(12-03-2015, 06:17 PM)GregLawson Wrote: I wait with impatience and frustration, and if I complain enough I'll make it to 8 posts soon.
(... if you don't get banished)
Welcome to the forum.
It's a helpful place and pretty troll-free as you noted.
Run by very savvy and generous host, staff, and moderators who are all volunteers that cope with the common condition and sometimes secondary conditions that are more debilitating. But they get beyond it and reach out to help others. Some pretty amazing people if you get to know them a little.
A lot of people who are tired and brain-fogged from lack of sleep come here to seek a little sympathy so they know they can talk freely, then maybe some clarity to make more confident decisions, and generally learn how to take control of this strange and sometimes life changing CPAP therapy.
First thing is they need to feel safe and not talked down to about how they reach out for help. Newbies flee a hostile environment, sometimes after they bare their souls to an unknown community.
The old timers mostly understand that sometimes people show up here in a cranky mood until they get to relax a little and get to know and trust the group. Maybe picking on stuff is a way to test the group, hope we passed and you get to relax and engage in some meaningful discussions about the stuff that led you to seek this place out.
If you want to spend your next seven posts not picking on little things, that would probably be okay with most people. Sounds like you bring some great skills, but to be honest, nobody is going to hand you the keys to the flagship sleepyhead software until they get to know you and develop a relationship of teamwork and mutual respect. I'm not the ones you have to win over, just making an observation.
here's a non-technical take on the newcomer restrictions we all encounter on the way in the door.
-- The Rule of Saint Benedict --
If any pilgrim monk come from distant parts, if with
wish as a guest to dwell in the monastery, and will be
content with the customs which he find in the place,
and do not perchance by his lavishness disturb the
monastery, but is simply content with what he finds,
he shall be received, for as long a time as he desires.
If, indeed, he find fault with anything, or expose it,
reasonably, and with the humility of charity, the Abbot
shall discuss it prudently, lest perchance God had sent
him for this very thing.
But, if he have been found gossipy and contumacious in
the time of his sojourn as guest, not only ought he not to
be joined to the body of the monastery, but also it shall
be said to him, honestly, that he must depart.
If he does not go, let two stout monks, in the name of God,
explain the matter to him.