@Glenn MacGrady said:
“My view is that old pnet was already dying out before the Change of Life, particularly because of the toleration of trolls…”
Agreed, Glenn. (Like does anybody really miss the un-moderated psycho-babbled ramblings of say, a Datakoll?) In recent years, this ol’ poster couldn’t be bothered all that much with “the old pnet” mainly because of both the lack of courtesy and anything new in the way of content. (I mean, how many times can one read arguments about whether it’s better to stretch or cut drysuit neck gaskets, or whether to wear a PFD? Or answer thankless Advice forum questions like, “What’s the best kayak for someone who weighs 300 pounds?” (The answer is not a kayak, it’s a diet and a new exercise regimen first.) Many other “old posters” who I’ve actually met on the water, haven’t really gone anywhere (unless that is, they’re uh, dead.) Many have just shifted their paddle-adventure sharing to places like Facebook, where their circle-of-friends doesn’t have to include the extra cadre of anonymous total strangers. (Hey, if you gotta put up with unwelcome comments, it might as well at least be from people you think you halfway know Yes, the old Pnet threads were fun too, but there were a lot of things wrong (and dated)with those forums too. Does anybody but me remember all the grumbling outcries of when THOSE formats first changed over to something different?
Things I like about this new format?: It’s nice to be able to post pictures in the text of a thread itself, without having to pay an extra membership to do so, and just getting a brief description with a sample picture or two of a fellow paddler’s hydro-geography is also fine. (I for one, don’t need to wade through an on-line album link containing all 698 pictures from their last vacation.)
My final take on all this is that the folks who run this website are running a BUSINESS. These forums are after all, provided as a mere courtesy. .It seems to me they don’t really add any profit to that business’s bottom line, except only in that the information exchanged/found here, might make for a more informed paddle shopper. I for one, am glad of it.
I’ve picked up a lot of good tips here over the years. I’m not going to let my own lack of cyber-navigation skills hold me back from getting more tips, by knocking the messenger who brings the news.
“May ole acquaintance be forgot…” Get over it!