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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. As has always been the case in the AC, its all about timing. IM could've waited until all teams were in Bermuda to initiate "Training races" as there would still have been enough time to figure out race courses in that time. At least all teams would have had the opportunity to either accept or decline that offer. As it is, ETNZ and France aren't physically able to participate due simply to the fact that they're not in Bermuda. IM has at least an idea of when all teams will be based in Bermuda, yet chooses to hold these training periods when only 4 of 6 teams are present. Timing is everything in the AC. Sorry, Chowderhead. Wake up please. ETNZ and GTF are building their race boats from their AC45 sport / turbo / test / whatever-you-want-to-call-them boats. When they get to Bermuda they will have only their AC Class race boats which they may not sail with the other teams in an "organized" way. They will not have not-a-surrogate test boats. Waiting for them to arrive in Bermuda would not allow them to participate in training races because they will not have boats they could sail in test races. You can run training races with the not-a-surrogate test boats but not with the AC Class race boats. You may or may not be stupid, but you write stupid things. WHO CARES what they will/ will not have (which by the way, no one actually knows for sure, including you). That is irrelevant. its the fact that IM offered the training period to those teams KNOWING they would not be able/ present/ prepared to attend. That's what I'm saying, Stupid is as stupid does idiot. At least it would've been fairer or a better look to offer a training period when everyone is able/ prepared to accept/ decline that offer. France and Team NZ had no choice but to decline, and IM knew that when he offered it to "All Teams" that's the point. Both NZL and FRA have said that they are building their race boats from the AC Class rule compliant components of the their test boats. The Protocol prohibits them from sailing their AC Class yacht "in a coordinated manner" with other competitors. Your words: aren't physically able to participate due simply to the fact that they're not in Bermuda It does not matter when IM or anyone else would offer a training period. The Protocol would not allow NZL and FRA to participate. And before you suggest changing the Protocol, think for a moment about whether that would be a stupid thing to say.
  2. Anyone who was in Valencia when they were digging the canal and getting the AC Village ready knows that if you didn't keep moving, someone would pull up with a cement truck and you'd wind up part of the concrete! The Spaniards know how to get things done in a hurry!
  3. RW is the voice of ACEA- not TEAM USA- the updates from ACEA are country neutral- to the point where they wish American friends to have a Happy Thanksgiving ( I don't recall what it was for Independence Day) RC seems to be the Voice of OR and the defender (LE as owner) TE seems to be the voice of GGYC the defending club more and more as Vice Commodore and also NB as Comm Problem is two out of the three guys you cite are not americans, and Ehman rarely speaks to the media these days except about lawsuits. Ehman does his club tour thing, but that is not really public and you never hear about them until after the fact. Add Iain Murray into the equation and you have three of four not Americans, then all the Kiwi boat builders, the fact the AC 45's were built in New Zealand and not the US, along with the support boats having been built in Europe, and the vast majority of their 72's being built in New Zealand, then toss in an Aussie skipper and only Kostecki being the definable american on the sailing team, the design team led by non-american's too. Coutts and Worth have also been doing such flipflops over the last year with their statements about what will define success for the event, you'd think they were Olympic gymnasts. Worth is making himself out to be the star of the show. So, the voice of the show is decidely NOT American. Why should America care about the America's Cup? There's far more American's in a leadership role at Artemis than there are at the GGYC and related entities. Yep. It's always RW, RC, JS, IM. LE is not the voice or the point, he is the backer and the Owner, and perhaps part or all of the driving force, but not the point or the voice or the face, and that is my problem. EVERY OTHER TEAM's VOICE AND FACE ARE FROM THEIR COUNTRY (can you tell this is starting to really bug me) Well, not EVERY OTHER TEAM'S VOICE... Please name the voices of GCR and CT.
  4. Also posted in thread about NBC deal: Did ACEA pull off a major coup with the NBC deal? Or completely miss a major conflict? Somebody has done his homework: here: Where angels fear to tread? and here: Coup? or Snafu?.
  5. Nothing going on in NoDak?? What a ding dong you are. Read what the New Yorker had to say about "Kuwait on the Prairie." http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/04/25/110425fa_fact_konigsberg?currentPage=all They even have a geologist who wears cashmere and gold earrings to check up on her mud logging crews...