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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. Thanks Mark!
  2. Luca- NHC and NWS have labeled the new low 97L. It is sitting in prime position to draw energy from the Gulf Stream and the updates NOAA forecast reflects just about everything we predicted five days ago. You guys gotta have more faith... FROM NWS HATTERAS, NC .MARINE... SHORT TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/... AS OF 330 AM TUESDAY...TIGHT PRES GRADIENT BETWEEN HIGH PRES TO N AND LOW PRES TO SE WILL CONTINUE THROUGH TONIGHT...AND WILL ACTUALLY INCREASE AS LOW GRADUALLY RETROGRADES TO W-SW. GUSTY NE WINDS WILL CONTINUE ALL WATERS AND ADDED ALBEMARLE SOUND AND ALLIGATOR RIVER TO SCA FOR FREQUENT GUSTS TO 25 KT. WAVE MODELS AGAIN INITIALIZING 1-2 FT TOO LOW COMPARED TO BUOY OBS...AND ADJUSTED FCST ACCORDINGLY. SEAS 6-8 FT NRN WATERS WILL BUILD TO 8-10 FT TONIGHT...HEIGHTS 1-2 FT LOWER FOR SRN WATERS. Hey Mark -- what about the MD/Delaware beaches for this weekend -- specifically Ocean City, MD and Bethany Beach, DE? Thanks -- TCOTB
  3. Fixed it for 'ya. Thanks for the tips on the PFDs. Will definitely look into these.
  4. Well done jpuffyman and crew, and fair winds to those lost. Veeger, I realize you THINK this is a compliment, but perhaps you should go back to the cave and shave your knuckles and try to figure out why what you think is a compliment is really a dig at women sailors, and frankly, women in general. The rest of us would like to continue reading and learning from a relevant discussion of the events. Ajax, if you get any good intel on PFDs with spray hoods, share the wealth. I've wanted to upgrade mine for a while and this tragedy is a strong and sad reminder to do as sailing starts to gear up. It is a shame that it takes an event like this for people to take safety more seriously. I'll often hear comments like "oh, its just the Bay" when talking about sailing on the Chesapeake. We've had crazy weather come through that would challenge some of the best offshore sailors, and a few summers ago, we went through a spate of weather-related accidents (especially on the Magothy River) that resulted in loss of life. I'm a little embarrassed to admit that those events are what it took for me to invest in a proper PFD and tether. Shit comes up fast on the Bay -- we were on a night race a few summers back and a storm came up -- 3 knots to 28 knots with gusts into the 30s in about 3-5 minutes. After about 20 minutes, everything settled back down and the rest of the night was an absolute perfect 10-15 downwind run home. That's Chesapeake Bay sailing. The relatively calm "normal" conditions of any sailing location should never be taken as an excuse not to be as prepared as possible (jack lines, proper pfds, throw lines, etc.) TCOTB
  5. Okay, I'm going literate on a cloudy Monday . . . Spent much of yesterday reading "The Proving Ground" -- the story of the 1998 Sydney-Hobart race. It's interesting so far . . . I'm curious about what other nonfiction SAILING books SA-ers have read and liked or hated. Need something new to read when this one is done . . .