View Poll Results: Should we have Rafting and Kayak specific forums?
Yes, Separate Kayaking and Rafting So It's Easier to Filter Discussions. 135 63.68%
No, Keep all the discussions in the Boater's Forum. 77 36.32%
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Old 06-03-2013   #11
 
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As for trip planning, I am guessing most people are looking for one or the other, rafters or kayakers, but sometimes it is ok just to have either along for safety. So, I think keeping it all together is good. Maybe an option/requirement(?) to specify who the audience of a post is - something that would show up in the post title?
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Split the gear forum. Keep the boaters forum together. Enforce the rules and maybe get a little more proactive about cleaning up thread titles.

Honestly it's a functioning site, so no real need to change but if I had my druthers you know what they are.
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Old 06-03-2013   #13
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Cool idea, what kind of fields/data would you want to log?
My personal log has date, river, section, flow, notes. If you put together a log section it follows there should be a summary section that shows which sections you've been on, how many times/year/lifetime and at what flow ranges again with a note field for general a general description of the run. This way you have a personalized guide "pre-built" based on your own experience.
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Old 06-03-2013   #14
 
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Split the gear forums

I think that there should be a single boater forum, especially since river hazards, conditions, etc., apply to both kayakers and rafters. Maybe narrow the focus some to more river specific issues.

But it might make sense to split the gear forums, since kayakers and rafters use such different equipment. As a white water canoe guy, I don't really fit into either category, but that is OK. No reason a kayaker should read about raft frames, or a rafter read about the latest kayak.

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Old 06-03-2013   #15
 
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Skip or rename/repurpose the "General" group?

... your poll question did not mention that you might have General, Rafting, Kayaking.

If you have those three, people often might have to look in both General and whichever one they are into to find information/advice/etc.
Might be slower sometimes than having everything in one forum?

Some similar thoughts on the Gear forum -- then some things people look for might then be in three different places.

What about splitting Gear into:
Kayaking Gear
Rafting Gear
Safety Gear

Tough to grow and change without (hopefully just a minority of vocal) people people bitching, but it takes some careful thought to find the right balance and flow
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I agree that there would be information lost by splitting the groups.

What about having a general whitewater forum with a subgroup for kayaks and another for rafts? That way the general conditions/beta questions can be addressed in the general forum and specific info can go into the appropriate subgroups.

I can see that it could lead to confusion as to where to post however.
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*gasp* It's not as traumatic as the rec.boats.paddle split of 1999.



Simply create a Raft Gear Talk subforum and moderate threads into it.
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Call General "General River/Conditions Talk" or something?

... General might be too general
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General River/Issues/Conditions Talk?
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