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PostMon Dec 02, 2019 3:41 pm 
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Doppelganger wrote:
Can you help me understand how one might otherwise be responsible for the poor choices others make?

I don't think they are. My perspective is that by being more thoughtful about our own choices -- i.e. what we post on social media -- we might be able to mitigate some overuse issues and the impacts that arise when places go viral.

Unfortunately, there is really no "control" for this hypothesis, but I think it speaks for itself when somewhere like Jade Lake has thousands of posts on Instagram and is pretty heavily impacted, whereas another lake with similar proximity to Seattle and a similar approach might have a fraction of the use and impacts and has only a few hundred posts on Instagram.

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The backyard kegger mini-social-diorama is a valid example of impromptu judgment, but isn't that a little wild west for you? Is that the standard you/we would like to accept (or perhaps we have come to accept, sadly enough for most of us)?

I don't particularly think so. I would certainly feel a bit of regret if I was the person who invited the drunken moron who otherwise wouldn't have attended, I would likely not invite them to any other social gatherings, and I would probably exercise a bit more discretion in who I invited in the future. Learning from past mistakes. In regard to social media and the outdoors, I think we can all collectively learn from the impacts that "oversharing" (and geotagging, detailed trip reports, etc.) has had on certain places and work to not make those same mistakes in the future.
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