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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. After 1200 + posts it is clear that there is no consensus. Maybe we should ask a simpler question; If Espo were a fish, what type of fish would he be?
  2. I just hope to one day be the person my dog thinks I am.
  3. Great string of post Elle, thanks. Shift spot on.
  4. On a much lighter note (as this thread is not going to change anyone's mind and only bring out the worst in people). A good friend of mine had a Portugese Water Dog that was afraid of the water. The dog died a few years ago but every now and then I'll think about him and recall his fear of the water and it still makes me chuckle. PWDs are a whacky breed. wife got it cause it doesn't damage all her interior decorating. We have been fortunate cause most of the PWD's I've met are a bit tense and not real good "pets" in the wrestle with your kids, lick the neighbors, and curl up around your toes on cold winter nights. Boomer on the other hand is completely nuts -- him and the baby are best friends and spend all day playing together. HOwever, a PWD in the white house is an international incident waiting to happen. For example, they better not leave the briefcase with the launch codes sitting on a table -- cause they will end up chasing the dog all over the property with it. Nice! PWDs are a whacky breed - I hear they take after their master.
  5. On a much lighter note (as this thread is not going to change anyone's mind and only bring out the worst in people). A good friend of mine had a Portugese Water Dog that was afraid of the water. The dog died a few years ago but every now and then I'll think about him and recall his fear of the water and it still makes me chuckle.
  6. You lost me. WTF? Aw C'mon. I didn't really lose you. I believe Pit Bull owners are a subset of society and I am prejudiced against that perceived subset. My checklist of traits is pretty darned accurate...Or so I believe. I bet the percentage of people who sail and own Pit Bulls is lower than the percentage of people who fly rebel flags and own Pit Bulls. OK, I understand. I'll reluctantly agree with the stereotype, but I don't think that LSG or OGFD fit it, do you? I do believe that for the most part there is no such thing as a bad dog only bad owners. I'm pretty sure that Michael Vick could fuck up any dog, is that the dogs fault or his?
  7. You lost me. WTF?
  8. Good point, the same could be said of people having children.
  9. Cope those are some good looking dogs. Good on ya for rescuing them.
  10. Do you think you can hang with us???? I think you might be too soft. I had a pic of you and your pal in NYC on Halloween I knew that would come back to haunt me one day. Dammit. I'm really a pretty tough guy- it takes self-confidence to parade around like that, not to mention imperviousness to cold if you're doing it in NYC in October. True that! OK as long as you bring your little Asian pal along--you can come. WTF? Gays and gooks on Hustler... did you fall off the wagon? Whay is your obsession with John/Hustler/Gays? Do you want to tell the world something? He doesn't need to tell us anything--we already know (not that there is anything wrong with it) That explains the best of the village people I saw below when I sailed with you - it all makes sense.
  11. But does he buy sails? He doesn't have to--he wills them into existence I'm in awe, truly.
  12. But does he buy sails?
  13. Sure it was the PHRF rating. Why don't you race One Design (oh never mind).
  14. 750 posts and the issue is still being debated.
  15. Come to think of it Pitman kinda looks like Santa. Guess he never makes it this far south.