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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. Hmm... the calm before the storm and fishing. I wonder what it's like to be incapable of boredom?
  2. So a strong wind hit and he cut a donated jib sheet. Some of the caulk and bungees were dislodged from the mainsail.
  3. This one goes between 26 and 27 knots with the 1986 15 hp Evinrude. It's terrifying.
  4. You neglected to mention where we can see your wife's knockers. Would you mind finding out to whom the $4k is owed? I suggested a GoFundMe to compensate unwilling enablers like the marina owner. And there's always the next rescue tow and the next unfortunate marina owner.
  5. Hmm... OK. Where in "the Midwest" exactly? Louisiana isn't the midwest, fyi.
  6. That wasn't the initial reaction related here, for example: That's consistent with my personal experience and with what I have heard from others who have been stopped while carrying a concealed gun. Some officers seem nervous, others seem not to care much at all, but all of them become very interested in your hands. I agree that there was not time for Yanez to see what, if anything, was being pulled out. His training told him not to wait to find out.
  7. Yes, I know the link I used. You should click it. You won't find much there to support your narrative but there's some chance you'll learn something.
  8. Sure, Joe. I guess since cert was denied and we're going to be stuck with it for a while, it's probably time I taught you what the case was about. The bolded part is where the court specifically says the issue they decided was not "about basic outdoor gun rights, if any." They carefully ignored that question to get to the result they wanted.
  9. Not really. I do lots of online banking and will be driving my ass down to the bank in person to order a wire transfer this week. I wish they'd invade my privacy just a bit more and save me that drive.
  10. It could also be moot and still not go away. By the time the SCOTUS decided the Lopez case, the Congress had changed the law and made the argument that was being made moot. The Court still went ahead and considered arguments on the previous law and rendered a decision based on the previous law.
  11. I think governments and banks will just adopt them. We spend a fair amount of time and energy proving who we are to banks, proving who owns a piece of land, etc. That can be simpler without being disruptive. This, however: It's a little late for me. I abandoned the idea of online anonymity is impractical back in the 90's. But lots of people here seem very consumed with the pseudo-anonymity we have and speculate endlessly about socks. Making real online anonymity a practical option has lots of social implications. Law enforcement ones too.
  12. It's his natural state. Makes me wonder where the expression "happy as a clam" came from? How do we know clams are happy? OTOH, what do they have to be unhappy about?
  13. I think you misspelled wacko but yes, the thread is about the wacky the conspiracy group that our friend random cites and their theory that those jets that hit the twin towers were just giant distractions.
  14. Sockstack would be a better name but Blockstack is making online anonymity a real possibility. My sockpuppet, Uncooperative Publius, approves this message.
  15. This was posted by a friend on FB last week. It's on a canal in Port Charlotte. We've had heavy rains and speculation is that it "sunk" on the lift and was too heavy. Must have made quite a sound. Not sure if it will wind up a Zombie. The owners are snowbirds and are gone, or were when the pic was taken.