I came home from church yesterday to find this. And it’s permanent.
It was a good run over exactly 8 years and 16.2K posts. I learned a lot on Sailnet. More importantly, I made some great online friends, met some wonderful sailors from there in real life, and had a lot of fun…up to the last month or so anyway. I don’t know the exact reason it happened. I wasn’t told. But it doesn’t matter. I have a hunch…
As I had for 8 years and will always continue to do, in addition to raising interesting, provocative points about all things sailing, I also fervently stand up to and call out hypocrites and the self-important. Always. Now, I try to never be “mean” to these online characters – or anyone else. Instead, I always do what I do face-to-face (not behind the scenes) with stinging wit, sarcasm, logic, facts, and humor – which drives them even more crazy. Because of who they are, I like it when they get crazy. Others don’t. So it was, from day one, simply a matter of time before I got the stick. This is true on any forum that imposes uneven rules of conduct (which is most of them). It just can’t last. And I know that. So, the fact that it took 8 years on SN at least demonstrates that they tried to be evenhanded for a while. Good on them for that.
To be honest, it’s actually a relief. It was tiring always being the target of a growing posse of passive-aggressive chuckleheads taking potshots, knowing your own hands are tied. I weathered this same storm in 2009, thanks to the fairness of those then in charge who saw the above for what it was. I didn’t weather this one.
So, I’m kind of done with forums.
I will always be grateful to the sailors on SN who showed incredible support and compassion when we needed it most. I’ll never forget it. And I am gratified that, just as on other forums, I contributed some of the most compelling, discussed, and viewed content SN has ever had to offer. I’m obviously a needle-mover and culture-shaper in the wonderful world of sailing. And that’s always fun. That won’t stop.
I’ll leave you with this brilliant quote from colemj that gets to the heart of the matter:
Being a “professional” does not give a license to stay unchallenged or demand their word stand above others. Above all other professions, the marine industry is chocked full of dangerous idiots and should never be trusted without heavy research.
This couldn’t be more true. And you can substitute many words for “professional” as well with same outcome. This has always been my mantra on the forums: research and challenge. It should be yours too…despite the costs. It’s the best way to learn – and teach. Forums would be wise to allow more of this.
Now, enough of this silly forum stuff. On to more interesting things!