It was my understanding that the “private” discussion forums were only open to participants in that specific trip. Today I opened the general community forums and found that the messages I had posted in the private forums were included in the activity stream. This may change what I choose to post in the private forums and other participants should be warned that these postings are not private. I have had only one other person respond in the private forums I have posted in. Possibly people are not interested or, more likely, the extreme difficulty in accessing these forums has led people to give up. I’d be interested in other people’s experience with the private forums.