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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. BL, I would like to believe this but I don't believe this.
  2. You are missing the point so I'll spell it out. Little people go to jail. Little people get shot. That's important because rich people don't go to jail and dammit someone has to go to jail.
  3. At least Tolstedt didn't take a knee. That've been bad.
  4. Weld nixes this. http://reason.com/blog/2016/09/18/bill-weld-carl-bernsteins-speculation-th
  5. This is true. The only people stupider and more corrupt than politicians are voters.
  6. The War Powers Resolution already does this. B. Termination of use of United States Armed Forces; exceptions; extension period Within sixty calendar days after a report is submitted or is required to be submitted pursuant to section 1543(a)(1) of this title, whichever is earlier, the President shall terminate any use of United States Armed Forces with respect to which such report was submitted (or required to be submitted), unless the Congress (1) has declared war or has enacted a specific authorization for such use of United States Armed Forces, (2) has extended by law such sixty-day period, or (3) is physically unable to meet as a result of an armed attack upon the United States. Such sixty-day period shall be extended for not more than an additional thirty days if the President determines and certifies to the Congress in writing that unavoidable military necessity respecting the safety of United States Armed Forces requires the continued use of such armed forces in the course of bringing about a prompt removal of such forces. https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/50/1544
  7. I think you're missing Ranger's point. Like completely and entirely. So you're disagreeing with something he isn't saying.
  8. I haven't taken libertarians seriously in quite some time. That won't change today. I think, underscore that this is my opinion, that libertarians believe in some unwavering yet ill defined principle. They then get attracted to, let's be blunt, con artists. The Libertarian Party candidate in 2008 was Bob Barr. He was an architect of the War on Drugs. They're big on Ron Paul. He's into States Rights (this always kills me). Their current candidate is Gary Johnson, a former Republican governor who agreeably sent people to prison for minor drug offenses. So as Donald Trump becomes increasingly unpalatable to conservatives they search for an alternative to the right of center Democrat. Then magically, presto chango, they're newly minted libertarians. I think libertarians are marks desperately searching for con artists. My personal advice is that you measure candidates, and by extension parties, by what they do rather than by what they say. That means track record becomes very important.
  9. No Fuk Fuk, Cheney is supporting your boy Trump. http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/06/politics/dick-cheney-donald-trump/
  10. I'm not going to agree that our current political system is broken or severely dysfunctional. Moreover, it was designed specifically to avoid anyone being a king for a day. It is a republican form of government. It is supposed to be messy and inefficient. That is what the founders wanted. They wanted to avoid populism. This is as good as it gets. It gets no better than this. So if you are believing someone who is saying that he'll magically make things better then you are a fool.
  11. You should listen to the other part of you.
  12. Point spreads are odds. I did not know that.
  13. Serial rapist Darren Sharper nominated for the HOF. https://www.google.com/amp/m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_57dc0cb4e4b0071a6e06d612/amp https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darren_Sharper At least he didn't take knee.
  14. I doubt you understand Double Irish or Double Irish with a Dutch Sandwich. Apple files one tax return in the US with one set of facts, one set of reporting rules and one set of laws. They file another in Ireland with a completely different set of facts, a completely different set of reporting rules and and a completely different set of laws. Tim Cook can then stand in front of the Senate and say with a straight face that Apple obeys all of the applicable laws. This has nothing to do with rates. Your supply side malarkey didn't work in the 80s. It didn't work in the 2000s. Good luck with your boy Trump.
  15. This. Is. PA!