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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. Great suggestion, jaysper! A few folks have followed your suggestion and made a second donation. If a few more do that we'll be close to $4K. I haven't tried to work out what that would be as an hourly rate for Jason...
  2. New tribute video to Jason Smith and his MyIslandHomeBDA channel. http://www.cupexperience.com/blog/2017/05/americas-cup-videos/ BIG, BIG thank you to AC TRAGICS GROUP for putting this together! Bravo!
  3. Payments have started hitting the Paypal account! Thanks to all who have already donated!!
  4. ^ Thanks Jason! And thanks, Artemis, for letting me invite Jason.
  5. Donation page for MyIslandHomeBDA with some photos of Jason by Sander van der Borch Your contribution goes to Jason, except for what PayPal skims off. http://www.cupexperi...yislandhomebda/ I'll work on making the page better, but at least now we can make contributions. BTW, if there is a Wordpress jockey out there who can help me with the Stripe payment system, I'd love some help to make some improvements and raise some more money for Jason.
  6. Donation page for MyIslandHomeBDA with some photos of Jason by Sander van der Borch Your contribution goes to Jason, except for what PayPal skims off. http://www.cupexperience.com/myislandhomebda/ I'll work on making the page better, but at least now we can make contributions.
  7. New Caroline Bay Marina at Morgan's Point nearing completion, will open end of March. Provisioning, electrical hookups, water, fuel, pump out. Marina clients have access to Arabella for race viewing with VIP flag. 157' superyacht, up to125 guests for cruises. Sunset cruises, dinners, happy hours on board.
  8. Casting modesty to the wind... Easiest to read AC race calendar is here: http://www.cupexperience.com/americas-cup/ And... who has the toughest round robin schedule? Look at days off, who races twice each day... A Closer Look at the Schedule Does Land Rover BAR have the easiest schedule? Do Oracle Team USA and SoftBank Team Japan have schedules almost as good? Do the Kiwis have a good schedule? Do Artemis Racing and Groupama Team France have the worst schedules? Answers here: http://www.cupexperience.com/blog/2016/10/modified-round-robin-ac-qualifiers-schedule/
  9. As I wrote in Seahorse- fixed TV window, in close stadium sailing , fair racing. Pick any 2.
  10. You didn't mention Rule 18? No, not by name, but upon what did you base your statement: "re mark roundings: I thought AR fouled ETNZ at mark 1, having entered the circle a split second behind - but possibly ETNZ never called it in?" Do you not understand that who enters the zone first is totally irrelevant for determining mark room rights? Yes I was at the venue. Yes I have been in the umpire booth during a practice race (not allowed for "real races"), so I know how the system works. Yes I have talked with the guys who developed LiveLine and with the umpires who use it. Yes one of my suggestions for rewording a rule was adopted and incorporated into the RRS AC. No I am not dependent on ACEA for anything. In fact several of the executives seem to consider me an annoyance. Any other questions? I think dumbing it down is dumb. It's ACEA who do the dumbing down. People in the audience are smart, no need to dumb anything down if you take the time to get your facts straight and explain it clearly. As for the commentators... The ACTV producers rarely give them time to explain things, preferring to run a lot of fluff between races. BUT if you watch the replay for Saturday in Portsmouth you'll see that Ken Read really wanted to figure out and explain what happened at the last gate in Race 1. He came back with the Virtual Eye graphics before the start of R2 and showed the overlaps that gave JPN rights to room and caused SWE to be penalized. Ken understands Rule 18 (no surprise there). Do you?
  11. RRS AC, Rule 18 paraphrased: It does not matter who gets to the zone first. It does not matter if someone needs to tack or gybe. It does not matter who is on port or starboard. All that mattters: Is there an overlap when the first boat gets to the zone? If yes, the inside boat has rights to room. SWE was first to the zone. NZL was overlapped. JPN was overlapped with NZL, therefore overlapped with SWE, therefore JPN had rights on both NZL and SWE. As they drifted inside the zone, SWE did not (was not able to) give JPN room. Tough luck for SWE - they were (correctly) penalized. Explanation of Rule 18 in this video. Weak on camera presence but correct info... http://www.cupexperience.com/blog/2012/4/do-you-understand-this-surprising-rule/ OK good explanation and I guess that's the way the umpires saw it but I don't think JPN was overlapped with NZL when they entered the zone. They just seem to let the inside boats form a conga line and if you have given anyone room then you have to give everyone room. So long as they are consistent then OK, better than faffing about with protests post race. Ah, that's the beauty of LiveLine - no one needs to guess whether there was an overlap - LiveLine shows it to the umps.
  12. RRS AC, Rule 18 paraphrased: It does not matter who gets to the zone first. It does not matter if someone needs to tack or gybe. It does not matter who is on port or starboard. All that mattters: Is there an overlap when the first boat gets to the zone? If yes, the inside boat has rights to room. SWE was first to the zone. NZL was overlapped. JPN was overlapped with NZL, therefore overlapped with SWE, therefore JPN had rights on both NZL and SWE. As they drifted inside the zone, SWE did not (was not able to) give JPN room. Tough luck for SWE - they were (correctly) penalized. Explanation of Rule 18 in this video. Weak on camera presence but correct info... http://www.cupexperience.com/blog/2012/4/do-you-understand-this-surprising-rule/
  13. Rule 18 has nothing to do with who gets to the zone first. Tell us how it really works.
  14. Thanks for the link Xlot. All the details here: http://www.cupexperience.com/blog/2014/8/how-to-win-the-americas-cup/ Winner of ACWS carries 2 points into the round robin. Runner-up gets 1 point. For some reason the AC-Alphabet commentators never mention that the ACWS results will be used as a tie-breaker at the end of the round robin phase. Bonus question: Why is the bonus point for the AC Match -1 for your opponent? Bonus question 2 ... who can explain how a team could go undefeated in the round robin (aka AC Qualifiers) and still lose? Answer here.