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ivar

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Hola all!

First of all, thank you for hanging around the forum during the last year. It has been difficult, but we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel now I think.

I have been thinking about making some slight changes to the forum rules and the way we do things on the forum, so this is the reason for this thread. I have talked this over with the moderators, and we have called these new measures the "Back to basics" measures. The general idea is that, the forum was created for pilgrims to help pilgrims. Less of other types of content, and more of just getting some good advice on how to prepare and walk the Camino.

Here are the new measures:
  • Over the last year, we have allowed a lot of COVID topics since they have been relevant as pilgrims plan their walk in 2021 or 2022. As time goes on, and COVID becomes less of a factor, we will only allow COVID topics if they are relevant to the Camino. In the meantime, please keep all COVID discussion in the "COVID & the Camino" section.
  • Members are allowed to include a simple link to their blog, social media account or commercial website in their forum signature.
  • YouTube videos, Podcasts and other similar links focusing on external content related to the Camino need to be posted in a new section that I have created here. All users can post in this section, but it will have limited visibility since we are trying to focus on our goal, "Pilgrims helping pilgrims". If you are discussing something in another thread, and your video is truly relevant to the topic discussed in the thread, you can embed a link to your thread that is in the "Videos, Podcasts, and Other" section. (However, remember that "bumping" is not allowed.)
The idea behind these measures is to make this a good place for new pilgrims to ask questions and get help (the reason for this forum) and not so much for products/companies to promote their services/products. For those who are interested in promoting their services or products, ads can be bought on the forum here.

All the best from Santiago,
Ivar
 
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Pt Norte/Pmtvo 2010
C. Inglés 2011
C. Primitivo '12
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C. do Mar-C. Inglés '15
Than you @ivar (and moderators) for keeping the forum going. Pilgrims helping present and future pilgrims will be so good as things open again. Maybe us 'old timers' will still have something to offer :) .
 

SabineP

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some and then more. see my signature.
Thank you @ivar and all moderators for keeping this such a great and constructive forum.

All your new measures make perfect sense.

And may I promote the use of private messaging in general. Sometimes I feel that some subjects are merely a two or three way communication that are better dealt with in a pm ( but hey this might just be me ).
 
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Various routes...
Thank you, Ivar. Simple is best, and pruning less relevant content will make it easier for people to find and access what they need.

And may I promote the use of private messaging in general. Sometimes I feel that some subjects are merely a two or three way communication that are better dealt with in a pm ( but hey this might just be me ).
Exactly!
 
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Frances, autumn/winter; 2004, 2005-2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Thank you Ivar for all your efforts. "Back to Basics" is a great motto/strategy.

One of the strengths of the Forum has been the importance of sharing. Tips and memories from/to scores of other readers, both known and unknown, pass through this community of digital acquaintances.

For those of us who have walked it is a meaningful way to keep our journey anew while providing practical advice to those who plan to walk....Ultreia.
 

Marbe2

Active member
Past OR future Camino
2015-2019 walked all or more than half of CF 7 times... CP recently cancelled by Covid 19!
Although I haven't yet walked a Camino (very new member), this forum has been invaluable. Thank you all very much.
I agree...I am not a new member, but I too am continually amazed and grateful by the breath of information and inspiration I receive from this forum! Indeed, it is a tribute to Ivar, the moderators, and all those members who share their experiences and wisdom .
 
As we pilgrims begin to walk the Way again, especially within the next five months, it's important to share "real time" information to those following you. The FAQ area should be reviewed and updated, where appropriate. Key threads to update: Transportation to and from (air, train, bus, taxi, etc), Albergues Open/Closed, private albergues, hostels, etc. "Must see/visit." This includes: Restaurants, museums, churches, etc. Any regional/town restrictions currently in force.
The Forum has thousands of pieces of information. Now we need to insure it's the most up to date and accurate.
 
