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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. Imitation rarely yields a superior product..
  2. I think no, due to 1st Rule of Sandbagging: Never Sandbag in the AC, it's too late for risky games, there's no benefit & only downside. Sail with the handbrake on only in the LVC and Prelims. They only reason with infinitesimally small probability of being right is they plan to go into the Movie Business and need a sequel for the - Greatest Comebacks of All Time - series.
  3. If any team can pull a rabbit from the hat OR can, but ETNZ will be trying just as hard in the 5 days to gain further speed edges. Oracles best hope is for a few days of moderate to higher winds which were the conditions where they bested ETNZ twice. I was quite happy to see OR win these, as if ETNZ had gone through RR undefeated, OR skunk-works would have been in overdrive a lot longer. This hill is a lot harder to climb than AC34 as Oracle enabled a "state change" of foiling to windward that created massive speed gain. I don't think there are any such silver bullets on the table, apart from matching & beating ETNZ in the development race, chancing on higher winds, or damage / catastrophic failure of the kiwi boat.
  4. Being involved in Engineering R&D, it's this type of cursory dismissal of compelling ideas that really grates me. It is prevalent in a lot of organisations where people don't want to think too hard, or go on a tangent that is not proven / guaranteed and might end up making them look bad. People defend and justify this by highlighting and magnifying small obstacles as show stoppers. This kind of thinking... should... have no place in AC Syndicates. The leg power advantage is so compelling that ALL syndicates R&D teams looked into it, yet dismissed it. All those Design Teams bar ETNZ failed in their jobs.
  5. Lookalikes.... Mere coincidence? Or have ETNZ really got a big tech secret?!
  6. Thanks again Rudder & others, great stuff! - Can't get 2nd race today to download (overloaded, try again later) - Torrent file just hangs (gathering torrent info, please wait) I guess they are getting oversubscribed, or too many leechers vs seeders. Anyone else found having this issue? Or found a work around? Trying to see it before I hear the result...
  7. Controversial question... I hope not, but if theories are correct and they are Oracle's subsidiary and "boat 2" of a 2 boat Challenge, I will put money on them being out testing against Oracle within the next day or 2. The benefits to Oracle of testing against an identical boat outweigh Japan appearing in the LV Final, especially if they feel threatened by ETNZ's form. 3-1 up to a 5-3 loss. The loss today was in similar conditions to the conditions they showed absolute dominance and composure & stability over Artemis a couple of days ago, but for some reason they were unstable today, an "touched down" 4 times in a couple of minute period allowing Artemis to take the lead.
  8. I think ETNZ will bounce back pretty quickly. I will be surprised not to see them have some sort of race ready package available by tomorrow. I'm sure they are happy to comply with race limits, but it will be a great shame if the AC is decided by gear failure. I'm sure Ben would agree.
  9. It's not just that. At the time it was asked ( by Ian Murray, I think) , if in case of a capsize, the structural strength of the boats would tolerate righting from capsize. Oracle reported their structure would not support tow righting. ETNZ & Luna Rossa reported theirs would. Basically the Oracle 72ft'er would break up if bollard to tow boat righting was attempted.
  10. ^Sounds plausible. I suspect they haven't encountered the tip vortex /aerated water issue to the same extent without 2 boat practise racing in such marginal conditions. The fact that PB thought they still had a penalty and was backing off because of it, is a bit of a concern. Would hate the Cup to be decided by boat damage, but champion effort to even make the first race, and take the point. Damage is a bit of an evening of the luck tables for BAR. I think Dalton will take it in his stride, calm the team down, and they'll be ready for a scrap tomorrow.
  11. Fantastic Rudder! Anyone have issues playing USA v Artemis race? Myself & a friend on a different device were unable to play it, but NZ race played fine.. Maybe the Google Drive .ts download file gets overloaded (if thats possible).
  12. they don't have to protect oracles golden point tomorrow....
  13. You could be right and he's certainly got hammered and that incident, but tacking on top that close with how much speed and distance they lose in the tack, I'm sure Oracle would have rolled them, so probably a lose-lose for deano at that point...
  14. I agree I do feel a bit sorry for him but on the other hand I've been really impressed with Burlings ability to pick the right side he just can't seem to win a start.. It's.... almost.... as if they want to start behind and practice passing boats
  15. To be fair to Deano, few boats have really been covering the opponent, extra tacks are too costly and they tend to bang the corners. I could be imagining it, but there also seems to be often an advantage on the lower left-hand (land-ward) side of the course for overtaking a boat on the right.