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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. Jeepers....at that distance you gotta worry about curve of earth as well?
  2. Didn't want to stand his mid watch.............
  3. "taped"? You're letting your age show Billy................I said the same thing a while ago to one of my grandkids and he looked at me quizzically and said "taped?" So I really amazed him and showed him my old turntable and a record........I'd have hooked it up to my amp and played a record for him but I don't have a cartridge anymore........
  4. Having spent some time reading about Einstein....I've always found him quite interesting....I've come to conclude you can "view" him in several contexts. 1) Theoretical concentrating on the specifics of his theories. 2) What I kinda characterize as "interpersonal" which is how he was viewed by his contemporaries and colleagues. Some of his assertions caused quite a stir in the theoretical physics "establishment" and 3) Personal, which is his quite colorful personal and political life and views. Certainly they overlap but each of those focus is a very different read. Fascinating person. In the context of his theories and how they were received and viewed by his colleagues, I just finished a couple books recently that some of you might find interesting. Bill Bryson's "A Short History of Nearly Everything" has a pretty good couple chapters about the evolution of modern theoretical physics in which - of course - Einstein and his theories are discussed. What I enjoyed about the entire book, not just those chapters is that it is indeed about nearly everything, but its just a thin slice of many subjects expressed in a way that doesn't get you bogged down in much detail but is a superb 20,000 foot view of the broad spectrum of pretty complex scientific subjects. Certainly anything that peaks your interest will require further study elsewhere but that is ostensibly its purpose. Some of it is a bit dated since it was written in 2003, but the "history of everything" doesn't change so its still surprisingly contemporary. The second was Hawkings "The Grand Design". Its..........Hawking...........so its a little hard to follow from time to time but someone clearly helped him with it since its much easier to follow than some of his first works. He spends some time on Einstein's theories as well. Good stuff....but since my head hurts now I'm spending a little time in the fiction aisle.........sucking up some mindless drivel for a bit.
  5. Ours used to say "I have the ship"........we thought it was an interesting expression......nobody challenged him on it that I ever saw. Of course I didn't spend much time on the Bridge. The phrase "Captain is on the Bridge" was enough to get me to move on........... That was a long time ago..........1974ish.
  6. No, you're good. I won't check in this thread till I'm done. But.......can't be too many "spoilers"......we kinda know how it turns out.
  7. We recorded it. We are 3 in. So far it's really good. Glad to hear it holds up through all 8.
  8. I actually knew the definition of that word...but only because I recently watched a PBS thingee about modern day aficionados of old "siege machines" some of which were tossing old cars around........... He definitely gets points for the use.
  9. I've been told he works in mysterious ways. That may account for it.......
  10. While I probably stop short of rooting for the bull to kill the Matador.........and cultural differences notwithstanding........I also find the "sport" disgusting. Ritualized torture of an animal is hard to accept as simply a cultural difference. For me anyway.
  11. We bought our son a B-17 ride for his birthday last year. It was up Ventura way. He was thrilled, said it was awesome.
  12. It would speed up the cut but who is gonna carry it up there?
  13. Just curious.....how many sock dummies - not folks who sorta do it for humor but the real repeat assholes - do you suppose we have?
  14. I don't know that you can draw much from that. Any turns ahead of the collision shouldn't assume either or both ships weren't in a hard turn at the last minute trying to avoid a collision at the last minute. We'll find out.........not enough info yet.