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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. Association Cup photos ? Check the RYCV website, photos available, FOC, want them in high res? email the club, and still FOC ! Just as is done for the Lipton as well.
  2. Ahhh, Walrus, a trifle harsh, but correct. I think it will take a big failure to knock this into shape, lets hope it happens in 2012, so we can get back to business in 2013. Don't look for them to make last minute changes to encourage entries this time. Such a shame, they must be taking lessons from Alan Joyce at Qantas in 'How to trash a brand in one easy lesson'.
  3. It presents, in a Yacht club environment as an inability to see, understand and act on the bleedin' fucking obvious, especially to ACT! It was fucking blindingly obvious even to a brain dead moron like me that Geelong was building itself a massive fixed cost base when it went "Corporate" and especially when it booted out long term cost free volunteer labor (like the Lions Club caterers) and replaced it with commercial suppliers. It then saddled itself with all the costs associated with "entertaining" the corporate clients and their hangers on, most of whom couldn't give a fuck about the sport. Now of course once the volunteers have been replaced by paid contractors they can't come back, I mean you need a food handlers course to make a fucking sandwich these days! I have to have a fucking firearms licence to be in possession of a starting gun! It all has to be done by professionals these days - learned helplessness. Here is my advice to RGYC. Tell the members to take their fucking club back and start doing their organising themselves. Get the Lions back. Run the series as a long weekend and to hell with Australia day. Run your courses around fixed marks and don't move them and fuck off these upwind/downwind farces, that reduces your committee boat costs and the inevitable prangs at the end of the reaching leg will make the front page of Australian sailing again. Bring back beer tickets. Try to encourage the old family atmosphere that existed years ago. Of course if you want to play the "premier Grand Prix" game it serves you fucking right if nobody comes. And another example of learned helplessness; certain old bastards have been pleading with a certain club to install security cameras for Five fucking years, even to the point of offering to buy a system from Middys for the club and install it ourselves, but oh no! We aren't professional camera installers and there are always more pressing things to do. There was another theft on the weekend, at least Two earlier this year. How long before somebody accidentally surprises one of these bastards at work and ends up getting knifed? We have had our differences Walrus but I completely agree with all you have said here; both re the impending Geelong debacle and the widespread yacht club management culture of negativity that is far too fond of saying no for expediancy and arse covering purposes rather than finding a practical and workable solution. It has become endemic throughout yachting in this state to my certain knowledge and no doubt it has spread its destructive tentacles to other states as well. Maybe we need to establish "Occupy Yacht Clubs" and take them all back for the sailors? Makes the Lipton Cup Regatta in a couple of weeks good value at under $100. I am giving very serious thought to not doing Geelong, the only way they will learn is if we do not go.