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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. I don't know if anyone noticed on the SkyTV coverage after race five today at 39 minutes just after the Burling interview the cameras moved to the Oracle boat. An Oracle technician was seen installing a device with wires hanging from it. One would of thought that nothing could be changed after the measurement certificate had been awarded. This raises the question about modifications to the boat being made between races and was the device instrumental in improving Oracles improved performance in tacking and gybing or even starting on time?
  2. I think if you were to make the foils out of steel you would make them hollow.
  3. The helmsman is the face of the team and appears on TV so that his countrymen can identify with him from his language and accent. young sailors can see him as a role model so the only nationality rule that would be useful is to require the helmsman to be born in the country of the competitor .. There is no point in additional nationality rules as this would increase the costs to the teams and cause unnecessary hardship to the people in the industry. Everything else can be built or supplied from any country.
  4. I don't think nationality matters from the competition view point but it matters from the event promotion aspect. For this reason I would require all helmsmen to be born in the competing country because they are the people that the fans get to see on TV and they establish a role model for the young people of the country they represent.
  5. Yes .. We could keep Alinghi and a few other undesirables out by requiring that the helmsman to be born in the challenging country.
  6. All good but in addition they need to change the measurement rules .. the need to re-measure the boats after each foil change is silly and introduces a lottery element as to who gets to guess the weather right. The platforms can be measured then the foils each measured separately so that the decision about which foil to use can be made just before the race .. just like sail selection on the lead mines.
  7. An acceptable nationality clause would be a requirement for the helmsman to be born in the country that he is representing. That might put a few Australians out of work but it would be good for the game.
  8. For those in NZ who don't have SkyTV this link might help .. http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/other-sports/93618357/delayed-americas-cup-coverage-will-be-aired-on-free-tv?cid=facebook.post.93618357
  9. For those in NZ who don't have SkyTV this link will be interesting .. http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/other-sports/93618357/delayed-americas-cup-coverage-will-be-aired-on-free-tv?cid=facebook.post.93618357
  10. The AC managed to succeed for more than a 100 years without sponsors and fans .. The very rich people have done quite well with the AC.
  11. "Simon van Velthooven" was born in New Zealand.
  12. It seems crazy to move the whole foil around when it would only take a fraction of the power to adjust trailing flaps as they do with the moths.
  13. They will beat any of the others so they will pick the one that they can learn the most from .. Dean Barker is the most skilled at starting and starting is their weakness so the Japs are it.
  14. If OR lose the cup Jimmy and Barker will both be out of a job.
  15. Peter Lester and Martin Tasker interview Glen Ashby and comment on day two ..