I notice certain folks start such threads....and usually such threads are just about certain folks
Dow, please take a look at the What’s New Colorado thread:what-s-new-in-colorado-t17514.html
6 years and 573 post by all kinds of different members (and unfortunately the thread is getting less active as time passes).
Most other regional boards have similar threads:what-s-new-az-nm-nv-ut-tx-t17593.htmlwhat-s-new-in-california-t56070.html
Originally, this was actually supposed to be a sticky function for all the regional boards for SPv2 (see introduction in the What’s New SW link above). For some reason the intended sticky function that was supposed to be implemented didn’t get off the ground before the creators more or less disappeared (thus when the CO and SW ones were started in 2006).
I guess if a member started such a thread and took the effort to maintain same by adding all members new contributions for the specific thread he/she started, I would see it as a more sincere move....
This would actually be quite possible to maintain for one person for Canada/Alaska. Colorado, maybe not. The new pages do show up in a link on the original post (which works fine for CO, perhaps even this one, but not so much for multiple states/county boards), but (since the sticky doesn’t work) the only way to keep it up front would be if various people bump up the thread by adding a reply to a post.
If the sticky function ever is implemented, the thread would always be right up top and no one would have to respond since the links would always be there. 100% participation would be automatic.
As of right now, it only takes a few seconds
to post your link in the thread, so it hardly seems a burden.
I have seen the photogs do such things, surprised to see it clutter up in the Canada/Alaska forum.
It would be disappointing if the Canada/Alaska folks didn’t want to take a few seconds
to post their links in this thread. Such threads are supposed to be for all members, not just a select few and only take a few seconds to do.
If the thread really does end up being only about certain folks as you claim, it would unfortunately (at least in my eyes) die a quick death. As for me, I have no other pages contribute to the What’s New Canada/Alaska thread because the above are the only mountains I’ve climbed in those areas (summer time off is hard to get for me) that don’t already have SP pages, so I have nothing to bump it up with in the future. The only way it’s going to work is that if others add their pages, otherwise the thread will get buried.
Also, unfortunate (in my eyes) is that there are already relatively few pages in Alaska and Canada (both of which have some of the most spectacular mountains in the world). Alaska only has 63 mountain pages. The entire country of Canada has less than ½ the pages of Colorado. The boards aren’t too active either.
It is true that there is a general what’s new on SP, but having them on the regional boards is much better IMHO. A logical guess (and an obvious one) would be that the majority of the people visiting the What’s New Page could in reality care less about most of the mountains posted there, nor do they likely know much about most of them. On the other hand, it seems logical that someone frequenting the Canada/Alaska board (for example) probably has a real interest in discussing/sharing Canadian and Alaskan mountains and there is a good chance that they are familiar with them as well (thus it makes more sense to view them in the region board). I'd be interested to hear what the other Canadian/Alaska folks think as well.