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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. dabs it has been noted by management that you are back and up to your old tricks. let this be a friendly warning that our patience with you is wearing thin. knockoff the obvious racist trolling stuff, stop spamming the boards by creating new threads just to reply to someone from another thread, and especially stop posting political content in ga. im itching to bring the ban hammer down on you again so i would suggest you play nice for a while. we give people very wide latitude around here outside the two big no no rules. but sometimes you just know it when you see it when things cross a line. nothing would please me more than to deport your sorry ass back to wbf so i double dog dare you. and you can thank bj because he is the only reason you are even still here.
  2. i have suspended troller for crossing way over the line on the racist/bigot scale. there comes a point where enough is enough. my instinct as well as BJ Porter's instinct was to immediately flick this asshole on the spot. but i decided on a suspension while the management team decides on a proper course of action. the racism and bigotry around here has gotten out of hand lately and it was getting bad even before trump. there is a policy change being considered but it is still under discussion as to what and how to enforce it. we do not want to stifle any discussions about race or other sensitive issues and generally PA has worked well to let the inmates run a but wild. but there comes a point where the hatred and bigotry get out of control even for a place called "anarchy". while this potential new policy is being discussed internally, we welcome your inputs as to what crosses over the line. we do not want to be censor nazis here because frankly none of us wants the hassle and waste of time. but there is a limit. As BJ said, this place will not be allowed to turn into some of those radical sites like stormfront and such. if you want to spew your hatred, go somewhere else.
  3. You called?
  4. this is your first and only warning. knock off the political bs. there are a million stupid gun threads in pa to post this shit in. the OP is a worthy topic to discuss in a sailing forum but the rest of the gun rights crap belongs in pa.
  5. ngs we were going to be nice and clean up the mess for you. but then you went ahead and quoted the pedo stuff yourself. idiot
  6. Gantt has been given a short time out to allow him to understand the "rules" a bit better and to stop being such a whiney little shit.
  7. Woody is going to go sit in a corner for a week for being an ass and spamming the board. A few times is somewhat funny. ^^ ^^ was not.