I contributed quite a few updates and reviews although none recently.
You have 170 points which really isn't much. You never earned enough for a hat which is about the minimum level of normal user contribution.
I've told you I don't like the boatcards -- I think it enhances the advertising and sale value of your site but will disincentive-ise negative reviews. That's obviously your choice.
Through what type of woo-woo do you conclude that? We have no desire to remove or dissuade anyone from writing a negative review. Why would we? I write negative reviews myself at times. Go look at Wayfarer Marine in Camden, Maine sometime.
We're about what's real. Most of the time what's real is good but occasionally it's bad. Both are critically important. We want it all...as long as it's real.
What really annoys me is the way you use this site. I find your self promotion coupled with critisism of the forums more than obnoxious that has made me very disinclined to participate at AC.
Just like this thread, I respond when others raise ActiveCaptain questions or issues. I never start them. Would you prefer to see the answers or responses from someone else? I'm sorry that my enthusiasm shows through for the things we do. I love what we do and I think it really has made a difference in boater's safety and enjoyment.
I am critical of forums. I think they've lost their way. I think this type of anonymous discussion brings out this aggressive behavior that you're showing (possibly me too) - and it's not the first time from you. There is little chance that you'd ever run into me at a boaters lounge and speak to me in public around others in the way you speak to me and some others here. It's nasty, mean, and doesn't belong in our boating community.
There are facts backing up what I've said about forums too. Use is down. 2011 was the top. It's been on the slow decline since then. This can all be verified. Sailnet doesn't publish use rates. But CruisersForm uses quantcast and so their data is public. Follow this - go here:
Now under the graph is a little date slider. Slide the starting date to the very left to get the full view. Now analyze. Is CruisersForum use increasing any longer?
Is there any reason to believe Sailnet is different? It's more dramatic to see the CruisersForum numbers for earlier in the decade because growth was incredible and it has stopped (actually it has decreased). That data requires payment to access.
At the same time, women use of these forums is quite low. Yes, there are a few women who post here. What do you think the percentage is? I can tell you that ActiveCaptain is 50/50 men to women. I actually think it's tilted toward women by the emails we get.
I'd love to work with forums to make them better. They don't compete with what we do. Heck, about two dozen forums have created eBoatCards groups to give their users extra capabilities (locator services coming up next). Some forums are changing for the better. In general, the ones that blast banner ads don't get it. Instead of providing useful revenue sources that would be beneficial to us boaters, we get splashed with Yoplait ads. Really? Is that the best they can do? It's a pure sign of a total lack of imagination and has almost no long-term staying power. Keep an eye on those use numbers...there's magic there.
...I'll see your $0.02 and raise you $10.00...