but it is interesting that Envirolink supported animal rights communication with lists, but not to my knowledge, hunter communication.
You're probably right... although I think in the early days we helped Trout Unlimited and National Wildlife Federation with their first websites. Then again, we also hosted the first websites for PeTA, Earth First!, FARM, Greenpeace USA, Defenders of Wildlife, Audubon Society, SHAC (until we started receiving cease and desist court orders), and over 500 others. As you may or may not guess, that represents a rather broad spectrum within the enviro and animal concerns movements.
In that sense it seems true that the percentage of animal
rights and welfare in Envirolink has declined significantly in
relation to hunters while nationally the number of hunters declines, (now below 4% of the population) (18 to 24 year olds .. down 1/3) as fewer people believe that hunters have a right to stalk the woods.
What is the point of this? I couldn't care less about poll numbers of any sort, as they are all politically driven (right, left, center... they all bore me)
You are in Pennsylvania... a state with an unusually high number of hunters.. but elsewhere.. hunters have less influence
You probably haven't read my senior thesis, which was published at a state-wide conference on deer control (far too long ago, you can find it somewhere on Google). The topic was on the ethics of deer population control. I doubt you would agree with many of my conclusions (too many deer in PA for the carrying capacity of the land, must be controlled one way or another or a major ecological collapse will occur). But we both are digressing WAY off topic... we should take it to the enviro area of the site, since in my opinion it is an issue of science and ecology.
my biggest concern is thread removal
and what would be the policies on thread removal
... I don't mean the copyright issue which has been outlined
but a hunter moderator having the power to remove ARA threads
What makes you think, based on what I have requested, that anything would radically change around here? If a moderator abuses their power, they lose their priveleges... I make that call since I control the board. I honestly don't even know yet how much "power" a moderator will actually have (I need to look into this within this software). Regardless, I will not tolerate abuses of power (other than my own... heh).