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Re: Sailnet has new owners
Hi Wind Magic,
I don't participate in pol/rel/whatever. What I have seen in the past is that behaviors that are acceptable in PRWG flow into the sailing areas of SailNet. It is the general behaviors, not the fenced off topics, I think are objectionable.
Further, for a long time, PRWG posts were a growing portion of the total posts. It's easy to see from Google Analytics or even just comparing the total new posts to those with no politics/off-topic. Don't you imagine advertisers are smart enough to be able to tell the difference between their target markets and and grossly off-topic discussions? Don't you think they might feel deceived (and take their advertising elsewhere) if all that OT mess is counted in the presentation from SN?
So the poison I reference is two-fold: 1. the poor behavior of those (in whatever numbers they may be - I defer to you on that) in OT outside of OT, and 2. the dilution of total sailing discussion with OT arguments.
Even if your number of 10 people is correct that does not minimize the effect. There are second and third tiers of people. The same thing applies on-topic. Some folks draw an audience who may participate or just read. Regardless they are traffic drivers. W. Edwards Deming made the point that about the square root of the total population of a group drive behaviors within the group. I suggest that the overflow of behavior from OT here on SN drives away the people who otherwise pull people to SN. Would you like examples of where that has happened elsewhere? It is really simple - well-behaved people avoid environments populated by poorly behaved people.
So it all has nothing to do with clicking links and passwords and everything to do with cultures.
The best thing SN could do, in my opinion, is to delete all the PRWG/OT sections and police the sailing areas to make it clear that those discussions aren't acceptable on SN. Obviously many people feel differently. Y'all have the right to your opinion and I have the right to mine.
So it isn't about offense at all. It is about culture and behavior.
PRWG has no value to SN, and no value to SailNetters. YMMV.
I didn't mean to beat this drum here again, but you asked. Some time ago I took my opinions off-line.
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