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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. Lightning? Too big for a Windmill old style rudder or a Snipe. That's the right shape for them. I will be surrounded by 505s soon for the North Americans. Nobody has a rudder shaped like that, even your brother! Dave Ellis
  2. St. Pete Yacht Club had near-pro Race Committee for many years. Heck, they wrote the book. I was the paid help, NORs, getting marks and flags ready, etc. Once there was a Titanic exhibit at a local museum and they asked to borrow our "T" flags for display during the week. No problem as the Thistle Midwinters were not until next week. Well, they brought them back and my helper put them with the "often used" flags instead of the "others". Head honcho Principal Race Officer used the 'T' flag all the first day. (Looks like the 'C', change of course, but vertical stripes instead of horizontal.) I changed them for the next day and never mentioned it to the PRO. Hey, I liked my job! Dave Ellis, Tampa Bay, Florida
  3. Toyed with the Portsmouth fleet idea. Frankly, I know pretty much all the boats in the area and only Raiders and E-scows come to mind. E-Scows are already at CCSC, so maybe. WETA? Enough in the Tampa Bay area that travel? UFO? Let's get a fleet of boats in the SE first. First year we want to just do a very good job with a few classes. Then, in future years, we'll see. Dave Ellis, PRO, Performance Dinghy Open
  4. Clearwater Sailing Center in Florida is sponsoring a Performance Dinghy Open Regatta October 21-22. Plans are to make it an annual event to be the southern states HPDO (High Performance Dinghy Open at American YC, Rye,NY) Melges 14 and aeros are invited, along with FD, 505, Contender, Windmill, Fireball. Oh, and great RC, ahem. More info later on the CCSC web site. Dave Ellis Tampa Bay, Florida
  5. INVITE! October 20 - 22 at Clearwater Community Sailing Center, Florida is a Performance Dinghy Regatta. Fireballs,505, FD, Contender, Windmills and now I have gotten approval to invite Aero's! Great race committee, eh eh, and incomparable venue. NOR will be on the web site. Dave Ellis
  6. Oh, I'm on race committee at Charleston Race Week, course 4. Pulled a Viper 640 from southern California and will drag it back afterwards. Retirement is pretty neat. Dave Ellis
  7. Should have known. I was born 50 years too early. Will have to just be Race Official for the events. Dave Ellis
  8. Test sailed an Aero with the 7 rig along with a half dozen others at Palm Beach, Florida recently. Very responsive to skipper input. Reminded me of Moths of 50 years ago. Yes, I'm old. Did win all the races, though. Experience. Writing a review for Southwinds magazine, available for the SE USA. A heretical thought: How long before a foiling kit is available? Dave Ellis Tampa Bay, Florida
  9. Hey, my summer is already filled with traveling and race committee duties. I remember fondly back when I actually got to go sailing. Dave Ellis Tampa Bay, Florida
  10. There used to be a Florida race out of St. Petersburg Yacht Club called Tampa Bay Raceweek. After the fiasco of one year the name was 'retired.' As an employee, I was discouraged from even using the term. At the competitor's meeting the PRO gave several directions that were not in agreement with the Sailing Instructions or Notice of Race and never posted the changes. Some followed, others not. First race a J24 hooked and sank the finish mark. The 'M' flag was at the far end of the course. The PRO abandoned. The next day for the distance race the PRO zipped around the course at 2PM saying the time limit was over, so go home. It was supposed to be 1600 hours. The third day there was no wind. So no races. Also, no more PRO assignments. Nice guy and a very good sailor. Just not cut out to run a big event. Dave Ellis Tampa Bay, Florida
  11. Dad told the story that the second thing he did when he got back from the war in Italy in 1946 was to take me sailing. Two years old. Have the picture to prove. Dave Ellis Tampa Bay, Florida
  12. Second the Kurt Taulbee suggestion in Clearwater, FL. I took a course from him before the Newport Laser World Masters some years ago. Learned a lot. Dave Ellis
  13. Lots of 'Used to Be's have taken up RC sailing. First time I visited the Florida lake where I saw a bunch of various sized craft, lo, there was some guys I'd raced with 50 years before. Believe me, the racing is just as technical and intense. But the other sailor is within arms reach. I enjoy my RC Laser. But I'm past the competitive edge once enjoyed. I'd rather be the Race Official for the big events and just enjoy the weekly sailing gatherings. Dave Ellis Tampa Bay, er Freedom Lake, Florida
  14. Yes, a remarkable man. Expert crossword puzzler, too. Took a Laser Clinic from him. My car broke down in Homestead, Florida on the way. Mary drove all the way up from Key Largo and picked me up along with the Laser. Brett Davis took me back afterward. Above and beyond all the way. Taught a couple of Laser seminars thereafter. Yea, he kept us busy! Dave Ellis
  15. Bummer.... I wondered why he wasn't racing at the Kettle Cup as usual. Took a Laser Clinic from his Key Largo group years ago. My little car broke down in Homestead, Florida. Mary Wells drove all the way up and picked me and the boat up. Instructor Brett Davis drove me back. Above and beyond, eh. Was privileged to be the instructor for the Laser Clinic for a couple of years. Stayed in their RV in the back yard. Great breakfasts. Rick was a master at crossword puzzles and asked good penetrating questions. Remarkable fellow. Dave Ellis