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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. I completed an analysis of the weather conditions that contributed to the incident during the Mills Race. The short article can be found at: http://www.lakeeriewx.com/CaseStudies/MillsRace2015/MillsRace.html Mark LakeErieWX: Marine Weather Education and Forecasting Resources
  2. Thanks, Mark
  3. Tragedy Strikes The Dauphin Island Race The 57th annual Dauphin Island Race began under pleasant conditions, but by early afternoon darkening western skies indicated that thunderstorms were approaching Mobile Bay. A little after 3:00 pm, thunderstorm winds ranging from 50 to 70 knots spread across the Bay and ravaged the fleet. Tragically, six sailors were lost as crews struggled against the near hurricane-force winds and accompanying steep waves. My article, Tragedy Strikes the 2015 Dauphin Island Race, provides a "sailor-oriented" meteorological analysis of the event and the dynamics that promote thunderstorm downbursts. The article can be found at: http://www.lakeeriewx.com/CaseStudies/DauphinIslandRace/Introduction.html Mark Thornton LakeErieWX: Marine Weather Education and Forecasting Resources
  4. If you are interested in improving your marine weather forecasting skills before the 2015 season gets underway, I am teaching a Great Lakes Basic Marine Weather forecasting seminar on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at the Macatawa Bay Yacht Club. Additional information on the seminar and registration details can be found at: http://www.lakeeriewx.com/Seminars/MBYC/MBYC.html Mark LakeErieWX: Marine Weather Education and Forecasting Resourcws
  5. My Great Lakes Wind Forecasting: A Workshop for Sailors will be offered at Strictly Sail Chicago from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Friday, January 16, 2015. Whether you are a Mac racer, day sailor, beer-can racer, long distance cruiser, or one-design sailor, the skills learned during the workshop will enhance your understanding of the wind and improve your sailing performance. The workshop combines traditional classroom instruction, Great Lakes case studies, and hands-on exercises to create an engaging learning experience. Workshop details and registration materials can be found at: http://www.lakeeriewx.com/Seminars/StrictlySail/Wind.html Mark LakeErieWX: Marine Weather Education and Forecasting Resources
  6. My Great Lakes Wind Forecasting: A Workshop for Sailors will be offered at Strictly Sail Chicago from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Friday, January 16, 2015. Whether you are a Mac racer, day sailor, beer-can racer, long distance cruiser, or one-design sailor, the skills learned during the workshop will enhance your understanding of the wind and improve your sailing performance. The workshop combines traditional classroom instruction, Great Lakes case studies, and hands-on exercises to create an engaging learning experience. Workshop details and registration materials can be found at: http://www.lakeeriewx.com/Seminars/StrictlySail/Wind.html Mark LakeErieWX: Marine Weather Education and Forecasting Resources
  7. I will be presenting a summary of the strong storm system that affected the 2011 Chicago to Mackinac Sailboat Race at the next meeting of the Northeast Ohio Chapter of the American Meteorological Society. The Chapter meeting will begin at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, February 7th and will be held at the Fairview Park Public Library. All AMS Chapter meetings are free and open to the public. My summary of the storm is located here: http://www.lakeeriewx.com/CaseStudies/ChicagoMac/Introduction.html More information regarding the meeting at: http://www.ametsoc.org/chapters/neohcams/neohcams.html Mark