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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. No need - it's just further up the thread. And, you know, you ignored it then too.
  2. BB: Substantiate your claim Others: OK, here's the evidence BB: I don't like the conclusions that evidence supports, so refuse to accept it. Rinse, repeat.
  3. Judging from the yanks I've sailed with, worked with, and share dinner with every Tuesday - the same could be said for a great many Americans on the forum. What's your point?
  4. Neither for that matter are BB or MBL. Hell, I reckon there isn't a single Aussie in PA that is representative of our nation. Kind of like the US forumites.
  5. We have less firearm homicides than that now with our gun control laws as they are. Which is why the vast majority of Australians like them as they are or want government to go further. Fantastic country, love it
  6. Yup, that's a STATE law moron. It doesn't cover the entirety of Australia. Once again, other states allow them.
  7. Your views are irrelevant. The fact remains that the Essential poll of 1700 randomly selected individuals from across Australia is proof of the statement. You have provided nothing to refute it (your "view" doesn't count). Feel free to provide evidence of your own if you like; until then the statement has a foundation your personal opinion does not.
  8. Perfectly legal in Queensland, ACT, & Tasmania. MBL is like Fox News, great for a laugh but hardly worth relying on if you're looking for facts. Actually the link to the Essential Poll does prove the stance. You stomping your feet and pouting like a spoilt child doesn't change that.
  9. Thanks for proving my point, BB. Now tell everyone about which one of us is the "fan boi" and why you have to follow me around obsessing about posts having nothing to do with you.
  10. Don't worry, BB, the "our" did not include you. No-one expected you'd be happy to see moderators flicking gutless, shit-posting socks from the forums.
  11. He's still doing that?
  12. No arguments and you have our thanks.
  13. Ding. Thank you. Now see if you can stop humping their legs long enough to tell the yank gun nutters that fact. Appreciate it Yes, but concentrated in the hands of a lot less people (less than 1% of the population), the types of guns a typical gun owner possesses are different, and we're STILL far lower than the US. A good thing too, as it results in 4x less murder. Which is why the gun laws are not going to change, MBL. The vast majority of Aussies like them & their results the way they are.
  14. As loathe as I am to give SV encouragement - he has a point. Trump is grouping terrorists in with people that simply disagree with his policies. When a man only has two categories of people - winners that agree with him and losers that don't, that is a sign of a stunted mind. Even my youngest boy grasps the concept there is a gradient involved and lumping everyone into one title is stupid.
  15. Not quite correct. The evidence can exists, but unless it's already been found and released to the public, we should all dismiss any investigation as a waste of time and resources because there is nothing to find. By the way, constantly running interference for Trump over his fuck ups should never be construed as supporting the guy. It's just how you support the office of president... except for when Obama was president, then fuck that guy.