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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. 5. AYC on Friday night and stay at home in my cozy bed...sorry had to rub it in. Tides/current look good for the run out. Ebb until slack at 8:45ish in the Guemes Channel should push right along. For those unfamiliar and considering options, it is about 10 miles out to Lydia Shoal from Anacortes.
  2. All booked at Snug and stoked for this race again...can't wait!
  3. Appreciate the feedback. The idea the Admiral had about the separate class is a good one to consider (will definitely be discussed before and after the event). I also get the concerns and have the same ones myself. I definitely want this to be a sailboat race with adventure and not an adventure race with kayaks, canoes, etc. The phrf-nw requirement is still there to maintain some order, and like anything we are trying to evolve. The race has maxed out at 35 participants a few years back with only 21 last year, and the idea is to instill some wind back into the race by giving people something to do when there isn't any wind to sail with. It wasn't my original idea to include, but 100% support having it in this year's running of the event. I understand the purist and those that will just pass on the race...that's fine. I personally have never done a race with the option and would like to see how it goes before condemning it to failure. That's why I was agreeable to adding it and also why we were stoked to sign up and get ready for the race. AYC is a pretty relaxed club about fun and sailing, so ultimately if the feedback isn't what we hoped for after the race we will adjust it some more to try and make it a highlight of everyone's summer. Speaking of adjustments, the amended NOR is up which also includes a midway time/position for scoring if there is a lack of finishers on the full course: "Boats must record their time at the short course finish, when Alden Point Lighthouse on Patos Island is lying at 164ยบ magnetic (122.58.28 Longitude), one mile or less from shore. Using digital camera or similar technology, take a picture or screen capture your position on your gps or race tracker and the time." Once again the feedback is appreciated, and I am really excited about having a midway time as insurance in the event the wind isn't what we hoped for. We are looking forward to handing out all of the hardware this year at the end. Hope everyone considering makes it out and joins us!
  4. The NOR is going to be updated to include human power. "Human power may be used at any time for any purpose, including but not limited to favorable positioning and gaining distance toward the finish. Oars, paddles, and pedals are allowed, and shall not change the PHRF rating of the boat." Hopefully the breeze stays steady and the need doesn't arise, but the thought is to open it up some more to creativity. The course is already really open to navigation creativity, so why not...(open to constructive criticism/opinions)
  5. Vive le PHRF! Any good designer can work around a measurement rule. IRC guys will be back, and if they like what they have that's cool too. Thanks for the info LimeyB. I like the idea of one cert for the PNW, if the groups could at least just settle the base ratings into one database that would be great. There is room for two entities to coexist, but a little collaboration would be good. Protesting/appealing sucks, but I can't think of a way around it. Reliance on US sailing won't work for many of the one offs and short production runs. Takes time and adjustments to get things right. Thanks to all the volunteers, best $50 spent all year.