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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. My annual bump. Best of luck to the newbies.
  2. We once had to cut the outhaul on a Farrier 28C that nearly got away from us. Worked great!
  3. Thank you for your valuable contribution to this thread, you used up old fuck :-) I'd fly to Sydney just to sail with people like you.
  4. Giving this thread a bump for purely self-serving reasons, as indicated in the next posting. I need a ride in Newport!
  5. I am beyond pleased to report that this thread has inspired a workshop at StrictlySail Chicago. I hope the session is well attended.
  6. Balti-where? Been moving around a bit. Deltaville, VA is home for another couple of weeks, or whenever weather permits three more coats of two-part paint on the back deck. I'm helped by the fact that I've splurged on a covered slip, but it's still kind of capricious. The plan is to get this stuff done, then recruit a couple of monkeys to help me schlep the boat as far as Cape May. From there, I will have to carefully consider the rest of my plan because everyone will tell me not to do it, and I'm only going to go through with it if I'm sure it's worth it. As for this thread, I can't say it enough - just show up and try to listen at least 100x more than you talk. The rest will work itself out. Been thinking about starting a new thread - 'How to find and retain good crew'. I've shared my thoughts on how to get a ride - we need a thread about how to keep the keepers.
  7. Happy Springtime! Bump Bump Bumpity Bump.
  8. This is the only point I disagree with. I personally would not commit to an open ocean trip unless I know 60% of the crew well and had sailed with them previously and had some experience of the boat. 200 nm offshore is too late to find out you're sailing with a bunch of sea sick muppets. Mex In principle, you are right. In reality, you may not have the luxury of personally knowing a boat and crew before going offshore. Use your network. Go on Sailing Anarchy and post the name of the boat - if it's a race boat, chances are if they are exceptional in any way - good or bad, someone here will know about it. Then you are a few PMs away from knowing a lot more than you did. If it's local, ask if you can meet for an orientation sail or at least a walk-through of the boat prior to delivery day.
  9. Aw shucks. I'm on the Front Page. Does it say something about the (lack of) popularity of the Crew Forum when it takes the editor darned near two years to notice this thread, or was 10 October simply an historically slow day for sailing news? :blink:
  10. So would the feminine form of a Douchebag be called a Douchebaguette? Always wondered about that. Sorry for the hijack. Douchebitch
  11. Your post made my day - thank you. My greatest wish for the sport of sailing is that everyone else figures out what I realized 4 years ago, that this is sport is fucking awesome. I will let others give you the usual welcome.
  12. +1
  13. Personal update - I've moved to Baltimore and, using my own advice as well as that of others, scored decent rides for the weekday beer cans. Hope everyone is getting some this summer.
  14. Bump for 2012. Happy sailing everyone - I hope you all get on the boats you want, or for you owners, sail with full crews every time.
  15. Foul weather gear is so named for the protection it affords, not the fragrance it emits. A savvy sailor doesn't make his mates tell him his gear stinks.