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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.
    • B.J. Porter

      Moderation Team Change   06/16/2017

      After fifteen years of volunteer moderation at SA, I will no longer be part of the moderation team. The decision to step aside is mine, and has been some time in the works but we did not wish to announce it in advance for a number of reasons. It's been fun, but I need my time back for other purposes now. The Underdawg admin account will not be monitored until further notice, as I will be relinquishing control of it along with my administrative privileges. Zapata will continue on as a moderator, and any concerns or issues can be directed to that account or to the Editor until further notice. Anyone interested in helping moderate the forums should reach out to Scot by sending a PM to the Editor account. Please note that I am not leaving the community, I am merely stepping aside from Admin responsibilities and privileges on the site.


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  1. According to the site http://www.velocitek.com/shift/ it doesn't use GPS, just Gyroscope, Accelerators and Magnetometer. Ken
  2. +1 Waste straps as tight as possible so weight is not borne on the shoulder or groin. If the shoulder strap is too tight, the shoulders and groin get compressed toward each other, producing sore back as well as the other issue. