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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. Or he may have PTSD from something. Small events can just set things off sometimes.
  2. I used it in Manhattan 2 wks ago, no pobs.
  3. I did, and I have the mastercard black card. They said I agreed to this somehow and have asked for the "e-mail transcript" of what happened. How many people ask for an e-mail transcript of things they do everyday? Well, I guess I do now... There's no micro9soft store in Halifax, there's only 3 in all of Canada I think. I can't believe MS is this stupid.... I feel like it's a scam. Hence my warning to others. I'm not on Twitter or Facebook so fell free to post if you like. It does not work that way, anything a 3rd party posts is a rant. As i said direct access to in reality 3rd level support, that over views the minions. A slower but effective process is via ms support/ help, that again is viewed by the powers that be not just in house by a sub contractor.Feel free to continue an imaginary can not recover this issue, old school style. Ok you win! Good ideas, thanks, I'll see where it leads.
  4. I did, and I have the mastercard black card. They said I agreed to this somehow and have asked for the "e-mail transcript" of what happened. How many people ask for an e-mail transcript of things they do everyday? Well, I guess I do now... There's no micro9soft store in Halifax, there's only 3 in all of Canada I think. I can't believe MS is this stupid.... I feel like it's a scam. Hence my warning to others. I'm not on Twitter or Facebook so fell free to post if you like.
  5. Unfortunately, I put my trust in corporate honesty. Lesson learned there I guess but I have always had great luck with that. FWIW My wife said I was getting scammed from the get go. Also FWIW, I requested a call log/summary of today's conversation and they had to ask me for my e-mail, which they should've had on file already, and I still haven't herard from them with an answer to my inquiry. It stinks...
  6. I sent my non functioning Surface Rt back to "Microsoft" and they promised me a Surface 3 for $479 with a keyboard/pen etc. I received a Surface RT (non Windows 10 compatible) back after billing me $650 for the privilege of doing business with MS; on top of what I paid for the original RT!. After going through their "escalation" process, I still don't have an answer after 1 week of dealing with them, being on hold for an hour at a time, numerous times, at least etc. Contact reference point from MS Canada that I've used include: Microsoft Canada Inc. The Canada office supports: Saint Pierre and Miquelon 1950 Meadowvale Blvd Mississauga, Ontario L5N 8L9 Canadian Head Office: (905) 568-0434 Customer Inquiries: (877) 568-2495 Microsoft TT/TDD: (905) 568-9641 Microsoft Order Centre: (800) 933-4750 They all lead to non Microsoft providers that will take your credit card # etc and provide service initially, but fraud you in the end etc. Lock point: When I asked the agent to send me an e-mail about what we just discussed, and then asked what domain name the e-mail would be coming from, he couldn't answer me. I'm out $700 for my own stupidity, save yourself. I wouldn't trust any Microsoft products anymore. Now I feel dumb, hope others won't after this.
  7. True Virgins Make Dull Companions....Add Whiskey
  8. Not 100% sure what to think of that 60 minutes piece. They had some good points there.
  9. There was an election????
  10. Where do I start... I drafted Big Ben, Lacy, Keenan Allen, Josh Gordon, the Bengals and Titans DST's... No wonder I'm in last place.. (insert face palm here)
  11. I find 2 things odd. 1) She was sick since last Friday when she was diagnosed with pneumonia and told to rest. This was not disclosed to the press? 2) She was told to rest and didn't resulting in this episode which was also not initially fully disclosed to the press until social media made it apparent that something was amiss. Do I have this right?
  12. Thank you Keenan Allen for starting the demise of my fantasy team...
  13. But there is nothing quite like a Chargers / Raiders game in San Diego with all those crazy Raiders fans! At a game a few years ago walking into the stadium my wife looked down in the parking lot and saw about 10 prison busses and asked what they were for. I had to think for a second and then told her, "Don't worry, most of them will be gone by halftime..." Btw the Chargers just sucked in that game too, losing badly to the Raiders.
  14. Does anyone include drone use in their NOR's/Sailing Instructions? If so could you post an example? Maybe not so much for outside help, but restrictions on proximity to race boats, interference with RC (Race Committee) boats, include Unmanned Surface and Unmanned Air in the dialogue etc...