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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. HoooLeee CRAP! The gap tightens with Big Bro reporting a knt faster than FB. And another cruise ship in the mix. DAMN what a finish!
  2. Nevermind, just a momentary tracking time thing.
  3. Whoa! How did THAT happen! Big Bro ahead !!!
  4. Big Bro's tightening the gap! They should be coming face to face with that cruise ship momentarily ...
  5. We are bringing kayaks with us, this does indeed look like kayaking paradise. I like what you're all saying about exploring some of the streams up there.
  6. Thanks Jammer, that's excellent advice. I'm obviously not nearly qualified to consider a trip down the strait. Scratch Barkley Sound, I'll just spend my vacation motoring around in circles in Fidalgo Bay.
  7. Thanks Ish, I'll have a look at your blog. I'm leaving the week before, on the 17th. If you see a blue Tartan lollygagging in the strait on your way out, come rescue me!
  8. I plan to head up there in the ol' tub in a couple weeks. Any particular islands/coves you'd recommend? Towns I should visit/avoid? Pubs I shouldn't miss? Anyone care to join me?
  9. Every year I take my Tartan 30 based out of Anacortes for a cruise through the San Juan Islands and Gulf Islands. This year I want to do something a bit different. June 17 through 25 I plan to take her as far as we can, maybe involving some overnight sailing. I'm thinking either west out the Strait of San Juan DeFuca for a few days of island hopping in Barkley Sound, or north up the Strait of Georgia toward Desolation Sound. I'm looking for 2 or 3 competent crew to join me. I don't need racing rock stars (although I'll gladly take that and learn from you!), but I need confident experienced sailors who I'll feel comfortable turning the helm over to for long periods. There will be some relaxing island hopping involved when we get to the destination, but there will also be a few very long days (and maybe nights) of sailing through potentially rough conditions, so this ain't a trip for newbies. The boat is an older but well founded Tartan 30 with recent rigging inspection, hull inspection and bottom paint. Ain't the prettiest boat in the fleet, but she's comfortable, well equipped, and reasonably fast. Interested? Reply here, PM me, or send me a note at danm5620@aol.com. I'd like to establish the crew and get together a couple times to agree on itinerary and logistics. Maybe even a day sail together before the big trip. I think this trip will be a blast ... for the right type of crew.
  10. A few years back, cruising the San Juans on a gorgeous 38 foot charter boat with my wife and two daughters, pure bliss for the entire week. The girls were in charge of the music, and had a great selection. Broadened my music repertoire and moved me out of my classic rock comfort zone. To this day, this song puts me right back on that boat with the family: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgIqecROs5M
  11. Interesting! Equestrian sports is the only other current Olympic event where men and women compete together, the the chicks often kick the guys asses there.
  12. Sailing is one of the very rare sports where men and women compete together on an even playing field. Last I checked in the mirror, I'm not a woman, but if I was, this fact alone would draw me to sailing in a big way. For this reason I suspect it takes a certain type of woman to compete at the high levels, and perhaps they're rare. In pretty much any other sport, women get their own league so they can feel like they're participating without interrupting the men in the real competition. Good God, this would drive me NUTS if I were a woman (which I'm not).
  13. The Pope. I've yet to meet a Christian who can honestly answer the tough questions about their religion, I'd love to pick the pope's brain.
  14. My fellow Seattlites will disown me for posting this: