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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. That's the sad part: I don't drink! I should have made-sure that it was attached better before putting the shade on. Good news: I upgraded to a carbon-fiber spin pole last year. If the standard 18lb pole would have dropped on my head from that high, I wouldn't be typing this right now.
  2. jsmin: You clearly don't know big chicken, so your accusations/suggestions just make you look bad. apologize and move on. (You won't win this argument if you keep at it.) My experience with Bay Week this year started with me being pissed that the J-29 fleet went form having our own class, to being jammed in with PHRF-C. I would not have taken my boat all the way out there to race PHRF. When I said that to Bob, his response was "It was too late, sorry." That was a load of shit. When I signed up for the regatta, I was listed on the site in the J-29 class, and there were 4 boats. The J-105s only had 4 boats, and they got a start, so the "5 boat minimum" argument doesn't hold water either. There were never 5 J-105s, and never 5 J-29s. We had a class last year, and didn't this year. When I left the dock on Wednesday for the transport, the website said we had a class. When I arrived at the dock Thursday afternoon, the scratch-sheet said we did not. I spent money on hotel rooms for crew, and even flew my foredecker in from NY for the weekend. If I hadn't had about $1,500 and 8h of transport into it at that point, or I would have left and gone home. Friday racing was what it was. I didn't mind the 'around the islands' too much, but wish the course would have been explained a little better. 5-6 of the boats in the class headed out to a mark we were to round on starboard. Only to realize that everyone else was taking the mark to starboard...by about .5mi. Having everyone round it to port would have also avoided 1-2 boats running aground while cutting off the corner. After that, it was just a drag race for the next 3h. I can't blame the course for my performance on the second race. I think we were the 2nd boat to the first mark, and then promptly put our kite in the water so we could let the entire fleet...and the next one...cruse on by. O-Well. Saturday was a slow, and cluttered race. We did pretty well, and felt like if we could have hung out another 20-30min, the wind would have picked up. But racing was canceled for the day, and we headed in. From there I got cracked on the head with my spinnaker pole while rigging a sun-shade at the dock. I got to take a helicopter ride to Metro in Cleveland for a quick head/neck CT scan...so Synergy didn't get a chance to play on Sunday. I can't comment on that racing. I'm sure I gave people at the dock something to talk about, so that was my little contribution to the weekend. (I got 3 text-messages from people asking if I saw the accident on A-dock.) More than likely that I'll have a J-105 next year, so I'll be back. I should have stayed in Cleveland this year though.
  3. I need another body or two for Bay Week. If anyone is looking for a ride...we could use a foredecker and/or jib trimmer. email me directly if you're interested. (doug-at-sparkbase-dot-com)
  4. Quitters... We were SHOCKED when passed by them about 3h after we rounded the break-wall at Lorain.
  5. So do I get an "Iron Man" trophy for sticking it out, knowing damn-well I'd be the last boat?
  6. I didn't make it over today for the awards and results. We were going to head over, and then the heavens opened up and dumped a monsoon on us. I'll head over tomorrow and post a pic if they don't post them by then.
  7. As of 1:30, there were still boats out there. Results and awards tomorrow at noon. I won't be able to make it, but was hoping to stop by the clubhouse after the Indians game to see how we did. (poorly)
  8. 15:52 here. Would have been a LOT shorter of I'd trusted my gut on the last leg and headed out early after the break wall. (well...by a LOT, I mean about 35min) That'll teach me to open my mouth and ask "how long does this usually take?"
  9. Roberts Race: Dear God....please make it end.
  10. Yeah...I JUST saw that you posted the previous years results. I didn't remember seeing them before. I tried to hustle back here and edit my comment, but you beat me to it.
  11. I put the .3oz kite on the boat last night...and looks like I'll get a chance to use it! Me moved Synergy to CYC last night. Had a great cruze over. On pretty nights, it's amazing how many people you can get signed up for a delivery sail! (I think we had 9 on board.) Question: How long does this race usually take? Are there records for longest/shortest? ...and I also like that I get to race in the "B Fleet" for a change.
  12. I'm disappointed it wasn't "Lake Erie - Part Deux"
  13. Anyone ever think about a bigger version of the i550? I've been thinking about trying my hand at designing a 25'-30' sport-boat.
  14. Are those classes backwards? On LE, the PHRF-A boats are the fast ones.
  15. Does anyone have a picture of a J35 on Lake Erie called Warlord? I grew up racing against it, and always thought it was a great graphics set.