In reply to DL2DXA:
Ben, SOTA was never intended to cover every mountain or hill that you can see, it was intended to pick out the most prominent mountains - not just the highest ones but the ones that stood out more at all levels of size, hence the concept of prominence. This was set out in the rules from the very beginning, nothing was hidden, you only had to read the rules.
It seems to me that some of you are angry because the SOTA that was created is different to the SOTA that you would like to see. The MT have been treated like an enemy, you yourself write angry and bitter words about the MT, and why? Because the MT will not change the very basis of SOTA to suit you. The focus of your anger is the mountains that are being deleted from the German list, but you only have to read the rules to understand that they should never have been on the list in the first place. They are still mountains, they are still beautiful and inspiring places, but they somehow managed to find their way onto a list where they did not belong. Now you have the GMA, and the mountains that you love will be on the GMA list, and that pleases me, too, but the SOTA mountains will still be there presenting their extra challenge.
As you say, Ben, WE ARE THE ACTIVATORS, but that applies to the MT, too. I have loved the mountains since I was first able to walk, there isn’t a single person in the MT that does not love the mountains, why otherwise should they carry such a burden and have to hear the endless complaints aimed at them?
I wish you many happy days in the mountains in 2009 and the rest of your life,