OK I'm a total noob here, I hardly cruise
, I mostly race
. I stumbled on this forum completely by accident
(I was looking for info on lithium ion batteries). I love sailing and I dream of taking off and chasing the horizon, so I find CF extremely entertaining. I barely read my sailing magazines anymore. For me all the drifting, hijacking, and immaturity is no different than the conversations at the yacht club bar after a race
. I think it adds to the character of CF and shouldn't be discouraged much more than it is now. I have read one thread where the OP totally kept a lid on the shenanigans and really kept things on track. That thread was very educational, and short. I think everything was figured out in less than 20 posts. Other times the OP totally loses control and seems to fade away or give up and abandon the thread.
You guys hit on the problem, it's know-it-alls (by which I mean know nothing's) who start bickering with more knowledgable members who are trying to help the OP. I've been lurking for about 3 mos. and by now have a pretty good idea of who knows and who's a crank, but for those who don't I can see it being a problem. I mostly read the engineering stuff, so I see a lot of it.
I notice there are lots of descriptors on members ID's what you need is a way for members to give a "crank" rating. Sort of like that quora thing. Maybe a thumbs up thumbs down thing that sticks like ratings on EBay. So if you post something good and useful you end up with a lot of thumbs up or likes, and if you post bad info or say stupid disruptive stuff you collect a lot of thumbs downs or dislikes. Member
managed no problem for moderators.
I saw one real engineer
tear some guy up, and Gord go after Zeehag over bleach, and it really makes my CF experience enjoyable. It's true that sometimes it makes finding the information you are searching for hard to find, but c'mon cruising is about the journey not just getting there. I love going down the rabbit hole and finding the answer 150 posts later! If you need answers fast, control your thread, or go to Wikipedia. But that's the racers way, not the cruises way IMO.
Now in the true CF spirit, what's " popcorn" all about? And can someone point me to the guns
and anchors thread, cuz that's got to be a good read.