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Just curious, but isn't asking questions here a form of 'doing research'?
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Cam : Is there a way we can create either a ICW forum and move over the ICW related threads to it - may help some of the folks new to sailnet to enhance their ability to find info. Same thing with BVI... Just a suggestion because I too find the search engine a bit lacking and google isn't the "find what you want right now" kinda search engine since they scan so many sites and so many sites try to optimize.

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Good suggestion Jody. I will ask about it. We already have a Caribbean forum which is where BVI stuff could be located. Could put the Bahamas requests there as well. Will discuss with Admin and other mods.
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Yeah, sometimes it seems that people don't always try very hard to find info.
There is another possibility, you want info from a source you have gotten to know and trust. The guys here who post on a regular basis are sailing buddies with local knowledge of so many destinations. Asking here first may be dodging some "work" with Google or other search engine, but with those results you have no idea who is trying to sell you something that doesn't work. Here the guys offer, for free, information about their own experiences and observations. Give me this list as a first choice anytime.
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Cam - I love the idea of destination based sub-forums. I know there are a number of forums already available for regions, but is there a way you could make them cruising forum sub-forums? Right now they are kind of out of the way all the way at the bottom of the forum list. Perhaps if they mirrored some of the cruising guides - "New England", "Long Island Sound", "Lake Champlain/Erie Canal/Hudson River", "New York to Cape May", "Pacific Northwest" (had to throw that one in to make the left coasters happy), etc. it would be easier for people to navigate them.
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I think Labatt's got a good point.. the current regional sub-forums are buried pretty deep. I'm not even sure if most people know they exist, since they don't show up on the "General Interest Forums" page.
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It doesn't hurt to remember, that even diligent searching can yield less than helpful results. Not everyone is an expert at "keywords" and often get results that go all over the place, leaving one mystified and discouraged, at the time and effort used.
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Agreed, the first few times I performed a search regarding ICW or the loop, all I was realy able to find was cruising guides, charts, and 'best places to eat'

Some info is best obtained by asking even when it has been discussed several times, there's always information that needs to be updated, construction and closings, places to eat you just HAVE to stop at, other places with poor service that are best to avoid, and someone can tell you that that nice peacefull looking cove that seems like a great place to drop anchor and spend the night is actually the local party spot with bonfires and loud music going most of the night.
Information you can't get from a chart or cruising guide.

I dislike 'search the archives' messeges, information changes too much to rely on old posts to plan a long journey.

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Labatt...I think it is a good idea personally but my EASY button does not do that...requires admin help and also want to discuss with the other mods. Will pursue. Thanks.
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It doesn't hurt to remember, that even diligent searching can yield less than helpful results. Not everyone is an expert at "keywords" and often get results that go all over the place, leaving one mystified and discouraged, at the time and effort used.
I'm actually very glad to hear you say that. After getting the "do your research" comment repeatedly myself, I've actually tried. It's very difficult to find specific items on a site like this where similar terms are used in the majority of threads - which can go back several years.

"Live" conversation is what this site is about - and what makes it so attractive to newcomers. And repetition may just be the cost of it being thus - especially if the intent is to have the site grow with new members, and not just be a repository of data.
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