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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. Hang in there Steve...your presence alone makes a world of difference, whether you realize it or not. I remember so many long nights laying in the bed in isolation during my Stem Cell Transplant trying to stay positive by dreaming of a beautiful beam reach under full sun with the breeze up and the spinnaker flying. And just feeling like I wanted to die. Through it all, my wife(Honore) and baby daughter(Hope) were there to remind me of what I was fighting for, even when I was feeling the darkest. My wife used to say to me, "Honey, it's like sailing close hauled in rough seas. It''s rough now, but it won't be that way forever, at some point we'll get to fall off(onto a reach she meant)." In my opinion, chemotherapy is harder on the loved ones than the survivor in many ways. I know it was EXTREMELY hard on my wife to see me suffer during my transplant. But for me, it just was what it was. Yes, it sucked, but I didn't have much choice, so I kept a positive outlook and soldiered on. You're in our prayers....please keep us posted on how things are going. I know AML's a toughie. Love & Hugs, Hope, Honore & Travis
  2. Thanks RH. Best wishes to Pebbles....Hope he's still after it. And my condolences to you and your wife HCW...although I know you are long in spirit and will get through tough times, it doesn't make them any easier. Best of wishes to y'all. I'll post the speech here when I'm done with it. Thanks for the support, y'all are right. Someone's gotta carry the flag out there, who better than the one who made it. It a way, it's a chance to carry the flag for so many who cannot themselves. Hopefully, we'll keep finding more cures, and helping more people. Carina, send me their address and I'll be happy to drop them a note. Love to y'all, Trav
  3. This weekend is the annual Leukemia Cup Regatta here in Chicago, and I have been asked to be the Honorary Sailor again this year because I made it through the Stem Cell Transplant last year. Although I feel a little awkward being the Honorary Sailor two years in a row, I agreed because so many people who attended last year and heard my speech would like to know how I am doing and hear a bit about the transplant. So here I am today, beginning to write my little speech and I thought about Pebbles' quote, "Cancer fears me!", and if it's ok with you RockHead, I would like to use it in my talk. I'll give Pebbles credit, but it just so perfectly fits what I want to say. Would that be ok with you? When I'm done I'll post the talk here if you want so you can see it. Thank you, Travis
  4. Thanks for the replies y'all! Always feels awesome to hear something positive. I kinda agree with Pebbles...."Cancer fears ME!". So I just focus on today, being happy, spending time with Hope and Honore(my wife), and getting in a good sail when I can. Yea Heaven....we're in a fraternity that nobody wants into...at least that's the way I look at it. But, I like to say I welcome anyone unfortunate enough to belong and will support them to the best of my ability anytime. I have noticed the chemo has affected alot of things in negative ways. The worst is my short term memory. Not only do I have trouble with recall, ("ie tell me to bring you a beer and its 50-50 I'll remember when I get to the fridge"), but there are large parts of my life I simply no longer remember. Thank God for pictures....although some of those rum parties are probably best left in the no memory category! Strangely, my hair came back brown and very fine...when it used to be salt and pepper and fairly coarse...funny how that works.....although I keep threatening to shave it off again for the summer. Thanks again y'all.......you are awesome...... Peace, T
  5. I know it has been a long time since I posted here, but going back and catching up on all the posts has been really terrific. I am so glad to hear so many are doing so well in your struggles. I love Pebbles line "Cancer fears ME." I think I will borrow that if its ok.... I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2004 and underwent six months of chemotherapy, beat the cancer and was given an 80% chance of making 10 years before relapse. my wife and I started doing alot of fundraising for the Leukemia Cup Regatta, and I think that's when I last posted. I made it four years before I relapsed, which was last May. Upon relapsing, I underwent three more months of chemotherapy followed by an Autologus Stem Cell Transplant, which I underwent last September. It was brutal, but I made it and my cancer is back in remission. My recovery has been going extremely well, in fact, I was cleared to go racing again in April, and last weekend I sailed on the Farr 395 Zoom in the Chicago NOODs. It was AWESOME to be back on the water in a big regatta. I had a blast and met a GREAT bunch of sailors.... Since I got my SA re-activated finally, I wanted to post and say thank you for keeping this thread going. I love hearing the success of people beating cancer. It inspires me tremendously. My battle is far from over. My cancer is incurable, so its not a matter of if it returns, rather when. If you are interested in the story of my transplant, you are welcome to check out my blog at honitrav.blogspot.com. And, I am sorry to hear about the loss of Echo. I know how hard that can be, I hope you are doing well. Sincerely, Travis