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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.
    • B.J. Porter

      Moderation Team Change   06/16/2017

      After fifteen years of volunteer moderation at SA, I will no longer be part of the moderation team. The decision to step aside is mine, and has been some time in the works but we did not wish to announce it in advance for a number of reasons. It's been fun, but I need my time back for other purposes now. The Underdawg admin account will not be monitored until further notice, as I will be relinquishing control of it along with my administrative privileges. Zapata will continue on as a moderator, and any concerns or issues can be directed to that account or to the Editor until further notice. Anyone interested in helping moderate the forums should reach out to Scot by sending a PM to the Editor account. Please note that I am not leaving the community, I am merely stepping aside from Admin responsibilities and privileges on the site.


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  1. The New Year resolution of Brother Spithill suggests he agrees with Cayard.
  2. Do I detect a bit of thread drift? Should we start a new thread? Seahawks Anarchy? What would Stingray's cat think about it?
  3. Going forward with the impactful visioning and benchmarks. Puke!
  4. Lake Hauraki?? Why not? I will not insult you with epithets. However, you had better try and keep up. Just 5 minutes ago, TNZ was being criticized for sailing in a lake! The implication was "Go out in OR-type conditions and you too will join the pitchpole club". That was until a taniwha arranged a tornado. And now California lake-complainers have shut up. With Christmas in the offing, it could be a good thing.
  5. Lake Hauraki??
  6. You will be happy to know that, with the exception of passing through US airports (and the occasional dtrop-in on 2nd hand book shops - eg. Powells - and used boat-bit places) I am already following your elegant instructions. I can assure you it ain't just me. These days many, many people living "somewhere else" put a lot of energy into avoiding the US of A. Best to leave the Excited States to erudite souls who think they inhabit the centre of the universe.
  7. Not really! Says nothing! The only new bit is the fact TH is mates with Jobson. And they have talked through the situation. In fact, this is a very lazy (and uninteresting) bit of journalism. Would be interesting to hear what KJ thinks.
  8. Whoops ... not set to go RTW. Instead, across the Excited States.
  9. Bit off topic ... although has a SF angle. Remember those mates of Ernesto's intending to fly a solar powered aircraft around the world? Solar impulse. Piccard and the other bloke. Did their work next to Alinghi. They are set to go. And hope to fly over Kittyhawk. Will be worth watching.
  10. Whoa! This reminds me of the speedway in my home town. Only 4 entries. But a ton of races. Same blokes! Over and over. Only 4 boats in the AC )OR, AR, TNZ, LR) But "up to" 55 days of racing. Ernesto must be impressed. But how many times a day can you milk the same cow?
  11. Oh baby jesus ... world-class ... said twice. Does this guy have the slightest clue concerning the troubled (and idiotic) nature of this term? However it is not as bizarre as "lifestyle options" associated with the America's Cup. On the other hand, with all those "lifestyle blocks" next to NZ cities, I had better shut up.
  12. no mention from Barclay of this at today's AC partner meeting. DiD other USS get some notification of this? nice update from the AC community, thanks. All words! And no visible benefits. Other than the right to watch the events. Which you and I already have!
  13. Off topic .... but with these Vendee boats now routinely breaking the 500 nm a day mark (and thus going almost as fast as a Torben Grael + crew VOR70) it looks like the under-crewed mono might still have a future. And raises doubts about the drama of having a Bruce Farr one-design VOR 65 footer. The speed gains are all amazing (inc. Paul Larsen). But we sort of expect multis to go fast. So, in significant ways, the monos are dressed to impress.
  14. Apart from more restraining lines, what can be done? This could be Larry's secret weapon. During adverse SF weather (in the LVC), LE keeps his own stuff locked inside. While challengers face the daily challenge of fighting to get the wing up.
  15. In the midst of boat engine traumas I got to know a couple of blokes in a Ford wrecking yard near here. Bought some heads and other things. Was going out the door and noticed a pair of polished aluminiun rocker covers. With flames and "Ford Racing" engraved on the top. Fit a 302 and 351 (Windsor) head. Were being sold on consignment on behalf of "Rory" who wanted $100 for the pair. I offered $50 but Mr. Nice Guy said they belonged to Rory, not him. No bargaining! This is not China. Just a few days earlier, I had bought chrome-plated (but rust-vulnerable) tin rocker covers. More for a joke than anything else. And to impress my brother. Anyway, I will sooon remove the chrome and put on the Ford Racing covers. If you saw my fairly bashed-up workboat cum tug, you would see the humour of having flash OTT (redneck) rocker covers. Maybe you need them more than me? They definitely fit the 302. How about $500? Each!