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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. Seriously dude, she's a freakin' mermaid, jumped right out of the water and grabbed the netting. I'm taking her home!
  2. Under the circumstances, you did everything that could possibly be asked of you, AND you did it right! Great work.... You saved two people's lives, you are being humble, but there is no greater deed than saving a human life, anyone who has been out of sight of land understands the gravity of your actions.
  3. LOL I thought they may use that as a defense, it says as many as possible, they got all but one competing. ;-)
  4. I'm sorry, but your last statement is inaccurate as is evidenced by 100s of years of rule by Muslims of that particular area. When Muslims controlled Palestine, other Muslim Caliphates had no problem with that, they were in fact, allied with them most of the time. Sure there are always differences and skirmishes, but I assure you, the problem that these Muslim countries have with Israel, is the fact it is controlled by Jews. Sure, Sunnis and Shiites have been going at it since the second generation of Islam, but when it comes to Israel, neither of them want the Jews to have it. It really is that simple, next to impossible to resolve and compromise, but that simple.
  5. That is incredibly naive. If you know anything about the current situation in the middle east, and specifically the relationship between Israel and a vast majority of Muslim countries is not only about the religion, it is INTENSELY about the religion. The hottest spot in the conflict, the old city of Jerusalem is ALL ABOUT religion. To try to take that out of the picture is completely ignoring the facts. Comments from Muslim political leaders like "I want all the Jews to come to Israel, so I don't have to chase them around the world to kill them." should tell you something. Clearly you have not visited the middle east in the last 40 years otherwise you would never make such comments.
  6. Somehow, I just don't see the Israeli's exercising their karma on the kids, history has shown these two sides don't play by the same rules. That should be open enough for misinterpretation
  7. US Sailing is taking its sweet ass time, though part of that is just getting everyone on the phone when they are overseas or skiing. And i salute your stand against ISAF on this. Looking forward to buying you a drink next time I see you. Jack Gierhardt promised me a statement from US Sailing "as quickly as we possibly can" yesterday morning. Expecting US Sailing to do anything substantial is laughable. They still have national events hosted at clubs with exclusionary membership practices (no Women, Blacks, or Jews), even though these practices have been pointed out to them formally in the past. The response from US Sailing has always been nothing more than gloss to try to ignore it further. Having a major one design national event at a club whose solution is to just not allow any of the sailors into the clubhouse (because some are women, blacks, or possibly even Jewish), and even after several letters with the President of US Sailing pointing out the issue, simply allowing the same club to host another national event a few years later, is how they operate. I gave up several years ago, and have not paid membership dues to US Sailing or ISAF since. The US has a deplorable record when it comes to sailing/yachting clubs and exclusionary membership practices, and it is nowhere near cleaned up yet, there is a long way to go.
  8. My experience with Lightnings, and confirmed by Greg Fisher is that a neutral helm is most effective. Assuming the helmsman can handle that sickening feeling of having no weather helm at all.