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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. There are many sides to look at. Could it be that the windsurfer was hot-dogging and went over to buzz the powerboat and misjudged? The other way around maybe? Maybe the windsurfer spun out. Happens frequently when the fin ventilates in choppy conditions sending you flying sideways like when dinghy sailing with the daggerboard up. Hopefully details will be forthcoming and information shared in the interest of prevention, not for assigning blame. Either way, you are looking at a 35 lb rig plus weight of rider versus hundreds, maybe thousands of pounds of powerboat. Terrible outcome. And as mentioned above, as sailboats travel faster and faster, this may become more prevalent.
  2. This is definitely a tragic incident, more so because the powerboat was a "life saving" boat. I have had a few somewhat close calls with powerboats while windsurfing. I sense that it is mostly due to unawareness of the powerboat as to the speed (and variability of speed) of the windsurfer. You could go from planing to slogging in an instant on a gusty day. If they are coming up in your blind spot (windward hip) you may not hear or see them. Windows in the sails help tremendously with visibility to leeward, but not always. I have come to the realization that it is in my best interest to gybe early and often to avoid any potential crossing situation with power boats. It is a match up that sadly the windsurfer surely loses.
  3. http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/windsurfer-was-struck-killed-by-uw-lifesaving-boat-authorities-say/article_4835b5e3-2c81-5873-8234-b249d0a07bc0.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=user-share What's up with that? Any one local have more details?
  4. Fazekas Gabor's P26 V2
  5. I wouldn't want to use ANY of the deck hardware after looking at that! Do you guys see a plate even? Looks like the deck skin was holding it.
  6. Outstanding contributions to the sunfish class and sailing community as a whole! RIP Linda.
  7. Only thing interesting in this thread is the resurgence of the robot rant
  8. I haven't used the paid version of the site, but often look to it for trends or more specific. I am VERY disappointed in its capabilities. It has been wrong so many times that I don't rely on it any more. The weather channel 10 day forecast has been better. Maybe its geographically challenged in the great lakes, but I give it a thumbs down.
  9. Another friggin Friday post without the goods.......
  10. Should have bought a sunfish
  11. Just throwing this in there....If im yellow, I obviously want the pin because I'm there. In this situation I can own the pin all by myself if I let the port tacker cross. WTF....why fuck with someone in that situation? Put the wood to it for a second, bear off a little for speed off the line and OWN the pin end. Forcing a guy to tack under or on top of you would be a stupid stupid move. Plus now you have to go to the room, nobody making friends that way. Sounds like someone missed the big picture there.
  12. steering cable housing or washing maching parts LOL
  13. Find your nearest consulting engineering firm that has a structural engineer. This type of project would be a piece of cake for them, shouldn't be too expensive to design, and the peace of mind that you would have from a real design would help you and your insurance company.
  14. Jesus people hasn't ANYONE noticed this guy is a NOOB? As such, even though the noob seems to be a special snowflake with entitlements, the said NOOB should at least pay respects to the protocol of this site and "get 'em out! C'mon....this is post #53 in the thread. Are we failing as an anarchist community and becoming PC and polite?