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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. This is a bit of a hangover from when my former 505 skipper was the event chair and is a common provision in NORs for major 505 events. I've done the HPDO at least 5 times previously in my Viper and have never been asked to provide evidence of this, though Viper guys usually carry this insurance anyway.
  2. Even if there have been some delays in the process, overall enthusiasm still seems high, and it looks like boats are about to start rolling out. Regardless, a bunch of people will have boats by the fall (along with at least a tiny bit of time in said boats), and as a result, there are now 3 UFOs signed up for the High Performance Regatta @ American YC Oct. 6-7 (f/k/a "the HPDO"). Wonder how many UFOs we'll get on the line. If you have or are getting a boat - sign up. https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=4240
  3. I think there are a decent number of hulls built but spars and foils are lagging behind in the supply chain. Don't have a delivery date for mine yet, though allegedly my hull was built last week. Fingers crossed that it'll be ready for pickup soon.
  4. Now up to 70 Vipers. https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=2996
  5. Agree strongly. Whatever number people want to set for either average age of crew, or minimum age for each crew, etc., is fine with me, but it can't just be an older driver with two young bucks hiking hard and pulling all the lines. That's not going to work into Mambo's plans... Good thing there's more than one Masters eligible team in the standings...and in the class officer ranks.
  6. Agree strongly. Whatever number people want to set for either average age of crew, or minimum age for each crew, etc., is fine with me, but it can't just be an older driver with two young bucks hiking hard and pulling all the lines.
  7. Just broke the 60-boat mark for the first time in Class history. Every additional entry from here on out is a new class record.
  8. The Larchmont one will also spend all of August on Shelter Island for anyone who is on the East End. Maybe we can get a UFO division together at the HPDO at American YC in October and not have to race Portsmouth Yardstick under a random number that won't have been properly established yet in all likelihood.
  9. I'll have mine at Larchmont YC for part of the summer. I think there will be another one up in the Branford, CT area. Not sure about others.
  10. Well, we're halfway to 50 after just a few days, so that's a good start. And there's only one boat from the home club signed up. If the 5-7 Vipers that are within 40 minutes of the venue sign up, that'll take us comfortably over 30. All before the Class has been emailed to mention that registration is open, which will happen in a few days.
  11. 80 would be really something. This number will only be based on how many show up for the first warning, not how many actually end up registering as a high water mark but then falling away before paying the entry fee, changing their minds due to work, family, etc. 51, though I'd love to be low on that of course.
  12. How did you find out your spot in line / hull number? I really owe my phone number to all existing customers. Consider it immutable official policy from now on. DRC No worries Dave. Will keep my spot in line as long as I get sail # 38 if you're willing to skip around a tiny bit. Really looking forward to taking delivery and making the drive to Rhode Island. Hopefully we'll be able to get some traction around WLIS but even if it doesn't, I'm still looking forward to sailing the boat a bunch. Was thinking the other day how crazy it will be to show up to the first regatta having no idea whether I'm any good in one of these, and everyone else wondering the same thing. That'll be a fun day.
  13. How did you find out your spot in line / hull number?
  14. How does he think the funding levels compare in the US Olympic Sailing program to Australia's, and if they are comparable, why are the results so different? And speaking of sponsorship, what is his plan to energize not just corporate sponsors, but the individual sponsors who seem to have been the primary contributors to the program? Is he concerned that he won't know those players as well and how to appeal to them since he hasn't spent as much time in the USA? What does he think of the current US coaches and if money was no object, who would he bring in (other than Victor) to turn around the program?
  15. This is happening. Or about to. Lots of updates on Facebook at both: https://www.facebook.com/Viper640/ and https://www.facebook.com/2016Viper640InternationalChampionship/