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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. And by "the pre$$" I assume you mean publications like Reason magazine and International Media like CLEAN (when he has his pink flag)?
  2. I would have thought a caricature of a Republican would want to minimize education of Lessee sorts.
  3. And much more recently, I mocked Donald Trump as a "publicity stunt" candidate with feral hair. The professional predictors didn't do much better. Now you want to know about 2020? How would anyone know?
  4. Who was thinking about President Obama in 2005?
  5. How can anyone look at that weld and have any doubt whether a commercial shop did it?
  6. I expected a certain amount of cluelessness but revealing sub movements goes far beyond my expectations. Praising the "kill 'em all" approach to the drug war is about as bad for different reasons.
  7. Nobody voted for them because they were not at issue in the case. He did write something that suggests he thought the majority opinion applied outdoors. I can see why you'd want to distract from that. The sentence I quoted also suggests the thought that second amendment rights might apply to anyone for whom a need for self-defense suddenly arises. So not just people who can prove they have a predictable need for self defense. As for Kolbe, I still don't see any evidence of any military using a Ruger 10-22 for any purpose so I don't think they are "most useful" for military purposes. I think they are most useful for entertainment and squirrel-eradication purposes.
  8. I did say 7 years ago that we would learn what the second amendment means over ten years or so. I misunderestimated. It will take longer. I'd say we've only learned two things so far: the second amendment applies to the states (McDonald) and it applies to technologies that did not exist at the time the amendment was written (Caetano). We may soon get an answer to the thread topic question, on which the courts are currently split. Who knows what they may say today. Here's what Justice Stevens said in dissent in the Heller case: If he thought they had just decided a case that limits second amendment rights to the home, he would not have had that fear.
  9. BJ is right. One pedo was a business partner to a close friend of mine and came to my house many times. Great guy. Hard worker, and smart. I thought he was entertaining. Until we found out... His sickness is no reflection on my friend. None of us knew.
  10. They didn't rule on anything but Dick Heller's revolver inside his home but the majority did say this: If the need is "most acute" in one place that suggests it exists, but is less acute, in others.
  11. http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2017/05/26/city-employee-child-pornography/
  12. Yes, that's true. Your state doesn't have any plans to confiscate previously-legal brewskies this summer like they do with previously-legal gun parts. The point that Miscut seems to have missed was that the article was about big government Republicans protecting big business contributors like Publix supermarkets (I'm a huge fan and regular customer but don't like some of Publix's political activities, the liquor protection racket among them.) Yes, it had a paragraph about PA, where the state controls the booze industry and it's Democrats, not Republicans, who like the protection racket. To me, the protection racket sucks. The R flavor in FL sucks and the D flavor in PA sucks and they suck for very similar reasons.
  13. That boat doesn't appear to be hard aground.
  14. I was thinking "folding" but said retractable. They could swing against the side of the boat. Fufkin is right that going aft to go forward sux. Power cruisers sometimes solve this problem by making a path through the windshield onto the foredeck. If they don't, you always have to go aft to go forward and it is a pain if you're alone. But I've done it so obviously any fool can.