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Sailnet for Newbies (The Great Debate)

I thought maybe we should move the debate over what a newbie section/page/whatever should look like out of bl's original thread. He's trying to create a thread for newbs to find stuff easily - not have to dig through a bunch of opinions on whether it's valid or not.

I'll go back and move my posts to this thread...
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If we are going to be organizing things, perhaps break it up similar to an instructional video, beginner (newbie) FAQ, novice, moderate.....difficult, salt....etc. Just an idea.
I think this is a pretty good idea. I'm all for helping newbs - and salts - in every way possible. That's why I started the "Salt's" thread. But I agree with soul that a single long thread is probably not the best option. It was just a start.

The only danger I see with sectioning things like this, based on the past here, is that newbs can get relegated to one section of the site. Then at what point do they feel comfortable moving to "novice" or "moderate", etc.? Who makes that call?

More than anything, it comes down to the attitudes of the salts. If they continually complain about repetitive or "ill-informed" (to put it nicely) questions (like you're already starting to see in this thread - in jest I know, but think about it), then newbs will never feel welcome to ask their questions. Then what happens?

It can create unneeded division on an otherwise very open site - the thing that makes SN so great.

In my opinion, if you think a question, any question is "beneath you" - skip it. Don't feel the need to answer it again, or, worse, point out its flaws or even repetition. There are many, many salts here that help out without feeling burdened. And those guys are the reason this site grows with new people wanting to talk and learn about sailing. Hats off to them.

Alternatively, there are other not-so-salty members that are willing to do some legwork to point the newbs to some of the salts' best answers so that everybody wins. And bl's on exactly the right track in that regard with this thread.
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