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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. Your all welcome. It's been two months since I've been up there. Haven't gone up since December 29 because it's either been freezing or snowing, which is kind of unusual in the NW, since we usually have a week of freezing followed by a week of rain. After 40+ years of commuting, I don't drive when it's freezing or snowing, unless we need something from the store, but with a large pantry, freezers and a root cellar that hardly happens anymore...and when it does, my wife usually takes care of it. I put snow tires with studs on one of her vehicles every winter, just for such conditions. Other then going down to check the boats, or go sailing or racing, I'm a home body in the winter.
  2. Robert reminded me it was Flowerman - not Flowers - like about three times. Then he was adamant that I make sure everyone know. I said, sure thing Mr. Flowers.
  3. Thanks Bob!
  4. That would be an interesting trip Bob
  5. Harken's USA Sales Manager Jim Anderson and West Coast Sales Rep Rusty Rutherford came up to Betts Boats to check out the Carbon Cutters project yesterday. L-R - Robert Perry, Betts Boats' Neil Racicot, Rusty Rutherford and Jim Andersen.
  6. Somebody surely must have pissed in his Wheaties.
  7. I agree! Nicely done Bob!
  8. Yes I already explained and demonstrated to Bob in his office about recomposing by holding the shutter button half way down when using spot focus. The problem is, quite often Bob is busy at the yard, and when he takes time to shoot, the spot focus isn't on the subject when he initially presses the button. or he'll inadvertently touch the back Autofocus point selection button, when adjusting the front main dial which changes the center spot focus sensor to a perimeter sensor. On those busy days when he's distracted by some else talking or whatever the distraction may be, it would be better to use evaluative metering of all the sensors.
  9. If the camera is having a focus problem, it's usually when it's set on spot metering and the focus sensor isn't on the subject. Change the focus setting from spot metering, where a single focus point lights up, to evaluative metering where all the focus points light up. Hoping to get over there soon. It's been a cold January and the first part of February, and after 45+ years of commuting, I prefer not to do long trips when it's icy. The last time I drove up it was in the 20s - and most everyone is still doing 80mph, even on icy bridge decks, in the early AM. I said to myself, this is crazy and the last time I drive up in icy conditions.