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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. Only to you.
  2. Odd that of all the countries Trump wants to limit US ingress from, he somehow didn't include this one.
  3. For those not averse to a bit of sanding and painting... https://www.newenglandboatcompany.com/international500
  4. Thanks ML. Good to know. I guess, not being a major surf center, the local MDs must not be up to snuff on cold water sports medicine.
  5. That extra thickness of booty rubber always seemed to throw off my take offs. When the water got that cold it was time to surf off Huntington Beach or Morrow Bay's steam plants. Ah, the warm spots were better than a wetsuit piss!
  6. I suppose it depends on how you secure the motor in the dinghy to minimize the risk of fuel spillage. We had a bad day once when the crew that brought the tender motor back aboard the mothership forgot to bring the external fuel tank aboard, which flipped in rough water filling the dink with gas, a not copacetic thing to try to remedy when entering a closed harbor. In addition to all the valid issues above, do you really want to risk a tender full of gas and a huge plume of volatile sheen following you where you sail? Unless you can rig it such that a spill is impossible in the dinghy, I'd spend the effort to bring it aboard.
  7. Always thought he had a great voice and musical talent. Then I learned he shacked up with 17 yo Savannah for 2 years in the late 80s... Respect!
  8. I first heard of surfer's ear when diagnosed with it while in JC in California in the late 70s. While my year round water sports activities gradually tapered off over the next 10 years, the nodes in my left ear continued to grow, but it didn't hinder my hearing any other than to cause frequent water blockage when I did surf or dive. Oddly, since moving to Maine, everyone that looks into my ears is shocked at the odd stalagtites growing now in both ears, but no one has ever heard of surfer's ear here. I've explained that it's commonly diagnosed on the west coast but then I'm generally given the 'let me do the doctoring and you do the patienting' attitude. This lead me to wonder if it has ever been technically described and accepted in medical literature or is it just a colloquialism used by west coasters? Fortunately, so far my hearing is still relatively good (some unrelated tinnitus in one ear), but I think I'd consider learning ASL before I'd let a VA doctor drill into my ears. Sorry it happened to ya. Having too much fun has consequences I guess.
  9. Anything by Greg Iles is a bona fide page burner but in particular I'd recommend his Natchez Burning Trilogy, the third volume of which has just been published last month. Like Gresham, they are all rooted in the mystery and history of the deep south. Unlike Gresham, this stuff will grab your heart and make you want to join the SPLC. Painfully intense to read. Be prepared to battle your spouse over these if you read them on holiday. I just bought Mississippi Burning for my wife's birthday and we're both struggling to not crack it now, but want to wait till next holiday in June.Tough noogies on her if I grab it first on the first night out.
  10. The trouble with dealing with a loose cannon is you can't anticipate which way it's going to roll. Apparently Drumpf thinks, lacking diplomacy, that this is his strength.
  11. Get your Wiki Wacked!
  12. Yup! I renewed my 100 Ton Masters last year and found that process way more annoying than getting the ticket in the first place, primarily because I wasn't fastidious in recording my sea time and contacting former employers may be problematic several years after the fact, so be sure you have a sea time letter in hand when you leave. If I renew again I'll probably downsize to OUPV since I really don't anticipate a lot of blue water work as I get older.
  13. I thought Trump had the best words. Lots of people are saying that.
  14. And for the record, no, despite what Sphincter says, when SCROTUS says "wire tapping" or "wires tapped" he doesn't actually just mean "surveillance".