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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. Sounds like you did indeed have a substantive discussion. Thanks for sharing, hopefully we can put something (some things) into place that will make racing better for everyone and draw more people to the water.
  2. Andrew, I'm not going to make it to the brain dump tonight, but I am definitely interested in what's discussed. Hope you guys make some headway and maybe take some notes that can be shared.
  3. IOR boats may have had their problems but my Catalina 38 still turns heads and gets a lot of great comments. The best part is, both it and my neighbor's Peterson 34 are consistently at the podium in a fairly competitive fleet which includes many newer boats. I will say that once we're off the race course the C38 is much more comfortable to party on...after 500+/- miles on the Peterson I just wanted to get on land for a while.
  4. Mr. Stern, glad you're fired up about this and that there will be some face time to talk things over. Reading over the thread I see most of my points have been covered here and there, so I won't go over it all again. My bottom line is that we need to have more people talking an active visible role in promoting events and opportunities, and that we need to do more than preach to the choir. Yes, YC's need to motivate their members, but there are a lot of other sailors out there that would participate if they knew how (read: when and where) to do so. As far as leadership/guidance in organizing racing in GOM, there are regularly 6-8 people that show up (over the 3 years I've been involved), out of the literal hundreds that could, to make decisions and set some direction...we do the best we can and respond to comments as soon as we can. Obviously the people that meet don't represent all of the concerned constituencies, but we try to anticipate their needs and strive to include things that will interest them. It's a takes lot to be everything to everyone and ultimately there are going to be things missed, all in all it's a big job and we can always use help, even if only in the form of feedback. PS, In my opinion YOY was poorly chosen and others, including stickboy, were so obviously more qualified based upon the selection standards that it's hard to believe they were in the running together. Yes, he's done a lot to introduce people to the sport and should probably be recognized (well, not again) for it, but he doesn't fit the mold of YOY...but that's ultimately a PE call and what's done is done. However, reviving the racing momentum in the GOM, for example, is just one of those things that if successful could restore the significance of the award...just saying. Happy Holidays, see you on the 22nd.
  5. Details? Inquiring Kittys want to know. Kitty, Marc is getting railroaded by a couple folks within his club, it's unfounded but has caused him to consider resigning his position there. As you well know, Marc has been a great asset and conduit to sailing in Penobscot Bay but someone has it in for him and is trying to take him to the mat. The whole thing is still in process so no one knows how it will turn out.
  6. Hear, hear...Go the Marc!!
  7. Looking at it, we were planning on doing double handed on GREYHWAK but with keel damage we're trying to switch things over to Tittravate...don't know what class we would end up in, probably double or racing.
  8. Here is a hint from Last year! I need to put on ...or take off???... my beer goggles to read the fine print! PS: Nice piece of hardware...like the [new] base.
  9. I'm having a hard time remembering what happen((ed)s in Castine.....
  10. Chaise, it's all good...the discussion will continue in civilized (archaic?) manner...maybe it should all be settled on the water!?!
  11. Ms. Tittravate said she gave up posing for the web...my new foredeck will have to do!
  12. With all due respect, we have by-laws, which say the schedule is set in January (along with ratings breaks and a few other details). If I remember correctly, the AIR was discussed at the March Board meeting and the general consensus was that we are talking about scoring it next year. I'd love to see it scored, too, but shouldn't we be acting according to the by-laws? When the PBR organizers came to us last year, months after the schedule was set, and asked to be scored in 2011, we advised that per the by-laws, they needed to wait until next year, and they respected that. The AIR should not be treated any differently. What's the rush, anyway? It's not like they are hurting for participants. On a somewhat similar note, if race days keep getting added to Central, the minimum number of race days for qualifying really needs some adjustment. Central has nearly as many available race days as Western, but you only need four to qualify, while Western requires eight. Both points (setting schedules and qualification adjustments) are discussions for another time and place, however there is currently precedent to adjust the schedule after January; I think the March discussion was a result of the topic not being presented by an NYC rep, as was anticipated.
  13. Solar, GMORA could make it happen if NYC wanted it. The Board has heard the rumors of possibly including the AIR and would love to add it to the schedule.
  14. The benefit of scoring the race would be to draw more participation from local boats. GMORA's Central Region has taken off in the last couple of years and has a good chance of being a premier circuit, which may motivate people to race that until now assumed they would have to travel (I'm not opposed to travel, but some are). Adding the AIR to the mix would provide 8 race days in the Bay (14 if you count the 2 shorthanded races), which would be plenty to place for the region (currently a 4 day minimum requirement, but will likely go up next year) and might be enough to satisfy some people's competition urges. This of course doesn't count neighboring area's like the East Region or BBH/Segiun races. Personally I would love to see even more scored events in Central.
  15. I'm planning on AIR this year...two problems getting the west to come: 1) needs to be promoted as a scored race and 2) they would likely want the get back for the Lightship the next week (so up and back for that weekend). NYC should talk to GMORA.