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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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    A freelance writer, who at present is wooed by the Sydney harbour and its associated attractions.
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  2. The answer to the phrase where should we go out for dinner used to be simpler before. It was most often ‘the place at the corner’ or ‘that Chinese place’ or some new restaurant that just opened. Now that dining options have broken new frontiers, things have dramatically gone out of hand! You have options ranging from dining beside a waterfall to dining on a boat on a Sydney Harbour dinner cruise! Here are some unique dining options that will blow your mind! Dine under water Yes, you can dine under water, and no, you won’t be wearing scuba suits and having food passed to you via a tube! Located in Maldives, the Rangali Island Resort is an underwater restaurant located about five metres under sea level. With a curved transparent roof, you get a 270°panoramic view of the sea life and watch turtles and colourful fish swimming past as you dine. There is seating capacity for only 14 guests, so book ahead in advance. Dine on a treetop Ever felt like having dinner in a tree house? Well, you can do one better than a creaky old backyard treehouseby having dinner on a luxury pod on top of a redwood tree, 32ft above the ground – a restaurant in the Kiwi Islands of New Zealand. You can’t just walk in and ask for a table for two at this restaurant as the venue is now used for private functions and parties. With a maximum capacity of up to 30 guests, dine and chill on top of a tree with your best mates beside you! Dine on the largest passenger plane Do you like the idea of dining on a plane but not a big fan of the usual ‘gourmet’ choices of sandwiches or warm chicken and packaged drinks? Well,if you’re visiting Taiwan, you can enjoy dining on a plane – not just any plane – one of the largest passenger planes!You won’t really be dining on an Airbus A380, but a model of it, but it still counts. Also served by flight attendants, you can have the authentic experience of dining on pull down tables and plastic cutlery! Dine on a boat After seeing Titanic you may have wanted to dine like Jack did in first class sampling caviar and champagne served by white-gloved waiters. Well, it’s not exactly the same, but you can have a similar experience dining on a Sydney Harbour dinner cruise sampling some fine cuisine while enjoying the best views of Sydney after sunset, when the harbour comes to life. Dine beside a waterfall There are lots of things to do with a waterfall, but dining beside it will be the last thing on your mind. Well, now you can do just that in Philippines. Technically it’s not a waterfall and is the spill over from a dam, but you get all the visual and aural effects of a waterfall and also the views!Dining options are limited to a buffet, so if you don’t mind getting a tad bit wet in the process of dining, book your table now!
  3. Dining out in Sydney is as much about the experience as it is about the food. Today, the vibrant food scene in this beautiful harbour city transcends culture and language, creating an instant bond between locals and tourists. You can expect big, bold flavours, but the underlying trend is to create dishes that use the freshest seasonal and regional produce and ingredients. So, Sydney, known for its hedonistic mix of world-famous attractions, historic landmarks, picture-perfect beaches, exhilarating theme parks, gorgeous views and glamorous bars, can now add the unique restaurants and unforgettable harbour dinner cruises to that list. Be it family diners, fast food joints, sophisticated steakhouses, seafood restaurants, waterfront restaurants, bar and grill or hole-in-the-wall eateries, Sydney Harbour has it all! But the crowning glory has to be Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruises that have simply raised the bar when it comes to grand dining experiences on the harbour. Harbour dinner cruises have revolutionized the concept of waterfront dining by offering cruises aboard purpose-built luxury vessels, a kaleidoscope of dazzling views, freshly prepared buffets, a la carte menus, live entertainment and impeccable service that treats you like you're nothing short of royalty. Who wouldn't want to pay for such a unique dining experience? With people leading such hectic lives with jam-packed schedules, they're always on the lookout for a reason to peel away from the monotony of routine. So, if you have an occasion to celebrate, why not do it in style? And, believe it or not, there's something for everyone and every little occasion on Sydney Harbour! Be it a birthday, a wedding anniversary, a hen's party, an office celebration, a national occasion or simply a dinner getaway, you'll find a host of dinner cruises to choose from, depending on your budget and time constraints. Some Sydney Harbour dinner cruises whisk you away to a world of luxury with superior creature comforts and a fantastic dining experience that surpasses all expectations. Some treat you to the glamour and charm of yesteryear with a dinner cruise aboard an authentic paddlewheeler or a tall ship with masts with little nuggets of history thrown in. Some add a dash of excitement to the cruise with live cabaret entertainment, rock'n roll music, latino dances, jazz music etc. elevating the ambience and the cruising experience. But the one thing they have in common is that they all dish out an extravagant spread of freshly-prepared buffets or seated and served dinners that cater to both the sober and adventurous palates.