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Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Topic Author's Original Post - Aug 27, 2005 - 06:15pm PT
the forum was intended to be a place to share climbing info and be a resource for the climbing community.

it is now clearly a place where it is ok for:
 sometimes over half the threads are political, not climbing
 photos of dead people are posted
 sexual photos are posted
 personal attacks are as common as posting info intended to help people out

so, i am going to propose a few things for cleaning up the forum:

1) for a few weeks i am going to relatively little except delete the really offensive stuff. but i am going to ask that when people see stuff that violates the forum rules THEY NOT RESPOND TO IT IN THE POSTS. Instead, send me an email. hopefully the offensive posts will get burried if nobody responds to them.

2) if that doesnt work, we will get two forums. one for climbing related stuff and one for non-climbing related stuff. if anyone tries to hijack climbing related threads, we will just ban them. we don't have time to weed out the threads, so we will just be deleting the users.

3) all along the way, I'll be using the whack amole technique that other have suggested and seems to be relative effective. so that it is not a surprise to people, read the next part carefully: I do not have time to warn people to stop breaking the forum rules. every once in a while ill give warnings, but for the most part i won't. i like to spend my time climbing, not being a forum cop.

thanks in advance for making supertopo a great resource for climbers.
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 27, 2005 - 06:19pm PT
Here are the forum rules:

How to Use the Climber's Forum
The SuperTopo Climber's forum is provided as a service to the climbing community. Any visitor to the site can freely browse the forum and route information sections of the site.

In order to reply to or post a forum message, you must first join the forum. This is a quick process that involves filling our a short membership form.

Once you have joined the forum, you can post messages yourself.

Our goal with the climbing forum is to provide a resource for climbers of all skill levels and experience to get information about climbing and climbing destinations.

Please help us keep the climber's forum a friendly and informative resource. If you find posts to the forum that are objectionable, please email us to let us know. Although we can't control the content posted to the forum, we will make an effort to delete objectionable or offensive posts as we become aware of them.


Social climber
So. Cal.
Aug 27, 2005 - 06:29pm PT
Thanks Chris!

Social climber
The West
Aug 27, 2005 - 07:06pm PT
I appreciate your position, Chris, but if you have to implement #2 there will be no reason to come to this site. The mix is what it's all about (even if it does get out of hand at times) ;There are already enough climbing-nerd sites out there, and ditto for rant sites.
I'll be good, but if it gets too boring I'll be forced back to actual campfires at Crags!
Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Aug 27, 2005 - 07:13pm PT
I appreciate an effort to make things better, although if you ask me, the number of quality posters has never, ever been better. Things get out of hand for short times, and then the pendulum swings.

So I hope Chris will be able to define what acceptable to talk about in the forum, or better, just lay out the small territory that's unacceptable.

If the only acceptable content is strickly climbing related, then I believe the more experienced (sometime retired) poster here might be bored with it and things would get really, really small.

Perhaps that wouldn't be all bad for "Supertopo" as a business. The forum would be a seldom used backwater like many other climbing forums, but it wouldn't be a community, dystfuntional like most communities, that it is. For me, that would be a shame.

My opinion, rather than strictly regulate content, split the forum and let a thousand flowers bloom. Few who know what they are doing want to be 24/7 tech support to the climbing world.



Big Wall climber
Phoenix, AZ
Aug 27, 2005 - 07:16pm PT
I'm betting Matt won't last a week.

Big Wall climber
Phoenix, AZ
Aug 27, 2005 - 07:49pm PT
Bob, are you really that silly? Constitutional law applies to the limits the government may or may not go to intrude on your rights. This is a privately owned website. You have no first ammendment rights here.


Trad climber
where the climbin's good
Aug 27, 2005 - 07:53pm PT
Having two (or more) forums would be a good idea. So instead of drastic and time consuming steps like trying to decide who to boot, you could just tell people to "take it over there.."

Sometimes I log on just to read climbing threads. Other times I'll amuse myself by looking at threads that are junk. Kind of like eating fast food, but it doesn't stick to your waist.
Mick K

Northern Sierra
Aug 27, 2005 - 07:57pm PT
Chris: The change is need, but I am sorry you have to be involved, I'm sure it sucks to have to police a bunch of middle schoolers. Don't waste your time moderating each forum-I agree with the just nuke it option. Everyone will get the picture before to long and moderate themselves. Lately I have tried to avoid the political threads by not even opening them up but that seems not to be possible any longer (thanks Matt)

The JUST NUKE'EM policy has my vote. Those who don't learn should then be banned.

I would quickly sacrifice the political crap to save the quality climbing related discussions on this site.

No one should have to waste climbing time to police ST-let the politics go somewhere else.

If you want to exercise your first amendment rights-go stand on the public street corner with all the other wackos.

