The only thing that keeps Paulo - The Font of All Knowledge - off my ignore list is the gorgeous pics of the Med he posts.
Someone posted a while back that they were grateful he had never been their teacher and I couldn't agree more.
From what I have read, the only thing he really understands about yacht design is "If it's newer, it must be better".
And now he's complaining about posts by those more knowledgeable because they're "too snarky"?
It's a good thing he stays off Anarchy - I guess his feeling are just TOO delicate for a place that brutally frank - I doubt he'd last more than a few days.
If one wants incivility, then one can hang out at Sailing Anarchy (as I do, under the same nom-de-Web) and put up with the comments/rants of that site's resident wags / know-it-alls.
Until recently, I've enjoyed this thread for the relative absence of such behavior. Perhaps the current trend towards snarky-ness can be nipped in the bud if the thread is re-named from "Interesting Sailboats" to "Interesting Trends in the Development of Contemporary Performance Sailboat Design". Of course, the orientation of the forum in that direction is explicitly laid out in the very first post, and the meaning further elaborated on in numerous places.
I understand that you're just venting here - or playing second tiny violin to Bob's first tiny violin - but I've seen no evidence whatsoever, anywhere in this 600+ page thread, that your own mastery of yacht design qualifies your assertion regarding Paulo's alleged lack of knowledge of the same. Of course, nothing could be easier and safer than aligning yourself, in this pointless exchange, behind an established NA of Bob's stature, over against an enthusiast of yacht design who spends many hours bringing to our attention the latest developments and trends in the field. Would that Bob took time out from his snarky-ness to contribute as much, which he rarely does, even when asked politely (as I did during the great "chine" controversy - to no effect).
So, as requested previously, can we please get back to interesting boats and start conducting ourselves in a civil manner? Is that too much to ask?
Thanks very much, in advance, for your understanding and consideration.