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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.
    • B.J. Porter

      Moderation Team Change   06/16/2017

      After fifteen years of volunteer moderation at SA, I will no longer be part of the moderation team. The decision to step aside is mine, and has been some time in the works but we did not wish to announce it in advance for a number of reasons. It's been fun, but I need my time back for other purposes now. The Underdawg admin account will not be monitored until further notice, as I will be relinquishing control of it along with my administrative privileges. Zapata will continue on as a moderator, and any concerns or issues can be directed to that account or to the Editor until further notice. Anyone interested in helping moderate the forums should reach out to Scot by sending a PM to the Editor account. Please note that I am not leaving the community, I am merely stepping aside from Admin responsibilities and privileges on the site.


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  1. That's not what the guys working 22 hour days at ETNZ said at all, and let's be real here - Shawzi is a phenomenal match racer but analyzing foilers or digging for real insider dirt ain't his strong suit.
  2. Like me or hate me, I do know a lot about this sport, spending upwards of six hours most every day reading, researching, and talking to the people who make this sport up. I also spend 20 weeks a year at events doing the same thing but 16 hours a day. I'm not saying that makes my opinions more right than anyone else's, but I they are certainly more informed. Again, I don't mind uninformed opinions, but unending and uninformed critique is a different story.
  3. That's fine, and I value opinions, which is why I very rarely tell people 'you know shit so shut up'. I read thousands of staysail's post before coming to this conclusion. What bothers me is when people criticize, criticize, criticize without attempting to learn the context at all, and staysail just doesn't seem interesting in getting any. Dee has been working non-stop to get sponsors together since before the last race was over, to imply that she is somehow unprepared is just silly.
  4. Saw Nath a few minutes ago on the docks. He is a little depressed, I think because he knows they would have had a much better chance against the Kiwis. Some really interesting stuff about Oracle and why they came to certain decisions...read the front page later.
  5. The question is: why does "what you reckon" mean anything other than the ramblings of an old man? You seem to know almost nothing less than nothing about these sailors, these events, or the way the industry works. I mean no offense by that - but that's how it seems to those of us who do know more.
  6. I think he should just keep firing these so called counsels as they replace one another. What could go wrong?
  7. Given Dee's past, I'd be surprised if she didn't add those types of sailors. I'd also like to see some champion one-design crew involved, and I know a couple of under 30s that would work.
  8. you should clearly be a team CEO with your knowledge!
  9. There is no such thing is journalism. Especially these days where social media and live 'real' video are what makes things work, and where providing entertainment is a prerequisite to covering sports that struggle for an audience. Nic's reports do well, the Nauti Channel is growing, and I'm quite proud of her. Please feel free to point out the 'real journalism' in sailing that Nic should aspire to, or anyone under 40 that gives a flying fuck what a journalist is or does.
  10. audience

    To start with it will need an audience, dontcha think? And in the UK, US, and Europe, the numbers are actually going the wrong way. But that's just how I interpret a ratings share that's half what it was in SF - going the wrong way. How do you interpret?
  11. you're so adorable!
  12. Video here
  13. Alinghi is in if ETNZ wins and it stays in fast boats. Got it from a good source. Another source says ETNZ is seriously considering a big monohull. But that's not as solid as the one above. Mood in BDA is depressing and still quite shocked. Interestingly though, even those in the sport and industry who will see their contracts expire and the gravy train dry if ETNZ win up are still cheering for them. It's crazy.
  14. 2013 I was producing all the media for the Little AC and running a crew of 7. Live video, highlights, commentary, press releases, photo. All the C-Class skippers watched into the wee hours on a pull down screen in the Restronguet Sailing Club in Falmouth. Got some good intel already, amazing how much you can get just hanging about. Got offered a job from an ACEA rep doing commentary for a VIP spectator boat. The irony! I have mostly confirmed that Alinghi will be signed and sealed as long as its in foiling cats. Others are saying that big monohulls are still a possibility, but I just don't see it happening. Took the scooter up to the dockyard, all shut down but I did do a scooter-tour on video. It's loading on SA Facebook now, I'll be doing a pile of interviews tomorrow as well as a live show on Saturday morning from the ETNZ base. Make sure you follow either me or SA on Facebook to get notified when I go live.