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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.
    • B.J. Porter

      Moderation Team Change   06/16/2017

      After fifteen years of volunteer moderation at SA, I will no longer be part of the moderation team. The decision to step aside is mine, and has been some time in the works but we did not wish to announce it in advance for a number of reasons. It's been fun, but I need my time back for other purposes now. The Underdawg admin account will not be monitored until further notice, as I will be relinquishing control of it along with my administrative privileges. Zapata will continue on as a moderator, and any concerns or issues can be directed to that account or to the Editor until further notice. Anyone interested in helping moderate the forums should reach out to Scot by sending a PM to the Editor account. Please note that I am not leaving the community, I am merely stepping aside from Admin responsibilities and privileges on the site.


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  1. Besides as Hotrod told me personally the day he showed me his Pride and Joy, "It's a wood boat. It can't sink 'cuz wood floats." Open-ocean debacle? I think not! Apparently JFK thought the same thing... Teddy, however, found out that cars don't.
  2. Damn, wish with a heads up "we" could have facilitated getting him Rimas' DeLorme for the next few days/week/months. Half the entertainment value comes from being able to monitor the progress (or lack thereof).
  3. This annual shindig still going down tonight? Awfully quiet the last few days or is that purposely so to keep it from becoming RV Anarchy?
  4. No, he was clear long before that he was heading to American Samoa. It was just the board here that didn't believe him. "When is he going to admit that he's going to Hilo" was the common refrain. The closest thing Rimas could have done to convey that sentiment was a message along the lines of "Say hello to the Harbormaster" in Hilo and his other acquaintances there.
  5. The sun rose 3 1/2 hours ago in Pago Pago: http://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/usa/pago-pago
  6. College football scouts in search of the next big star with a fake dead girlfriend?
  7. Rimas Meleshyus Mon Nov 10 2014 1:37 PM I am this time enjoying a meal idahoan buttery homestyle mashed potatoes with vienna sausage and chili beans pinto beans chili peppers onion and garlic tomato. Geez I hope he gets some wind if only for the sake of diluting what must be a fairly noxious fart and breath combo.
  8. Rimas Meleshyus Sat Nov 8 2014 3:53 PM Speed: 3.0 mph Heading: SW Elev: 46 ft Lat: -0.001791 Lon: -159.604813 Ah, happy hour on a Saturday evening in North America. Rimas crossing the equator makes for perfect excuse to pour myself a Dark 'n Stormy and raise a glass to the Great American Adventurer! Sail on old sport.
  9. ...but since when is putting sails up on a sailboat a moment to congratulate adult sailor? Glad that he's been promoted to a "sailor" in someone's eyes! Drifting around aimlessly? It would appear from the tracking that with the exception of the week or so that he was supposed to die in a series of tropical storms/hurricanes that he's holding a pretty steady course. As one who started following this thread on his return from Hawaii, I distinctly recall the consensus was that there was no way he would make it to San Fran and that it was inevitable that he would end up in Mexico. Not exactly saying his "sailing" skills are admirable but he does seemingly at least end up where he intends. No evidence that he is actually trying to go anywhere? I think I'll go right to the source on that one. He says it's his intention to go to American Samoa. I guess what I'm calling out is the tone of almost growing anger or disappointment every day that this "snuff film" doesn't reach it's supposed inevitable conclusion as it's delaying some pent up desire to say "See, told you so." His latest update being questioned as a possible "suicide note" rather than a news from someone who seems to be genuinely enjoying himself to me just exemplifies the Schadenfreude tone of this thread. I'm not saying he's wise to go to sea being anything less than Newport-Bermuda race safety compliant (sans on board medical doctor) but it seems that it upsets people around here that he's done just that and is not only still alive but enjoying his seemingly modern day Don Quixote existence. I for one hope he not only makes it to American Samoa but is in fact greeted by an outrigger canoe being paddled by 20something twins wearing coconut bras.
  10. Rimas Meleshyus Fri Oct 3 2014 12:31 PM Speed: 8.2 mph Heading: SSW Elev: 1 ft Lat: 16.895502 Lon: -148.046951 Well, bare minimum he can probably add setting a new speed record for a SJ24 as an accomplishment on this voyage. Certainly no longer drifting. Hope he continues to defy just about every prediction made by the "collective wisdom" of the SA peanut gallery.
  11. The Sailing Anarchy peanut gallery thought he’d be dead, As into Marie’s eye he was to head, But ole Rimas is still floating, Coachsurfer never boating, since he spends all his time on this thread.
  12. That only applies to 31st St.