Where have all the regulars gone? Most of the threads here look like they are misplaced from other more relevant forums hosted by ybw.com. It is time for some genuine scuttlebutt. I will have another couple of tots and start some mischief.
I think that the time has come to indulge in some real scuttlebutt action and annoy all those tedious old bores who have turned this forum into another discussion on how to connect gas cylinders and which end id the pointed end of the boat.
I have no difficulty at all in agreeing with all three propositions. But I think, in this era of enhanced environmental awareness and amazing communications, we could go a little further and ban all engines. After all, the auxiliary motor was originally fitted to yachts to allow the owner to get back home on Sunday evening in a calm; today you can, with the aid of a bit of Bluetooth, etc., do all that needs to be some from your notebook PC via your mobile so there is not the same rush to get home....
There are several reasons why change has quietened things down a bit. Perhaps the most important of these are the loss of the conservatives, who go off in a sulk at any enforced change, and of the pranksters, for whom the whole thing has become a little too much of a fag. As ACB (aka Mirelle) and Steve Cronin point out, that leaves the technophiles and the middle-of-the-roaders, who between them couldn't organise a lively discussion in Jerusalem.
It is possible that the spectrum of contributors will broaden again in time. Then again, there was an unusual and peculiar mix of technical expertise, humour and irreverence about the old Scuttlebutt with its own unique chemistry. Perhaps I am being complacent in assuming it will fall into place again.
Bring back von Thadden, the contributor who forced Scuttlebutt to confront what it really was.
I like many others, got sick of the diatribe and rhetoric of the 'chardonnay swiling, racist land lubbers' and went elsewhere. The 'clicky' crowd who made a point of ignoring newcomers, insulting the French and having private conversations in code. By ignoring the fact that this bulletin board is monitored all over the world people such as myself got fed up reading all this garbage. The majority of it having no reference to boating.
I would suspect these people are now doing what they should have been doing in the first place, emailing each other in private.
At least now the contributors arn't attempting "post records" whereby some nonsensicle, radical comment was made which would go and on for days resulting in 60 or so responses. The following 60 would be congratulating the retard that started it.
Re: Worry not, there is a tide in the affairs of fora
np with all the past and current but believe that (a) contributors should not be unaccountable for their posts and
(b) contructive threads should't continually be sunk by people who can't be bothered to start their own - on whatever subject.
Everyone want's to be "Oh so polite" and there's not half a dozen real sailors left here that can answer a serious question about anything maritime. You all sit on your arses, picking your noses, telling the world how to do it or how it should be done, and very few would know one end of a marlin spike from the other, so be carefull where you sit that fat arse. I bet this don't go down to well.
I don't know if the expression TROLL applies to UK forums but in the US [I'm English btw] they call someone who appends to a forum for no good reason than to wind people up and create loads of replies and I fully accept that I'm responding to a suspect TROLL but for good reason. I don't know what TROLL stands for ... could be 'Terminally Retarded Odious Lager Lout' for all I know?
Here's the clincher though - a maritme forum is for [wait for it] maritime subjects not just having a laugh or annoying good folk - sign up to AOL and go to the chatrooms if you have several hours to spare to talk b****cks? So you can see that I'm not that polite and what is a real sailor anyway? I have thought of another use for a Marlin spike though!
If by chance I have you all wrong I deeply apologise but if you are a TROLL then go and find another hole to create mischief in!