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Sticky Posts - Field Craft and Gear Fundamentals

Posted: Sat Jan 16, 2016 2:58 pm
by TrevorPeters
Hi all,

I'm fairly new to the "Yowie" community.
While I was trolling through the forum data it struck me that, while there are a lot of snippets of valuable information spread throughout the posts, these would be rather laborious for the average guy to collect and sift through.

So for people new to the forum and the community I thought it might be a valuable tool if one or more of the experienced members/moderators generated a series of "Sticky Posts" that covered some basics and always appeared at the top of the post lists. This way newbies could quickly get up to speed on the recommended requirements for conducting forays in search of elusive cryptids like the Yowie. It might also begin to generate a consolidated approach across the community and improve consistency of data.

Topics like:
Basic Field Research
Essential Equipment
Preservation of Samples
Survey and recording of site areas and evidence/find locations
Audio Recording - Post production techniques to clean up sound.

... I am sure the pros could come up with others and maybe provide examples of site plans (photographic or hard copy), etc. from previous expeditions.
There may also be printed literature available that could answer these questions and others, so maybe a recommended reading list?

Please don't think I'm being critical or telling people how to do research, that's not what I'm about at all. I consider myself an empty cup in this area.

What do people think about the idea? Good, bad or just too much work?

Kind Regards

Re: Sticky Posts - Field Craft and Gear Fundamentals

Posted: Tue Jan 26, 2016 7:16 pm
by Rusty2
Hey Tevor , didn't see your posts till now .

Having a beginners help page or something similar is a great idea but the main problem is , who are we actually helping ? As you've probably figured out by now there are some very unscrupulous researchers out there who would glady sell their grandmother to get what they want or to get what you have .

Another problem is kid's . Are we helping kid's to get into trouble or get lost ?

I was talking with a friend on here years ago about a rumoured detailed map and how that could get youngsters into big trouble . Imagine for a moment that a kid came on here , found a detailed map or detailed information , took his friends to one of the hotspots and one of them went missing never to be found again . Helicopters , police , SES and national news cameras reporting the kid who went missing after following our advice . Not a good look and probable law suit .

Personally I'm happy to help any newbies with basic information but giving detailed information to people we don't know may very well backfire dramatically .


Re: Sticky Posts - Field Craft and Gear Fundamentals

Posted: Tue Jan 26, 2016 8:11 pm
by TrevorPeters
Hey Russell,

Some very good points I hadn't considered.

Thanks for the feedback and advice. Much appreciated.