I would prefer to keep a more discussion-board oriented format, that's where CT strength is. While 10hikes looks useful, it is more of a trail database, I can't see any discussions happening there.
I think the most wanted upgrade is easier photo uploading for trip reports. Currently I have to resize them so they are not too big, then drag 'n drop them on the upload area. Now, once they are in the CT message, they are just numbers, so it's hard to keep track of which number corresponds to which picture so I can arrange them inside the text of my trip report. It would be nice to have a thumbnail in the body of the message.
It would be nice to have the picture caption functionality restored. Imagine reading a newspaper that had no picture captions?
nwhikers has a good format for reading trip reports, not sure about how it works for creating one, but for reading trip reports they have nailed it. For example, please look at this trip report:
-Each picture has a caption
-When you click on the picture it fills to the size of your browser
-Press ESC to get rid of the picture or arrow keys to scroll through the pictures.
I believe this should be doable with our current forum software.
Things that I don't have an issue with right now:
-Advertisements (just log in/use adblocker)
-Site navigation on a phone
-GPX files (we can already attach them to messages)
-Searching is OK, I can usually find what I'm looking for.
After photo uploading is fixed we can move on to fixing the trail wiki!