So seeing a recent post (http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/...Spotting-Scope) moved to the Outdoor Optics forum has made me curious... how many forum members still find value in the Outdoor Optics forum page?
Now I mean this with no disrespect to Doug or any of the crew at Camera Land, as I think they run a great business and I have purchased optics from them several times, BUT... I have long since grown tired of searching through the multitude of Camera Land updates/sales/news/specials for actual posts from AOD forum members. For instance, a quick count today shows that 20 out of 30 posts on the first page of the Outdoor Optics forum are from Doug at Camera Land. Of the 10 posts from other members, 4 have gone without reply - leaving me to believe very few people have ever seen them (we all know folks around here usually aren't shy to chip in there $.02 on gear).
As a result, I personally haven't visited the Outdoor Optics page in a long time for this reason... posts from the forum community are inundated with posts from Camera Land. And I'm wondering if I'm alone there? I suspect that many of the questions posted in that forum go largely unanswered, though people have the information, or excellent posts on reviews/field experience go unseen by those who might find the posts useful.
Now I dislike people who complain without posing some idea for a solution, so I have two ideas...
#1: allow optics posts related to hunting to remain in the general hunting forum, or
#2: create a "Outdoor Optics Advertising" subforum for Doug to post Camera Land news, specials, etc. and clean up the Outdoor Optics forum.
My vote is for #2. Because as far as I'm concerned, that forum is currently useless, unless I'm in the mood to spend some money at Camera Land. Perhaps if people could easily find there way through the past posts, we wouldn't get a "I'm looking for a new spotting scope" post every week.