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      Underdawg did an excellent job of explaining the rules.  Here's the simplified version: Don't insinuate Pedo.  Warning and or timeout for a first offense.  PermaFlick for any subsequent offenses Don't out members.  See above for penalties.  Caveat:  if you have ever used your own real name or personal information here on the forums since, like, ever - it doesn't count and you are fair game. If you see spam posts, report it to the mods.  We do not hang out in every thread 24/7 If you see any of the above, report it to the mods by hitting the Report button in the offending post.   We do not take action for foul language, off-subject content, or abusive behavior unless it escalates to persistent stalking.  There may be times that we might warn someone or flick someone for something particularly egregious.  There is no standard, we will know it when we see it.  If you continually report things that do not fall into rules #1 or 2 above, you may very well get a timeout yourself for annoying the Mods with repeated whining.  Use your best judgement. Warnings, timeouts, suspensions and flicks are arbitrary and capricious.  Deal with it.  Welcome to anarchy.   If you are a newbie, there are unwritten rules to adhere to.  They will be explained to you soon enough.  

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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