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Old 13-07-2011, 20:49   #61
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Re: The Top 10 Dead Horses

Newest Dead Horse. Sailing classes vs Self Taught. Really has run its course.
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Re: The Top 10 Dead Horses

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Another horse beaten into submission waiting to ascend to the top ten list:

"Hi! I'm new to sailing, boats, and water in general. In fact, I've never even seen a boat. BUT, I have a dream to (fill in): [circumnavigate in a year/liveaboard/sail solo nonstop around the world]. I've had this dream since before birth. Can anyone tell me briefly what I need to leave? Like what boat should I get, how to make money, and how sails work, and what laws and rules there are and stuff? I plan on leaving in 2 weeks. Oh, by the way I'm a fill in: [middle-aged divorced man/soldier in a war zone/23-year old single girl/as cluseless as they come]."

And don't forget "How can I finagle a government check to pay for cruising while I'm at it?"
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Old 13-07-2011, 20:57   #63
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I am trying to think of other communities I have participated in where personal opinion and experience would lead to such strong positions and to be honest I can't think of one.
Well, I sure can. Early Christian History Scholarship and Research. Seriously.

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Is it the forum environment? Do you all experience the sailing community as holding the same strength of opinion when on the dock instead of online?
No. Most sailors are too plastered to remember their opinions on the dockside.
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Re: The Top 10 Dead Horses

So really what we're saying is we're tired of the same durned opinions over and over again. We have come up with some new ones ...

The other day I was out sailing and realized I was moving to fast! Really, there was no way I could walk that fast! I started thinking, what if I reduced ballast and moved it higher in the boat so if I got too much sail out she heel right over and then I'd slow down right? Getting there's half of the fun so why rush?

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Re: The Top 10 Dead Horses

Now come on guys n' gals.

If we kill off all these undead topics forum members will have to go sailing.

OK ... let's do it. Now, where's my sextant and passage chart?
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Old 13-07-2011, 21:14   #66
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Re: The Top 10 Dead Horses

When forums mature, there are dead horses everywhere.

My question is what happens to a forum when every question has been asked and answered a hundred times?

Does the character of a forum change when it is mature?

One way for a forum to evolve is to have members put up their sailing stories, and then have others comment on those stories. The forum has more of a blog like character.

I participate in one cruising forum, one multihull forum, and two four wheel driving forums. Each one is in a different stage of evolution.

I find that my participation varies according to where the forum is in it's life cycle.

I wonder where Cruiser's Forum is heading in the next five years?
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Re: The Top 10 Dead Horses

Perhaps we should use this thread to create a CF FAQ. I will volunteer to write up one or two FAQ entries if others are interested in taking others and moderators are willing to post.

It seems like we should have a FAQ. If nothing else it will help distill the knowledge on the forums for people who come asking FAQ type questions. Currently they do not really get good answers often, which is a shame since so much great info is here.
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Thats a great idea! a FAQ with Multiple answers.
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Old 13-07-2011, 21:28   #69
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I like FAQ but did you know we have a cruisers wiki here?
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Re: The Top 10 Dead Horses

Should I quit my job and sail around the world in my home-made 18ft sailboat?

a) No. You should keep your job until you can afford a 75 foot boat and have a $100,000 a year to live on.
b)Yes, as long as you have $5,000 in the bank to cover expenses.
c) Pay no attention to the naysayers.
d) Are you crazy?
e) Have you seen my Mom?
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Old 13-07-2011, 21:36   #71
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Re: The Top 10 Dead Horses

#13. Is it the sailor or is it the boat in a storm?
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Re: The Top 10 Dead Horses

yeah, without carring over the vitrol that some of these horses carry on their backs, articles about these eternal topics would be excellent additions to the sailing wiki!

World Cruising and Sailing Wiki - a Cruising Guide on the World Cruising and Sailing Wiki

Anyone ready to step up and sign up for wiki duty?
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Re: The Top 10 Dead Horses

I have seen the wiki, but that is very different from a FAQ. The FAQ is aimed at first-time posters to read before they post. It needs to be presented to them with a "read this before posting" sign. That is what prevents five people a week from posting "what is the best blue water boat"?

Even worse some of those 5 people get ignored or ridiculed and leave CF before they even get a change to start. A simple FAQ can prevent this from happening and give them the collective knowledge of CF they are looking for.
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True but would anyone read a FAQ or a wiki first at all??
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Anyone ready to step up and sign up for wiki duty?
not me. I am SaltyMonkey. People would complain about thee audacity and the mods would lock it down
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