Trad climber
Aug 27, 2005 - 08:00pm PT
Another optioin would be to have some way to have the community Flag a post if it is offensive. This seems to work well on craigslist and other forums I have seen. Once a post has been flagged by a critical mass, it automatically deletes. Once you have had more than one post deleted then you are banned. Sort of a self regulating system.
mark miller

Social climber
Aug 27, 2005 - 08:25pm PT
LEB I think this forum goes pretty easy on the sexist remarks, because everyone posting knows a few ladies that can out climb us. They have more than proven their mettle and most of the supertopo posters are a little better educated than your average construction worker.

Social climber
So. Cal.
Aug 27, 2005 - 08:49pm PT
I don't know this LEB broad, but she seems like
a pretty smart dame. I bet she's got a nice rack.

Hey I'm kidding of course.
(I know, I have a warped sense of humor)

Very astute observations LEB..
I'm a little suprised you ever found this site,
much less stick around, since your not a climber.
But I'm glad your here.

Social climber a single wide......
Aug 27, 2005 - 08:54pm PT
p.s. oh, now i see. Matt screwed the pooch

Aug 27, 2005 - 09:50pm PT
Damn I was out carrying sprained ankles down the trail. What happened here?

Did Matt go overboard and do something “Bad”?

Did I miss something that caused this C Mac reaction, not that there is anything really to miss here :-)
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 27, 2005 - 10:20pm PT
political and non climbing threads are fine.

the issue is too many political threads and climbing threads that are hijacked and steered away by political issues.

right now, everything seems cool. a few weeks ago, there was a time when it seemed like 30% or more of the threads were political. and i was getting a lot of emails from people saying "Hey, i cam to this site for climbing info... why do i have to wade through all this other crap"

the other stuff: like posting photos of dead people, sexual stuff, and all the back and forth personal attacks - that stuff has to go. if you have a personal problem with someone, work it out over email. don't make the rest of us watch.
Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Aug 27, 2005 - 10:23pm PT
Sounds like a reasonable and balanced approach to me, that still lets us get a bit of our wild side out if we're not dissing folks in the process



Aug 27, 2005 - 10:41pm PT

I think your idea of creating 2 forums is great. Of late there have seemed to be MANY postings of a non climbing nature. Sure we all get a kick out of them. Many of us have laughed at Satan and Donney as well as the PTP and Jody threads. However why not move the non climbing bs to a non climbing section. Well that's my 2 specks of dirt.

Trad climber
Phoenix, AZ
Aug 27, 2005 - 11:07pm PT
Although I rarely post here, I am a frequenty (daily) visitor. I just wanted to drop my two cents in on this issue because I do feel strongly about it.

I can do without the sex and the dead bodies (missed that actually), but I am a firm believer in an open forum. As Ed pointed out, the First Amendment does not apply here, but there are guiding principles we can learn from. So let me set out my philosophy:

I am an adult. I have absolute power over what all of you say and post. That power comes in the form of what I click on. I can easily ignore the political threads (they are fairly obvious). I occasionally find them amusing, however. Of course, I've never posted in a political thread. There's no need. The members here are all intelligent and capable of defending their respective positions. More importantly, we are a diverse community. Even if I remain silent, my views are represented.

All of this is leading up to the idea that we are, as Karl put it, a community, albeit a dysfunctional one. The openness of the forum is what gives it it's character. To curtail that openness runs counter to why I love this place so much. So . . . reasonable limits on decency are fine (I occasionally go to forums on other hobbies that I would be ashamed for friends to see some o fthe crap that's posted, so I'm all for decency). But let's not get overzealous in cleaning up the place. If we do, we lose the very character that makes this such a great place.


Aug 27, 2005 - 11:29pm PT
”Hey, I came to this site for climbing info... why do I have to wade through all this other crap"

And .....

”All of this is leading up to the idea that we are, as Karl put it, a community, albeit a dysfunctional one”

Well for the first quote, since I’ve lived in Camp 4 for so long and been around so much different bullshit for so long I’m kind of immune to bullsh#t. Seems kind of like cry babies?

The second quote. Ha ha ha dysfunctional, so true, but, when the sh-it hits the fan I’ve always noticed everyone comes together. Those that don’t are the real ones you got to worry about in my book.

Trad climber
Gunks end of country
Aug 27, 2005 - 11:52pm PT
Go for it. You have a climbing web-site, related to a great service - and your books.

That's what I came here for. I climb Gunks 20-35 days per year (if my wife climbed, it would be 40-60). Road trip 1-3 times per year. Climbed Yosemite once for two weeks (2004, will be there again). Yosemite rocks, your service rocks. I am over 50 (gumby - started climbing 2001). I buy your stuff. If my wife were a climber and son were in college (2 years away), I would already be retired and road-tripping.

If you make it only climbing - great stuff. That's all I care about. If you want to make it climbing - political, that's cool too. Especially, if I can bookmark "just climbing". I have posted non-climbing when I am bored. But would not even see it if you separated the two.

Climbing posts rock. Political - w7diw (keyboard shift).

Climbers on the site are good even when you disagree with them. Eliminate the political threads - (or separate them - your choice of course). I'll still be here and so will the serious climbers - disagreeing, just as they have since Harding. :)_
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