This is a few suggested enhancements to the Travel Forum, on both the GCT and OAT web sites. I am posting this on both sites to solicit comments from both audiences.
Allow users to see all of an author's posts by clocking on the name. This would help the reader understand where the author is coming from. Knowing the author's background of posts would help evaluate the current post. Some people are consistantly overly positive or negative in their posts. It would also allow the reader to put the post in context of the author's travel history with GCT/OAT.
Allow the ability to connect via Email with an author to ask questions that may not be of interest to the general audience, without having to open a dialog without posting Email adresses on the board.
Increase the timeout of the signin to the site. This would allow people to browze the forum, without having to repeatedly sign back in. This could be set in the user's profile, but defaulted to the current short time out.
The first is not uncommon on other travel discussion boards.
For those who have security and confidentiality concerns, there could be an opt out option on the user's profile that could be defaulted to opt out by author name or for a specific post All users, on their first access to the forum could be asked if they want to opt in and change their default.
On the Travelers Review section, similar functions could be added, as many people, after reading a review ,have questions that they would like to ask, but were not included in the review. This would be much easier than mining the internet to find an Email or phone number of the poster.