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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. Artemis game plan for today:
  2. Just about everyone is talking about race replays on various platforms, uploaded by various people. (Except for some idiot who posted a picture of Outteridge sailing in a snorkel.)
  3. Artemis/Outteridge secret weapon!
  4. ...yet another worthless sportboat. I don't understand why people attach fixed ballast to dry-sailed boats that are raced around the cans. If you want to sail a dinghy, sail a dinghy. And if people start fitting sportboats with canting keels and hydraulic systems and engines to drive them, I will just shake my head in dismay...
  5. Hydroptere held the Nautical Mile absolute record for 5 years, and the 500 m record for less. That's pretty impressive for a boat that's capable of sailing (on both tacks!) across an ocean. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speed_sailing_record
  6. I fear that the most important safety lesson here hasn't been learned: that the most important decisions cannot be delegated to one person. In the world of aeronautical engineering, peer review is one of the most important ways we avoid making mistakes. And similar practices are followed in the cockpits of commercial aviation. And that worked out really well for the passengers onboard the German wings flight. You're only confirming my point of the importance of peer review. And it's why the FAA in the US requires a member of the cabin crew to be in the cockpit when one pilot is out of it.
  7. I fear that the most important safety lesson here hasn't been learned: that the most important decisions cannot be delegated to one person. In the world of aeronautical engineering, peer review is one of the most important ways we avoid making mistakes. And similar practices are followed in the cockpits of commercial aviation. It's telling that it was Ian Walker who showed how the reef didn't show up on the zoomed out map. And I'm pretty sure he said "we [meaning himself and Si Fi] checked it out and marked it as a no go area".
  8. What started as a sensible post with good advice on how to get onto a "big boat" in this thread was made into a ridiculous one the front page on how to get into a "racing boat" by whoever edited yet. Yes editors, dinghies are racing boats too, and I don't think I'll ever understand the American fetish for big boats, or this websites fixation on them.
  9. The website is called Sailing Anarchy. There is no thread Police.
  10. No it wasn't. The Internet is not the same thing as the World Wide Web. The internet came out of a Darpa funded project in I don't know, the 70s maybe. The Internet is what a lot of other services run on, like email, voip, ftp, torrents, and yes the www. A Brit working at Cern invented the www, which was a mashup of the internet and hypertexts. The first graphical browser which rendered pictures as imbedded in the hypertext was written at the NCSA at U of Illinois.
  11. +1 Got to love it when Australians are using an American invention, the Internet, on their American computers with American processors, running American Software to boast about how they won the America's Cup. Once.
  12. Change and 2XD, Thanks for your thoughtful replies. I say that with only partiial sarcasm, because now I don't have to point out how uncouth some of you Aussies are. You already made that point. Recidivist, you're right, I am an idiot. Unlucky for you, I design the jet engines that power the airplanes you fly in. I hope they don't blow up, catch fire, or snap in half and sink or anything...
  13. Can someone translate this to English so I can understand it? -thanks
  14. It's Ostriches from South Africa and Kangaroos from Oz, right? Looking at this thread, I think I must have that wrong, given the Australian Ostriches who think that an article where the Dutch naval architect who conceived of, designed and tested the winged keel says as much somehow confirms that the yacht was a purely Lexcen design. In the face of the evidence, stick your heads in the sand Ozzie Ostriches! This is the most telling quote in the article: "Ben did things by feel and intuition, but in the America's Cup that will get you nowhere. It is a very scientific thing" Lexcen was a cut-it-and-try kind of guy from the 18 ft skiff class, not the type equipped with the back ground to understand induced drag and design a keel with winglets. The rest of the article: Winged keel not Lexcen's design, Dutch architect claims