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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. Yep Duncan has it. Volunteering gives you the right to try and make change. I'm not involved in the class, but I love the boat. However, I have known several families who have been involved and I think the worst I have heard is that the Bic reps can be a little pushy at trying to sell boats. Shock horror a salesman who is pushy.
  2. Is now a good time to ask the inevitable "why don't they let multi hulls into the 2017 STH?"
  3. Happy Summer Solstice !! And we already have the babes in bikinis
  4. Yep dogwatch and Seasailor are right. I'm surprised Topper don't have design plans or a manual on file somewhere. And I have found their customer service to be pretty good in the past when I wanted imagery. Of course that was imagery for a potential sponsor for 5 boats, so there was maybe a sale in the future but .... Craig Whitworth unsuccessfully went through his old files for us once, when we were looking for a manual for a Miller & Whitworth Swinger. Of course, that boat was built before Bob Miller changed his name to Ben Lexen. So its not that surprising he couldn't find it.
  5. Have you tried contacting Topper https://www.toppersailboats.com/
  6. +1 But you you forgot the bit where you have multi companies and foundations in a Double Dutch Irish sandwich to hide what you are doing.
  7. If the original meeting did not vote to affirm key provisions to satisfy requirements and ensure continuous operation and this is a requirement of the meeting, then it could be argued that the meeting was not held in a valid legal manner. Therefore anything decided at that meeting is equally invalid and the meeting has to be held again in its entirety, including announcement, proxies, elections etc And while you are arranging this new meeting, announce a motion to change the constitution to allow Extraordinary General Meetings to avoid having to go through the rigmarole again.
  8. A few years ago, new trains were introduced to Sydney and they had incredible air-con problems due to poorly design control modules. An electrical engineer I know was contracted to fix the problem, because apparently it wasn't covered by any sort of warranty. So he designs a new module to replace the old one, take the old old out and plug in the new one type thing. However, he was told to redesign it to use the existing modules in conjunction with the new module, because someone didn't want to admit the module need to be replaced and they had made a mistake. However, adding an upgrade to the existing module, well that's an improvement, even if it is 8 times the price of just replacing it. The engineer, despite his incredulity, was happy to do it and make more money.
  9. Zumwalt, LCS, F-35. I think I see a pattern. If you haven't seen The Pentagon Wars you should. Still one of my favourite movies/TV shows about government bureaucratic ineptitude and arse covering. Based on the book of the same name about the Bradley fighting vehicle, written by one of the officers who was fighting against the bullshit.
  10. Maybe have a hinged section at the water end. When its not in use, fold it up and out of the water. When you need it, unfold into the water and give yourself a nice long ramp under the water. As it doesn't stay in the water it wont grow slippery.
  11. I'm fairly sure tube in tube is how ours is as well
  12. +1
  13. The national bodies would rather you sailed in classes, particularly the Olympic classes. Then they can control you. Personally I think more clubs should use the yardsticks. It encourages "sail what you have". I see to many clubs in Sydney who, while stating they run an open yardstick class, really only want you to race their 'chosen' classes. Then there are complaints about smaller membership. Clubs should be encouraging people to sail that second hand boat they picked up for $1000 in the club environment. Maybe in a couple of years they will decide to buy that new Taser or whatever. Sailing needs to broaden its base level. Yardsticks should be easy these days, excel should do all the work at both ends.
  14. OK, own up guys. Which one of you hacked the Gouv's account?
  15. Its hard to justify the event when even the Australian Olympic Selection Committee doesn't recognize it. So only Yachting Australia Sailing (whatever) is to blame for this.