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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. Far more believable is the heroic image of the sleep deprived captain never abandoning his bridge.
  2. Whenever something like this happens, especially when it relates to ships and the sea, the press rarely report any incident accurately. This thread has at least 5 or 6 posts where the posters thought the track evidenced a heavily laden container ship successfully ramming a US destroyer; all because GMA (and others) reported a 2.30 collision not 1.30. Then sites like RightScoop and Syracuse.com right away talk of a terrorist act. Even as they reported it, I could look up Japanese news sites to find that the coastguard stated the radio report by the tanker was made at 2.20 not 2.30 and that the incident was reported by the shipping company as having happened at 1.30. How do conspiracy theories get such traction (even here)?
  3. KM and MPH?? Doesn't anyone use nautical miles anymore? ... sheesh.
  4. Periperal vision is the key to understanding the error here I think. I recently did a delivery on a powerboat in which the on-watch crew always seemed to look only forward. I remarked on it... ie there maybe be ships and pleasure craft as fast or faster than us so looking forward is not keeping a full watch
  5. That's my take. Conspiracy theories are necessary to make any other explanation of the track workable. Fox news will do their best, no doubt.
  6. We discussed it as a crew. We were in an exercise area which should have been a clue.... We were inshore of the shipping lane so only trawlers and recreational craft were an issue for them. It was interesting that we found it hard to work it all out at night time. Was it a trawler with no lights? Was it a larger ship in distress? What was its course and speed?... that was not obvious on our older radar. Only a VHF call solved the mystery. Had I been on my 4knt shitbox I would have been blissfully unaware.
  7. I came across one of those Spanish built $750m white elephants off Jervis Bay. Unlit, no AIS and no lights. Just a big target on the radar which we couldn't otherwise see even though it was only a few miles off. It was quite spooky and meant that they were taking more of the responsibility for avoiding a collision.
  8. Yes! The crew of a container ship in the hours just after midnight suddenly are required to manouver a large cumbersome ship with poor visibility doing 18 knots in a shipping lane. This would not be for the faint hearted and could of itself create a collision. It's the destroyer that is fully manned and highly maneuverable vessel. They routinely do not display lights at night. I've experienced this where my VHF call has only brought the reply that they have us on radar and but do not give us information on their own course or speed. Very unsettling when you get an image on radar but can't see them or determine whether we are on a collision course or not.
  9. The track reflects everything that might have gone after a collision at point 1. Normal speed, then change of course after collision, then a reduction in speed, then a turn to standby other damaged vessel. News reports will be the last to get the facts straight.
  10. The real entertainment lies with his photos once he is towed into somewhere and he finds a Starbucks or free internet. The steely heroic stares, the dead fish, the food shots, the latest fashion statements and rigging methods. Then there's the whole bizarre world of woo woo weirdo fans posting their adoration for him on the photos he posts on FB.
  11. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jun/08/cheeki-rafiki-sailors-died-after-company-boss-cut-corners-jury-hears
  12. I'd be wearing gloves on Mimsy too.
  13. This is a bizarre new twist! Crew. I can't believe I could get sucked into this thread again. There lies madness.
  14. They dis a 32s5 as well. 5200 bonding the grid? The bonding methods have been discussed at length but if you think that was what you were looking at, you were unobservant. `a couple of bucks more and new keelbolts' The point is that on a 40.7 they are cast into the keel. You will be trucking the keel off to Mars before any keelbolts get replaced in a boatyard for a couple of bucks. There you go... a polite civilized response. Drab and devoid of humour. Give me a LB/JS joke any day. (well most of them)