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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 I understand it, the uptick in fun at the Pink Pony party coincides with the CYC Associates Committee taking it over. This might have been answered, as I didn't keep reading all the way through the thread, but when the Associates Committee took over the Pink Pony party at CYC we opened it up and invited members of other city clubs outside of yacht clubs (because they all should know about it) that we have relationships with, think Union League and I think the Chicago Athletic Club. Both those clubs have a great associate level membership base, that is certainly interested in sailing. At CYC we do a couple different events with them including a Club Crawl and a Women's networking event.
  2. For too long we have had paralysis by analysis. What single factor has been missing? S-a-l-e-s. No one (across the entire U.S. too) is selling sailboat racing. Pick up a sales book, a marketing book, none of these are occurring. How do thousands of boats in the harbors just sit there week in and week out. How do they even have a clue that they can come out and play with the racing crowd? Of course it isn't for everybody, but even 50 boats or 100 boats new to racing than sit back and just expect new customers to walk up and say, "Hi!" And taking a novice and throwing them to the wolves on the A3 course just doesn't make a lot of sense. Whereby using the attitude of "Bring whatchya got" in the way of sails and a boat, have single race on Saturdays only, go on a long reach out to a government mark and back for 2-1/2 to 3-1/2 hours, no US Sailing dues, no yacht club membership requirement 1st year, no LMSRF membership requirement 1st year, and have a handicap assigned by the A3 RGC at no cost, makes it as easy as enter online with the regular race entry fee, cross a starting line, round a mark or two, cross a finish line and possibly get a trophy. It makes it as easy as possible for someone who owns a boat and never raced before to get experience. Then the clubs at the end of the season get to market to these new racers and offer their membership to them. I like this approach. Racers already race. What Glenn appears to be doing is growing the sport by getting as many people into racing as possible. I don't know you personally, but if anyone gives you shit, tell them to fuck off. I constantly see you trying to expand the sport while many others do nothing but complain. Good job. I have to agree! When I first read the statement from LMSRF, I was admittedly confused, and I think a lot of people were/are (not to point fingers or gripe, but I don't think the ideas came across as clearly as the authors intended, which happens a ton when you try to edit your own statement, I get it!). However, I think this approach is a good start. Let's face it, those of us that race, we know we are going to get out there regardless of who is running our races, and when. Fleets make those calls, and we are on the line. But if I'm new to racing, new to my boat, didn't grow up here, I might not know, and it's our responsibility as people passionate about the sport to encourage these people to get out on the water, and maybe critically, not intimidate them! In Milwaukee we had Friday night Mast Racing, kind of a similar concept where people new to the sport, or their boats, or racing could go out in a conducive environment, have fun, and work on the craft of sailing. People love it! I'm interested to know more about the mentoring aspect as well, I think this is something many of us One Design sailors are lucky to have in a very organic manner (we all want our fleets to get better, and everyone to be competitive), how would it work in this atmosphere? I actually think this could be a critical point of this programs success. Well done Glenn!
  3. Was this the collision that was reported by Liberty after I want to say the first big cell blew through on Sat? I heard the call on the radio but no one seemed to know anything on the Island, not even CYC. Was curious about the situation, but at least it doesn't sound like anyone got hurt.
  4. +1 This is a legit awesome idea