Ouch - Briana, did you post that just to rag on kayakers? There might be more water in that pool than most of the rivers this season...
Thanks for reminding me though; all hear this: the "totally subjective" thread's just been reopened now that the shitstorm in a teapot has died down. Let's see some more good hucking and if you're going to post photos of rafts, here are some totally subjective guidelines that probably won't be enforcecd: you should a) not be able to see a reflection on the water, or B ) be able to see the bottom of the raft, or c) show scenery either behind the raft, or sitting on the raft, that'll make folks say "wow!" If you want to show folks how you've tricked out your raft, that's great, we're all glad to know it, and there's a thread for that somewhere. If I could find it, I'd link it.
About splitting the Buzz up, this topic's been brought up every couple of years and generally folks come to the consensus that there is common interest in enough topics and that there are enough folks who both kayak AND raft to keep it all in a "boater's" forum because, after all, we're all boaters. This may be changing - let's hear some more of what folks think about it? I like what Jamie D has to say and think that anytime someone with 20 posts in 8 years on the Buzz says something, it's probably worth reading.
So what if you had to go through a little series of check boxes when you post, asking if its rafting related, kayaking related, or both, would folks be willing to o that? What about checking a box for the geographic region the post is related? We're getting lots of Southeasterners and Northwesterners on the site these days - how about a geographic filter? What about a place for fishing-related stuff?
EDIT 5/11/12 - we've already got a little check box for tags allowing the OP to tell whether the thread is about kayaking, rafting, SUP, or fishing. By the way I blew past that putting up a thread the other day, seems like it should that be a mandatory check box for anyone starting a thread. This will allow filtering of threads so folks can see all posts related to specific aspects of boating. - END EDIT
I'm not promising anything, especially soon, but there's some stuff being kicked around behind the scenes that this discussion can contribute to.
Let's hear some more thoughts.
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