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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. Certainly we could spend less time on Nynaeve and Egwine's dresses, yes. But once you get to a certain critical mass as a writer...they print what you write.
  2. Yeah, and you can read the Wheel of Time twice too, but you'll have forgotten half of it before you get back to the restart.
  3. Way too short to be stuck an island with.
  4. That's the beauty of the Wifi transfer Apps - your computer will never know it's there. Just connect both to your home Wifi, and your phone looks like another web site with files on it. I don't have that problem with Win 10 on mine, but I lobotomized Cortana straight off.
  5. One you don't love...
  6. He may have a problem getting into FP, as they want to see you with the equivalent of a ticket out or a bond that you promise to leave. They have structured their entire clearing in/visa process to keep people like Rimas out. If, by some miracle, Jean or some other angel/idiot of his does post a bond or a ticket for him, he STILL will only get a three month visa an a US passport. They will not give you an extended visa if you are applying from within French Polynesia.
  7. Nice! I'm guessing you don't have space in there for a box of my $12 Aussie rotgut... If you have an Android, there are many easy apps to allow a direct connection from phone to PC via WiFi to move files. Basically they set the phone up as a mini FTP/Web server and let you browse and download across your local net.
  8. The screwtop hasn't caught on as much in the US, and France. The US I think has a bias against "screw tops being cheap" or something - I think it's the same mentality that let upstate NY's crappy weak "Chablis" destroy the rep in the U.S. of an actual proper Chablis from France (more for the rest of us, I'd say...back when I could drink that regularly). The French...are French. They probably have a law against screwtops and very strict rules regarding the specific nature of the corks you can use if you want certain quality marks on your label. You can't hardly buy a bottle of wine in Australia (or NZ) with a cork in it. We drove out to wine country, bought and tasted some very nice wines that ranged into the fairly pricey. All of them were screw tops, every last one. We came back with a couple of hundred bucks worth of delightful wines in screw top bottles. Sadly, I went down the wine rathole years ago. Even been wine tasting in Burgundy and the Loire valley a couple of times; great fun. Then, when we decided to go cruising, it occurred to us that routinely cracking open $15-$20 bottles of wine was a patently stupid way to be saving money. So we implemented the "$10 Rule" (at the time) and started the hunt for good drinkable wine under $10/bottle. Now, since actively cruising that's more like the "$5 Rule" (or 5 Euro, $8 NZD, 600 XPF, etc. depending on locale). We only buy the really good stuff now when we visit wineries. So I've had to de-tune the palate quite a bit...though we did find a surprisingly drinkable box wine (recommended by a French/Polish couple we met) here in Oz for $15 AUD for a 5L box. For the slow at math, at today's exchange rate that works out to ~$1.68/bottle...
  9. I'm not convinced the Brent Swain account would, on it's face, pass a Turing test.
  10. OK...janitor then. Though based on the cleanliness of Brent's boat I'm not sure how that would work out and would also be an insult to janitors who do a scrupulous job keeping the hospital spotless and sterile. How about "Weird guy that sleeps next to the dumpster behind a hospital because he doesn't want to get a job an pay for a place to live?"
  11. FTFY
  12. I used to think cormorants were kind of cool. Then I bought a boat. Then I started speculating on the evolutionary advantages were to have the ability to shit odious cement, while seeking clarification on the exact penalties involved in slaying a great many one of them. They don't bug me so much now, since I left all the oily little fuckers on the other side of the globe. The local shags seem completely disinterested at the prospect of shitting on my deck.
  13. So those plaques sitting over my freezer on my delicate, lightly-built, cockleshell, death-trap of a boat...they mean it's almost a nice as a Brentboat? Awesome.
  14. Back in the states when I was on a mooring I could keep my refrigerator running full time with my 260W of solar and wind generator. It was nice to have cold drinks on the boat all the time. Will used to bring his Laser class out there to have lunch on the boat and raid the soda stash. Put a freezer in the mix though, and the daily power needs of people living and all bets are off!
  15. Nope, sounds about like the prices I get quoted every time I go to the big Sydney International Boat Show and price lithium batteries. I'll be at the next show in 4 weeks and I fully expect the prices to still be ridiculous. Tesla Corp is selling a massive battery pack for the price these guys want for a single 12V battery. Something is wrong here and I won't play. FKT He is right about the cost ratio of quality premade batteries to roll-yer-own being about 3:1. He's just off a bit about the prices on the ground here in Oz, and he's forgetting about the GST. Which I should be able to rebate if I'm out of here in less than sixty days.