Also, many subjects have been written about as a thread...and a simple search for the threads related to the topic in question would often result in an answer. Some questions are very common and come up repeatedly... crimp or solder, chain or rope for an anchor rode, what's the best anchor, etc. and have been answered very thoroughly.
Main reason I wrote this is attitude is the key difference. Dogsailors' attitude is that if we weren't sailors, cruising with two bull terriers aboard the boat, that any information, advice or opinions we had was not valid. She even said as much in one of her posts. If you consider that bull terriers are not the most popular breed, and that cruising sailors are generally not dog owners, much less having two dogs aboard... the number of people who could legitimately answer the question in her eyes is almost zero.
Most of the initial responses were to her questions...but were ignored as being irrelevant, since they didn't agree with her idea that cruising with two medium-sized bull terriers is the best thing in the world for them.
Another poster who came in to the sailnet forums and was upset at the responses they had was Horseatingweeds, on his Boat as a character thread. His post and intent was vague and not very specific. He wanted information on a boat that was capable of bluewater passages and going from the Great Lakes, to Corpus Christi, TX. He didn't have a size or type of boat in mind. He didn't have even a basic idea of what kind of boat he wanted to use. Boats capable of making that journey range from a 20' Flicka, to a 62' Gunboat Cat... and the lifestyle of the person living aboard the boat will range from that of a monastic hermit to someone with all the conveniences of life ashore—satellite TV, hot and cold pressure water, washer and dryer, microwave oven, etc. Yet, when the people on this forum tried to help him focus his mind and writing abilities...he was upset.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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