Originally Posted by ejdarling
I really enjoyed your even-handed and well-thought-out explanation (post #66) regarding why some people might post "flippant" replies. Thanks.
Originally Posted by tgzzzz
I did too.
Thanks gentlemen. I'm flattered. I guess occasionally I can be thoughtful instead of my usual rude and judgmental.
Actually I have been thinking about the issue of rude or flip replies to posts and I have a solution in the form of a list of rules or guidelines for new members and boaters that should result in an even better online experience on Cruisers Forum.
1. Do not use the term "blue water" unless you
a. Have been at least 100 miles off shore in a small boat (Royal Caribbean
doesn't count) OR
b. You have at least 100 posts on the forum.
2. Do not ask what kind of boat you should buy unless you
a. Read every post in at least one of the 47,865 previous threads discussing that exact question. OR
b. You complete a questionnaire that includes at least the following:
- number of people and pets
- previous boating
- where you plan to cruise
- how much money
you have to spend (budget)
3. Until you have grown a really thick skin do not post any questions about
, anchors, or certain other sensitive subjects. The suggestion to check previous threads helpful here as well.
4. Do make at least some vague attempt to research
previous threads on this and other forums
. I have discovered that many of the questions I have have already been asked and answered.
5. Previous research
into cruising boats and lifestyle should go at least one step beyond watching Captain Ron
five times on HBO. In fact, never mention this movie
at all unless you have already complied the requirements of Rule
I'm sure I can come up with a few more pearls of wisdom after a bit of thought but this should be a good starter.