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    • UnderDawg

      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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  • Birthday 03/23/1967

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    Branford CT
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    Sierra Nevada, Harpoon, Bushmills, Mt. Gay, Svedka
  1. A committee boat hit us on a down wind finish. Fr's need to stay put...
  2. honey roasted peanuts or just pain salted?? The Great Pumpkin was on last night. It's always awesome! Charlie Brown you fucking blockhead!
  3. Off topic but somewhat related, the board has asked me to look into starting a youth sailing program and I'm thinking the C420 would be the right choice. We are located near YCYC in Branford so maybe some competition could be in order some day. The real question, if we wanted to get a few "starter" boats where would we find them for a reasonable price?
  4. I suspected there was a catch, when the app was free; they get 48 bucks apiece for charts! That is crazy, Never had any upcharges with my apps.
  5. Not really, I use it mostly as a chart plotter of sorts. I have just now discovered it has tidal current information embedded in the charts, I still don't know how useful it will be. Going to find out when we go through the Race (or the Gut) on Friday though! I just downloaded SailGrib, I'll let you know how that is. You should try OpenCPN. I had Navionics for a little while and liked OpenCPN much better. You do have to download charts from NOAA, but you can do a lot more with it especially if you know how to program. It is open source based so you can play around with the different modules. I have not done so myself since I do not know how to program, but have seen what others have done. I can show it to you this weekend if you want. I'll be sure to stop by. Are you guys bringing the Bird to Crockers Thursday?
  6. Apple may use real gps satellites. Not sure.
  7. I use it on my Galaxy 5 and on a 4 x 6" tablet. I think it is worth it, I use it mostly for transports, I dropped a few bucks and got a hand held Garmin for myself this past Christmas, I use that while racing;I have most of the ECSA marks programmed in and also some other way points. I found the tablet and phone died too quickly to keep the location setting on all of the time. Besides, as I understand, my phone and tablet aren't using GPS satellites, it's using cell signal triangulation which is shit when you are out of range. Bottom line - I thought it was well worth the $10 for what I used it for.
  8. Not really, I use it mostly as a chart plotter of sorts. I have just now discovered it has tidal current information embedded in the charts, I still don't know how useful it will be. Going to find out when we go through the Race (or the Gut) on Friday though! I just downloaded SailGrib, I'll let you know how that is.
  9. Nevermind, just found a nifty feature on the Navionics app. See ya'll at the party!
  10. Anyone know of an app or website that shows currents? (other than that paper app - Eldridge)
  11. Start chucking random hardware in his boat, cotter pins, ring-dings, nuts. He'll be too busy trying to figure out where they came from to be screaming.
  12. I'ts been about 5 years since the papers were signed for us. Married 22 years with a then 21 yo son still living at home. She moved north to be with her man while I kept the house. There were a lot of ghosts but after a year or two got all of that out, new furniture, new paint, new woman. Things are good now, Downside is that my Boy moved near mom and I only see him when he comes back into town. That's my only regret from the whole situation. It seems to have worked out for the best for both of us.
  13. Many of my shipmates got their Dolphins tattooed on them after qualifying, as did I. 30 years later, it is barely recognizable, but I know what is is and what it means to me.
  14. Is all of that blocking necessary for code down there? Crazy.
  15. Guy at the loft told me the painted on ones needed to be cut out and a panel put in their place. Sounds expensive for a used sail, does this sound right?