I dont pretend to always be right but I disagree with your approach of a water hazard. If you encounter a water hazard or a death occurs due to it then post a thread in the correct forum and document it. I didnt see anything productive arising from the conversation that was going on at that point in this thread. But let me put it another way, what if someone was severely injured or died on a trip that you were on and someone posted it and then started questioning the trips skill level and abilities. These types of threads have turned into that in the past and it gets pretty ugly. I was possibly too heavy handed in my approach this time but I erred on the side of caution and other moderators disagreed with my approach so I will give more thought before posting in the future.My condolences to those impacted by the tragic events.
After reading the link that Leland posted (thanks Leland) it struck me what a huge difference in response there was on professor paddle and mountainbuzz. The same thread played out on professor paddle, first guy asks what happened, and instead of jumping each others shit, telling each other to shut the fuck up, threatening to moderate and delete posts, blabbering on and on about now isn't the time... an informed person shared pertinent info that could potentially be very important for folks running the little white in the future. The fact that the PP folks could have a civil discussion, share important safety info, and pay tribute to what sounds like a wonderful person all in the same spot and time, shows that it can be done respectfully, contrary to the emotional chest thumping denials that it simply isn't the time over here.
To me, the "not now"... "its not the time"... response is wrong, or at best woefully incomplete. It seems like the knee jerk response that many play. My observation is that if info is not shared after an accident happends, that the detailed info that could benefit the community has a good chance of not fully coming out into the public. Maybe a few months later there will be a vague blurb on charlie walbridge's accident summary that notes a fatal K-1 entrapment, but in some cases thats it.
If I encounter a tree, pin, or hazard spot that was unknown, I try and tell the community as soon as I can to help inform other boaters. If someone dies as a result of the same situation, it should be hush hush and the info should be held out? Of course that doesn't make sense.
I think as a community we need to rethink the way we deal with the impact of fatalaties and accidents and we need to stop sweeping them under the rug in an attempt to delay or deflect the tough discussions that should take place for the community to learn and improve.
Kudos to the professor paddle folks for treading a delicate balance to share info while being respectful. I'd suggest that the folks here on the buzz take note of the example.
For the "not now" crowd... when is now? What's wrong with the way info played out on professor paddle (ie they shared the info when the buzz was still telling each other not now..)? How is the sharing of information as done on professor paddle in any way negative?