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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. There is one at Jericho Sailing Centre that doesn't seem to do much of anything.
  2. Stranger things have happened. Back in 2007 HRC thought Obama was a nice fellow who might have a chance in 2016. As long as Trump isn't taken seriously, he can adopt whatever populist positions work for him.
  3. A tarp costs all of about ten bucks.
  4. I'm all for free markets, but the fact is at least some of the medallion owners took out loans to buy their medallions, and then they drove many, many miles just paying the interest on their medallions before they ever got into the principle. Don't forget that the low prices of taxi medallions in the 1980s was in part caused by the high interest involved in buying/earning them. The drivers who went into hock to buy them were clueless enough to think that their medallions might be their retirement nest-egg. They did all this in good faith, just as commercial fishermen buy and sell their licenses/quotas.
  5. Why are Australians so fixated on Nekoma when it comes to Japanese skiing? There is a lot of good skiing on Honshu, Hachimantai is totally underrated IMHO. APPI is another Honshu resort that has both the skiing and some lively apres ski. Compared to the outrageous lift ticket prices at Whistler, I can see why Japan is sometimes a bargain.
  6. I go with Kenneth Grahame on this.
  7. Yeah, Japan will be buying regardless of the issues. When you put it in the context of interoperability with Aegis destroyers the MSDF already has operating and in build, and the possibility of upgrading the new helicopter carrier Izumo to VTOL F-35s....the F-35 makes perfect sense for Japan even if it's stupidly expensive. If they don't have enough yen to buy 'em, they will print more. The opposition parties in Japan are in a total state of disarray, therefore Abe can go ahead with his nationalistic program for the foreseeable future.
  8. Japan will throw chicken into the pot, that should boost the popularity of the TPP in the broiler belt. http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/International-Relations/Japan-mulls-scrapping-most-tariffs-on-U.S.-chicken
  9. If the state has a duty to protect the property rights of its citizens, then obviously the medallion owners have an asset that the state has no right to render worthless by legislative fiat.
  10. The irony is that his former foes in Vietnam have more respect for McCain than Trump does. It's really up to Trump to decide if he wants to be a "serious" candidate by doing things like putting his businesses in a trust, etc. I really doubt that Trump is anywhere near as wealthy as he claims to be.
  11. Yes, I don't think guys like Origen and Augustine came by Platonism by accident. They constructed perfectly valid ontological arguments for God. The atheists too have perfectly fine ontological arguments as to why there is no God. The agnostic POV is more like Keynes-"when I am wrong I change my mind".
  12. It's a matter of epistemology here. Pure empiricists are kind of stuck with agnosticism. It takes at least a bit of Platonism to be an atheist or a theist.
  13. Persian politics are complicated because they involve Persians. Ergo you will not necessarily get the results you want with a simplistic solution. I think the Islamofascists in Iran are actually much more amenable to change than the Islamofascists in Saudi Arabia, therefore an opening towards the former is just common sense.
  14. He had to learn small craft handling as a RCN Lt., and by the time he was out of the navy the whole Canadian sailing boom that brought forth everything from C&C to the Laser was on. Therefore my brother and I had to learn to operate small craft properly and with a good turn of speed.....as per the Lt./Bosun/Dad. That wasn't necessarily always fun at the time, but good memories now-"Don't you want to grow up to sail a Soling?, that's why you almost drowned in a Flying Junior!!". In his later years his health was a mess, but yeah...he could still splice a line.
  15. Just enjoy, I lost my father today and I'm absolutely sure he would have wanted to have more days on the water.