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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. Get ready for the smack talk...
  2. Looks more even, sort of...
  3. Damn... that didn't work out so well
  4. Another Jimmy moment...
  5. Jack, you are a genius. That explains Jimmy's camouflage steering wheel!
  6. Hmm. The comeback. This is what will happen; the Kiwis will assemble a mostly national team, and build a very advanced boat. Then, in a regatta marred by cheating and the manipulation of rules, they get beaten. It is odious. It is soul destroying, but it isn't the end. Being a team representing their country, the whole nation will feel deeply about the result, and a new team will be assembled, much like the last, but this time they have a quietly white hot determination to set things right. They will set out to build a boat every bit as advanced as last time. The sailors will be motivated, everyone will be motivated because of national pride, because what happened last time around was just wrong on so many levels. The defenders won't know what hit them until it's too late. They'll defend as best they can, but they have no bile. Sure, they get pissed off at the cheating jibes, and can't really understand why people don't just drop it, it was just racing, right? But barring breakage, the Kiwi team will be looking not only to win, but to slay a certain monkey on their back. And many of us Kiwis are looking forward to a bush meat barbecue. I am for one, getting out my burger buns, and mango relish. Go Pete, Blair, Glen and the team.
  7. Don't over think it. They wrote the rules, they will be allowed their second boat.
  8. Team NZ look a bit weak in their personal aero. Ramp it up! I calculated that if all the team wear these helmets, they will shave 12.3 seconds off the time to the top mark! ...and the girls will go wild for them!
  9. Reading material. You've got to exercise your mind, as well as your body! Here's a book by a famous fellow American for inspiration!!
  10. Awesome effort, guys!! Don't forget the basics!! My son, who is 11, thought of sweat towels for Jimmy, plenty for when he's thinking about competing with NZ next time.
  11. As well all know, Jimmy and the boys are in a bit of a tight spot. To pass the time productively, use your know-how and DIY skills and post photos of ideas to help the ORACLE boys. Here's my first idea. I've actually made it, and it really works!! I reckon it will help Jimmy no-end at the pressers, where he has been lacking a bit of wind. It's a high-power cordless hair dryer! 1500W (more than a cyclor !!) of hot-air power for those TV interviews!
  12. I think we will see them sharpen up a bit by the next races, and if the wind is up, it could be more even. I actually think that the Austrailian team has more potential than they've shown so far.
  13. Got up with my kids and their friends to watch this morning, but the prime channel was down got out the laptop, and the world was good again. Many thanks Rudder!
  14. ...setting rules to suit themselves, all the underhand carry- on last time. Meh, there is a saying: the bigger they are, the harder they fall, and I don't think Peter, Blair, Glen or any of the rest of the crew came here to poodle around. "Its the last race result that matters " Damn right. Bring it on.