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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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  1. Most of that ($200K) was purchasing an undervalued house. We paid it off in 14 years, and now it is worth almost double. The rest was/is business debt from when I was self employed. Threw away the shovel and stopped digging the hole. During this time we put two kids through college as well. We did not spend much on anything other than what we really needed.
  2. I second the Dave Ramsey approach. Just tune out the religious crap. Following his methods my wife and I erased almost all of our debt in a few years. Just $18K left out of 260K. Mostly common sense, but you have to cut your expenses to the bone.
  3. I too am really disappointed with the cup as it now is. I can remember when there were defender trials, and being very disappointed when Intrepid failed to be a three time defender. Now there is no real match racing, no sail change evolutions, and no real tactics. Just win the start, and drag race through the course. If you can stay on the foils the entire (very short) race, your win. Two thirds of the crew is nothing but a power generator, how glamorous! What did you do in the Americas Cup Daddy? I was a hydraulic pump son. Lets hope that the Kiwis change things around a lot!
  4. My age is showing. Most of the women on that list I have never heard of. Give me Patti Smith, or Grace Slick any day.
  5. Harvey pulled my butt out of the lake one late fall day in 1974 when I capsized an Interlake with a non sailing and quite scared Chinese student aboard. I hope that this does not leave too much of a black mark on a generally well run group.
  6. I have seen dry ice used to get rid of rats in their burrows. Scoop some in and block the hole, as it evaporates it displaces the air and suffocates them. Works so well that animal rights people don't like it to be used.
  7. Alfa Romeo Montreal
  8. I believe that that is John? Surtees sailing this boat. And the caption below read PARKER RULES!
  9. Forget the seat cushions. Have somebody (or do it yourself) build a jockey style seat and console. You will sit a little higher, and be able to get up on your feet to absorb any pounding.
  10. The real sad thing is now that he is dead, his conviction gets overturned automatically. No appeal process=no conviction.
  11. Karin Spolnikova, and she wouldn't even have to be naked. My father, or grandfather. There are still so many things that I would like to know. Mario Andretti would be sure to have some great stories as well.
  12. Yeah, the mini was hot. But the Alfa won! That's a 60's step nose, I had a 74 GTV 2000. I wish I still had it.
  13. I am fairly positive that if both myself, and one of my brothers took one of these tests we would come out with totally different sets of ancestors. It is all just something to make money off of gullible people with cash to waste.
  14. I am no expert, but it seems that you are usually buying at retail, and selling at wholesale when it comes to precious metals. someone else is always making a profit off of your deal.
  15. I agree with Dash34. If we can get the profit out of health care we will be going a long way toward making it affordable. A single payer (government) system that covers every citizen. Tell the insurance companies that they can sell life insurance, home, and auto insurance, but not health insurance. I would bet that insurance company and provider profits account for close to one half of all health care costs. I would gladly pay a reasonably higher tax rate to have complete health coverage.