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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. You can say that again. I got some close up pics of some of the details of his sailing canoe/yacht lol. I could spend a week studying it. https://goo.gl/photos/ry3zwu7CEr1PEMMv7
  2. The race manager who had direct comm with cg told us that when the guy couldn't "self rescue" he vhfd the cg and talked through his options. they ultimately told him to trigger the plb and then he used a flare for the helo to pinpoint him. It sounds to me like he was out of his boat more likely because he was trying to get it back into deeper water after making a see deprived wrong turn into the muck which is speculation. if he capsized in the mud while pushing with his paddle to get out from being stuck, then his arm would have just sunk in and he would have had to bail out to get back in. he must have been cold and not making good decisions but it's happened to others who have had to just layer up and sleep in their boats in the bay till light when navigation of the channel usually is quite obvious. I say shame on anyone saying he should be embarrassed by being rescued by cg. It's not a badge of honor but nor should it be a stigma. It does not sound to me like he abused the cg as a life line. I'll wait to hear the real story but I still will not be in a position to pass judgement. Next time it could be you. it's what they are there for and I know they were very glad to pickup a watertriber all of whom are 10 times as prepared as everyone else out there. Making people feel embarrassed to call for help when they need it doesn't foster a good small boat culture imo. Also, for the record. it was the CG station who posted the helo pickup video to the water tribe Facebook page commeting how prepared the idividual was with #plbsaveslives. -Alan Aka SOS
  3. I usually just read and don't post but the "death threat" article by Brian and his earlier article on his views of PFDs and harnesses compelled my to include my opinion. Scare tactics against being sheep? When was that a thing. Oh you must feel really cool because you don't wear a PFD ever. We'll no thank you and I would never sail with you! I will NOT be that guy who watches his boat sail away while I swim (unburdened by my pfd apparently). NO I will drown next to my boat while I give it my all to get back on board or else I will be found with my boat (what's left of me) so that my parents will know that I died trying to get back aboard with my lifeline ON. I wear my PFD at all times during watertribe events or whenever I'm sailing alone and I tie myself to the boat. Hello!?! have you watched the videos of idiots swimming after their boat. -Alan Stewart