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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. This is why the America's Cup needs to publish a calendar.
  2. Well-said! +10
  3. Who's Darth Vader and who's the Ewoks: Casting the players in the Lucas museum fiasco http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/blog/2014/06/george-lucas-star-wars-darth-vader-ed-lee-ewoks.html
  4. I love it! I'm within driving distance of Chicago. http://youtu.be/zBHcCuM0J54
  5. It's your repeated assertion that Coutts is making all the decisions (that you don't like) while LE simply writes the $100M cheques for his AC hobby. None of us can know but that doesn't seem very probable to me. I don't think "hands-off boss" would be a description many would apply to LE. Seems to me while the process is taking place, the functionaries go off and do their thing while Larry waits for the results. I seriously doubt he has much involvement day to day with the AC. He's a pretty busy guy running Oracle, and doing $5 billion deals for things like Micros. Then there is everything else he has going on his life., tennis, all his real estate, this various health care foundations, it's a long list. Right now, I'd bet the AC occupies very little of his mindshare. Ellison has a reputation for delagating, and right now the acquisition of Micros by Oracle is probably his main focus. But given his passion for the America's Cup, I imagine Ellison would want to be consulted regarding any significant decisions.
  6. Thanks for that SR - I hadn't delved into the clauses on that point. 35.3. Limits on Hulls and Cross Beams: (a) The Defender shall not Launch more than two (2) pairs of Hulls and two (2) pairs of Cross Beams, provided that: (i) any second pair of Hulls is built from the same Hull mould(s) as its first pair of Hulls; (ii) any modification to the first pair of Hulls shall not exceed twenty per cent. (20%) of the Original Hull Surface; (iii) any modification to the second pair of Hulls shall not exceed twenty per cent. (20%) of the Original Hull Surface of its first pair of Hulls; and (iv) any modification to a Cross Beam shall not exceed fifty per cent. (50%) of the original mass of the Cross Beam when it was Launched. ( b ) In the event that the Defender Launches two (2) pairs of Hulls and two (2) pairs of Cross Beams in accordance with Article 35.3(a), the Defender shall race the first pairs of Hulls and Cross Beams that it Launched in the America’s Cup Qualifiers and in the Match, except that: (i) if either or both of the first pair of Hulls and/or either or both of the first pair of Cross Beams are damaged: (A) prior to four (4) days before the first scheduled race day of the America’s Cup Qualifiers and the Measurement Committee determines that the damage cannot be repaired in time for the first pair of Hulls and first pair of Cross Beams to be sailed four (4) days prior to the first scheduled race day of the America’s Cup Qualifiers; ( B ) within four (4) days of the first scheduled race day of the America’s Cup Qualifiers, or thereafter, and the Measurement Committee determines that the damage cannot be repaired in time for the first pair of Hulls and first pair of Cross Beams to be sailed the next day; © prior to four (4) days before the first scheduled race day of the Match and the Measurement Committee determines that the damage cannot be repaired in time for the first pair of Hulls and first pair of Cross Beams to be sailed four (4) days prior to the first scheduled race day of the Match; or (D) within four (4) days prior to the first scheduled race day of the Match and the Measurement Committee determines that the damage cannot be repaired in time for the first pair of Hulls and first pair of Cross Beams to be sailed the next day; and (ii) the damage was not intentionally caused by the Defender, the Defender may race the second pairs of Hulls and/or Cross Beams (or any combination thereof) that it Launched. © A Challenger shall not Launch more than one (1) pair of Hulls and one (1) pair of Cross Beams, provided that: (i) any modification to the pair of Hulls shall not exceed twenty per cent. (20%) of the Original Hull Surface; and (ii) any modification to a Cross Beam shall not exceed fifty per cent. (50%) of the original mass of the Cross Beam when it was Launched.
  7. That link isn't working. This one does: https://www.facebook.com/AmericasCupChicago
  8. I cheered for the Seahawks because: 1. I really enjoyed reading Paul Allen's autobiography Idea Man 2. The Seahawks weren't playing the Chicago Bears or the Green Bay Packers.
  9. You can buy the book online for $50. It's very nice, plus you can register it and the publisher will send you a booklet after the Cup competition is done,with updated stories. There's a pocket in the back of the book to keep the booklet in. Whoa! Good information. For the bookseller whom I will see a few hours for now. Overnight I realised I must have this book. Besides, compared to NZ prices, it is a good deal. No guarantee the bookseller will be able to match the online price. I work in a bricks and mortar bookstore and we don't. If someone wants to order it shipped from the warehouse to their home, we can do the paperwork and let them pay in the store. But if the book is in the store, we have to charge the in-store price for customers who want to buy the book and take it with them. The publishers decide what prices we can charge online vs. in-store. There's less overhead for books paid for in advance and shipped directly from the warehouse. The books are often cheaper, but customers have to wait a few days for delivery, plus sometimes there are shipping charges.
  10. You can buy the book online for $50. It's very nice, plus you can register it and the publisher will send you a booklet after the Cup competition is done,with updated stories. There's a pocket in the back of the book to keep the booklet in. Whoa! Good information. For the bookseller whom I will see a few hours for now. Overnight I realised I must have this book. Besides, compared to NZ prices, it is a good deal. I'm assuming the book is Sailing on the Edge: America's Cup by Bob Fisher and Kimball Livingston Amazon link (They have second-hand copies for less than $50 but you might not get the updated booklet then.) http://www.amazon.com/Sailing-Edge-Americas-Bob-Fisher/dp/1608872068 Official website http://sailingontheedge.com/
  11. You can buy the book online for $50. It's very nice, plus you can register it and the publisher will send you a booklet after the Cup competition is done,with updated stories. There's a pocket in the back of the book to keep the booklet in.
  12. Wishing everyone a great time! I'll be working 2000 miles away at a bookstore.
  13. Actually, it's: "Those who shall remain namelss." And ellipses are composed of three dots for omissions (you were only using them to indicated omitted text from a quote, I presume) within a sentence and 4 dots for omissions that span sentences. Although, non MLA style usages accept three dot ellipses for both. I think for now we will just omit consideration of leading and trailing spaces in the usage of ellipses. (That was fun.) +10
  14. I’m learning how to sail, taking lessons from a local yacht club on a river. Class meets three evenings a week, for four weeks. When I got there, I had trouble finding where the lessons were being held. Two other people were also wandering around. We found a woman by the pool who told us where to go. The class (14 students in all) was practicing tying knots. I was given a length of rope and shown how to tie a bowline and a figure-eight. We were told to take the rope home to practice with. There are four instructors, most of whom are volunteers. Instruction is somewhat informal. I used to be a teacher and I would have made handouts for the students. But that takes time, and volunteers are already donating time. Very glad to have my copy of Sailing for Dummies to refer to. Many people are not auditory learners; they need to see words and diagrams to remember things. The boats that will be used for the class are Zumas, Lasers, JY 15s, and a Capri 22. The instructors rigged up a Laser, a Zuma, and a JY 15, explaining the different parts of the boats, and showing where the equipment is kept. We were advised to purchase our own personal flotation devices, and given some suggestions as to what clothing and shoes to wear. I’ve been practicing my knots, and will go shopping today for my gear. Any advice before I go out on the water?