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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. I admire the way this tells the pirates "Back off, jack. We've got cannons!" From a distance they can't see it's just paint!
  2. I think Armido actually went sailing. Don't know what happened after that.
  3. If you are reading and posting strictly for informational purposes, then yes, I can see the merit of this policy. But it is often said that SA is like the neighborhood bar, where people go to talk and enjoy themselves. That's how I use this place. The meta-discussion is often the best part. Evens, are you still sailing? I thought you had headed inland with that proverbial oar over your shoulder...
  4. That photo was actually our first time out in the little boat, so the sails were fresh out of the bag. It takes a bit of wind to get my big boat started, so I am always amazed at how sensitive the sailing dinghys are.
  5. Just show him this poster: It certainly made an impression on me, way back when...
  6. Our new Gig Harbor "Point Defiance 12" on a very calm day:
  7. Proa, Bob is far from the only person engaging Brent in that thread, although Brent does seem to aim his personal attacks at Bob. And yes, Bob fires back with both barrels, but usually with some sort of substance. I for one don't think that Bob needs to respond to Brent, but if you attack a man's family and character then you deserve whatever you get in return. But are you saying that my (for example) interest is "bloodthirsty"? Do you see us as attacking a poor helpless Brent, who is somehow forced to endure our taunts and derisive aggression? Or do you think that Brent is some disturbed simpleton, and rather than take him at face value we should instead treat him with pity?
  8. I am afraid that Brent will somehow convince me that my life has been wasted with this career/family/friends crap, and that I should have chucked all that when I was 20. Also, whenever he goes on and on about his environmental sensitivity I wonder why he stopped there. Perhaps he can apply Toyota's new technology to his designs and *really* reduce his carbon footprint:
  9. Steve - Very nice! Did you get back before the big winds hit? 45 kt gusts in Friday Harbor around 7:00PM today.
  10. Sorry, I have no particular knowledge about the Flexible Furler, but you should probably look into the reefed sail-shape issue. My Harken furler has swiveling tack and head fittings, and this seems to help the furled sail shape. With this setup, the luff starts furling before the tack and head, and so slightly flattens the sail during the initial furling. Of course the luff also has some extra bulk sewn in, which also helps with the furled shape. I suppose this sort of bulk (foam or rope) will also help the Flexible Furler design maintain reefed sail shape, but I have to think that the swivels make a difference.
  11. "Undaunted" turns back in first attempt
  12. "Swain Shrugged" - A super-capable super-genius decides to withdraw from an unappreciative society and form his own utopia for a like-minded elite few on the mud flats of Comox. The rest of society doesn't even notice.
  13. You are obviously correct about me spending too much time on the forums, although saying "professional opinion" to a decidedly non-pro such as myself would typically indicate sarcasm at best. If not, thanks for the complement. BTW, I edited my post while you were replying. The last paragraph may illuminate my frustration with the "Texas" meme.
  14. "Professional assurances"? WTF??? I'm just stating facts, instead of overblown propaganda. I'm concerned about this kind of pollution as well, and I think that the automated collection schemes being trialed are doomed to failure (or insignificance). The only practical approach is to stop this at the source. I'm not optimistic about this, although I suppose any improvement, even if only reducing the rate of increase, is better than what is going on now. Here's an example of the propaganda: I grabbed that photo from a website article about the Pacific Gyre, but has been used for years in countless articles and websites to illustrate the "Texas sized" trash accumulation in the gyre. It was actually taken in some malaysan (?) bay near a sewage outflow. Yes, this debris is horrible, but the photo is completely misleading. I suppose photos of the actual gyre aren't good enough for fundraising? Here's one that's about the worst I've ever seen: Softdown, I'm not accusing you of posting phony pictures. Those are no doubt real and somewhat horrifying. I am just reacting to the "Texas" meme because it has been widely used in a deliberately (or ignorantly) misleading manner. Advocates should tell the truth -- that's bad enough. Lying about it will eventually turn people away, and that would be a shame.
  15. https://macsmotorcitygarage.com/foot-pounds-and-pound-feet-whats-the-difference/ Yes, thanks for that link. While driving today I was pondering foot-pounds vs pound-feet, and realized that I was confused about torque vs work. There obviously *is* a difference: ft-lbs is a work measurement. lb-ft is a torque measurement. FWIW, one foot-pound / second = 0.001818 horsepower. I think...