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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.

AJ Oliver

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  1. Those S2 7.9 fixed keelers are reputed to be demons for speed (and rod rigging, right?) Another solution would be for the Mr. Softdown to swap boats with me - I have a dagger board 7.9 Just kidding - mostly
  2. Not a bad idea to be cautious . . People frequently fall off boats that are on the hard - friend of mine did it twice. The more careful you are, the longer you will be able to sail.
  3. Our Club's volunteer RC is so good that they regularly get mistaken for paid professionals by visiting boats . . In a few weeks we'll be hosting the Flying Scot nationals, so the pressure will be on !!
  4. I had an Asian woman show up in spiked heels.
  5. Like the Captain, the race committee is always right . . even when they're not.
  6. Our Sailing Club has had a rash of these injuries - very tough rehab from the surgery. My shoulders are good (exercise!), but I'm still recovering from a blowed up knee from a year ago (torn quad); that was also not much fun.
  7. Ahhh, words of wisdom from anonymous cowards. What a punk.
  8. amazingly crappy build
  9. Waiting for a rules expert to argue that Gladiator was equally at fault . . In 3 . . 2 . . 1 . .
  10. All right, I've got to write it . . Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.
  11. Full disclosure increases your credibility - and I do not know you or any of the other posters here at all. It's just good business - get used to it. If you have any connection to the industry, we need to know about it. AJ Oliver, on 06 Mar 2017 - 10:02 PM, said: What are you implying?
  12. OK, so this is a potentially interesting and informative thread. BUT, any of you with connections (including mere friendship) to the industry should disclose them on each and every of your posts.
  13. Nation-states run by sane people base their security spending on well-researched threat assessments and careful budgetary analysis. Just sayin' Veterans For Peace
  14. Said as a faster boat begins to pull away . . "OK, now we've got 'em right where we want 'em"
  15. It must have been, because the sails look like shit Daille Carnagey gratuatte? Stoodyin' aht de feate of da mastere