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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. The rules work both ways. Score the guy after the results, and anyone in the fleet can file Redress pointing out the rules that wouldn't let the competitor be scored. As you wrote, the rules are the rules. But the rules can't be bent to save a situation, unless you're ready for the rules be used to undo the situation. This is more of the reason why the leaders won't bend, because they'll spend twice the time undoing it.
  2. As explained to judges, and by Dick Rose, all words in the rules are to be interpreted using the dictionary, except those that have their own definitions in the rules book. http://www.dictionary.com/browse/crew?s=t CREW noun 1. a group of persons involved in a particular kind of work or working together: the crew of a train; a wrecking crew.
  3. Just be clear, the force behind the creation of the US SER is a true Californian. The US SER was not invented by East Coasters (this time)!
  4. Looking around the regatta parties, people either have no hair, gray hair or colored hair.
  5. Wasn't the boat captain a guy named Marty or something? Used to brag about doing the Mac on just "water and vitamins". Yeah, I know about those "vitamins" from the late 70's !! Sounds right, haven't seen him for a few years.
  6. Kintama was not a sistership of our C&C 43 (circa 1971). But it was originally owned by a guy who lives in my town.
  7. This. With one tweak. Personally I'd pay someone to suck the old insulation out, skin it in spray foam, then blow fibreglass in over the top. Instead of putting more batts over the top. Batts don't do anything for air movement. I disagree, with advances in efficiency the need for larger service diminishes. Switch all lighting to LED, when you replace appliances buy efficient models, If your cooking w/ electric consider going induction etc. Look for ways to reduce your demand rather than increasing your supply. A TV in every room, electric car chargers and everything else that's new has increased the demand. Having the service is not the same as using it but if you don't have it you can't use it. I just looked at induction stove, it requires that your pots and pans are magnetic in order to work. I put a magnet on all of my pots and pans and only 1 was magnetic. Then again, a buddy just went induction and his pots and pans didn't work (non-magnetic), he called the manufacturer who said it is covered under their lifetime warranty, box up the pots and pans (keep the lids) send them in and new magnetic ones will be sent to you. Wow, talk about going above and beyond!
  8. I can't believe a dude would complain about hot chicks on boats, or host chicks period, there is no reason under the sun to complain. It reminds me of a Leno joke - 50% of men can identify surgically enhanced breasts. The other 50% just don't care.
  9. You mean you haven't looked around a regatta party lately and didn't notice that everyone has Gray hair, No hair, or Colored hair?
  10. Could be. I am headed to the boat now - maybe a sail will fix it. That said, I would guess outside of Annapolis at least 50% of the clubs and fleets are headed for demographic suicide. Like Oldsmobile realized, when your customer base is a year older every year, it only ends one way. Read this article - http://www.tradeonlytoday.com/2017/04/grow-boating-study-finds-drop-in-first-time-buyers/?utm_source=trade-enewsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=textlink&utm_campaign=enewsletter-041017
  11. I just read the docket online, the defendants were the boat owner, boat owner's business, Toledo YC and Storm Trysail. Storm Trysail has been dismissed from the suit.
  12. You scratched my anchor.
  13. News flash - the only reason to be in Newark is to change planes. Stay in the airport, do not leave the grounds. I thought everyone knew this? Pretty bad place, and that's coming from a guy in Chicago!
  14. There were 2,100 new Sail Boats sold in the U.S. in 2016 according to NMMA. That works out to 42 new boats per State. These numbers include Sunfish, Lasers, Optimists, Jeanneus, Beneteaus, etc. The number of flying hulls sold is infinitesimally small, It shouldn't take more than 20 millenniums before "everybody's doing it." This is like saying, no one should drive a chevy, ford, toyota, etc., everyone should drive Ferrari's, Lamborghini's, McLaren's, Maserati's, etc. I most certainly think it would be cool if everyone drove those monster HP cars, but it just ain't practical.
  15. This is not because of the club structure, this has to do with the U.S. tax system. 501c4 and 501c7 not-for-profit corporations are to grow through peer to peer contact. You're a member of ABCYC, we meet on the dock and both have interests in sailing and you invite me to join your yacht club. And yes, the yacht clubs have a process of vetting their candidates a bit. They want assurances that their new members are interested in boating (not just fork and knife) and will contribute to the success of their clubs. However, they are not to mass market membership through advertisements, Groupon, or other steps that are reserved for "for-profit" corporations. Don't blame the clubs for this scenario.