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Marbe2

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Past OR future Camino
2015-2019 walked all or more than half of CF 7 times... CP recently cancelled by Covid 19!
As we pilgrims begin to walk the Way again, especially within the next five months, it's important to share "real time" information to those following you. The FAQ area should be reviewed and updated, where appropriate. Key threads to update: Transportation to and from (air, train, bus, taxi, etc), Albergues Open/Closed, private albergues, hostels, etc. "Must see/visit." This includes: Restaurants, museums, churches, etc. Any regional/town restrictions currently in force.
The Forum has thousands of pieces of information. Now we need to insure it's the most up to date and accurate.

I think this will happen. Reading some posts from albergue owners over these months ,they are still waiting and trying to find their way...just as we are. It will come.
 

CaminoDebrita

Veteran Member
Past OR future Camino
Frances SJPP to SdC Oct/Nov 2015
Frances Burgos toSdC March/April 2016
W. Highland Way August 2016
Camino Somewhere September 2017
Buen Camino and Greetings to all friends, old and new! I dream of a 2021 Camino, and am looking forward to radiation treatments in late May, and then, some kind of normalcy---at least two months at a time! Great to check in and see all your "faces." Back to Basics is a good idea!
 
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CF- Finisterre-Muxia 03/17; Camino SK 10/17; Norte 03/18; Ingles 11/18; Augusta 03/19
Hola all!

First of all, thank you for hanging around the forum during the last year. It has been difficult, but we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel now I think.

I have been thinking about making some slight changes to the forum rules and the way we do things on the forum, so this is the reason for this thread. I have talked this over with the moderators, and we have called these new measures the "Back to basics" measures. The general idea is that, the forum was created for pilgrims to help pilgrims. Less of other types of content, and more of just getting some good advice on how to prepare and walk the Camino.

Here are the new measures:
  • Over the last year, we have allowed a lot of COVID topics since they have been relevant as pilgrims plan their walk in 2021 or 2022. As time goes on, and COVID becomes less of a factor, we will only allow COVID topics if they are relevant to the Camino. In the meantime, please keep all COVID discussion in the "COVID & the Camino" section.
  • Members are allowed to include a simple link to their blog, social media account or commercial website in their forum signature.
  • YouTube videos, Podcasts and other similar links focusing on external content related to the Camino need to be posted in a new section that I have created here. All users can post in this section, but it will have limited visibility since we are trying to focus on our goal, "Pilgrims helping pilgrims". If you are discussing something in another thread, and your video is truly relevant to the topic discussed in the thread, you can embed a link to your thread that is in the "Videos, Podcasts, and Other" section. (However, remember that "bumping" is not allowed.)
The idea behind these measures is to make this a good place for new pilgrims to ask questions and get help (the reason for this forum) and not so much for products/companies to promote their services/products. For those who are interested in promoting their services or products, ads can be bought on the forum here.

All the best from Santiago,
Ivar
Thank you Ivar and our moderators! I am pleased with this Back to Basics and the Covid related post change. Perhaps a “Beginners or First Camino” section could be set up to guide newbies directly to the basics re: footwear, backpacks, etc. The Forum has kept me sane & daring to dream of the Camino through my first Canadian winter in many years confined to my tiny “summer only” (that WAS the intention 🤔) Ottawa apartment & my local city parks and paths. Signed, 🤦‍♀️still in lockdown and waiting
 
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Past OR future Camino
Camino Frances Sep-Oct 2018, Aug-Sep 2019. Planning May-June 2020.
Hola all!

First of all, thank you for hanging around the forum during the last year. It has been difficult, but we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel now I think.

I have been thinking about making some slight changes to the forum rules and the way we do things on the forum, so this is the reason for this thread. I have talked this over with the moderators, and we have called these new measures the "Back to basics" measures. The general idea is that, the forum was created for pilgrims to help pilgrims. Less of other types of content, and more of just getting some good advice on how to prepare and walk the Camino.

