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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.
    • B.J. Porter

      Moderation Team Change   06/16/2017

      After fifteen years of volunteer moderation at SA, I will no longer be part of the moderation team. The decision to step aside is mine, and has been some time in the works but we did not wish to announce it in advance for a number of reasons. It's been fun, but I need my time back for other purposes now. The Underdawg admin account will not be monitored until further notice, as I will be relinquishing control of it along with my administrative privileges. Zapata will continue on as a moderator, and any concerns or issues can be directed to that account or to the Editor until further notice. Anyone interested in helping moderate the forums should reach out to Scot by sending a PM to the Editor account. Please note that I am not leaving the community, I am merely stepping aside from Admin responsibilities and privileges on the site.


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  1. Not sure I would call The Daily Mail "real press", more a glorified gossip rag...
  2. Dawg I don't disagree with you, although I don't know enough to comment on either of the people discussed here. I spent a number of years working for one of the Paralympic National Associations (As a technology consultant) and this has always been a recurring problem for the NAs and the sport. The public perception of what constitutes Impairment and what people see in the Event coverage is often out of alignment. The Paralympics endeavour to provide fair competition for a wide range of disabilities, from mental impairment to people born with no limbs. If a competitor is missing a limb it is easy say, yes that person is disabled or impaired, but what about the person who had an accident in his 20s which resulted in brain damage, physically he is in perfect condition but there is cognitive impairment. The paralympic movement does its best to balance this out. When I first started working around Paralympic sports it was primarily amateur sports people, the competition was often being used as therapy or a coping mechanism. Today there are a huge number of athletes in a variety of sports who make a living from the Paralympics, that simply wasn't the case 10-15 years ago. With professionalism and bigger money comes commercial pressures and type of person who will push the limits of what constitutes being impaired because it can give them the edge in competition and ability to earn money. It is not uncommon for the organising authorities to struggle to deal with the increase in professional athletes, in what had been amateur sports. Whether Paralympic sailing have got it right or not is open for debate. Given ISAF, sorry World Sailing's complete mishandling of sailing's Paralympic status, the question is largely academic, without Paralympic status the large scale funding and sponsorship will largely disappear and so will the professionals. Hopefully what will remain will be sufficient funding for those who will benefit from our sport to help them cope with or recover from their impairments. Even better they might just go sailing for the simple enjoyment of being on the water. Wanderer
  3. The Paralympics have differing grades of impairment, and it has always been an area of controversy. You submit to medical tests and your level of impairment is graded. This applies to mental and physical impairment. If your level of impairment is allowed to compete in the games in your chosen sport, you can qualify for a place. Which is why you see in Athletics, for example, Mens 100 M T11, T55 etc. The T number indicates the level of impairment of the competitors. There was a huge amount of controversy around this a few years ago, and the paralympic movement had to really tighten up on the assessment and confirmation that someone was genuinely impaired. Being an Arsehat isn't one of the criteria, so whatever injury this chap had, must mean he is genuinely impaired enough to qualify, or he would be disqualified by the event rules. Wanderer