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I think melensdad has a good point over in another thread that will probably be overlooked by members and moderators if not otherwise discussed here. I think it is becoming an ever increasing norm that the more seasoned members or more knowledgeable hikers/climbers in this forum are unfriendly, unwelcoming, and take the stance that they know more or have more to offer than others who post.
It is actually one of the main reasons why myself and others I know on a personal level, rarely come to this community anymore. I feel like I've been involved in a few of these "scuffles" where because my opinion or world view is different than the "superiors" who think they run things, I get berated - I'm too young to know anything, I don't have as much experience as they do, blah blah blah. It has become really offensive sometimes and while I may lash back on occasion, I have tried to be better about not doing that. Sometimes it just gets the best of me and drags me in, because I hate it when people get away with treating others like that.
I rarely visit anymore because of this, and when I find my frustration building because of how cocky some members get with their answers and how much they think they know, I just take a break from the site.
Is that the virtual community Alicia and others hoped to create with Trailspace? I doubt it. I don't have the solution, but I feel like some sort of conversation will at least start the process of fixing this. I feel as though it's probably part of the reason why other valued members have left in the past. I know I can't be the only one feeling this way, and I'm pretty surprised I've stayed a member.