When first logging on to this BBS you will find a broad array of topic headings, perhaps an overwhelming number of headings. The question of where to post your message among those topic headings commonly arises. Actually the categories and forums a are well organized and that question is not as much of a problem as it seems.
1) New Users should first post a message in the New Users category under the introduce Yourself Forum. When someone first joins the board posts to any other area will go into a moderation queue.
2) If you are writing about a specific trip or location, the post should be made to the individual forum under the Category Trip Reports and Site Locations for that particular area. These are organized by state or province eastern North America, state or province in western North America, other locations in North America, and other continents or regions around the world.
3) If you are posting about some aspect of trees and forests in general or broad terms rather than a specific site or location, these posts should be placed in the General Discussions section. Look over the topics and if nothing seems appropriate, post in the General Discussions forum under the General Discussion Forums category. If something is posted in the wrong topic heading the discussion thread can always be moved later.
4) If you are posting about how trees and forests relate to people in terms of art, music, religion, literature, or spirit the the post should be made in one of the forums under the category Humanities.
5) The final category deals with the various science projects the the Easter Native Tree Society and associated groups are working on and are involved with. These forums are moderated in order to keep the discussions focused on the topic at hand. Any member can post here, but will be moderated. It might be better to post science topics in th General Discussion category initially to allow a broader, unmoderated discussion. The discussion thread can always be moved to the Science Category later.
Do not be intimidated by the many categories. Use these general guidelines to determine where you should post your topic. It is better to post in the right section, but if you make a mistake the thread can always be moved later. When you change the topic of a discussion thread, start a new topic. If you are continuing an ongoing discussion along the same theme, reply to previous posts in the same discussion thread rather than starting a new topic.
The relatively large number of topics have been created here to serve as an organizational structure for archiving the posts to make them easier to locate in the future. This BBS is also organized to better facilitate integration with the existing websites for the Eastern Native Tree Society and Western Native Tree Society, and therefore it must also have a similar organizational structure. So don't be intimidated by the number of forums, and post away!
"I love science and it pains me to think that so many are terrified of the subject or feel that choosing science means you cannot also choose compassion, or the arts, or be awe by nature. Science is not meant to cure us of mystery, but to reinvent and revigorate it." by Robert M. Sapolsky