1. "Understanding The Forum" is one of the Categories, as is "Random Rantings" and others.
2. Starting a new topic within a Category is called a Post (what other forums call a Thread).
3. Responses to Posts are called Comments (even your own - and what other forums call Posts).
Site Administration: There is no inter-member personal message ability. Members can send a PM to me as the owner and administrator using the Wix Engage link in the emails you receive from the site or from the blue comments boxes on the Blog and other website pages. Should you wish to personally contact another forum member I shall forward your email address to him and it then is his prerogative to respond or not.
The Blog on the menu is used for sharing larger, prepared articles not necessarily meriting and receiving chatty comments. Posting in the blog prompts moderation before the post is published. Members can post in the blog from their regular email address. Comments on these blog posts can be made of course, and require a similar blog post which will be moderated as well.
Costs: Managing the costs of the forum has not been finally decided on. Kind donations from members allowed the purchase of the .com domain - a step which immediately saw a rise in membership, a 300% increase in views of the Shootouts and an increase in active participation on the forum. The decision regarding related product advertisements will be made shortly - particularly when Bullet Behaviour also becomes a full online paid-for gun magazine.
Ethos: Maintaining our ethos of factual discussion free from the emotions of grandstanding or belittling of others may not make us appealing to the majority of hunters and shooters who evidently populate these sites - but so be it. This site will never be part of that style apparently liked by the majority and accepted by administrators.
Become active: To those members who still are quiet on the side lines: Your inputs, chats, questions, experiences are anticipated, welcomed in advance and appreciated. I know of a few who are new to hunting: Be sure that your inputs into the collective pool of knowledge are needed as much as for example those from the expert ballisticians at propellant and bullet manufacturers.
Style and flavour: The website and forum will always display an Africa style, with me using Oxford English in my missives and not Webster's. My time is mostly divided between Colorado and Africa and I see myself equally as a free thinking, conservative Coloradian and an African. I indeed see myself as the true African American, loyal to my ancestors' 375 years' Africa roots and loyal to my other homeland as well.
The CZ. 550 .416 Rigby , tropical dry season in a drift in the Loureco River, Niassa Province far northern Mozambique, 7 degrees latitude from the equator. The pungent smell of ammonia hanging around - female elephant and calves close by but unseen. They are under heavy poaching out of Tanzania and are jittery and very defensive.
There always will be a Colorado flavour detectable around this website and forum. Michigan hunter Doug Bruce with mule deer at 7,500 ft elevation. His first, and he endured our 200 yard, one hour leopard crawl amongst mere 2 ft high sage brush and ground cactii to within 50 yards of his buck.