Concerns about this message board
As a member of the MB since 2005, I have seen a couple of growing trends that are somewhat concerning. I would like to preface this by saying that I am bringing these issues up only for consideration with no intent of pointing fingers at any specific posters. In fact, I could point the finger at myself on occasion.
On my soapbox...
Issue #1: The slowwwwwwww posting process.
There have been days when it seems the messages are posted once per day. I realize that there may be several reasons for this, but one possible reason could be the significant increase in postings that the moderators need to peruse through. There seems to be more and more threads of a personal nature that are unrelated to the informational and "meeting up at..." purposes of the MB. I have seen plenty involving discussions between groups of friends on topics such as health, family, finances, etc. Sometimes, even just for checking up on a specific person. I would think that the MB would run much faster if these personal threads were shared privately on the many other various avenues available (email, Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
Issue #2: Rude and disrespectful posters.
Couples is so many different things to different people. But I have seen more and more snobbish comments when someone's idea of a vacation is different than the poster's. Remember...everyone has the right to enjoy their vacation however they want within Couples guidelines. There are threads where people ask a question on fact (e.g. "Can we find any late night parties", "Are there TV's to watch football", "Can wife keep her bottoms on at the AN beach") and they get bombarded with opinions on how they should spend their vacations rather than answers to their questions. There was a recent thread where someone asked about proper shoes to wear to the fancy restaurants. Even though the question was answered after the first few responses, it continued on for about another 50 responses into a slightly heated discussion about what constitutes proper stylish closed-toed footwear (which probably also contributes to issue #1 above). All I can suggest is, before you hit the "submit response" button, imagine that you are talking face-to-face with the person. That seems to help bring the humanity aspect back to a MB like this.
...off my soapbox.
Ok, who wants the conch?