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      A Few Simple Rules   05/22/2017

      Sailing Anarchy is a very lightly moderated site. This is by design, to afford a more free atmosphere for discussion. There are plenty of sailing forums you can go to where swearing isn't allowed, confrontation is squelched and, and you can have a moderator finger-wag at you for your attitude. SA tries to avoid that and allow for more adult behavior without moderators editing your posts and whacking knuckles with rulers. We don't have a long list of published "thou shalt nots" either, and this is by design. Too many absolute rules paints us into too many corners. So check the Terms of Service - there IS language there about certain types of behavior that is not permitted. We interpret that lightly and permit a lot of latitude, but we DO reserve the right to take action when something is too extreme to tolerate (too racist, graphic, violent, misogynistic, etc.). Yes, that is subjective, but it allows us discretion. Avoiding a laundry list of rules allows for freedom; don't abuse it. However there ARE a few basic rules that will earn you a suspension, and apparently a brief refresher is in order. 1) Allegations of pedophilia - there is no tolerance for this. So if you make allegations, jokes, innuendo or suggestions about child molestation, child pornography, abuse or inappropriate behavior with minors etc. about someone on this board you will get a time out. This is pretty much automatic; this behavior can have real world effect and is not acceptable. Obviously the subject is not banned when discussion of it is apropos, e.g. talking about an item in the news for instance. But allegations or references directed at or about another poster is verboten. 2) Outing people - providing real world identifiable information about users on the forums who prefer to remain anonymous. Yes, some of us post with our real names - not a problem to use them. However many do NOT, and if you find out someone's name keep it to yourself, first or last. This also goes for other identifying information too - employer information etc. You don't need too many pieces of data to figure out who someone really is these days. Depending on severity you might get anything from a scolding to a suspension - so don't do it. I know it can be confusing sometimes for newcomers, as SA has been around almost twenty years and there are some people that throw their real names around and their current Display Name may not match the name they have out in the public. But if in doubt, you don't want to accidentally out some one so use caution, even if it's a personal friend of yours in real life. 3) Posting While Suspended - If you've earned a timeout (these are fairly rare and hard to get), please observe the suspension. If you create a new account (a "Sock Puppet") and return to the forums to post with it before your suspension is up you WILL get more time added to your original suspension and lose your Socks. This behavior may result a permanent ban, since it shows you have zero respect for the few rules we have and the moderating team that is tasked with supporting them. Check the Terms of Service you agreed to; they apply to the individual agreeing, not the account you created, so don't try to Sea Lawyer us if you get caught. Just don't do it. Those are the three that will almost certainly get you into some trouble. IF YOU SEE SOMEONE DO ONE OF THESE THINGS, please do the following: Refrain from quoting the offending text, it makes the thread cleanup a pain in the rear Press the Report button; it is by far the best way to notify Admins as we will get e-mails. Calling out for Admins in the middle of threads, sending us PM's, etc. - there is no guarantee we will get those in a timely fashion. There are multiple Moderators in multiple time zones around the world, and anyone one of us can handle the Report and all of us will be notified about it. But if you PM one Mod directly and he's off line, the problem will get dealt with much more slowly. Other behaviors that you might want to think twice before doing include: Intentionally disrupting threads and discussions repeatedly. Off topic/content free trolling in threads to disrupt dialog Stalking users around the forums with the intent to disrupt content and discussion Repeated posting of overly graphic or scatological porn content. There are plenty web sites for you to get your freak on, don't do it here. And a brief note to Newbies... No, we will not ban people or censor them for dropping F-bombs on you, using foul language, etc. so please don't report it when one of our members gives you a greeting you may find shocking. We do our best not to censor content here and playing swearword police is not in our job descriptions. Sailing Anarchy is more like a bar than a classroom, so handle it like you would meeting someone a little coarse - don't look for the teacher. Thanks.
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A Star is born!



blog-0733865001359524614.jpgJust noticed the blog feature on this site, and considering the current state of the AC Anarchy forum (Troll on Troll violence), I figured I'd try this out as a way to express myself. So here we go:


First, a little about me.


I've made it clear since I started posting on this site that I am not a sailor. I grew up sailing with my parents, and briefly had a Force 5 dinghy that I ran up and down the South River, but my personal sailing experiences ended when I went off to College. But I have been obsessed with the American's Cup ever since '87 and Fremantle. My step-father taped the Cup matches so he didn't have to watch it in the middle of the night and made me watch them with him. Watching DC and Stars and Stripes pound their way to victory over the Aussies, bringing the Cup home, got me hooked for life. Also, KZ-1 (The Big Boat) paying Annapolis, MD a visit when I was kid didn't hurt either.


Enough about me, what about the real snooze fest AC34 has turned out to be? Here we are 8 months out from the Cup match and we have a 4 team event and not much else. The Defender's vision is far from realized, so is the potential of their boat(s), the COR has a boat that looks like a Lamborghini (and appears to be just as reliable) and the remaining Challengers (ETNZ and ETNZ/LR) are poised to unleash their own grand vision for the Cup (Nationality Rules! YAY!) primarily because they are the only ones that appear to have boats worth a shit. To say there isn't a group of us that bought Uncle Larry Ellisons grand vision hook, line and sinker, but are left with a hangover, is an understatement. I was skeptical, like others, when multihulls were picked for the new Cup class of boats, but after witnessing the ACWS in Newport in person, I was hooked. But now, with only 4 teams, AC72's that appear to be glorified drag racers and ACA overtaken by trolls, my excitement for the AC is at an all time low.


I suppose my piss poor AC attitude is really caused by the fact there is no boat porn for me to enjoy during this Cup cycle. During AC 32, with 11 Challengers, it seemed like new, or improved, IACC boats were hitting the water all the time. There was plenty of opportunities to debate and discuss the different teams boats on ACA. Now that seems like a fond memory never to return. It also doesn't help that the AC45's and AC72's are more nets, wires and tubes than a true boat, a mono-hull. The old IACC boats had long/sleek hulls. Curves that make referring to a boat as a Lady make sense. Where as multi-hulls, with their thin streamlined hulls and beams/wires holding them together, reminds me more of Usane Bolt running the 100 meter than a Lady. The AC multi-hulls have no substance to me, no story to tell. I have tried my hardest to get into this multi-hull thing, but even the great time I had at the ACWS in Newport can't get me to embrace multi-hulls in the AC. Maybe when the LVC and Cup Finals get going I will finally be swayed, but at this point in time I am a closet ETNZ fan in the hopes mono's are brought back to the AC should ETNZ win it all.


Well thats all I have to "blog" about for now. Pretty sure my first attempt at a "blog" is a bust, but I will keep on keeping on because I live in a house with 3 crazy women. I have no life.




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