Sorry I been on holidays
OK so a couple of points; firstly the dating site. Technically the forum was directly linked to the camping site camping.com.au which had 'meet an outdoor type' so it was sort of linking to a dating site but that was back in 05 so we dropped the dating thing back then so it is not currently linked to a dating site.
Now in saying that we will (or so I keep threatening) be upgrading the 'camping.com.au' site and the forum in the coming weeks and this will mean that if you are a member of the forum you will also be a member of the camping club and the camping club will once again offer a lot of services one of which you guessed it will be a social site, so not quite a dating site but it does attract a singles crowd. We definitely will keep it a clean, fun social site and it is up to you to use it or not and provide us feedback on what you think but let’s get it online first and let me know what you think then.
On the forum, I am really happy to see that over the years we have built up a pretty solid membership of loyal users dare I say friends. It would be difficult to estimate how many but I would say there are well over 500 or so who login once a month anyway. I would love to see this 10 times that and to achieve that I believe we will have to expand the service we offer. We do get a number of people who belong to the camping website but not the forum. So we intend to combine these groups as well as offer this new range or feature/services. Yes we will keep the forum but we will also have a social service, a buy & sell service, a parks directory and a map service combined so more of a club feel to it I hope. It will take a while to work it out, many will likely just stick to the forum and won't bother with the rest and that is fine we are here to please with the ultimate goal being getting large enough to leverage the parks and the retailers to offer us a club discount.
Sorry long winded me... I really appreciate the support we have been getting from Ozzy, Gypsylady, Stevo, Xmasbaby, Amanda, Poodle ... and really so may others plus all the contributors. Stevo I do appreciate the initiative you are taking in improving the forum, so keep it up I think these are good changes and if they are supported we will adopt them. So we will do our best to keep it all very simular however we will look at cleaning it up based on the feedback from Stevo’s template, in addition we will change the login to allow .com's (currently they are blocked) which will open it up considerably however will also expose it to more spam so we will have to work this out with more moderators etc.
Further, I really hope to get some sponsors online so we can fund some real life activities, geo caching (treasure hunts) and fun family and/or just fun stuff. So I really am trying to get these improvements through and they will open the forum up to more people and yes likely more problems as well but I hope the end result will justify the effort and any temporary setbacks. Once again ultimately I would like to see a camping club with park and shop discounts, better resources and activities for its members as well as a voice in the camping industry.
Feel free to comment on this.
Sorry this was sooo long.
The admin guy.