Here are the new measures:
  • Over the last year, we have allowed a lot of COVID topics since they have been relevant as pilgrims plan their walk in 2021 or 2022. As time goes on, and COVID becomes less of a factor, we will only allow COVID topics if they are relevant to the Camino. In the meantime, please keep all COVID discussion in the "COVID & the Camino" section.
  • Members are allowed to include a simple link to their blog, social media account or commercial website in their forum signature.
  • YouTube videos, Podcasts and other similar links focusing on external content related to the Camino need to be posted in a new section that I have created here. All users can post in this section, but it will have limited visibility since we are trying to focus on our goal, "Pilgrims helping pilgrims". If you are discussing something in another thread, and your video is truly relevant to the topic discussed in the thread, you can embed a link to your thread that is in the "Videos, Podcasts, and Other" section. (However, remember that "bumping" is not allowed.)
The idea behind these measures is to make this a good place for new pilgrims to ask questions and get help (the reason for this forum) and not so much for products/companies to promote their services/products. For those who are interested in promoting their services or products, ads can be bought on the forum here.

All the best from Santiago,
Ivar
BZ Ivar - military-speak for well done.
Can we now have a heated discussion about bringing walking poles on aircraft et al ??? Cooee
 

JamesVT

Active Member
Past OR future Camino
Camino Frances 2019
Hola all!

First of all, thank you for hanging around the forum during the last year. It has been difficult, but we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel now I think.

I have been thinking about making some slight changes to the forum rules and the way we do things on the forum, so this is the reason for this thread. I have talked this over with the moderators, and we have called these new measures the "Back to basics" measures. The general idea is that, the forum was created for pilgrims to help pilgrims. Less of other types of content, and more of just getting some good advice on how to prepare and walk the Camino.

Here are the new measures:
  • Over the last year, we have allowed a lot of COVID topics since they have been relevant as pilgrims plan their walk in 2021 or 2022. As time goes on, and COVID becomes less of a factor, we will only allow COVID topics if they are relevant to the Camino. In the meantime, please keep all COVID discussion in the "COVID & the Camino" section.
  • Members are allowed to include a simple link to their blog, social media account or commercial website in their forum signature.
  • YouTube videos, Podcasts and other similar links focusing on external content related to the Camino need to be posted in a new section that I have created here. All users can post in this section, but it will have limited visibility since we are trying to focus on our goal, "Pilgrims helping pilgrims". If you are discussing something in another thread, and your video is truly relevant to the topic discussed in the thread, you can embed a link to your thread that is in the "Videos, Podcasts, and Other" section. (However, remember that "bumping" is not allowed.)
The idea behind these measures is to make this a good place for new pilgrims to ask questions and get help (the reason for this forum) and not so much for products/companies to promote their services/products. For those who are interested in promoting their services or products, ads can be bought on the forum here.

All the best from Santiago,
Ivar
Thank you, Ivar, for all your efforts and good work. The forum was an invaluable source as I prepared for my Camino In 2019. I am hoping to return sooner rather than later. Until then I will read the Forum to feed my longing for this long and winding road. Again, thanks.
 
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Isca-camigo

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Past OR future Camino
Various ones.
YouTube videos, Podcasts and other similar links focusing on external content related to the Camino need to be posted in a new section that I have created here
Hi Ivar thanks for keeping us notified. I have a question about the above, I come across and redirect YouTube videos regularly to the sub forum for the Camino Geira, one of the reasons I do this is because there is so little first hand knowledge and experience out there for this route for us to be able to answer any questions. I hope that any possible walkers or merely curious about this relatively new route can build up a picture of what it might be like and this will help them in their choices. Will this still be able to happen or would posts go to the new above link?
 
