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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. Looking at Friday or Sunday as it stands now.
  2. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/04/29/it_helpdesk_creates_oh_hold_hell/ Seriously, Listen to this.
  3. Could be worse... at least it's not named Melena.
  4. My condolences. I'm burying a close friend and former ambulance partner this weekend; sudden but not entirely unexpected. It starts to suck when the queue of deceased friends keeps getting longer than the queue of living ones.
  5. Anarchy Challenge Part Deux
  6. Thanks for sharing this, Bob.
  7. Any thread that references the Main Point has my undivided attention. The Main Point and a shop called Critters were my haunts in Bryn Mawr long ago. My other favorite venue from that era was the Brandywine Club - saw Thorogood there a couple of times before he hit it big. As for the Dead: I saw one show as a spectator (Easter 85) and worked event EMS at several. I'll cop to listening to a combination CD from time to time but the live shows at which I was in attendance got really tedious. I worked a couple of Phish shows years later and it was kinda the same thing; maybe it was my lack of recreational chemicals on board or my ADDor something. [shrug]
  8. Takes me back to the days of humping a PRC-77 and driving a jeep with an ancient MRC-108 pallet and a really crappy center of gravity...
  9. The J model of the AC-130 is focused on precision-guided munitions, with only a single 30mm Bushmaster and maybe retaining the 105 piece mounted aft. The AC-130W "Stinger II" variants were repurposed from MC-130W airframes and carry a Bushmaster and a combination of small-diameter bombs and standoff PGMs. It's interesting to note that the Marines have weaponized some of their KC-130 tankers with the Harvest Hawk suite including targeting and a mix of Hellfire and Griffin missiles.
  10. I was backing up the guy on the knob while trying to enter a room at a house fire several years back; we got the door open and the room flashed. That was more fum than I wanted to have at the moment, to put it politely. the tanks and brackets of our SCBA took some neat, being the highest points on our persons.
  11. Local to me, but well worth getting shipped in to wherever you are if you're a bacon enthusiast: http://www.1732meats.com The owner started out making bacon as a hobby in his basement, then started selling at the farm market across the street from his house.
  12. rec.audio.misc was the finest forum that ever was. Heyday late 90s or thereabouts. Bring back the Hive. I was a rec.music denizen in the days of the Kate Bush War - only 49 groups in those days.
  13. Smidge under two feet here right outside Philly. Wind's died down and the snow ended about twelve hours ago, so I guess I'll get to some more definitive shoveling shortly. Yesterday I did enough to get my truck out of the driveway.
  14. Still have some Jack and some Mount Gay Extra Old and half a case of Sly Fox imperial IPA. Truck's good in this stuff, but I took a walk to one of the local bars that was open out of abject boredom. That didn't last long; my tolerance for a large crowd of drunk kiddies hammering various shots of Fireball and Rumchata apparently isn't very high.
  15. Down here in the lower right corner of PA, the grocery panic started on Monday and seems to be continuing. You'd think we've never had snow here before. At least the local EMAs are well-versed on what happens next.