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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. They won the only race that Cooper Dressler sailed in. He's American, with a 100% winning record in this Americas Cup final at that. There's also an American on the Kiwi boat. Born in CA, moved to kiwiland as a teenager. Nice cycling Andy Maloney! So by my count, those two American's won, plus everyone that's happy that Larry lost (mostly Oracle employees, people who've met him, and California) .
  2. glad she's able to keep her 'prior commitment'. very much looking forward to it.
  3. If your foot loop was about a foot shorter and you were able to attach the grigri closer to your pelvis you'd make your climbs much easier and faster. Let your legs do all the work, and only take up slack with the grigri. Your goal should be to maximize the amount of slack you can take up with each "step" up. Like Moonduster was saying, this is a problem with a known solution. It might be worth your while to head over to a climbing gym, find someone who does aid climbing, and have them help you optimize your setup. Also, given the joy you clearly take in rigging and ascension, perhaps you should take up big wall climbing.
  4. who are you sailing with?
  5. saw a shot of Family Hour getting cozy with mud on the facebooks.
  6. know anyone who knows anyone with a melges 20?
  7. I think he wants the exact opposite of that.
  8. Dacron 3DI explains why the local North reps have been flogging their radial dacron for totally inappropriate applications recently. Clear out the inventory before the new product release!
  9. +100 for radial hydranet -100 for cross cut hydranet Haven't seen any square tops, but I've seen some used by very abusive owners that lasted way longer and looked way better than they should have given their treatment.
  10. I'm not sure how they do it in the lab, but our guesstimate was just by eye. The plastic, even broken into teeny bits, is still distinctly plastic in color and texture.
  11. Coming back from Hawaii in 2015, we did some sample collection for the Ocean Clean Up people. We towed a surface skimming collector (affectionally known as deep throat), behind us about a half hour every day. It collected a shocking amount of junk in that time period, especially given its small aperture, almost all of which, we couldn't see just sailing along. As you can almost see in the picture below, while there were often large chunks of plastic debris present, most of the plastic debris was broken down into small, plankton sized bits. One of the main goals of this collection effort, beyond mapping the density of plastic pollution, was to determine the relative percentage of plankton to plastic. From what we saw, it wasn't a good ratio. That said, the Ocean Cleanup's ideas for plastic collection are complete lunacy. So far, everyone of their pilot projects has ended in utter failure, not that you'd know that from their social media or news coverage. A typical haul after a half hour of collection. Most of the small black dots are plankton or other small, smelly things, the little brightly colored bits are small chunks of photo degraded plastic. Deep Throat coming up for air. The bottom 1.5" of the sample bag is full of a mix of about 50/50 biomass/plastic bits.
  12. I hear Santa Cruz is ideal.
  13. when was your circumnavigaton?
  14. I'm pretty sure they use melamine coated HDF for the bulkheads. It's much stronger than the MDF found in many production boats.