To Post or Not To Post?
That is the question.
Before I go on, let me state that what follows is based on personal feelings and judgments. Although I am a site moderator, what I am going to talk about is not a new SP policy and is not under discussion as a new policy. Also, I am not going to bring it up for discussion among the staff as a new site policy.
But please read with an open mind and consider this as something SP contributors might want to think about.
I have deleted almost all of my pages for peaks that have no official names and no locally or historically accepted unofficial names as well. By this, I mean the many "Point..." and "Peak..." pages I had posted, not peaks unofficially named for the benchmarks found on them. In a few cases, I changed the page to a trip report or route or incorporated essential information into another page, and there are two over which I'm still pondering what to do, but most of the pages are gone. So are many of the pictures, though I left several behind if they were relevant to other pages.
With a few exceptions, the deleted pages were from the Calico Hills of Nevada's Red Rock Canyon (no great loss-- locals climb those peaks all the time, they are easily seen from the road, and anyone with decent route-finding skills will find his or her way up) and the wilderness areas of Montana and Wyoming.
Why have I done this, especially since I have long been among those who think SP's greatest value is as a source of information for obscure peaks and since I still am among those?
- With very few exceptions, no one had signed the climber's logs, leading me to think few members were using the pages.
- These pages had far fewer hits than did pages for named peaks in the same area written by me and other SP members, suggesting that few non-members were using the pages as well.
- How many people are really putting something like "Point 8466, Rocky Mountain Front, Montana" into search engines, anyway?
- I suspect that most people interested in such peaks are less interested in others' beta and more interested in finding their own ways to the summits.
- Finally, and most importantly, some of the peaks in question are among my all-time favorites, and I am a lover of obscure peaks for which there is little or no beta, so exactly why was I posting beta on those peaks? Power Points? Vanity? Boredom? To show off my pictures? All I can say for sure to that is that I know I most certainly was not posting the beta out of a desire to invite the rest of the world to those summits.
- "Little Thunder Mountain" (Point 10,583T)
- "West Calico Tank Peak" (Point 4850)
- "Tinaja Peak" (Point 4760)
- "Sandstone Quarry Peak" (Point 4708)
- "Red Book Peak" (Point 4608)
- Point 10,700 (noted in the Bonney Guide as "Terrace Peak" although it shouldn't be)
- "Pillar Peak" (Point 10,405)
- "Jerome Rock Peak" (Point 10,175)
- "Eagle Canyon Pinnacle" (San Rafael Swell, UT)
- "Badlands Peak" (Death Valley NP)
- First, an apology to anyone who has been even partially motivated to post pages like the one I have deleted because I have helped set that precedent. If you now feel burned by my about-face on an issue I once saw from the opposite side I do now, I apologize.
- Second, an apology to anyone who has posted pages like the ones I have deleted and who feels that this essay devalues his or her efforts in creating those pages. That is not my intention at all. The pages on these kinds of peaks are among the best and most valuable on SP, and you have made these pages for relatively little recognition and return since the masses here tend to view and vote on the pages for popular peaks, even when the author has not climbed the peak. I am simply questioning why we lovers of the obscure and the overlooked want to publicize these pristine places that inspire us so.