Hypergraphia. Is that the same as being inoculated with a gramophone needle?
Burning question. Is there a cure?
As the famous philosopher, Madonna said..... I was born this way......
So let's round up the overly verbose. The hypergraphics. And all those who just like to chat and run them out of town. After all. Chatting on a chat board is the last thing we want to see.
I have it. Let's rank the posters. Those who have never sailed, they can ask one question every 3rd day of the master sailors. Those who have sailed in the past but are not cruisers and who live and work on land, they can ask a question every 3rd day and once a week express an opinion. But while expressing an opinion they must show due respect and deference to those that out rank them on the board. A certain amount of groveling is expected.
Those who sail late afternoons or weekends but live on land, they can post a question every second day while being able to express an opinion twice a week. But also like the lower ranks they too must show groveling deference to those above.
Those cruising sailors who motor
most of the time down the east coast
and spend every season motoring around the Caribbean
, they can post three questions a week. Questions like where do I find the jib
? Is it in the luff compartment? along with similar questions while being allowed to make three comments a week.
Those who have spent more than a year owning and captaining a power vessel without sails
commonly called a motor boat
. They will have no rights to post for at least a year. But they can read everyone else's posts so they can contribute later. Hopefully after a year of reading posts they will be able to answer where the luff is stored.
Now we come to the difficult ones. The marina hopers who think they are cruisers. The ones who have new big sailboats who spend most of their time tied up at a marina drinking gin and tonics on their impressive looking SV or sitting in the yacht club. It is very debatable if they should be allowed to post at all.
Then you have the long distance ocean goers who spend most of their time drinking and picking up backpackers in different ports
to take them on a journey for money
. Since they are most all ways drunk and unable to type I'm not sure if we even need to have a category for them.
Then you have the floating gypsies, the well to do who hire captains and crew, the livaboards on vessels that never leave a marina.
So many categories and sub categories my head
is spinning not knowing who should be allowed to post and who shouldn't.
I do know one thing. Jim and Anne should post as much as they can. Others who are the quite achievers who have been sailing for years. The true sea salts who have experienced more then what what has written in the books
OK the techies should also post as much as they want because technology is changing and systems are complex. A lot to keep with. Then the ones who know how to strip down an engine
while also knowing how to repair a split diaphragm
on a pump. Always great contributors.
As for me I have no right to post. Having learned to sail on hobby cats as a young one. Then handling the ropes on large ocean racers in the Pacific Ocean
. But I sunk to the depths of owning a motor yacht and haven't hoisted a mainsail
So I should be ashamed of myself. Thinking that it is OK for me to be so verbose and chatty on a chat forum. How silly of me.
I should just go and sit in a corner like so many others who have been bullied and be quite. After all, what on earth could a women like me ask about sailing and cruising. Just stupid questions is all.
I would suggest if as indicated by the title of this thread that it is OK to go down an elitist path then think about all the categories and sub categories of people who visit this forum. I am sure you can come up with your own wonderful rules and method of classification of others so your own ego can feel superior.