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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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  2. I took a good look at the Musto range, and in the end placed an order through my local chandlery (Muir's) for the MPX race lite jacket and salopettes. Paid $100 less for each piece than advertised on musto.com.au Had to be ordered from the UK, so 14 days before they arrive apparently. Gota be better than my worn out BR1 stuff.
  3. I've decided to splash out on good offshore gear. Mostly cause it's now tax deductible for me now. With most of the sailing I do, dry is more important than warm. What's the best Jacket /Overalls combo out there?
  4. As a slave to my mortgage, I rarely get to enjoy the local WAGS race. So when I found myself with a Wednesday afternoon free recently I cheerfully lobbed up, and began looking for a ride. I spoke to the race organisers and saw them handing out one page rules sheets. And asking skippers if they had an anchor on the bow. Most skippers seems outraged at this, and stated categorically that “Of course I have an anchor on the bow”. Most probably thought that they we being asked if they carry an anchor… So I got to wondering what was on the one page of rules being handed out. It wasn’t thick enough to be the International Regulations for Prevention of Collision at Sea. And it was the fabled but rarely read Racing Rules of Sailing. So what was it? Rather than finding out however I was waylaid by the arrival of my steak sandwich. After the race, I came to the conclusion that based on what I had just seen. The one pager must have been amendments to various rules, and not a comprehensive set. Here are the amendments I am sure were on that one pager. 1. Vessels made of fibreglass must give way vessels made of steel 2. Vessels of less than 50ft LOA must give way to vessels 50ft or greater. 3. Last seasons overly insured carbon fibre race boats, crewed by syndicate of lawyers give way to no one. 4. For at least 30 minutes before a vessels start time, they must reach up and down parallel to the start line, no more than 15 meters from it 5. No alcohol must be consumed on the boat prior to reaching end of the entrance leads. On the way out of the harbour 6. No Alcohol must be left undrunk on the boat after reaching the end of entrance leads. On the way into the harbour 7. Formal protests must be lodged by yelling “You f*&king d#*$head” at the corresponding skipper within 10 seconds of the offence. 8. The two turn penalty is replaced by the requirement to look blankly at the protesting boat. Perhaps there were more on the page that I didn’t see in action. What were they?