Re: Are we elitists?
I think the 'introduce yourself' forum is just that, a place to make yourself known to the members, and a well written one can let us know what your circumstance is (old timer/new sailor/wannabe/curious/ etc) what boat you own if you do, just some general info so that when you do ask a question elsewhere, there's somewhere to go to get an idea of where you're coming from as a new member.
If someone answers such a post with a 'who cares?' (note - never happened as far as I know) well THAT would be unfriendly.
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)