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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. Power boat was the stand-on vessel. Power boat broke Rule 5 (proper look-out) and the ferry might have broken 17. Rule 8 applies to narrow channels and Rule 9 applies to traffic separation schemes. Ferry lanes are not considered traffic separation zones.
  2. In the spring of 2003, shortly after the invasion of Iraq was underway and security was high, I was underway from Seattle to Vancouver, BC in my fast and beautiful San Juan 38. My only crew was my 75lb Airedale, Angus. Passing through Rosario Straits, there wasn’t much traffic, the weather was great, and the seas were relatively calm, so I was cruising at about 22 knots with some tunes blasting from my stereo. I glanced down at my instruments and saw a giant blob on the radar a couple of miles behind me. I looked around and saw what appeared to be a massive warship (I don’t know a frigate from a destroyer) belching out clouds of black smoke and gaining on me. It was obviously a ship on a mission. Being a relatively new boater at the time, I wasn’t sure of the rules of the road, so I kept my course and heading, reasoning that the ship had lots of room to get around me. The ship kept coming, and was on a course to run me over, so I figured I’d better turn down the stereo and pay attention. As the ship drew alongside about a 100 yards to starboard, I saw crew on deck waving at me. Having owned this gorgeous boat for a couple of years, I was used to looking at me and waving, so I waved back. Not knowing much about naval vessels, I was surprised he was passing me. So I goosed it, and was up to about 28 knots when red pencil flares came across my bow. Oh, oh, maybe they do want to talk to me. We both stopped, and they put a dinghy over the side that was loaded with four guys in full combat gear, and a couple of guys in blue uniforms. As they approached, they saw Angus the Airedale, and ordered in no uncertain terms that he be put below. I complied, and the two Coast Guard guys came on board while the combat-ready troops circled my boat in their dinghy. Even though I didn't think I had done anything wrong, I getting nervous. Maybe having guns pointed at me had something to do with it. They were quite brusque, asking where I was going and what I was doing, and did I have a radio. I answered their questions, and checked to make sure the radio was on. They told me the reason they were stopping me was because they had been hailing me for a half hour, and since I was unresponsive, they gave chase. I somewhat sheepishly told them I’d had the stereo blasting and with that and the engine noise, I hadn’t heard them. They accepted the explanation, became friendly when they realized I wasn’t a threat, and ended up doing a normal Coast Guard inspection. I passed with flying colors. As they were leaving, I told them I was surprised that a big vessel like that could go that fast, and asked what its top speed is. I was told that information was classified, but I had a pretty good idea of what it was. In the next year, I was boarded another four times, and was beginning to think I was on a terrorist watch list or something. For the most part, the guys were professional and courteous. I say for the most part because one officious little prick was bound and determined to get me for something and cited me for not having a bell on board. Since I sold the power boat and bought a sailboat several years ago, I’ve never been boarded.