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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 have a wing. I rule.
  2. Optis flying around with wings are flying Optis. I don't need no stinking foils
  3. Now, what did I do with the egg?
  4. nice stereotyping of "old men" .., but where are these guys you are describing? i don't actually run into anybody like that, and i sail a lot! well ok, some clubs don't allow dogs.., but some do.., so take your pick - there's a club for everyone, you just have to find it i actually don't want your dog, or my dog, at my club Same here. I find many "old men" doing everything they can think of, to try to build enthusiasm among younger (both kids and adults) sailors. Frankly, when we lost one of our beloved older members this winter, it was a tremendous loss. He built the optimist program--by hand--with many volunteers and wood--back in the 80s, to the vibrant program it is now. He led the powerboat courses. He set marks, he built and repaired structures, he organized, he lent a hand, he promoted the regular club races, he coached the local high school team---and on and on. When a 70 something sailor dies, we lose. We lose both a friend and a mentor and a source of inspiration and energy. Stop blaming the old guys. I was at a US Sailing Club Race officer training session 4 weeks ago and it was full of "old men" either getting qualified for the first time or re-validating their credentials so - for this part of Long Island Sound - Race Committees seem to rely on oldies to continue to staff the RC so you can go race - heck at my club we have stalwarts in their late 80s who come out every Wednesday to do RC so we can run our beer can series. I am definitely one of those "old men" but I prefer to be called an "old phart." At 75 I am rapidly reaching that point at which the body says "you probably should consider doing something else with your time and money." I no longer really have the ability to crawl around all over the deck doing whatever is required to go fast. I just did that this weekend in 15-25 knots and I still hurt in places I did not know I had places. Sailing a fast nimble sport boat is almost out of the question, but volunteering to help the RC, train youngsters, and maybe learn enough to even run a few regattas is will within what I have left. Having said that, I agree with the argument that sailing participation is down because of economic issues. I have not seen anything that wold lead me to believe that lack of participation is caused by "old men" trying to hold on to their esteemed positions. One of our local clubs just lost 14 big boats within a month. The reasons for dropping out in every case was lack of economic resources. Nevertheless this club still organizes and runs regattas filled with J70's, Vipers, VX, J22's, J24's, and just about every other kind of boat, big and small, including 4KTSB's. There is also the issue of finding and training crew. We have at least one boat here locally that would never do that. That boat always has to have top notch sailors to make sure it wins every race. If you don't want to train newbies, you are definitely being an "old man." At this point in time, none of us should have any issue taking on crew that doesn't have a clue. All that's necessary is that they want to sail and learn how to do it well. Your job is to teach them how to get there and show them how to have fun doing it.
  5. Yes, and I remember when "Puff the Magic Dragon" was about a imaginary childhood playmate. Now it's apparently about something legal in Colorado and Washington. Who knew?! Yes I remember and yes I am getting too old to sail, but gonna keep trekking until I absolutely can't anymore. Might even do a 4KTSB just to keep going.
  6. I have had spinal operations, knee replacement, and should replacement. If this guy can walk I don't care if he is "qualified" in someone's view. He is not qualified in mine. Nope, mental condition is not a consideration for the handicapped Paralympics. Dee has severe spine problems which qualifies him based on the qualification application which he passed. Live with it folks, he's qualified Having raced against him in So. Cal. for decades he's the biggest dick I've seen, but that has nothing to do with the rules. .
  7. Hell, I am 75. This guy is in his 60's. Do I qualify as handicapped? Let me at 'em
  8. Sure. You can start. Explain stuff like where the money for the SA AC challenge went. Then start posting up all the free stuff / price reduced stuff (including boats) you've been given for pimping it. Then tell us how much you get for whoring out to companies and posting glowing BS about their products. Then explain how money wins when you get new boats and sails then beat up on the local FT-10 fleet. Cause transparency is good. Go ahead. The kettle and the pot are extremely appropriate. Watch what happens with the new M32. Should be a repeat when there are no pros on the other boats.
  9. Unglaublich. At 73.5 years of age I would never have believed that sailing technology would reach this level. This is incredible. Glad I managed to live this long. Hope I get to see another 10 years or so. Now if I had just focused more on making money ....