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    Posted: 30 Apr 15 at 5:05pm
Originally posted by Matt Jackson

I think you need a 'Don't care' vote option. I suspect most people don't and to save admins having to do any work this should be counted in the 'No' category.

I did think about it but figured clearer polarity might be more useful in this instance.  As you say, 'No' suffices for those interested enough to bother participating but wanting no real change.  
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So if the day ever dawned when 'Sir' Ben wanted some rule advice by posting here as unlikely event as ever, but he's a newbie then? Yeah, really.

Forums should not define anybody's opinion by a history of bolloxspeak.
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Or Start Line, 1st Beat, Windward Mark, 1st Reach, Gybe Mark, 2nd Reach, Leeward Mark. Not sure whether finish line is when we die?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Brass Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Apr 15 at 3:04pm
In the forums I mostly post in, Racing Rules and Race Management, it's useful, in framing replies, to know whether a poster is likely to be experienced or a novice, and posting history often correlates to sailing experience, at least in those forums.

As for 'newbie', I think it's precious to suggest that the term is offensive, but if you want a bit of pomposity, go for 'newcomer'.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Rupert Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Apr 15 at 2:06pm
Wasn't it Mark who first wondered about this?

Sadly, little as this matters to me, it will probably have more effect on my life than my vote at the General Election.
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The post count on most forums I frequent do not seem to be accurate (or don't record posts in the way I might expect them too. Just hit the No button when I mean't Yes. Duuuuurrrrrr!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Matt Jackson Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Apr 15 at 1:01pm
I think you need a 'Don't care' vote option. I suspect most people don't and to save admins having to do any work this should be counted in the 'No' category.
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Yes, think it's time to lose the post count.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Rupert Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Apr 15 at 12:03pm
All the people who have posted on this thread have been in favour of the post count being removed, but some people have voted against. I'd love to know what the positives of the post count are, that you want to keep it - I may be missing vital info for my decision - if anything to do with whether we have a number showing or not can really be called "vital". Vital in this context, maybe!

Sock puppet only becomes pejorative if accused wrongly. And can one be an 'informed gobshyte'?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote turnturtle Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Apr 15 at 10:40am
Originally posted by transient



While I agree that the post count has outlived it's usefulness (if it ever had any) I also think the most discouraging aspect of this forum is the regular use of pejoratives by some forum members. Using terms like "sock puppet" or "gobshyte" to describe potential contributors, not good advertising. Please pack it in TT.



Sock puppet is not a pejorative term - it's referenced multiple IDs a social feature on anonymous discussion boards as old as the Internet itself. as for Gobsh*te- that was an attempt at self-depreciating humour ;-)

Jim is right, topics could do more variety, however I don't agree that losing his contribution, even if perceived as repetitive, is the right answer. After all, these threads are virtual chip paper... We need more voices, not less.
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