Advice for new members

Discussion in 'Announcements & FAQs' started by First Born, Jan 21, 2008.

  1. First Born

    First Born Super Moderator PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Charlotte, N.C.
    2006 185 Sport
    4.3 L 190 HP
    This will become a sticky so please refrain from the side comedy business that we occassionally do.

    For the members that have been around for a while what advise would you give to new members of the board. Do not write a complete list but one or two comments that you think would beneficial to that new member trying to get the most out of CSR!!!

    Since it is going to come up:

    Put your boat information in your signature:
    In order for people to be able to answer your questions there are two things that you will want to include in your profile/signature. Your location (this will usually tell if you are a salt water or fresh water boater). The second is the year, model, and motor/drive of your boat. We have decided not to require this during the registration process however if you want the best answers for your questions it should be in your signature. If a new member joins take a second to tell them to complete their signature with this information. In the end it just makes it easier for everyone.

    Vendors/Dealers/Brokers/Industry people:
    Your participation is welcome. Before posting please check in at the Who's Who forum and let us know who you are. If you are posting about a product or service you offer it should only be relative to the discussion within the thread. Please do not posts links to any services you offer, or solicite forum members in any way to purchase your products or services. If any of your posts are deemed to be a solicitation of your products or services by our Moderators it will be deleted without notice. Several violations will get you banned. You may put the name of your company in your signature. We look forward to your constructive participation.

    Remember try and keep the comedy out of this one (they will be deleted Gary)!!!

    Again welcome new members!!!

    Wesley
     
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2008
  2. chuck1

    chuck1 Super Moderator TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    North GA Mountains
    Looking For Next One
    Looking For Next One
    Great points Wesley.

    Try to stay on topic when making post. If it is going to go off topic start a new thread.
     
  3. JV II

    JV II Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 17, 2007
    Newport, RI
    2016 50 Fly
    Volvo Penta D11
    Do a search on a topic before starting a new thread. Sometimes the wheel is reinvented.

    Don't start a thread about the same topic twice on the same forum or different forums. You will not double your reads and responses.

    Try to keep on topic. Sometimes the topic changes and some great information is lost because the title does not match the information.

    Try to make sure your post goes in the appropriate forum.
    Be supportive of other members.

    There is a little bit of hazing, but nothing is personal. Don't take it that way.

    Use the "Remember Me" check box when you sign in and the New Posts - 24 hours. It is a great tool and saves you a lot of time searching all the forums for new posts.

    That's all I got.
     
  4. Ididntdoit

    Ididntdoit Well-Known Member

    Dec 5, 2007
    East Coast Florida
    300 Sundancer
    5.0MPI Bravo III
    If you don't have an answer to someone's question/issue rather than posting "I think it kinda might be" sit it out and let someone more qualified/been there before answer the question - we are very fortunate to have several great people in our community - also dont be afraid to PM a member for specific info or more detail on a topic that is hard to cover in this format
     
  5. JV II

    JV II Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 17, 2007
    Newport, RI
    2016 50 Fly
    Volvo Penta D11
    Support the site at least as a Silver Sponsor. You will be getting much more than $25 dollars worth of advice. And, no, I'm not a dealer, site promotor, or Club Sea Ray corporate insider (that memory thing).
     
  6. Buckeye Boater

    Buckeye Boater Member

    667
    Jun 19, 2007
    Wooster, OH
    215 Weekender 2006
    Merc 5.0 MPI 260 HP
    Add yourself to the Members Map found under Site Navigation on the right side of the screen. Great way to find other Sea Ray owners and boating enthusiasts in your area.
     
  7. fwebster

    fwebster Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    Middle Tennessee ; Panama City Beach, FL
    1996 450DA
    3116 Caterpillars
    I get concerned about the quality of answers and fixes we see from time to time.

    Don't guess at a fix unless you carefully state that you do not know the answer, but you are guessing it might be........." Please understand that these responses are only helpful when another CSR member does not contribute an answer that is on point.

    Don't be afraid to "sit one out" if you are not sure you know what you are talking about.

    If you don't have a Sea Ray or you haven't owned one in several years, refrain from answering Sea Ray specific questions pertaining to boats later than your experience. How 4 Winns, Chapparel, Tiara, Cruisers etc does it is not material when a Sea Ray owner needs help fixing his boat.

    You should use the "search" facility to find answers before posting. Posting lengthly answers to complicated questions is tedious and after doing it several times, most of us grow weary and will just tell you to search the site anyway.
     
