This topic has been brought up various times over the years but the amount of rafting discussions has increased so we felt it was time to bring it up again and let the members decide with a poll. Basically, we have the Boater's Forum
which is the main kayaking & rafting forum as well as other forums like Gear Talk
where rafting and kayaking gear are discussed. The issue is that the rafting discussions have swelled in recent years and it's becoming increasingly difficult to see the kayaking discussions quickly. An example of this is in the Gear Talk section which the majority of the discussions are now rafting related, take a look here
We have several tools we can use to filter/group discussions, the most obvious is having a forum specifically for a topic but we can also use other things called thread prefixes and tags. The issue with the latter two is that, when viewed from the smart phone apps, the prefixes and filters don't work.
That being said I'd like to suggest we consider changing the setup to the following:
- General Whitewater (not specific to Kayaking or Rafting)
- Kayaking Forum (Kayak specific thread prefixes to filter gear related discussions and other topics)
- Rafting Forum (Rafting specific thread prefixes to filter gear related discussions and other topics)
With the above structure all the Rafting related discussions would be grouped together and when viewing from the website you could filter to view the discussions to see only those related to gear, etc. This would be offer us the simplest setup which would flow nicely in the smart phone apps while giving website users the ability to filter and view based on the thread prefixes.
Keep in mind you can still use the Home/Portal Page or Last 50 Posts to view ALL discussions across all forums on one page regardless of what setup is chosen.
Please vote in the poll to let us know how you feel about this proposed change.