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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. Bump. I know a few of you have already registered, but just a quick reminder that MYC's Safety at Sea Seminar is scheduled for May 6 with the optional hands-on second day on the 7th. Our syllabus is getting finalized this week and the website will be updated early next week. Until then, more info and registration link here: http://www.muskegonyachtclub.org/event/2017-safety-at-sea-seminar/
  2. Watched one almost keep pace with a SC/GL70 downwind on Lake Michigan in 2012. Some footage from that race from the 27 here: Can't find the video shot from Windancer, but will post if I find it.
  3. Nice!
  4. I believe this is the owner of Hot Stick, in the news. Whoopsie. http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2017/02/fbi_finds_12k_in_sock_155k_sai.html
  5. Thanks!
  6. Anyone have a recommendation for a canvas shop? Friend of a friend needs new skin on their dodger...
  7. BUMP BUMP AFTER A MONTH WITH NO POSTS, JEEZUS Muskegon Yacht Club will be hosting a US Sailing-sanctioned Safety at Sea program May 6-7, 2017. Day one is the standard seminar. Day two is an optional in-the-pool, hands-on practical day at MYC. More info, including online registration, here: http://www.muskegonyachtclub.org/event/2017-safety-at-sea-seminar/
  8. That looks like a very good time. That sail would have worked well during last night's almost driftathon on Muskegon Lake.
  9. My skipper will likely chime in on this, but as crew on a J/35 that's listed above and still races with largely the same crew, it was a combination of: 1. How expensive it became to spend a long weekend in Chicago. 2. Scoring f-ckups that didn't give us our first place in our division until weeks after the event. 3. The fact that we were basically racing against the same boats from our home port when we were lumped into a PHRF division
  10. Thank you for the excuse to ride the Suzuki up to MKG last night. Nice looking craft. Can't wait to see her on the race course.
  11. Wish I could upload higher-res photos. Race two from Saturday.
  12. Brief clip from the photo flight over the Melges regatta in Muskegon yesterday.
  13. Guess we'll see how that new rig works out... Forecast period: 2100 UTC 04 May 2016 to 1200 UTC 05 May 2016 Forecast type: FROM: standard forecast or significant change Winds: from the NNW (340 degrees) at 18 MPH (16 knots; 8.3 m/s) gusting to 25 MPH (22 knots; 11.4 m/s) Visibility: 6 or more miles (10+ km) Ceiling: 2500 feet AGL Clouds: overcast cloud deck at 2500 feet AGL Weather: VCSH (showers in vicinity)
  14. Hey, anyone else notice the new Gill temp agency on 31 north of Holland? It'll be great for all those boats who can't find crew.