Is it time to pull the plug?

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Hi All, Despite the devotion, time, and care that @Matthew has given to, is it time to pull the plug? As sad as it is to write, the site has been terminally infected with spam. Frankly, it would be a full time job to remove all the bogus accounts and postings. Just looking at the Forums page, every single topic and posting is spam. If there are original threads showing, the most recent post is spam. Indeed, even the Photographs page has been infected with Mumbai escorts! As Matthew has stated, he started this website in the late '90s and has maintained it voluntarily since. He has been stalwart in providing this platform for the NZ tramping community. Folks internationally have used this site to get info on tramping in our homeland. But perhaps its usefulness has passed. Is it time to simply fold the tent on this one?
Unfortunately you might be correct. Several people have offered to help but Matthew wanted to keep it to himself and I think family and other things have got in the way
It was once a great resource.
It seems to be back
It still is a great resource, but few people seem to come here anymore to share new content. Even Wayno seems to have moved on.
Rest assured, Wayno is watching. He spends as much time on Bushwalk in Australia. Admittedly i haven't contributed much in recent years but i still keep an eye on it. An injury has kept me at bay for the last year.
I look in from time to time (much less frequently that previously) hoping the spam has been eliminated (which it has, for now). Yes, it's still a very useful resource but the consequence of minimal management is fewer active users with fewer contributions inducing fewer active users ...
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Same here. I've been distracted with life in the last few years, but come back every so often to see what's happening, and especially when I'm looking to get back into more frequent tramping again. It's difficult when spam's flooding the forums, though. Maybe even a restriction to block posting from accounts less than a week old, or similar? If the site goes away some day then I hope there's a way to preserve the content. @Matthew has managed to accumulate a huge database here over the years, both of forum content and also info about NZ's back-country network.
just a plea from a complete newbie - I'm just new to tramping (managed to get great walk tickets for next year!) and have been looking at advice & info on this site. There's some great content, and it would be a shame for it to disappear completely.
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