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C clearly

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Staff member
Past OR future Camino
Most years since 2012. Hoping now for 2022.
Hi Ivar thanks for keeping us notified. I have a question about the above, I come across and redirect YouTube videos regularly to the sub forum for the Camino Geira, one of the reasons I do this is because there is so little first hand knowledge and experience out there this route for us to be able to answer any questions. I hope that any possible walkers or merely curious about this relatively new route can build up a picture of what it might be like and help them in their choices. Will this still be able to happen or would posts go to the new above link?
Good question. My understanding is that some judgement will be applied, and the situation you describe sounds like good value in the route forum/sub-forum. It is especially helpful if you give a sentence of two of explanation of the context and why the link is relevant to that thread, so the reader can decide if they want to go off-forum to read it.
 
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Rebekah Scott

Camino Busybody
Past OR future Camino
Many, various, and continuing.
Buen Camino and Greetings to all friends, old and new! I dream of a 2021 Camino, and am looking forward to radiation treatments in late May, and then, some kind of normalcy---at least two months at a time! Great to check in and see all your "faces." Back to Basics is a good idea!
God keep you, Debrita.
 

CaminoDebrita

Veteran Member
Past OR future Camino
Frances SJPP to SdC Oct/Nov 2015
Frances Burgos toSdC March/April 2016
W. Highland Way August 2016
Camino Somewhere September 2017
God keep you, Debrita.
Thank you so kindly, Rebekah! I am taking the best care of myself I can, and reflecting on the many wonderful moments in my life--including walking the Camino in Spain--boosts my spirits so tremendously. It is wonderful to come in and feel such love.
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Past OR future Camino
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
Hi @CaminoDebrita,
I was a lurker on the forum in 2015/16 and then joined in early 2017. I vividly recall your name and avatar and I really appreciated your posts. I don't recall them individually, but collectively as a "whole" you left a positive impression on me.
Nice to see you here and I wish you a positive outcome as you go through your treatments in preparation for your next Camino.
 
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Sounds fair enough to me. It can be hard sometimes to navigate your way to what you want at first. Over the last year I think the forum has satisfied a need to feel in touch with a camino we can't walk as well as pilgrims we can't meet, so at times we have been maybe a bit more discursive than we might have been (by 'we', I think I mean 'I'). But you (Ivar, administrators and moderators) are all doing a great job and thank you very, very much for doing it.
 

CaminoDebrita

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Past OR future Camino
Frances SJPP to SdC Oct/Nov 2015
Frances Burgos toSdC March/April 2016
W. Highland Way August 2016
Camino Somewhere September 2017
Hi @CaminoDebrita,
I was a lurker on the forum in 2015/16 and then joined in early 2017. I vividly recall your name and avatar and I really appreciated your posts. I don't recall them individually, but collectively as a "whole" you left a positive impression on me.
Nice to see you here and I wish you a positive outcome as you go through your treatments in preparation for your next Camino.
I remember you well, and you made a similar impression on me!

Sending love!
 

pilgrim b

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Past OR future Camino
Caminos Frances 2013-Ingles 2014-Frances 2015
St Cuthbert's Way 2017-Via Francigena 2018 & 2019
Thank you Ivar and the mods for keeping things going it is worth saying the camino
is still attracting new pilgrims. Who are asking all the right questions and we can point them to the forum Pilgrimage is very much alive in the Uk and so is the Camino six friends of mine want to come next year and we all know once it becomes a desire it has no known cure they have already started the Camino
Buen Camino
 

MarkyD

Active Member
Past OR future Camino
Camino Francés 31/08/2018 - 20/10/2018
Hola all!

First of all, thank you for hanging around the forum during the last year. It has been difficult, but we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel now I think.

I have been thinking about making some slight changes to the forum rules and the way we do things on the forum, so this is the reason for this thread. I have talked this over with the moderators, and we have called these new measures the "Back to basics" measures. The general idea is that, the forum was created for pilgrims to help pilgrims. Less of other types of content, and more of just getting some good advice on how to prepare and walk the Camino.

