Speaking of putting things on the calendar, I have one other request for those listing things there. When posting events on the calendar, include a link to the planning thread. You could even go back and include the link to the trip report after the event if you are as OCD as I am.
I just added the link to the planning for a March trip and kicked myself a bit for not thinking to do it earlier when I put it on the calendar.
I like this idea, thread titles don't always say what part of the country their in, ie. if some one just puts a state park or trail head name.
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I like the regional sort idea, very helpful.
"I will study and get ready, and perhaps my chance will come." - Abraham Lincoln
This is a pretty cool idea. Worse case though. People could just put the state at the beginning of the thread. For example, "Minnesota: Northern Hang." I think it would be a lot easier to find it when you are just looking for the state. I hope something comes of this thread though because it would be a lot easier.
Not to be totally one sided on the request I will post a negative for it. If you are in, lets say PA and like coming up to New England for gatherings, unless you watch that topic you will most likely not see anything pop up in that area. Hence you would miss some nice gatherings.
To me, Unless I was heading to PA regularly or for some odd ball reason from MA I would look there as much as I would look at CA or Alaska regions.
Tags are another way to do this now but it would take a bit of thinking or guidelines to make it easy to use. For example, everyone could tag their thread with "what, region, year" (e.g. - "Hangout, SW, 2011"), then you could search for it because it is in a certain format. Now that I think about it, we would need to add "country" so folks in Perth don't have to read about trips for Cairns... I'm sure there is something I am missing but it's an idea.