_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.
As a party who has had to endure more than my fair share of…
Look man, you've set the tone for your treatment here. I'm mostly a lurker here but I don't think that you're a respected member of this online community. I'm not going to suggest that I speak for those that are, but your opinion about how to run these forums is likely of very little value to anyone that matters.
As a new member of this community I suggest that you lie low, get a read of how folks here interact with each other on serious issues, and come back when you're ready to address what you claim to be serious problems with some maturity and competence. Until then, if the financial mismanagement of the North Shore is as serious an issue as you make it out to be you should have no problem finding a more effective venue to address it than a mountain bike discussion forum.
As far as how to improve the forum I think it's up to each of us to ignore and report the bs, not get drawn in (hard sometimes I know, it's fun coming up with snappy retorts and difficult to let public slights slide) and bring something interesting to the table. Although I personally use a real name as my handle I choose one that I don't go by in day to day life so as to grant me some anonymity and therefore protection from the nutjobs that eventually surface on the relatively unrestricted areas of the internet. Those that know me in real life can figure out who I am, those that don't probably can't without some hacking, and I like it that way. I wouldn't register or post if any old asshole could easily cause trouble for me offline. I mostly lurk in most forums I visit out of lack of effort, but also to avoid the pettiness that seems inherent in public, unaccountable discussions.