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Re: So much hate to new people.
I have seen what you mention. A member told me that "the Veterans on here get tired of the same dumb questions again and again." I took offense, being a US Army Veteran at the use of the term "Veteran" by a member of this site. The person went on to explain that they get "Snarky" at all the dumb questions. My response is that if they were not a "veteran" on Salient, if they were in a paid position in the corporate world or government, academia, etc, they would not get "Snarky" for two reasons. As anyone who has provided instruction or been a teacher would know - there are no stupid or dumb questions. Second - if a paid instructor or teacher got snarky with a student or client - they would soon be out of a job. Instead, these "Snarky" "Veterans" face no consequences on this site (or much of the online world.) There being no consequences - their true personalities and character are shown to the world. If they had pleasant, healthy personalities and good character - it would not matter if there were no consequences. I wonder if they are "snarky" to their spouses in response to "dumb" questions? That would be interesting to see! Snarky is defined in the dictionary as: 1. testy, irritable or short. 2. Having a rudely critical tone or manner. After teaching/instructing in the military, corporate sector, schools and sailing, I can assure you, "Snarky" or "Snarki-ness" has no place in the classroom or on the water. It's not good for the sport of sailing. Don't let these "Veterans" treat you like they are gods on top of Mt. Olympus and you are a neophyte mortal kneeling in supplication for their knowledge to be doled out to you. You and the sport of sailing or better than that or them. I assure you, they are not "Hateful", "Nasty", "Snarky" or anything like that to their bosses, co-workers, spouses, children. If they are, they most assuredly have dysfunctional and short business and personal relationships.
Lastly, I have been sailing for 48 years and I am still learning. Students of mine have given me new insights into sailing.
Hang in there and don't let the "Snarks" get you down!