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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. Well, he put up a good fight, but Uncle Frenchie passed away in his sleep on Saturday night, about a year after receiving the diagnosis of colon cancer. The overseas Frenchie family found out yesterday, the day he was buried... Goodbye, Michel. I'll miss you, but I'll rest easier tonight knowing you're no longer in pain. The only pain remaining is in the heavy hearts of those you've left behind. Fair winds and following seas.
  2. I found out last September that Uncle Frenchie has Stage IV ascending colon cancer. He's in his mid-70s, "Silent Generation" type guy -- never said anything, never complained, would never show pain, so he found out about it really late. The "clue" was that he had lost a bunch of weight and lost his appetite. Never really felt pain. Given that he lives ~4000 mi away, I dropped by to visit while I was there in December, and he seemed to be doing well and seemed to be tolerating the chemo fairly well. He had lost a significant amount of weight (~20kg or so), but he was OK. I dropped by again last time I was there in late May, and he had lost more weight, wasn't eating much and was in pain. He and my aunt were packing up their house, giving / throwing away a bunch of their belongings, to move closer to my cousin halfway across the country. They weren't particularly keen to have visitors, but my wife and I went anyway. We stayed for an hour and a half, just for tea and some cookies. It didn't look like he could handle much more. I gave him a big hug on my way out the door, and I felt like I was hugging a bunch of bones instead of the strong guy I used to know. I lost it in the car as my wife & I drove off to see some of her family, enough so that she asked if I didn't want to stop for a while. It took a while to get it back together. Mom Frenchie (aunt's sister) went to visit the other day, and it's starting to sound like May was the last opportunity I'll have to see him alive. He had just had his latest round of chemo, and had a major onset of pain and was rushed to the hospital. He was doing as best as could be expected for a few days, but just today nurses have apparently closed off most of the access to his hospital room and his immune system has crashed - no more WBCs, no more platelets. For a guy who never complained about pain, he's on heavy doses of morphine right now, and it sounds like that's barely helping. He's telling everyone that he's looking forward to getting out of the hospital by this weekend and is looking forward to the next round of chemo in a week or so, but it sounds like the end is near. He's lucid sometimes, but less and less so. I don't think he realizes what's happening. Or he doesn't want to admit it to himself or to others. But it seems like the end is near. This sucks. We're a really small family, so aside from my father, he was the only other male presence in my life. (And on the father front, he's been dealing with prostate cancer, doing "watchful waiting" for the last ~12 months....). This sucks. And I'm 4000mi away as this is all happening. It's dusty in here.
  3. A few old one-liners. Hold the groans... I do not enjoy computer jokes. Not one bit. I changed my iPod name to Titanic. It's syncing now. When chemists die, they barium. Jokes about German sausage are the wurst. A soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran. I know a guy who's addicted to brake fluid. He says he can stop any time. How does Moses make his tea? Hebrews it. I stayed up all night to see where the sun went. Then it dawned on me. This girl said she recognized me from the vegetarian club, but I'd never met herbivore. A guy got arrested for playing the guitar. For fingering A minor. I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. I can't put it down. I did a theatrical performance about puns. It was a play on words. They told me I had type A blood, but it was a Type-O. A dyslexic man walks into a bra. PMS jokes aren't funny, period. Why were the Indians here first? They had reservations. Class trip to the Coca-Cola factory. I hope there's no pop quiz. Energizer Bunny arrested. Charged with battery. I didn't like my beard at first. Then it grew on me. How do you make holy water? Boil the hell out of it! Did you hear about the cross-eyed teacher who lost her job because she couldn't control her pupils? When you get a bladder infection, urine trouble. What does a clock do when it's hungry? It goes back four seconds. I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me! Broken pencils are pointless. I tried to catch some fog. I mist. What do you call a dinosaur with extensive vocabulary? A thesaurus. England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool. I used to be a banker, but then I lost interest. I dropped out of communism class because of lousy Marx. All the toilets in New York's police stations have been stolen. Police have nothing to go on. I got a job at a bakery because I kneaded dough. Haunted French pancakes give me the crepes. Velcro - what a rip off! Cartoonist found dead in home. Details are sketchy. Venison for dinner again? Oh deer! Earthquake in Washington, D.C., is obviously the government's fault. I used to think I was indecisive, but now I'm not so sure. Be kind to your dentist. He has fillings, too.
  4. MSG - ran a 15K race -- the Colon Cancer Challenge -- on Sunday morning for you & my uncle (also diagnosed with colon cancer in January), before going out to sail the last day of the winter season. It was a good day! Hope yours is a good day too.
  5. Interesting read from someone else who just found out she has cancer -- http://boingboing.net/2011/12/09/the-diagnosis.html
  6. I asked Lebron for a dollar. He gave me 75c, said he didn't have a 4th quarter.
  7. And sometimes, you actually do! /edit -- crap, it's supposed to have the link to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supernumerary_nipple
  8. The new TFLN -- http://thatsnotokayny.com
  9. Never thought I'd be reading through this tread this soon.... Grandpa Frenchie passed away from prostate cancer many moons ago (before I knew him); it was either not diagnosed or mis-diagnosed. With the family history in mind, Dad Frenchie went for a MD checkup a few weeks back, and found out that PSA levels were "a bit higher than last time". Was told to do a biopsy. 12 biopsy samples later (w/o anesthesia -- normal?), 11 of 12 check out normal. 12th was cause for concern. Goes back to see MD, who tells him that it's a 3+3 on the Gleason scale (I don't know the PSA# or stage at this time). Treatment options are radical surgery or radiation. Is getting CAT scan and MRI done shortly, but feels that he can "wait a bit" before getting surgery / radiation. So... What's the future supposed to look like on this?
  10. Two hydrogen atoms are walking down the street. One says to the other "I think I've lost an electron." The other looks at the first and says "Are you sure?" The first replies "I'm positive." A neutron walks into a bar and orders a drink. The bartender puts it in front of him. As the neutron goes for his wallet, the bartender says "No, really, it's OK. For you, no charge." /here all week, try the veal