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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. Somehow Chrome disabled plug-ins on the VOR page without me changing a setting or even exiting the browser. I re-enabled it and the tracker is working again - for what it's worth, which ain't much.
  2. After three days of the tracker working OK for me in IE (but not Chrome) I'm getting an error when I try to view the full tracker (2D or 3D) saying the Unity Player Plug-In is missing. Downloaded it again with no results. Maybe time to start watching hockey instead of the VOR.
  3. How about that the tracker is showing boats with (for example) a BS of 4.5 knots while having a VMG of 8.0 knots.
  4. Thanks for posting the link to the SI story on the 1976 Miami Nassau Race. It was a hell of a ride. I just stumbled across a proof of the Leutwiler shot of us (S&S 49 Cogg-Nizant) crossing the stream. Proof quality not up to Larry's standards but gives a good idea how rough that day was. That's a lot of exposed Palmer Johnson aluminum and lead!
  5. Scanned this picture I found in my Dad's old files. From Left to right: Williwaw Acadia Cogg-nizant (ex-Bay Bea, I was aboard) Love Machine Almost certain it was taken at the start of the 1976 Miami-Nassau Race (SORC) just before we entered the Gulf Stream where things got nasty. Know that famous aerial shot of Love Machine getting hammered by a wave? Was taken about 30 minutes later. I know because Tom Leutwiler got a similar shot of us which I still have (blown up so can't scan). I think we had a few reefs in by the time he took the shot. Should have had one in when this was taken! FYI: Good article on the race if you search the Sports Illustrated archives for "Reaching and Retching to Nassau".
  6. Rip Van Winkle - Irwin 3/4 Ton SORC 81 - Owned by Joe Nuzzo >>That's Wells Cogeshall up front..<< Wow. Never realized my dad ever got that close to the pointy end of a boat.
  7. I just got my nine month cancer "all clear" check up from the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Lance Armstrong and I have two nuts, between us. Being half the man I used to be and some chemo were a small price to pay for getting rid of the disease. I'm doing the 200 mile Pan Mass Challenge charity bike ride in three weeks. Raised over $8,500 for the Dana Farber so that others might be so fortunate. The PMC riders will raise around $35 million this year. Not bad for a bunch of folks out for a weekend bike ride. Shameless plea from a Star Boat sailor: http://www.pmc.org/profile/JC0540