Putting the forums into categories was my idea. I'm sorry it isn't working for you. The change was just made about 15 minutes ago so I hope it is given a chance. I looked at the General Interest forum and it seemed like everything was dumped into it like a mishmash of topics. My thinking was if someone wanted to locate a specific topic having similar topics grouped together would make it easy to locate, especially for new people. Also, yes, I've been moving threads. Boat design questions aren't going to get seen by the majority in the SailNet FAQ forum. Likewise gear and maintenance questions in the Website Technical forum.
No worries, Donna, I'll get used to it :-) I'm hoping to actually go off for a spell of sailing before too much longer, anyway... Perhaps even beyond the reach of the Web, from time to time :-)
My apologies if I sounded too harshly critical. You mods here do a great job, much appreciated by all, I'm sure... Certainly, with a site that receives this much traffic, you have a very difficult balance to strike...
I'm just surprised that a thread like that about CHEEKI RAFIKI received such comparatively light participation. Over on SA, it's now up to 1,200 replies, in what has been a very informative thread. It was a big story, and an important one on several levels, and I have to think it might have had more 'legs' here, had it remained in General Discussion. Now, whether that is a good thing, or bad, could be debatable, of course... :-)
Again, I appreciate your explanation, certainly makes sense... However, I'd simply urge caution in your efforts to make finding answers to questions for Newbies that visit here, that the scales aren't being tipped too far from keeping the place user-friendly for the regulars who are actively participating here, and providing the content that the Newbs are searching for... :-)
Trying to improve the Search Function on Sailnet could go a long way in that regard, but of course I have absolutely no idea technically what might be involved in that, and would guess that's an issue beyond the ability of Mods like yourself to address...
Again, thanks for all you girls and guys do, I'll put on my Big Boy pants and deal with it... :-)