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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. We had our car and the only time we used it was to head out to Dulles. Maybe an Uber to get out there as the Metro doesn't go there. Anyone else have an idea? It was about a 35 minute ride.
  2. My wife and I brought our six year old to DC last year for 5 days - he still talks about it! The metro is a blessing - you'll love it - fast, clean and easy to use. We did the Smithsonian Air & Space at Dulles and it was the best thing we did all week. But - go on a Tuesday or Wednesday and the crowds will be thin. Also - go to the Air & Space on the Mall first cause you'll be disappointed in that museum if you see it after seeing the SR-71, Space Shuttle etc... We did an on/off bus tour of all the major monuments and that was perfect. Not sure how old your kids are but Arlington Cemetary is really stunning. There are tons of simple restaurants all around so don't worry about that at all. The national zoo was fun and the national cathedral is something else. Though... having to pay to go into the cathedral left a sour taste after going to every other museum for free... Finally - bring really good walking shoes and bring some cases of water for the hotel - you can save a couple of hundred dollars on water bottles alone. Cheers
  3. What a man won't do for pussy... wow
  4. Defender's Warehouse sale is March 27-30. It better friggin' warm up by then!
  5. Got up this morning and saw this sad news... Went for a 20 mile bike ride and had tears streaming - for a woman I had never met in person. Godspeed Catherine - truly a special soul...
  6. Hi Catherine - hope your day is going well. I've decided in the last few weeks to sign up for the Pan Mass Challenge Bicycle event in Massachusetts this coming August. It's a two day event that raised $35 million for Dana Farber Cancer Institute in 2011. The goal this year is $36 million - absolutely amazing! 100% of that amount goes to Dana Farber - a testament to the great work by this group. I'll ride for my dad who lost his battle, my mom who for the time has won hers and for those that can't ride... and of course you! Take care of yourself - and never stop fighting...
  7. Mr. Churchill said it best... Never Give In...
  8. I'm a lesser person for never having met you Catherine. May God cradle you in his arms and your friends be consoled by your warm smile...
  9. Godspeed - thoughts and prayers are headed your way. Form the man himself - never give in... http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=vzh-xq65rMs
  10. Thanks to everyone for their support. Dad passed away yesterday afternoon with mom and I at his side. It was a quiet, peaceful passing that was as dignified as anyone could hope for. Our family and friends have been extraordinary throughout this entire experience and the community here - never fails to amaze me. The team at Dana Farber Cancer Institute has shown us what true dedication truly is - they never gave up and my dad worked with them everyday to beat this vicious disease. He was my hero in so many ways and will continue on in my soon to be born baby. I'm sure he's showing him/her (we don't know!) the ropes right now. What a lucky little baby! Thanks again - the world lost a good one yesterday.
  11. I knew months ago that in time I would be in this position. I am sitting in Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston watching my Dad slowly fade. In July of 09' he was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. My dad chose a path of full chemotherapy with the hope of a stem cell transplant if the good Doctor's at Dana Farber Cancer Institute could get his Leukemia in remission. The treatment was brutal but after six weeks of inpatient chemotherapy they had remission. The next step was a stem cell transplant that seemed to go very well. For the months of November - February dad was slowly gaining a little weight and starting to look like himself again. Perhaps, they had pulled off a miracle. Unfortunately, on February 24 the painful news of a relapse came and in only 3-1/2 weeks we find ourselves sitting here under Pallative care with only the clock to watch. He is resting at peace with mom and I at his side. She never lets go of his hand - and talks to him at every chance. He stopped responding two days ago and his eyes will not open. Watching this is a gutting yet life affirming experience. I will be a changed man for going through this experience This community has always been kind and reassuring to those who need it - and all I ask is for a simple thought or prayer for a gentle ending to a wonderful life. Go sailing with your friends and family - enjoy your time here as you never know... Peace
  12. Way to go! Happy St. Patricks day and good luck!
  13. I am so sorry for both of your losses. I too will raise a glass this evening in honor of both. All the best -
  14. Beautiful story - just sitting here admiring your courage as well as your little one's - all the best to you and your family. Happy Birthday Pebbles!
  15. Good news about your dad, Steve. Fingers crossed. Paul With any kind of luck, we're going sailing on Sunday! Keep a good thought for some decent weather in Rhode Island!