  8. First Born

    First Born Super Moderator PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Charlotte, N.C.
    2006 185 Sport
    4.3 L 190 HP
    Think about the subject prior to posting. If you have a subject like "help me out" it will not help another member who does a search later down the road. The search feature is only as good as the words that are put on the board. Try to be specific to the question in the subject.

    Wesley
     
  9. Presentation

    Presentation Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Wisconsin - Winnebago Pool chain of lakes
    280 Sundancer, Westerbeke MPV generator
    twin 5.0's w/BIII drives
    If Gary replies to your post don’t be offended, he’s just fooling around. He does that with everyone.

    If Frank is giving you grief, he’s not picking on you, he picks on everyone.
     
  10. fwebster

    fwebster Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    Middle Tennessee ; Panama City Beach, FL
    1996 450DA
    3116 Caterpillars
    Do you mean me?

    You couldn't mean me, I'm a pussycat.....but if you guys post something stupid, I'm going to ask you about it if I see it.
     
  11. First Born

    First Born Super Moderator PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Charlotte, N.C.
    2006 185 Sport
    4.3 L 190 HP
    Don't bring your politics into CSR, you will not change my opinion and I am willing to bet I will not change yours. However we both agree that boating is pretty fun!!! When you get board talking boats and feel like talking about politics go to clubdem or clubrep.com and let those guys have it. :smt024

    p.s. that person you are yelling at for not seeing your viewpoint on how the gov. is run may be the one guy/gal with the answer to your boating question but now he can't stand you and will never answer your questions. oh well, at least you proved your point...
     
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2008
  12. wish2fish

    wish2fish Active Member

    Dec 19, 2006
    Locust Creek, Ohio River mm 433
    2003 220BR
    5.0 MPI
    wes, then the political comments need to come out of the signature lines as well.
     
  13. First Born

    First Born Super Moderator PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Charlotte, N.C.
    2006 185 Sport
    4.3 L 190 HP
    Wish2fish,

    It is a request not a rule. :huh:

    Wesley
     
  14. Four Suns

    Four Suns Head Pot Stirrer TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 4, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    2003 480 DB
    Zodiac ProJet Dinghy
    Yamaha 110vx WaveRunner
    QSM-11 Diesels
    Great!!!!
     
  15. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    450 Sundancer
    3126 Cat's
    Well I'm glad no one has an opinion on this site.....
     
  16. First Born

    First Born Super Moderator PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Charlotte, N.C.
    2006 185 Sport
    4.3 L 190 HP
    Make sure you read this thread prior to getting involved as a new member :huh:
     
  17. Good 2 Go

    Good 2 Go Member

    144
    Jun 16, 2008
    Bohemia River, Chesapeake Bay
    2004 340 Sundancer
    Sea Lift Hydraulic Platform Lift
    10'4" Achilles, 15 HP Mercury 2 Stroke
    Twin 8.1s V-Drives
    How does one get a picture small enough to be inserted in the signature? Under 14KB isn't much but I see some nice pics, even a weather radar on one. Am I missing something?

    Thanks
     
  18. First Born

    First Born Super Moderator PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Charlotte, N.C.
    2006 185 Sport
    4.3 L 190 HP
    Save the image to a free site like photobucket and then copy and paste the img code that they give you for the picture into your signature.
     
  19. tollycraft

    tollycraft New Member

    281
    Feb 24, 2008
    Ontario,Canada
    1988 30Ft Weekender
    2004 21 1/2 Weekender
    Twin 5.7s Mercruiser Inboards
    5 Litre Mercruiser Alpha 1
    I do not have the boating experience that some others do so will not post any comments that start with " I think I know what may be wrong " I have made a few contributions regarding a repair question but only becauseI have the SAME boat the question pertains to. That I think is most important here. The objective is to help each other, not confuse someone, especialy when it comes to a mechanical issue. If you had the same issue with your boat, speak up, tell how you resolved, members will find this the most helpfull.
     
  20. BobHenry

    BobHenry New Member

    27
    Jan 2, 2009
    Maine coast
    1986 sea ray sundancer, recent restoration, lowrance GPS/depth, fishfinder, lowrance waypoint, digi
    twin merc 170 I/O, 2004
    rebuild, alpha drives recent rebuild on port
    Hi gang, I am new to the site, belong to sea ray owners club and have a 270 sundancer. I have been trying to post to a number of members and keep getting logged off. What's up...
     

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