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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. The J24 class has been on a slow downward trajectory for years, but this year it really seems to have fallen off a cliff. Regattas are half the size they used to be, or else I'm going mad. The Really Good Guys are still at it, but so many others have cut and run. Is it the J70? Is it the fact the the open World's was last year and people got that off their bucket list? It seems like some really incredible boats are on the block for dirt cheap too. Am I seeing things, or is the class really dying? What do you guys from various parts of the world see?
  2. I watched that; I thought it was well done too. I believe they said the ship was only 200 yards from the shore, not a quarter mile, going 15k. I have read about this thing that channel pilots have to worry about, called "shoal effect" or something like that -- I can't remember why, but the hydrodynamics acting on a ship's hull, tend to pull the stern toward the shallower side. Apparently this is very tricky when trying to travel down a narrow ship channel when the water to one side of the channel is deeper than the other. It almost looked like that was going on here. All in, a terrible accident.
  3. Got that right. if you didn't want a calendar, you could have looked in the *other* thread to find a way to send the $30 to msg directly. Or was that too much work? Have you met the women who are in this calendar? have you seen the calendar yet to even know wtf you're talking about? Funny that you think it's perfectly ok to put up a calendar of airbrushed bimbos who are paid to be your left hand's best friend, but would be embarrassed to hang a calendar of real women who really did this to help a friend in need? you really have a skewed morality. I use both hands, actually. Longstanding habit. I did open that link and just made a donation. Don't think for one second that I do not recognize the obligation to help someone in need. The law of the sea applies here as well. I sincerely get that and wholeheartedly support it.
  4. That's totally fair. To me the Star is the very apotheosis of sailboat racing. The other classes you mention present some of the most classic challenges in the sport. My point was simply that J24 sailors do at least have some standards!
  5. And just who the fuck are you? Mr. Aggressive Piety?
  6. True and false. The J24 is one of the great conundrums of the sport of sailing. Horrible boat -- as slow, piglike and miserable as can be conceived by human minds (there is, in fact, a boat in Annapolis called Porca Miseria -- which in Italian roughly translates as "The Pig of Misery." All true. But please tell me a class where there's better competition.
  7. Yes, because as Gandhi said, "the truth will set you free." There's nothing wrong, and everything right, with raising money for such an urgent cause. But to suggest that guys are going to spend 2012 looking at these pictures is, well, a real stretch. I feel like Mister Spock in Star Trek. I'm not usually so gauche. But here it's necessary.
  8. Poor-poor Marco...another fauxtographer who can't light his way out of a fucking paper bag. Crutched up by piss-ass available light. Your work is sub-par and that's being whoafully generous. My donation has been made. In fact I've forwarded the project on to my boss and his charitable Foundation... Hef reads the articles as do photo editors like myself. He may even consider contributing if the product isn't ever seen. That's what we paid professionals do, not just 'whine'. Now then, what level will you be taking the project. Or are you just going to continue to peddle your own 'work' on SA and bash those in the industry. Suggestion, add a link to your web page. Make some noise. Obviously I did and it got the attention I'd intended. Happy Holidays to you too darling. So where were you with your mad "T&A Skillz" when this project was first coalescing? Certainly professional input is always appreciated. Of course, most people also include "Demeanor" when thinking "Professional" too. Can't say you sound like anyone I'd every want to have working for me on a project with your amped up Monday morning 'Tude about how we all suck and shouldn't bother to even try and help our friend. Quite a lot of arrogance with nothing to back it up - you have some cattle to go with that 20 gallon hat? Seems to me if your boss and his foundation want to agree to foot the entire bill for Catherine's cancer battle we wouldn't need the calendar, until then perhaps you should go stand in front of a mirror and practice that "Professional Demeanor" because your manners are quite lacking. I don't know. The guy's tact is decidedly lacking but he has a point. Let's be coldly, commercially real: who (despite all the best, most loving and earnest intentions in the world), is going to actually put on their wall a calendar composed of not-particularly-hot photos of girls in not-particularly-fetching poses on their wall? Who? Is there anyone? I mean, I ordered one out of pure guilt but I would have been just as happy advancing the $30; I don't want the calendar. A better way to do this might have been to charge $30 for a Ridgid Tool calendar, because those are actually hot and fun to look at. Based on the images I've seen, I would be embarassed to hang this up in my kitchen, study or garage. I'm not doing it. Yes, your Honor, I'll stipulate that this is for a fantastic cause -- that's not my point. I sound like a complete jerk but I am only trying to call them as I see them.