Here are the new measures:
  • Over the last year, we have allowed a lot of COVID topics since they have been relevant as pilgrims plan their walk in 2021 or 2022. As time goes on, and COVID becomes less of a factor, we will only allow COVID topics if they are relevant to the Camino. In the meantime, please keep all COVID discussion in the "COVID & the Camino" section.
  • Members are allowed to include a simple link to their blog, social media account or commercial website in their forum signature.
  • YouTube videos, Podcasts and other similar links focusing on external content related to the Camino need to be posted in a new section that I have created here. All users can post in this section, but it will have limited visibility since we are trying to focus on our goal, "Pilgrims helping pilgrims". If you are discussing something in another thread, and your video is truly relevant to the topic discussed in the thread, you can embed a link to your thread that is in the "Videos, Podcasts, and Other" section. (However, remember that "bumping" is not allowed.)
The idea behind these measures is to make this a good place for new pilgrims to ask questions and get help (the reason for this forum) and not so much for products/companies to promote their services/products. For those who are interested in promoting their services or products, ads can be bought on the forum here.

All the best from Santiago,
Ivar
A good call, I'm sure these measures will make for a smoother platform for all those who come here. Thank you to all of Team Ivar and all the supportive and knowledgeable people who contribute to the content on the site, long may it continue.
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Mont St Michel , Primitivo .
Although I haven't yet walked a Camino (very new member), this forum has been invaluable. Thank you all very much.
The freedom you will enjoy whilst walking at your pace is something to cherish after the last year.
Good luck with the planning , and don’t do tooooo much of that .
 
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Camino Francis June 2018
Hola all!

First of all, thank you for hanging around the forum during the last year. It has been difficult, but we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel now I think.

I have been thinking about making some slight changes to the forum rules and the way we do things on the forum, so this is the reason for this thread. I have talked this over with the moderators, and we have called these new measures the "Back to basics" measures. The general idea is that, the forum was created for pilgrims to help pilgrims. Less of other types of content, and more of just getting some good advice on how to prepare and walk the Camino.

Here are the new measures:
  • Over the last year, we have allowed a lot of COVID topics since they have been relevant as pilgrims plan their walk in 2021 or 2022. As time goes on, and COVID becomes less of a factor, we will only allow COVID topics if they are relevant to the Camino. In the meantime, please keep all COVID discussion in the "COVID & the Camino" section.
  • Members are allowed to include a simple link to their blog, social media account or commercial website in their forum signature.
  • YouTube videos, Podcasts and other similar links focusing on external content related to the Camino need to be posted in a new section that I have created here. All users can post in this section, but it will have limited visibility since we are trying to focus on our goal, "Pilgrims helping pilgrims". If you are discussing something in another thread, and your video is truly relevant to the topic discussed in the thread, you can embed a link to your thread that is in the "Videos, Podcasts, and Other" section. (However, remember that "bumping" is not allowed.)
The idea behind these measures is to make this a good place for new pilgrims to ask questions and get help (the reason for this forum) and not so much for products/companies to promote their services/products. For those who are interested in promoting their services or products, ads can be bought on the forum here.

All the best from Santiago,
Ivar
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trecile

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Past OR future Camino
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
I have noticed several recent posts where the words Camino Frances were turned into a hyperlink. Is this a new feature of the forum software?
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Past OR future Camino
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
I have noticed several recent posts where the words Camino Frances were turned into a hyperlink. Is this a new feature of the forum software?
And, in fact Camino Frances with turned into a hyperlink in my post without me actually linking it to anything.
 

ivar

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And, in fact Camino Frances with turned into a hyperlink in my post without me actually linking it to anything.
I have been playing with this feature of the forum software. What do we think? is it annoying?

My thinking was that new pilgrims would be taken to the correct section if they have more questions + with google it would help the forum get a higher ranking for that search.

The negative is of course that it "tampers" with users posts.. I have no problem removing it if people find this annoying. [added later: I just removed it]
 
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