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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.
    • B.J. Porter

      Moderation Team Change   06/16/2017

      After fifteen years of volunteer moderation at SA, I will no longer be part of the moderation team. The decision to step aside is mine, and has been some time in the works but we did not wish to announce it in advance for a number of reasons. It's been fun, but I need my time back for other purposes now. The Underdawg admin account will not be monitored until further notice, as I will be relinquishing control of it along with my administrative privileges. Zapata will continue on as a moderator, and any concerns or issues can be directed to that account or to the Editor until further notice. Anyone interested in helping moderate the forums should reach out to Scot by sending a PM to the Editor account. Please note that I am not leaving the community, I am merely stepping aside from Admin responsibilities and privileges on the site.


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  1. "I'm not dead yet!" And single guy in the cockpit is saying, "Where's the bong!"
  2. If anyone needs crew I'ld be down to join in the fun.....might be able to throw in accommodations here is Sacramento and a BBQ or two. You coming down Couch??
  3. Is contact info for the Richmond boat available??
  4. hmmmm.....sorry to hear about your health and hoping for a quick recovery. maybe we talk about bringing her back home to Sac???
  5. nice work couch!!
  6. sorry Joe, I've been around longer than most and will say that sequestering in private will get more done.....let people who are willing to step up do their work to bring the class together. This is REALLY good for the class and the people who sail the boat and those that want to build and sail one here in the US. Thanks Couch and your Three Musketeers and D'Artanion....(couldn't think of a four person analogy.......) Get it done guys!!! Ben
  7. been lurking for months...and am STOKED to see the conversation turn towards unification. with all the tinkering considered, if you cut the panels out according to the plans, you are going to end up with boats that sail VERY similarly....and boat handling will trump anything you do in the garage......IMHO. This class and boat is best suited to the homebuilder. PERIOD. The idea of a production builder and all that is a great idea, once you get a STRONG unified class of folks who built and are sailing the boat together on a regular basis (and it is getting really close to that). In Little League.....my kid wants to pitch curve balls and sliders and change ups.....but it is silly to try until you ESTABLISH THE STRIKE ZONE......basics first. Hope it can happen for all y'all.......the guy quietly building in his garage deserves that support from the class. Hope you can do it!! COUCH FOR PREZ!!!! (or whoever else is crazy enough to step up and try to herd these cats!)
  8. Couch, Been meaning to drop you a line......saw the photos when they were posted awhile back.....SO VERY COOL!!! Glad you got the boat tweeked to suit you, it looks great. Probably won't be out there in time to join you, but wish I could. Sail hard my friend!! Ben
  9. Tim, Great to here from you!! Just PM'd. Talk to you soon. bd
  10. hey folks, I am chillin in Annapolis....any i 550's around these parts?? I would love to go sailing w/ you. (BTW, I built "Carbon Offset" awhile back.) I'll be in the neighborhood for 3 more weeks. Ben (916)470-9446
  11. "Recently the Cross Border contest in the Northwest was decided in favor of the Canuckistani, Couchsurfer, and the far traveled Carbon Offset sailing with a tin rig from something else and second hand sails." TF Come on guys!!! I spend a few weeks sailing down the coast to Cabo and around to La Paz and check in and see the above.....I need details!!! what up! Stoked to hear the Offset sails on! Congrats Couchsurfer!! BTW a HUGE shout out of thanks to SLOWPOKE for showing up at the boat in SD and spending a long day driving me and my 2 boys all over the place, installing a propane cooking system, tracking down video games for the kids and generally helping us get underway.....props to the i550 community!! Best to all, (a much tanner) Ben
  12. now home from 9 day delivery of Catalina 38, purchased in san diego now at home in emeryville on the sf bay...for all of three weeks before heading out crusing\\ STOKED to catch up w/ Carbon Offset's progress.....glad you are enjoying it as much as I did. Sailing a lead bomb is fun, but sailing an i550 is a BLAST!!! best, ben
  13. Carbon Offset is off to it's new home in the north... thanks for the good times..... BUY THE PLANS, BUILD THE BOAT.....YOU'LL BE STOKED YOU DID!!!!!!!
  14. Carbon Offset is a west coast US boat (Sacramento CA specifically), but very mobile..... Carbon spar would be sweet...but not convinced it justifies the cost.....will be fun to line em up and see though!
  15. Carbon Offset now at $9,500 OBO....now this thing is starting to crowd our plans to get out of here and go cruising....come get it!! Ben