me to convert to the forum's format...but I'm so glad that I did. Don't belong to those YAHOOgroups anymore. This is way more interesting.
 

Utah Lynn

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I was searching for info on how to take care of my Russian, AFTER my daughter surprised me with him on Fathers' Day, this year. Prior to this, I knew nothing about tortoises and had to learn quick.
After looking at a few sites and going thru a process of elimination, I decided that this had the most KNOWLEDGEABLE and INVOLVED members.
The other sites seemed to lack in member participation.
 

Angi

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I got my torts and knew nothing. I took them because they needed a home not expecting to become a tort freak. I kept googling CDT care and getting conficting info. The pet stores were giving me conflicting info too. I finally found TFO and everything just seemed to click. I was suprised by all the knowledgable people. I spent hours and hours reading and asking questions. I found the members to be very kind and caring. My guys were tiny babies so I needed lots of help and quick.
 
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I found TFO by searching about how to care for a sulcata tortoise. I found several sites..When I came upon this one I was amazed at all the info. I wanted to know the difference between keeping a desert tortoise and a sulcata. Before I actually purchased Phoenix. Knowing that the desert tortoise hibernates and all the legal matters which go along with them I chose the sulcata..And I saw alot of people here who have owned and raised tortoises for many years. I consider that the best knowledge is people with experience in the matter. I don't rely too much on books. Although they do help.LOL...I would rather get my info from others who have been there done that. And by gosh this is the place!!!! I Love it here! Am so glad I found this site.
 

StudentoftheReptile

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I've only been one here for a month or so, and I cannot for the life of me recall how I came across this forum. Don't if I saw it referenced from another website, or someone told me about it....(scratches head)...I dunno, but it now probably gets more hits from me than any of my other herp forums!
 

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I've been on TFO for about two months now. I had a little hatchling find me not too long ago, so I started scouring the internet for information. TFO was one of the many sites I found, and I have searched and cruised just about every corner of the forum since.

I have been a member of a few other forums of varying subjects over the past 10 years. I find that forums tend to be an indispensable source of opinions, facts, reviews, and suggestions. I believe that I learn more from discussing topics than I do just reading about them.

Since I have been a member, even for as short of a time, I have found TFO to be one of the friendliest, warmest forums, comprised of such a wide range of people of all ages, backgrounds, and walks of life. I am truly happy to be a member of such a wonderful community.

Cheers to All and keep up the great work!!

:D Doug.
 

laramie

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I found TFO by accident as well. I love this forum. I was a complete newbi when it came to torts. Eveyone here is uber nice and I am so happy that I found this site.
 

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Craigs list.. I was on the hunt for sulcata info..
I dont belong to any other forums.. so nothing to compare it to.. but Im stll here after all these years..
I yes Yvonne.. I was theone who turned you on... to the forum... ;-)
 

Jacqui

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When Josh first started this forum, he posted in another forum I belonged to. I had to delete his post in there, but checked out his site first. ;) Were just a handful of us posting back then.
 

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Yes, Tyler, I think I also found it because of googling Tort care and being directed to this site. It was quite a revelation.
 
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