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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. Because I am way too lazy to read the whole thread... What is the best shot to watch live from Japan on an Android phone?
  2. Because the law, technology and society in general has evolved of course. Trying to read any hundred year old document and applying it to modern society is usually painful at best, we have legal documents that were written to apply horses and trade goods being applied to things like downloaded movies, sometimes changes in interpretation are neccesary for things to make sense.
  3. It's for the towline to help Oracle around the track.
  4. It's not as easy as that, they can't really sign unless they have the money and we know from experience that when they lose the money is not always garaunteed. They were saved last time by a $5 million government payout to allow crew retention, if they win the sponsors are pretty much garaunteed and it won't be an issue, but if they lose the top guys will only stay around for so long without an obvious plan on how they are going to be paid!
  5. You just have to look at the heart rate monitors during racing to see that the cyclors are obviously putting out significantly more power. Both groups are getting around the course alright, but one group of them is pushing 80-90% heart rates while the other group is frequently maxing out. Either the ETNZ boat is significantly more efficient or the cyclors are, pretty sure its the cyclors!
  6. I assume this is a kind of "hey if for some reason you guys don't win it and you want out, make sure you call us first!" kind of approach, just getting their place in the queue assured if the unthinkable should happen to ETNZ. It does show that Sir Ben is obviously pretty envious of the ETNZ design team.
  7. I actually have no issues with any kind of automation, as long as it's mechanical, computers with a bunch of sensors is where it starts move away from sailing for me. But I certainly don't think a moth with a foil wand is not sailing. If you can design an autotrimming sail that only uses mechanical functions directly connected to it, I'm all for it.
  8. Simply not going to happen.
  9. Nonsense the deed specifically says. This Cup is donated upon the condition that it shall be preserved as a perpetual challenge Cup for friendly competition between foreign countries. It makes absolutely no effort to define what this actually means and as the interpretation of every other aspect of the deed has changed with society and technology so to can this, if you can stretch the technical aspect of maximum waterline length to include a 90 foot wide trimaran you can sure as heck stretch the word country to include the nationality of the crew.
  10. I don't buy it that they are just pushing dots around a screen. Watching them on the boat and they are constantly looking at the wing and leeward foils respectively, there is still quite a lot of human decision making going on there and there will be plenty of times when they just do it on intuition alone, in fact we have already heard instances where the audio has told us they have deliberately ignored what the boat was telling them to do because they just knew a better way to do it (or because they knew the data they were getting was wrong). Every single person doing ANY job on these boats is getting constant digital assistance, why do you think Jimmy was early to the line the other day? The computer told him to go! Why is Slingsby running around with his iPhone, he sure as heck isn't playing Tetris on it! Have a look at Pete's cockpit, if there was any more information available there his brain would probably explode! Even the grinders are probably getting feedback on when and how hard to grind / cycle.
  11. Have no fear I am enjoying it. Just calling a spade a spade, it's something we do down this way.
  12. I'd prefer a ~50% rule for sailors, it allows developing teams some leeway and bigger teams to fill holes, while still maintaining a national feel to the teams and providing pathays in for local sailors. About the only time Peter Burling actually sounds interested and serious in a press conference is when he is talking about representing his country, this is definitely a positive thing for both fans and sponsors and should be encouraged within the framework without completely removing the ability for sailors to move around.
  13. Pretty sure if he asked for citizenship you would get zero complaints and about 4 million positive character witnesses!
  14. It was the moment that every underdog said, if they can, why can't I? After that it was all on.
  15. COR

    They are a team that has existed (formerly as Prada) and campaigned for the America's Cup for around 20 years now. They are along with ETNZ one of the true long term competitors with genuine history in the cup and always take both the cup and it traditions very seriously, to the point of leaving in protest when they believe those traditions are being trampled. Even if you didn't agree with their vision for what the cup should look like, calling them puppets is pretty insulting.