Here is my opinion:
The Forum in its' current form is detrimental to the community and to the NSMB brand due to the unaccountability of its' participants.
The quality of conversation, idea generating, and momentum towards a communicative community for the greater good for our sport is constantly derailed with the ever increasing false news, trolls, disrespect, and, in some instance, vulgarity, of the threads/posts.
As a result, I have, as I am sure others have, spent far less of my precious, well intentioned, time- here.
And this is sad, since it is our silent majority's intention to do good. Yet we just turn off NSMB and discount the Forum as being, far a large part, a lot of BS.
For those public figures whom post, and ARE accountable, there is a distinct difference in tone and quality of conversation- like this one.
Cam, keep a part of the Forum anonymous, sure… but consider making the part of the Forum that deals with specific areas, such as the Shore, a Member Only access: for $15 bucks a year paid by credit card or paypal account… (an amount of the NSMBA Trail Pass [exactly why this… to be explained]) Forum participants have to register and provide personal details.
But the idea of the $15 a year Forum membership is that that money is then donated back to the NSMBA for Trail Passes… and the NSMBA and NSMB revitalize the concept that the Trail Pass is a part of an interactive positive communicating community with accountability.
There are many ideas and ways you can slice/dice this concept.
Respectful participants of this Forum: Please discuss.
Talk less, Say More.