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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. re: post #7823 judging from the fact that they have the sail number under the waterline, that must be a pretty common mode for those boats.
  2. ha ha...good one dude, you really zinged me. USA190520 walks into a bar in Scotland. He sits at the bar next to a big burly Scot. Thinking he is a pretty funny guy he turns to the Scot and says with a wink, "what cha wearing under that kilt?" The Scot snarls back at USA190520, "your wife's lipstick."
  3. been off line a few days and when I come back I see the humor police has his panties in a bunch. Fuck you if you can't take a joke. Here is another one for you, Priscilla:
  4. Thoughts on the First 210?
  5. The day after his wife disappeared in a kayaking accident, an Anchorage man answered his door to find two grim-faced Alaska State Troopers. “We’re sorry Mr. Williams, but we have some information about your wife,” said one of the troopers. “Tell me! Did you find her?” Williams asked. The troopers looked at each other. One said, “We have some bad news, some good news, and some really great news. Which would you like to hear first?” Fearing the worst, Mr. Williams said, “Give me the bad news first.” The trooper said, “I’m sorry to tell you, sir, but this morning we found your wife’s body in Kachemak Bay.” “Oh no!” exclaimed Williams. Swallowing hard, he asked, “What’s the good news?” The trooper continued, “When we pulled her up, she had 12 twenty-five-pound king crabs and 6 good-sized Dungeness crabs clinging to her, and we feel you are entitled to a share in the catch.” Stunned, Mr. Williams demanded, “If that’s the good news, then what’s the great news?” The trooper replied, “We’re gonna pull her up again tomorrow.
  6. Sorry, but I have to deduct style points for the dinghy on the davits.
  7. This story didn't happen in a race, but it made my Aussie friends laugh. Back in 1980 I was bumming around the east coast of Australia living in a Falcon station wagon and surfing. I was at Noosa heads with a couple of dole bludgers I had befriended. The surf was flat, but there were beach cats for rent, so my mates offered to pay for the rental if I would take them out on a beach cat. We were reaching around the bay, 3 of us on a boat comparable to a Hobie 14, when a well sailed Hobie 16 went speeding past us. I spontaneously, in my natural SoCal vernacular exclaimed, "Those fucking guys are hauling ass!" My two friends burst out laughing. They had never heard a phrase like that before. Some other parts of that adventure: I showed off for my friends by having them sit on the low side so I could fly a hull. At one point while we were doing that we saw a small shark swim by. One of my friends, who was sitting on the leeward side, thought it would be funny to capsize the boat. So he leaned way out and did. I just went up and over the windward hull, stood on the leeward hull until those two clowns could quit laughing and gather themselves, and then we righted the boat. Coming into the beach I caught one of the 1' tall waves and surfed the catamaran right up to the rental shack. The proprieter was all red in the face and foaming at the mouth upset with me for flying a hull, capsizing the boat, and surfing a wave in. As he laid into me for my reckless and poor sailing skills I just deadpan stared at him. When he was done all I said was, "whatever dude," and walked away. My two friends thought that was hilarious, too.
  8. Now there is the miracle I'm looking for. 21st technology (and Ishmael's imagination) rocks.