We are all friends here. There is no reason for this to escalate to something silly. Everyone made their points and got their shots. Let's keep it civil or I start pressing buttons.
Nicely put, CD.
I would like to flesh this out a bit more, though.
Some of you may recall that GBurton is working on a virgin, unfinished Westsail 32 hull that he located. He's trying to complete the build-out and get the boat launched (or did it launch already?) So, if you go back to his relatively few posts, they tend to be terse questions about fairly specific topics, no chit chat, etc.
I get the impression GBurton only checks in to Sailnet and posts when he needs help with a specific problem. No rule against that, and clearly he's busy, pressed for time with trying to complete a large boat project. I also get the impression he has received some VERY HELPFUL replies to his questions from a variety of Sailnet members.
My suggestion to GBurton would be to offer more information in the initial formulation of his questions. In this particular case, it would have been helpful to say that he had already searched the instruments for labels and documentation, and found none. This may seem obvious or a given to GBurton, but he is not around here enough to see how often folks sign-in and ask questions like these without checking around a bit or doing even basic research. It is a source of frustration for many members.
I would also suggest to GBurton that he be less quick to reply sharply, and perhaps express a bit more gratitude for the good information he does receive (I recall, e.g., an instance where several of us alerted him to the need to barrier coat his boat's bottom, and then explained carefully how to go about doing this, and another instance where he received a fair bit of advice concerning how best to transport his boat). If all the members used the forum in the same manner as GBurton (ask question, get answer, leave, come back weeks/months later ask another question get answer, leave, etc), there would be no forum
So a little appreciation for the help you get, and the effort put into sustaining the forum by other members, would go a long way. Also, add some more context to your questions, like "Hey, I'm making good progress on the Westsail, here are the latest photos. But I came across these instruments and can't find any documentation. Any info or leads appreciated."
And give us an update on the Westsail, would ya'??