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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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Take 2


Wow! More than 1 year between blog entries. I am a lazy POS.




Anyway, going to take another crack at this blog thing. Take 2!


Nothing really going on in my 2 favorite sailing events, the AC and VOR. Best I can tell in the world of the AC that is going on right now is round 2 of the circle jerk between OR and San Fran about hosting rights to AC35, and with the VOR going to an OD boat there is nothing really going in the VOR world accept occasional announcements of new teams and rumors about what teams might fill out the hoped for field of 8 boats. Good to see a sort of American team entered in Team Alvimedica, or what I like to call Team Turkey and (American) Cheese. And I expect, when its all said and done, for Grant Dalton and TNZ to guilt Mr. Knut into a sweet heart deal for the last boat so NZ has a team for the Auckland stopover. But that's it. No team announcements of their new boats hitting the water and the boat porn pictures that go with it. 1st real negative to the OD era of the VOR, IMO. So much for the VOR filling the gap that is the doldrums of an AC cycle. The time between the end of the last AC cycle and the release of the protocol for the next AC cycle. A real bummer.


The other stuff...


Winter Olympics are back:

  • The Winter Olympics are back and man is it great. Between the Summer and Winter Olympics I prefer the Winter version. Growing up skiing got me into the Winter Olympics more than the Summer version with sports like Bobsled, Luge, Skeleton, Skiing with a gun (Biathlon), Downhill and Ski Jumping being simply bad ass. The 9 hour time difference between Sochi and the US east coast sucks, but NBC Sports having all the events online sort of makes up for that time delay.
  • Hot, Cool, Yours? Apparently that is the theme for the Sochi 2012 Winter Olympics. That phrase is everywhere around the Sochi Venues. I guess it makes sense in Russian...


  • Where are the hot chicks? Curling and Cross Country Skiing events, IMO. When I was growing up the hot chicks were in Alpine Skiing. Now they appear to all have taken up Cross Country Skiing or Curling. Go figure.



  • And then there was Johnny Weir...



Living with 3 women I am obligated to watch Figure Skating and Ice Dancing (Whats the difference?). And that means staying updated on what Johnny Weir is wearing while commentating. Johnny Weir is a lot of things but dull isn't one of them. And he also happens to be a damn fine sports commentator. You go girl!



Well that's all I have for blog post #2. Hopefully something worthwhile to discuss in either the AC or VOR world will come along soon.




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