You may not like how I deal with newbs ...
Don't pat anyone on the back. Give your advice if you feel compelled. But don't go all "Mean Girls" if someone doesn't lick your boots for it. It's a pretty simple equation really.
If you want to discuss it more, you know where you can find me...having a D&S in FC.
Who said I didn't like it?
The only person here with a dislike seems to be you, Smack. I appreciate letting me know how you really feel.
OP asked for opinions. I offered mine, even including a smiley. OP didn't like it. I defended my opinion. OP still didn't like it. Oh well.
I'm not quite sure how you got all this angst out of the advice I offered, but I don't think I have ever expected anyone to, in your words, "lick my boots" for it. I'm a big boy willing to take my lumps if people disagree with me.
As a father of two occasionally wayward adventurous teens, I hope like hell that somebody is willing to give my kids brutal advice that makes them have to defend their ideas- defense requires thought, thought requires examination, examination leads to improvement of planning. Planning leads to increased success.
"Go for it!" on the other hand leads to... the greater chance of another thread on here where we all armchair a linked news article of another boat sunk, missing or run aground.