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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. If I am not mistaken, the small boat furler IS the forestay. You have to drop the mast to remove it. (I could be wrong)
  2. My MIL now lives in assisted living. It was a difficult family decision and is costing a shit-ton of money. The decision was made easier when she was found stuck in the snow behind the garage in sub-zero weather. She was checking her propane tank (unnecessarily-there were two tanks) wearing only light clothes and tennis shoes. Had she been found 20 minutes later she would have been dead. She also couldn't manage her meds due to early stages of dementia. Everybody wants to stay home (including me) but it isn't always possible. Sometimes when you love someone you have to make the difficult decisions on their behalf. She asks all the time if she can go home and is told "maybe someday". Then she forgets she asked the question. There is no doubt in my mind that had she been left home, she would be dead today. Dying at home sounds like a good thing, the question is how did they die.........
  3. nice! What's it rate?
  4. Maybe if you read the thread you'd know this... see post #15.... my bad......sorry
  5. +1 I bought a print from my last Mac race. It was expensive but worth it to me. Having said that, I received an email from them many years ago saying I never returned the pics they sent (that's how they used to do biz). After a warning from me that I would sue their asses off if they so much as scuffed my credit, I got a letter saying I didn't owe them anything. I still have that email....
  6. So, does the original poster think the passerby should have minded his own business? (maybe I am reading too much into the title) "unclear if charges will be sought"?......As far as I am concerned, he should charge the department for services rendered or at least get a medal. Another dipshit removed from the gene pool (probably the shallow end)
  7. I saw SRV at one of his last shows. A pretty good snowstorm in Saginaw, MI kept the crowd way down. Maybe a couple hundred made it. SRV took the stage and stated that they wanted him to cancel. He opted to stay and rock our socks off. The Rockets backed up. It was one of the best concerts I attended. I saw Kiss before they "made it". Although I quickly lost interest, they blew me away at our community college gym.
  8. I had a crew that made holders for small flashlights out of short pieces of pvc pipe attached to small clamps. We would just set them on red and could see the telltales just fine. A pretty simple solution.
  9. I love the comment that if he would have missed the net, his balls would have cushioned the landing!
  10. I don't know that it matters but I think that boat was available for charter out of Northport. Was it chartered for the race?
  11. I'm from Northern Michigan too and know the sailor you are talking about......It is easy to throw around insults anonymously. Have you done anything about these alleged modifications? No, probably not. Do you think a racer's success might have anything to do with skill? This guy (and crew) is just plain good. His success did not start with his (unprotested) modifications, it has been there for years on many boats. He is just good, not a cheater. You can race "competitively and aggressively" with integrity. Accusing someone of cheating anonymously is bullshit. If you think you have a case, pull up your skirt and throw the flag. If you don't then just STFU (or just avoid racing against those people you obviously can't beat, as I suspect you are doing whenever possible). Disclaimer: I can't beat him either (and he gives me a shit-ton of time too). Maybe I just don't whine about it........sometimes racing against faster boats with faster sailors can teach you a thing or three if you don't just stay home and pout. PHRF is certainly not perfect but it has helped me race modest boats with modest crews for years. We can't all race OD. I would love to race in a OD fleet, as long as it was a nice comfy boat my wife and I can cruise on as well. In the meantime, I am thankful for PHRF because it gets me and others out there.
  12. I like flags. I give them to my crew. I think it means more to them. Of course, I like winning them I just don't need/want any more.
  13. Try "Sailing Tactician Free Beta". I never seem to find time to use all of the features in the heat of "battle" but if nothing else it has a great countdown timer. (available at google play)
  14. In the winter I volunteer with a local organization that helps people with all kinds of special needs enjoy winter sports. It is called Challenge Mountain. ( www.cmski.org ) I am continually uplifted by the spirit I see in our "clients". I re-experience the joy of my first successful ski runs through them. We deal with cognitively impaired, severely burned, blind, blind and deaf, amputees, paraplegics, quadriplegics and everything in between. As someone mentioned previously, it sure puts my life in perspective. I see that look of determination (like Tisha's) quite often. I am often amazed. If anyone is in Northern Michigan on a winter Saturday (we do some weekdays as well), come check us out.