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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. Thanks for all your input. The planning got shelved for a bit and forgot about this thread but we are back in play. Taxman - I like your suggestion about Williamsburg. Haven't looked much into the golfing yet but the vacation rentals are way more interesting than the never ending list of condo rentals in Myrtle Beach. Which I'm sure is nice but not quite my style.
  2. Looking to book a golf getaway sometime in May and looking for advice on location. First requirement is somewhere warm in May and beyond that anywhere in North/South America. Other priorities -Good selections of rental accommodations, would prefer not to stay in a hotel -Good access to great food, we like to cook -Nice golf courses, doesn't have to be the best in the world though -Close to the water Where have you been and what would you suggest?
  3. Watson will be all over those poachers like a club on a baby seal...
  4. This one https://www.youtube.com/embed/oMGQXktuYfI My daughter was just a baby when it came out and it made me cry thinking about the possibilities. Now I've got a contender https://www.youtube.com/embed/aOeq0tzvdcw
  5. This looks pretty scary. Was down in PV last week and while I'm not an expert, the topography of the area just doesn't seem well set up for a storm like this (not that anywhere is). Thanks to Mark Michaelson for taking the time to respond to my email early this morning when I asked him for his thoughts since I've got a friend down there. Appreciate all the updates he does during these storms.
  6. I club race out of a full service club that has a crew membership for around $250 for 6 months. In reality they don't enforce the requirement for the membership but I believe that if you don't have one you are only allowed to race 3-5 times or something like that. Every couple of years there are rumblings that they are going to start enforcing the crew membership requirement, I'm assuming fuelled by the non-racing members. My guess is that would discourage a lot of people from crewing, which like everywhere else there are never enough. That being said the crew membership is a great value. Gets you a pass, an account and full access to the club for the only months I want to be there. Instead of forcing people to have one they should be more actively promoting it and getting people to sign up voluntarily. Funny thing is when I was young, poor and at the club all the time I didn't have one. Now that I'm a productive member of society I get one every year but am barely ever at the club.
  7. Very happy over on Bravo course as well. 4 great races for the 105's and 3 for the rest of us which was just fine by me for the first full day of the year. Looking forward to the lake warming up a bit.
  8. For a variety of reasons I'm thinking about going from never wearing a life jacket for racing to always wearing one. I'm kind of an all or nothing type of guy so I mean always which means I need a PFD that is the epitome of safety and comfort. What would you reccomend? For the amount I would be using it cost isn't an issue. If I'm going to wear it when it is 30 degrees and blowing 2 knots it better be comfortable. Maybe I'm wrong but from my experience I think I would prefer a PFD to an inflateable. Open to all suggestions.
  9. Agreed, tough conditions last weekend but the RC on Bravo ran 6 great races between the two days. Can't speak to the band though, I was chilled to the bone and packed it in early, I'll call that my one pass for the year. Funny enough they are predicting 30 degrees for the Susan Hood this year. That might just make me do it for the first time in 10 years.
  10. Didn't see that one coming. Looks like that weekend will be an automatic on the schedule. The last "Youngstown" ever, I can only imagine what will happen.
  11. Absolutely a great weekend, although the BBQing was a little tougher than expected. Anyone have tips for lighting the Q upwind? Most races took us half the upwind just to get it started. Thanks Barkley and NYC. Official BBQ fleet next year?
  12. I'm in for Owners. I hear it is going to be a smokin' time!
  13. Nope. But we did try and hit Ripper at ABYC (the person not his boat). Unfortunately he moved and we got the boat he was on.
  14. I can't remember the last time I was on a boat on Lake Ontario that hit another boat. Very courteous we are.
  15. Great job by everybody involved! I've ordered my two and already have a suitable home for one of them.