John–The idea of removing certain posts after 30 days would involve a lot of work. The Forum software can be set up to delete ALL posts after a given number of days, but I don’t think it can delete only certain topics automatically. That would involve someone (ME!!) reading and re-reading posts that are 30 days old to determine what to delete. I do read every post and can make a decision at the time to delete or not, but i could not take on the added chore of 30 day deletion.
I, personally, am pretty liberal about what is on the Forum. I am asked (told) to delete things I see as being acceptable, but I am just the enforcer and have to follow the instructions of the BOD. They are ultimately in charge.
Some of the BOD are out of the country right now going to the ECRA show, but when they get back I intend to get a definitive set of rules from them of what is acceptable and what isn’t. Once I have that list, I will post it for all to see. This is if they can decide amongst themselves what is what. There is a certain amount of disagreement between them. With the pending BOD elections, this probably won’t happen until the new slate of officers is in place.
As far as adding additional Sub-Forums, the idea has been discussed a number of times. But the idea is always turned down because it tends to lead to an unending number of ever more specialized smaller forums.
As to the “Ammunition” vs “Cartridge” discussion, my opinion is almost anything related to munitions is acceptable. After all, we must remember that the longest running thread with the most posts, was about torpedo’s.
To me, a post about a gun is acceptable, as long as it is tied to a cartridge of some sort. What is un-acceptable is a discussion of this model or that model and which model is best for shooting this or that animal or the fine points of the differences in models from a gun collector’s point of view. As long as the gun post pertains to a particular model of cartridge that is used in that gun, etc., then, as far as I am concerned, the post is appropriate and will not be deleted.