(Preface: I was gonna post this yesterday but decided not to. After reading some of the threads this morn, decided to just come out with it.)
It occurred to me after reading through the latest posts on this fisheries mgmt. forum that this forum isn't really "working." That is, the way I see it it's a place to discuss complicated fisheries management issues (which also deal with allocative issues) in a way whereby we can all learn something about these issues, and about the facts surrounding them. There is no other forum I know of anywhere where we have such expertise on Alaska fisheries issues than this one. I don't know how many here really understand the value and rarity of having a former ADFG fisheries bio and former BOF member posting here. They have a wealth of expertise on Alaska fisheries issues. I was just thinking, I wonder how much longer they will last here?
This forum has become so "partisan" in its content, slanted toward one interest or another so much, that it's nearly impossible for folks like me to "pull out" the beneficial and useful knowledge from what has become a majority of childish bickering and seemingly-avowed ignorance. It's become like a boxing match among a bunch of blind contestants in a 100' square ring.. People are "swinging," but they have no clue really what they are swinging at, where it is...they are just swinging cuz that is what they do when they enter this forum (ring). I suppose it's "entertaining" and "fun" for some, but it sure prevents a real learning about fisheries issues. And that's a shame.
Hell, we've got one guy here with over 5,000 posts mostly comprised of other people's words. It's ridiculous.
I don't have any solutions really. Asking folks to talk and act like responsible adults hasn't worked in the past. In the end, we're gonna lose out on the real opportunity to learn and make informed decisions.