Very reasonable OP
Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on Jul-18-12 1:07 PM (EST)
I interpret g2d's OP as simply asking what the purpose of this forum is and whether it is optimally labeled.
I think those are reasonable questions. I find myself never posting and rarely reading this forum because I don't really understand its purpose or incremental value.
I also think the title is at least doubly ambiguous. "Wilderness" is a word that has been highly (and intelligently) debated on other boards, and I think it's fair to say it has no definitive meaning, objectively or subjectively.
"BWCA and Beyond" is also not very helpful as a topic specifier because it implies a sort ambiguous directional aspect. To be facetious but to make the ambiguity point, if you live in Manitoba what's beyond the BWCA could be Chicago.
The only real content help I get from the forum title is the word "tripping". So, I've sort of assumed that the purpose of the forum was to have discussions about extended paddle trips vs. day trips. Yet, the trip reports for extended trips seem to show up either in the Discussion Forum or completely outside the Forums under the Articles-Places to Paddle pull-down menu. Gear discussions, which could apply to extended tripping gear, seem to show up mainly in ASGH Forum.
In sum, I don't have any particular suggestions for re-organizing or re-titling the forums on this site, but I do personally conclude that there is not the quality of discussion here regarding canoe tripping-planning-camping as there is on CCR or was on the apparently defunct ST. That's too bad because those sites had a heavy emphasis on Canada.
Another issue for this site re providing attractive information and entertainment regarding canoe tripping and camping in wilderness, or anywhere else, is the apparent inability to embed photographs and videos into the body of posts. I assume that's some technical issue related to the site software.
So, this is my first and probably last post on this forum -- and I regret that it wasn't even on topic, whatever the topic is. Sorry for trying anyone's patience.