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    Quote Originally Posted by Redoleary View Post
    Truly I don't understand how a user group works vs. a forum topic area?
    But I like the whole international melting pot we have going here. If I were to try to start a Michigan group hang, I can just post it in the hangout get together section and I would welcome anyone who wants to come to the hang... not just michiganders.

    The GoKart example seems like the Roundtable Off topic would be the perfect place for that. That would seem to be a pretty small cross section of the community so a user group so specific seems like overkill. Thats just my opinion, not trying to be rude. If I want to find something specific like Gokart hammock camping I go to google and search hammock forums ie: site:hammockforums.net gokart , and if anyone ever mentioned gokarts it will come up. And not breaking into user groups but just having it come up in the "new posts" or "todays posts" means I might see something I didn't know I was interested in (gokarts) but now suddenly am, so I click in to read more.

    The gokart example was just off the top of my head, and probably a bad one. Yes, the area hanger's groups are probably the best example. Those should be public, IMHO. If off topic user groups where allowed they would be private for donating members only.
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    In the donating members section there are already places to post about paddling, cutlery, and other topics that are non-hammock related. What you are describing already exists to a very limited extent. It's not a bad idea, but the off topic forum seems to cover the need, at least for now, and in a manner acceptable to the Mods. I don't profess to be a techie, but it would seem to me that usergroups would add a whole other level of complexity to HF that I'm not sure would be helpful.

    I'm not sure I understand your frustration with the off-topic forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rain Man View Post
    www.meetup.com

    Lots of 'em.

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    I gave that link a try. Here's the answer i received.

    There aren't any “Hammock camping” Meetups within 25 miles of Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.

    *To be fair, Brown Hollow and The Hill are farther than 25 miles away
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rolloff View Post
    I gave that link a try. Here's the answer i received.

    There aren't any “Hammock camping” Meetups within 25 miles of Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
    WOW... an excellent opportunity to start one ... with no competition!!!

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    Wow, I originally posted this not expecting so much discussion,(then didn't come back for a while:/) but, a lot of good points. I totally see the reason not to want to fracture the community. Specifically I was looking for a group in my state to make it easier to discuss local issues with local hangers. Certainly I don't think there should be groups for things like DIY, full time, ect. as these are fairly global interests and are best handled with sub forums. But, I wonder if 50-100+ regional sub forums would be reasonable or even if there would be interest. Then theres the discussing of hammocking related issues specific to different activitys and disciplines biking (road or mountain), paddling (canoe, kayak, pontoon, or rowboat), hiking (fast and light, day, backpacking, ect.), car camping, power boating, backyard hanging, the list could go on and on. Of course there would be varying interest and perhaps not enough for some. Bottom line though is that I'm new here and don't understand the community as well as you all who have been here a while so I agree with those now with those who don't want to fracture it. But what about regional sub forums based on interest level? Just a suggestion from a noob TIFWII.

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