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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. Note the memorial for the Wallenator this Friday. T Walter O'Sullivan Jr. Obituary Condolences Walter F. "Wally" O'Sullivan Jr., 55, of Oak Park, formerly of Glenview; Passed away suddenly, August 12, 2016. Loving father of Clare O'Sullivan. Beloved son of Mary Lou (The Late Donald) Steffens and the late Walter F. O'Sullivan. Dear brother of Julia, Brian (Karen), Mark (Ingrid), and Patrick O'Sullivan. Fond uncle of Antonio, Chia, Kevin, Andrew, Margaret and Kyle. Former husband of Kathleen Fleming. Family and friends will meet for funeral mass 3 p.m. Friday, September 16, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 1775 Grove St. Glenview. Interment Private. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Sr. Paulanne's Needy Family Fund, C/O OLPH, 1775 Grove Street, Glenview, IL 60025. Funeral info, 847-998-1020. Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from Aug. 28 to Sept. 11, 2016 Read Less - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/chicagotribune/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=181212629#sthash.ImvTpsoe.dpuf
  2. He was Irish driver. No beer for Wally, though. He had an interesting history. You would have enjoyed the conversation. I always did.
  3. I'll miss the Wallenator for a long time. Talked with him last week. T
  4. Flight back from Mac We have one seat left. Wheels up at 8AM EDT from Mac Island Airport. Wheels down 9:30 to 10AM CDT at Midway. The above is weather related. If it is too bad to fly, we take the CYC bus back. $300. Ted
  5. PK4 is having a crew organizational meeting this Sunday, the 9th from noon to 2PM, at Columbia. All are welcome. New aspects for 2014 will be discussed. If you are looking for a ride or want to make a change, come by. No commitment necessary. PM me if you want to come so we can get a chair count. T
  6. PK4 (Sydney 38) is doing both Macs and a full season including all the major regattas and most beercans this summer. We are having a crew meeting at 3 PM on this coming Sunday at Columbia, 3rd floor. If you are interested, stop in or PM me. T
  7. Hoghead McDunna's has a back room. Not huge. And they have been a supporter of sailing. What's wrong with Weather Mark? T
  8. R, Thx. Yeah. It seems like yesterday. Great party. T
  9. Ok, now for something more fun. Beach volleyball! There is a prettier version of this that I attached to an email that I sent thru the LMSRF list. Paula Bersie is running the games now. Alice and I are taking a rest from producing the volleyball games on the beach this year. We may sit by the pool and drink. Or, go swimming. Alice has been doing the volleyball games since before I met her 17 years ago. (We just had our 11th wedding anniversary on Sunday. Some of you were there. Robin, I still remember your words that day. Thank you.) The Columbia Yacht Club Sail Fleet presents the annual Tri-state Challenge Join the fun…Play for rum on the beach at St.Joe… (just west of where the old club was) Grab the crew or form your own team Boat vs. boat with Mt. Gay to the winners Saturday 2-5 (MICHIGAN TIME) See y'all over there. T
  10. Plus whatever, Robin. Well said. Also, pretty much the discussion I had yesterday with one of our RC at CYC.
  11. PK to and from Waukegan, Mac and HS. No Bayview. Next year. T
  12. Spring is here. PK is on D-dock. Finally. Now it's time to read "Sailing for Dummies" again and try to remember how to sail. T
  13. I saw Jim Helquist at Belmont this morning. He said he brought Spitfire across yesterday. He found the bottom in MI City six times with an 8' draft. Alice made the right choice to move us to the Bi-State. T
  14. For those that knew John Sweeney, Alice is having a memorial gathering and toast on Saturday after Verve racing from 5:30 to 6:30 on the Columbia dock. In the rail deck if it is raining. We met John thru Karen Utterback years ago. He sailed with us and on Serri when he was in town. He lived in Annapolis and Boston. He also sailed with us at KWRW and on the Bermuda Race last summer. He died this past winter. He was in his mid fifties. If you knew him, or of him, stop by. Ted