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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. yeah, we are oblivious to most things. obvi. email me editor@sailinganarchy.com
  2. Parked on shelter island, san diego on 11.10.2016. Who knows?
  3. Brian Hancock poses some interesting thoughts about sinkings, rescues, and who pays for it.... The sinking of Locomotion and the subsequent rescue of the crew has me thinking about the cost of mid-ocean rescues and who should pay for them. Earlier this week Locomotion, an Andrews 45, was enroute from Hawaii to California when the boat struck something and started to take on water. According to the crew they were unable to keep up with the flooding and so they took to the liferaft and activated their EPIRB. Because they were relatively close to land a Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter was dispatched to rescue the three crew. The night footage of their rescue shows the boat looking to be in good condition but I take their word for it that it was beyond saving. The crew, as I understand, were very experienced. So who should pay for the cost of their rescue? Should the owner of the boat pony up? Should the crew? Or should we as a society pay for it? It’s not that simple but as more and more people take to the sea, many of them in less than seaworthy boats, it starts to add up. Let take a look at two extremes. In January 1995 Isabelle Autissier was rescued from her sinking boat while she was racing solo around the world in the BOC Challenge. A wave literally ripped her cabin off leaving a gaping hole in the deck and she was taken off the boat by an Australian Seahawk helicopter. At the time there was great indignation among many Aussies that their hard earned tax dollars was being used to rescue a ‘Shelia'. Yup that Ozzie-speak for a lady. And a French one at that. Autissier claimed, and rightly so, that she had provided the Australian Coast Guard with an excellent training exercise and besides she quipped, “you telling me my life is not worth a million dollars?” Compare that with the two hapless American sailors who earlier this year had to be rescued nine times as they made their way from Norway to England. Seriously, nine times in six months, the last by the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) Britain's excellent volunteer charity that is charged with saving sailors from sinking boats. It’s true that governments have agencies set up specifically to rescue those in need, and it’s not only sailors. There are many plucked off the side of mountains or found wandering lost in the woods. These are great agencies that do excellent work and we can only applaud the bravery of the rescuers. You only have to watch a few scenes from The Perfect Storm to get my point. I have never been rescued and I hope that I never have to be rescued but here is my take on all of this. We as a civilized society need to encourage people to get off the couch and to start living their lives even if that means taking to sea in somewhat questionable vessels and when they flounder, we rescue them. Look, we rescue people every day. People that made the choice to take drugs and ended up as a junkie. Others, who from no fault of their own, end up homeless. We provide support for all types of situations and that is how it should be. As I said we are a civilized people and that’s how we should collectively act. There are not enough risk takers in the world anymore. We live cushioned lives and we are getting weaker as a result. People can barely function if the temperate goes above 80 degrees or below 50. We have heat and AC to take care of any discomfort. I say let’s urge our fellow sailors to get out there and sail the wide ocean and if you hit something and your boat sinks, we will gladly come and rescue you. Besides what you hit was probably some man-made junk that was floating out there. The ocean is littered with trash that you and I and the rest had a hand in creating. In the recent New York-Vendée race five boats hit man-made crap floating in the water south of Long Island and were forced to return to land for repairs. So back to the crew of Locomotion. I am sorry that your routine delivery was cut short because you hit something in the water. To the owner of the boat, I am sorry that you lost your boat because it hit some garbage in the water. I think we need to start worrying more about the mess we are making in our endless thirst for convenience and the mess it’s making of the oceans, than the cost of a mid-sea rescue. But that’s just me. I am interested to know what you think.
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  5. This contest is like shooting ducks in a pond, isn't it?