IMPORTANT! Changes to certain categories and forums

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You will notice several categories and forums, including this one, that are now labeled as "Logged in Members only". That means non-logged in visitors and serarch engine spiders will no longer see these sections.

There are two reasons for this:
  1. Search Engine Optimization: we want search engine spiders to see topics and posts relevant to the main themes of this forum, i.e., hunting, fishing, and outdoors. Up until now, this forum is ranking number one for Hunting and Fishing in California but it is nowhere to be seen in searches using other search terms. People looking for hunting information in other states or Canada or internationally would not see this not see this forum in the search results. We are trying to change that obviously without damaging the high ranking for California.
  2. The forum has received warnings about content that violates AdSense policies. We want to exclude such content without muzzling our members. These include content that
    • incites hatred against, promotes discrimination of, or disparages an individual or group on the basis of their race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, age, nationality, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or other characteristic that is associated with systemic discrimination or marginalization.
    • harasses, intimidates, or bullies an individual or group of individuals.
    • threatens or advocates for harm to oneself or others.
    • exploits others through extortion.
Hiding certain types of content from non-logged in members helps to address both these issues. There may be other measures we will take to accomplish these goals as time goes on.
 
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