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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. from Radiopaedia "Exostosis of the external auditory canal (also known as Surfer's ear), is an abnormal bone growth within the ear canal. It is brought about by exposure to cold wind and water combined, producing a super-cooling of the ear canal." Exostosis of the external auditory canal - links Harvard Med, Radiopaedia, Wikipedia
  2. I have used propspeed a fair bit on my boat, it is not an anti-foul, propspeed themselves describe the product as a 'foul release system'. The trick is to spin the prop via engine power in forward & reverse for about 10 seconds each, on a regular basis (mine was weekly) and any fouling falls off, if scraped the coating scratches very easily. For me the propspeed coating was useful for about 1/3 the lifespan of the ablative anti-foul we used.
  3. Hey PB, you help me to help others when you write stuff like this: I have that quote on a handout at a charity group I volunteer with - Tell Mrs PB that one ! - looking forward to your 20,000th post. ML
  4. that's better, thanks H.
  5. downunderland has dangerous critters everywhere, THE most dangerous being the bipods driving cars.
  6. ## golf clap ##
  7. ^^^ This When I first bought I got a place, I bought in the inner West in a suburb called Camperdown as it was "the middle" between my place of work and the airport (for work travel) & my commute was in the opposite direction to the traffic, when I was at home, everything was in easy walking distance, including public transport. Since you last lived here, everything is bigger - the competition for property & parking, the queues, the traffic, the population, the prices - but I would not want to live anywhere else. Since I lived in the inner west I lived in Hunters Hill which is not too bad if you live at the Eastern end of the peninsula & like catching a ferry as a means of public transport - much more pricey than Manly. I am now on the Northern Beaches & work from home & have no kids, so dont give a shit about traffic or good schools, just good sailing & water stuff. downside is that a car is a must have & public transport is limited to buses that are affected by traffic. A fellow I work with just relocated to Sydney from Toronto with wife & two young daughters, after doing a reconnaissance trip he & his wife chose to live in Queenscliff (Nth end of Manly) as it had everything his family required, and for traffic his comment was "after Toronto, no traffic is too bad" If you want to figure out locations based on public transport you can use this trip planner to get an idea of routing & transfers - this will be your "go-to" when deciding on which schools you will 'try' to get your boys into. Savoir mentioned 'bridges' as traffic choke points, this is true around all of the harbour suburbs, there are 7 major bridges in Sydney - each of them a major choke point on a major arterial road. The inner West does not have bridges ! but does have planes over the top. ML
  8. I set up an SA account for my Mom with the proviso she wore her fire proof sunglasses.
  9. Jon, on Firefox you need a Mozilla (FF authors) add on for Google image search, this link should get you to the add-on page FWIW - when you do use Google image search, the first couple of 'guesses' in the google results are not all that accurate when researching Hobots images as his images are unusual, so scroll down through the results a bit further to find the section "sites that include this image" as some of these will actually explain the image, others just use the image without rhyme or reason - but the rabbit holes are many and interesting. FWIW pt. II - Chrome has the google image search feature enabled all the time which can be good because the feature is in step with the software, i.e. as Chrome gets new releases the google search continues to work. Mozilla on the other hand do not encourage clicking on images in Firefox as images are often used in phishing attacks, so mozilla leave it up to the user to make that decision for the add-on or not. Problem with Mozilla ad-on's is that they are not always in step (updated) with the software releases so cease to work. ML
  10. Saturday was part of the one design series out of RPAYC
  11. Hobot, congrats on your 22k, & thanks for sharing.
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  14. hey Phil, been sailing under my rock. now even I know about it. hope you are doing well.
  15. both, that it is edited AND that he is itchy