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Re: Are we elitists?

I don't think so. All boards have some elitists who know everything and are superior to all other mere earthlings, but overall I've learned to just ignore them and carry on with the rest of us underlings who have a good, productive, camaraderie going on.
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All boards have some elitists who know everything and are superior to all other mere earthlings...
Our most recent example of that attitude got hit with the ban stick
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Re: Are we elitists?

I came over from another sailing forum last year? That forum seemed to have some people at the helm who had exceedingly high opinions of themselves. This forum seems to have a lot of people who are not even very rude and obnoxious on the off-topic threads. There are many very knowledgeable people here who are willing to share knowledge and experience. The site is a gold mine of information for newbies and experienced sailors alike. If someone didn't get a Koombaya feeling and hearty welcome, well maybe they were expecting something that this place is not.
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Re: Are we elitists?

As with any other Internet forum (of any size), the biggest problem I find is too many people making too many assumptions about other people without knowing the other person's situation. I've never really understood why some people online judge other's not by the value of their information, but on things like post counts, # of likes or "friends", and other irrelevant reasons.
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Re: Are we elitists?

I recall when a very high post member (like 20k ish) used to skewer newbies that asked routine questions without doing their own research and put a self written guide to SN in their signature line.

The guide was pretty good. The approach was as elitist as they come. I haven't seen anything like it in a long time. I never did hear the story behind why he left, but it was crossed swords of some kind, I'm sure.

The fact that the entire bar doesn't come over and slap your back like you were a long lost friend is silly. You have to walk in and make friends. That's life. Even the funny example of Norm, in the sitcom Cheers, points out that it wasn't his first day in the bar.
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Every noobie is welcomed warmly. DRFerron has done a good job of saying hello to all new members. I call B.S. on this complainer.
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Re: Are we elitists?

I am new and found just the opposite to be true...
It seems that most here are just working stiffs with modest boats that do their own work. That is far from elitist in my opinion and I check in every day.

Don't get me wrong...I love the "where have you sailed" type debates from the senior members that have serious miles under their belt but they have a fun way of abusing each other so those threads are always a good read.

I don't have enough miles logged to participate in those threads but have enough time on the water and other maintenance experience to add to some conversations. For this year I will take much more than I add to this forum but that may change in the future.

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Re: Are we elitists?

Well....I just took a quick look at the "Introduce Yourself" forum, and quickly scrolled back through October (last 90 days)....and YES....there are quite a few posts with 0 replies.

I was surprised...I kinda figured there might be one or two....there were at least a dozen.

I can see how that might turn someone off....and if they browsed the forums and happened over a few of the more "energetic" threads going on, I can see how this person came away with that opinion.

I'm not saying I agree with it (the opinion).....I post on several forums and have been posting since usenet, so I've been around and have seen some truly tough rooms.....just like any other forum, you learn who the yo-yo's are and to ignore them.

So, in answer to the Admins OP....No, we're not elitists, mean and unwelcoming. Can't please everyone though; sorry he/she got miffed. Oh well.
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