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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. Last time I saw someone hit there the bowman went overboard. We were prepping to assist when he stood up on the rock that they hit and was only waist deep.
  2. 2-3 of 8. Agreed about the different colors for the different sexes. Kills any chance at team coordination. Also makes me grumpy because I like H/H gear, and I liked the white stuff. But the women's cut didn't fit right on my slightly overweight male body
  3. Finished Hein Bank in about 22.5 real time on the 75 rated PHRF. Great great race. Saw sustained 20s gusting to upper 20s blowing by race rocks on the way to the bank. There were a couple of holes where the wind died to 3-5 for a bit, but they were pretty short. Still a little baffled why I was racing a -75 on the same course, but I guess you gotta do what you gotta do.
  4. I often think "WTF am I doing? I could be at home with a good looking wife, a few cocktails and a warm bed. I'm not doing this again." Only to hit the dock and think "When's the next one?" Something wrong with us, I think.
  5. I'd love to hit the bank one of these days. But as a modest budget program on a mid-size boat the extra safety requirements puts a damper on that one.
  6. Prelim splits are up: http://www.swiftsure.org/registered-yachts/ Hein Bank PHRF has a spread of 186. What's the deal with Valkyrie not going IRC?
  7. Wind prediction sites are making me sad.
  8. Didn't see a thread for this one yet ... Any guesses on conditions? We're in for the new long race and hoping to go through with it, but might change our mind if it looks like a total drift-fest.
  9. So, anyone seen the mounts yet? I don't care so much since my self-fashioned one is working OK. I did take a drill to the back cover and sacrificed a NMEA2000 cable to fasion a waterproof power cord for it (we often do distance races and changing batteries is a PITA).
  10. I find Night Runner a bit confusing, but never seem to have trouble interpreting what MrPerry has to say. I finished reading Left for Dead. First hand account of the Fastnet race from a guy on Gremalkin. http://www.amazon.com/Left-Dead-Surviving-Deadliest-Sailing/dp/1596914556 Pretty good book. Subject matter was very fascinating. Writing was so-so.
  11. Latest beta software hozed the remote buttons (they acted differently on every single page) Lastest-latest-latest fixed it again. Since the hardwire option is probably months away, I plan on taking a drill to the battery cover this week and fashioning up my own. Love the box, but it was released WAY too soon.
  12. Oooo.. new toys for the weekend, Yeah!
  13. Anything that requires tools and or cotter pins etc. for the normal operation of the unit (battery change / mounting etc) is no good. These are used in unstable conditions where parts dropped by numb and wet fingers are almost instantly lost.
  14. They sent me the beta of their PC "rockbox commander" software. It looks promising, but as of yet it won't interface with the rockbox until they release the new firmware.
  15. Triangle mast bracket. Nylon spacers. Stainless screws into the rockbox from behind. Sturdy, but a PITA to change batteries mid race. Plan to hard-wire it though here shortly.