what's usually your intent when you post your trips?
Forums are discussion boards for people to talk among each other about their trips, give advice and offer other options. Content portals are nice too but I feel like a lot of people just go there to 'like' pictures.
1) I don't feel the need to share my trip reports. Despite the fact I regularly use beta from club tread. It's a bit of an unfair trade off. My intent in posting info about trips is less to show what I did on that occasion, and more to create a page closer to a guidebook to provide resources and guidance that I didn't have when I moved back to Vancouver. The guidebooks were vague and didn't give me enough info to know to expect.
2) The format and appearance of a report is far more satisfying on other platforms as are the search functions. Also, I mainly go for the photos. The writing is rarely inspiring, or worth reading, so photo specific materials where I can make my own assessment are what I prefer. Outdoor Project in particular I really like as they vet their writers, and push for quality and accuracy, refusing to publish until they are satisfied. They also respond to reader submitted changes and adjustments.
3) I don't connect to forums as conversations. They feel clunky, and take a long time to get used to. Also, I don't necessarily want conversations. Comments or PMs are sufficient for me to ask questions.
4) Perhaps this narcassism, but I don't really need the advice for the most part unless it's beta for a unfamiliar area. I've worked within the guiding industry, and I am an active member in clubs, so I don't need strangers on the internet to provide feedback, I prefer to check in with professionals and people whose experience I am familiar with, rather than random internet strangers
5) Yeah, I do like the "likes" as it's satisfying to put work into something and have it appreciated in a tangible way. I think many other people gravitate to more convenient places to post snapshot trip reports that get swallowed up into the ether on platforms like Instagram and facebook.
I do really like the trip reports on club tread, but reading through the comments it seems like a perspective was totally missing. I by no means have the solutions, but I can offer a different take on why club tread is slowly but surely loosing numbers.