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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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    Sailed on a few boats. Mostly invited back.
  1. WB, Alan.
  2. No 6, I just saw this thread. You have received a bunch of good info above, and a very good phone. Your new phone is water resistant not water proof. There is a difference. But water resistant is a pretty good defence against casual splashes. Me, I use a Sony Xperia Z3 which is waterproof. As long as I don't drop it overboard, I'm OK. For almost all nav I prefer a proper laptop, down below, slaved to a tablet on deck (again, I use waterproof Sony Xperia tablets). Sometimes depending on the boat that's not in the cards. For emergency nav I use Navionics (the paid version). It's OK. Stupid program puts out info in true, not magnetic, I'm always adding 14 degrees (in LIS) in my head. I explained to them "hey, why not allow a user to manually enter the magnetic variation (actually deviation), so it can work in apparent magnetic?" Silly response came back, "different charts and areas have different magnetic variations." (*&%&^*^(%&(*%^ I'm not freaking sailing across the OCEAN with the thing!!!!!!!!!!!! Nonetheless the program saw me home at least 5 times this season on various boats as we had a variety of instrumentation mishaps. :/ I have the predict wind app (paid version, but not super-pro paid). I like the info. I like PocketGrib, nice program for grabbing gribs of different flavors. However, if you are running Expedition (which I have seen you do), it's easier to just turn on the hotspot feature of the phone, then grab gribs directly into Expedition, then turn off the hotspot feature. I've used Sailing Tactician, it's OK. Of course you would never use your phone for porn or anything. Who would do that? I spoke to the waterproofness. NOT water-resistant if the flap is not closed! So what to do? Put the phone in a small baggie anyway. Inside the baggie (behind the phone) put a small battery (say 2500 - 3000 MAH), hook it to your phone. Now your phone can stay on all throughout a Block Island Race with the GPS running (GPS is a power draw, sometimes a power-suck). Works great for Kattack or yellowbook tracking or whatever. Warm regards, Merry Christmas, all that, see you on the 9th? Good to know. Right now I have a fascination with SailGrib WR, which seems to be the answer to routing, gribs et al. I have been in touch with the author and waiting for him to return from vacation to really get into it.
  3. Edith, thanks for the clarifications. I hadn't realized that the Moosehead Committee actually had a "positive" award. We usually snicker about RC disasters and ask ourselves, "Moosehead?" My vote for "could have gone a LOT better" would have been Gearbuster.
  4. In on the flying dinosaur. Yep wind looks dismal, I agree that forecasts so far out are bound to change.
  5. My tracker isn't working on this computer. What do we figure Alvi's margin is until the next boat arrives? Anybody have a forecast for wind / current for the restart?
  6. Yeah Alvi & Oxmeister & the Americans
  7. Blowhards? Western Long island Sound? I would think that the PHRF boffins should be blow-gentlies not blowhards.
  8. There's nothing new here -- nothing juicy in months. Does it mean Espo is no longer a dick?