Originally Posted by Minnewaska
The fact that the entire bar doesn't come over and slap your back like you were a long lost friend is silly. You have to walk in and make friends. That's life. Even the funny example of Norm, in the sitcom Cheers, points out that it wasn't his first day in the bar.
Indeed. I find this to be a helpful, friendly forum. And I did when I came here 5 years ago with questions about my first (and still only!) boat. But then I don't really need to be formally welcomed, initiated, etc. I was happy to lurk, get a feel for the place, ask questions, and get great answers.
But everyone has their own definition of "friendly". If someone needs the kind of friendly you might get from a small town in the South in order to hang, Sailnet, or for that matter most forums I've seen, might feel a little distant. You can't win them all.