New Forum is up and running
The new website has a new forum up and running. The lounge is indeed dead, but we now have a new forum with new discussion categories. You can still post trail conditions, too, but this is accessed separately through the Trail Conditions Page. If you miss your old avatar, don't worry, all the old uploaded icons are still available when you edit your profile. Just select the "olduploads" gallery.
Concerned about posts by the general public that hurt our abilities to get and keep trails open to bicycles, we decided to start a moderation program. We modeled it on what other bicycle clubs have done, most specifically the Southern Off Road Bicycle Association (SORBA), one of the largest and most successful MTB clubs in the nation. Moderation will be guided by these specific rules, which most will agree are common sense. Criticism is still welcome, so long as it is constructive. Of course, praise and development of new ideas are even better!
Official WNYMBA announcements will be made through the website itself, not the forum. The old website used the forum software as a "poor man's CMS", putting articles on the front page and events on the calendar through the Lounge. But now we have a real CMS system, so that is no longer necessary. We'll strive to keep the content fresh on the website, but feel free to discuss bike-related stuff on the forum.