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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.

Pete Pollard

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  1. Monterrey. If I drag my Weta out to Ca. Monterrey Bay, the aquarium and as much of that peninsula as possible. Who wants to lead a California Weta safari, how much will it cost, and who do I send a check to? When?
  2. FL Alligators?!?! and pythons oh my! For those actually interested, I have over nighted on my Weta. I waited for perfect weather, particularly wind, launched midday, at about 2:00 a.m. I got sleepy, ran up on the beach and just curled up on the tramp. Slept 'til sunrise and continued on my way. A small box holds a stove, sleep pad, tarp, lantern, flashlight, bug net and sundry items. I didn't use any of it, just pulled a beach towel over my head to keep my ears warm and slept in my foulies. If you're tired, you'll sleep. This was during the full moon phase which coincides with extreme tides so I awakened on Sanibel beach with lots of locals already about with flashlights and cameras searching the flats for sea critters.
  3. How long is too long? In Florida, from Boca Grande (Punta Gorda/Port Charlotte) to Flamingo ranger station at the very tip of the peninsula there are unlimited beaches and coves to pull into for the night. Of course the mosquitoes would carry you away at most times of the year so winter would be the best time for a Florida Raid.
  4. Holy shit!
  5. 410? I gotta see him on a scale. Can he move? Does he have any stamina? What grade level? 3A? http://www.tomahawknation.com/2015/2/4/7976895/florida-state-recruiting-2015-offensive-line-fsu "Florida State cleaned up along the offensive line on National Signing Day 2014, bringing in seven fantastic offensive linemen, and it has brought in four more on National Signing Day 2015."
  6. I like this. We should have one, maybe move it around every year so people can see new places.
  7. I agree with the basic premise, but - wow - talk about displaying the same over-entitled, arrogant attitude that's backfiring on Dermer & Bibi. Are these folks trying[/i[ to lower the american public's support for israel? Everyone in D.C. and Tel Aviv believe the sheeple can simply be ignored. I see no reason to doubt it.
  8. http://www.npr.org/blogs/goatsandsoda/2015/02/02/383316715/lack-of-patients-hampers-ebola-drug-and-vaccine-testing " Lack Of Patients Hampers Ebola Drug And Vaccine Testing"
  9. "Why Bibi-Gate Is Bunk" http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/02/us-israel-relationship-too-big-to-fail-114807.html#.VNDBZr1VhbQ
  10. Good stuff all the same.
  11. http://www.forbes.com/sites/rickungar/2015/01/25/bibi-netanyahu-aka-the-republican-senator-from-israel-may-have-made-a-fatal-political-mistake/
  12. Thy sea, O God, so great, My boat so small. It cannot be that any happy fate Will me befall Save as Thy goodness opens paths for me hrough the consuming vastness of the sea. Thy winds, O God, so strong, So slight my sail. How could I curb and bit them on the long And saltry trail, Unless Thy love were mightier than the wrath Of all the tempests that beset my path? Thy world, O God, so fierce, And I so frail. Yet, though its arrows threaten oft to pierce My fragile mail, Cities of refuge rise where dangers cease, Sweet silences abound, and all is peace. ~Winfred Ernest Garrison
  13. http://www.cnet.com/news/mysterious-nebula-revealed-in-new-image-mouth-of-the-beast/
  14. "Ebola Cases Plummet In West Africa, As Endgame Begins" http://www.npr.org/blogs/goatsandsoda/2015/01/29/382392773/ebola-cases-plummet-in-west-africa-as-endgame-begins