The only issue that will cause problems is if folks use state abbreviations. Then the search will automatically return a zero sum, due to the fact that it won't search for 2 character search parameters. So the only extra "work" required for anyone is to make sure they put "Massachusetts" instead of "MA" in their title, and so on. We simply have to take the extra second to type the full state name, and make sure it's spelled correctly.
The only problem with that is the most recent input from staff has been to suggest that the "simple solution" is to list upcoming trips thus:
TX>>Lone Star Trail>>February 23-24
If we are now to write out the entire state's name in order to make searching the site more effective we are reinventing the wheel anyway and perhaps might want to find a solution that works for everybody. The constant need to change the manner in which trips are listed so as to make them more prominent by title, or easier to find using a search is but another data point to consider whether keeping the present system or going to sub-fora listing by region is, in the end, going to be the easiest way to a system that works to the benefit of all.
It is unfair to put the entire burden on the present mods. It is likewise unfair to put the entire burden on members, particularly new ones, and it is unfair to everyhone to constantly change the rules or conventions on how trips are to be listed.