The Ask the Boot Guys section is a great idea - or great concept. We have some amazingly insightful and articulate boot fitters here who give out great advice gratis.
You'd think it was idiot proof. Except we keep building better idiots.
The Boot Guys section of the forum needs something to help prevent new/clueless/occasional users from inadvertently posting threads in there that either can't be addressed by boot guys, won't be addressed by boot guys (conflicts, stupid questions, etc) or would just generally benefit much better by being answered by the general Epic collective in the Ski Gear Discussion section.
I can't tell you how many times I've seen threads where I know I could add value to the discussion but I can't because there's not "reply to thread" button. I've PM'd a number of people to point out their mistake and suggest they find their way to the Ski Gear section, but that's time consuming for me and doesn't add anything to the collective knowledge/value of Epic.
Could we get a button on threads in Boot Guys that bumps the thread into view of moderators with the suggestion that it would be better if moved to Ski Gear? I understand the idea/value of having the Boot Guys section with limited access, and I think it is a good idea in theory. But there are just so many threads that end up in there with limited/no responses, but could be addressed well by other users. Or maybe more proactive moderation of that section?
I can't be the only one who finds this frustrating.
Here's a small sample of some recent threads that I feel fall into this category:
http://www.epicski.com/t/107049/where-to-buy-custom-footbeds - how do bootfitters answer this?
That's just from the first page, and I could have picked another 3-4 threads from that page but didn't bother because they were essentially the same as some of those.
Oh, and mntlion is incredibly patient and indulgent. Many times he's answered questions politely and carefully that could/would be addressed with a simple "search jong" reply.