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t2andreo

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
C/F: 2013, 2014
C/M: 2016
C/P: 2015, 2017
C/I: 2018
Voluntario: 2014 - 2019
I would prefer that someone who is ignorant on some issue or subject (NOT stupid, just uniformed or not knowledgeable) ask us. Yes, it would be nice to have a formal FAQ section where the most valuable posts could be placed and organized to provide the best information ONCE.

However, until that is accomplished, we need to channel our helpful pilgrim selves and simply answer the question for the n'th time... at least IMHO...o_O

Personally, I would like to see a FAQ tab with sub-tabs according to subject area. The subject area is based on keywords. So 'rucksack' or 'hiking pole' would be under 'rucksack' or 'hiking pole', not in the catch all 'equipment.'

I do not know how to do it, but I guess I am suggesting a searchable, standardized and alphabetized index. Presently, one must use keywords to find something. But the results are still word searches, and the results are typically all over the place. I find it tedious to wade through results to drill down to find exactly what I am looking for.

This is NOT a criticism of Ivar. I consider it more of a helpful suggestion.

One way to get there might be to FORCE a user making a new post to identify the specific and standard index location(s) where the post is to referenced, NOT merely the key words. I propose this as a mandatory step. If you fail to do it, your post will not take.

This would help in the identification and sorting phase. Ivar might even be able to automate the process.

Also, within the index location, posts would be organized with the most recent FIRST, and in declining date order. I suggest this as subsequent posts on an issue frequently gain in relative value and useful content.

Hope this helps.
 

Albertagirl

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015); Ch. d'Arles: Oloron Ste Marie to Aragones; Frances (2016); V.d.l.P.; Sanabres (2017)
I would prefer that someone who is ignorant on some issue or subject (NOT stupid, just uniformed or not knowledgeable) ask us. Yes, it would be nice to have a formal FAQ section where the most valuable posts could be placed and organized to provide the best information ONCE.

However, until that is accomplished, we need to channel our helpful pilgrim selves and simply answer the question for the n'th time... at least IMHO...o_O

Personally, I would like to see a FAQ tab with sub-tabs according to subject area. The subject area is based on keywords. So 'rucksack' or 'hiking pole' would be under 'rucksack' or 'hiking pole', not in the catch all 'equipment.'

I do not know how to do it, but I guess I am suggesting a searchable, standardized and alphabetized index. Presently, one must use keywords to find something. But the results are still word searches, and the results are typically all over the place. I find it tedious to wade through results to drill down to find exactly what I am looking for.

This is NOT a criticism of Ivar. I consider it more of a helpful suggestion.

One way to get there might be to FORCE a user making a new post to identify the specific and standard index location(s) where the post is to referenced, NOT merely the key words. I propose this as a mandatory step. If you fail to do it, your post will not take.

This would help in the identification and sorting phase. Ivar might even be able to automate the process.

Also, within the index location, posts would be organized with the most recent FIRST, and in declining date order. I suggest this as subsequent posts on an issue frequently gain in relative value and useful content.

Hope this helps.
@t2andreo
In my opinion, the forum would lose a lot of members. I cannot be the only member who is relatively incompetent in this type of identification and sorting, and would find it hopelessly boring if I could do it at all. I also resist strongly any suggestions given in caps and bold letters proposing to force me to do something.
 

t2andreo

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
C/F: 2013, 2014
C/M: 2016
C/P: 2015, 2017
C/I: 2018
Voluntario: 2014 - 2019
I understand your concern, but the current system of being able to post un-sorted material is like tossing litter from a moving car, at least IMHO.

I am equally confident that an easy method can be found. But, in the end, it is not up to me anyway. I will continue to participate regardless of how the Forum is structured...

Besides, that is what the forum is for, open debate and discussion...

Hope this helps.
 

Cardio

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2014, 2015
Camino Primitivo 2016
Camino Inglais, Muxica and Fistera 2017
I finished the VdlP in late June this year. With the exception of 2 stages which have been heavily affected by the SPEED TRAIN construction, I found the route to be quite challenging, breathtaking views and at times very difficult. Ask as many questions as you want and we might be able to offer some help
I just want to make an another one :)[/QUOTE
 

Stivandrer

Perambulating & Curious. Rep stravaiging offender
Camino(s) past & future
I´ve got Camino plans until 2042,
- or till I fall flat on my face, whichever comes first !!
I chose the VdlP as a challenge for some more walking and lesser crowds.
I got both, but also a lot of colder and wetter weather in April this year, than is normally expected on this route.
I planned to break off at Zamorra which I did, and will come back for seconds next year.
It almost broke my back and I was knackered after three weeks and retreated to Avila where I met with even more rain in late April. Avila lies at 1100 metres and even in spite of wool garments got a heavy cold...
- But I will come back rested and refreshed for another beating.

I take the strenuous hardness as a premise, you have no guarantees in this business....

( btw; I also hate the word WHY !! )
 
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johnds

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Sevilla-Caceres Oct 2015
Greetings, we have walked the CF twice and met great people. My husband calls me a fence sniffer as i am always peering over stone fences at crops or gardens. I have had some lovely early morning chats with Spanish gardeners and farmers. We are planning on walking the VdLP February 2020 with a Canadian we met last year. Why VdLP? it reports to be a road less traveled and we are fascinated by the Roman history, our country is barely 150 years of european settlement. We are rural people and have enjoyed the rural parts of Spain. Cities are rather similar and cathedrals are stunning but often make me feel they are monuments to man not God. I wonder at the enforced poverty of the people to provide and build these monuments. My husband points out that faith and a place to worship also provided security and respite. anyway that's another controversial topic.
I hope you enjoy the VdLP and we hear more about your preparation and camino experience.
You will get lots of rural places. Especially in the southern part. What really amazed med was the change in crops. Just outside Seville we (my wife and I) passed though cotton fields soon to be replaced by orange plantations later on lots of olives and oak forests. We walked in late September early October 2015 and had very little rain though we had one day with heavy rain and walked 25 km. with nothing to but wine fields in al four directions.
In case of heat you should be warned about the stage from Castilblanco to Almaden. The stage goes through a park where you cannot be sure the refill your water bottles, so as always bring lots of water. This stage end in a rather steep hill. Several people has died on this stage. There is an alternative 16 km route along the road.
 

Stivandrer

Perambulating & Curious. Rep stravaiging offender
Camino(s) past & future
I´ve got Camino plans until 2042,
- or till I fall flat on my face, whichever comes first !!
- oh yes, olive trees... plenty of them for days....
I don´t need to see another olive tree in my life...


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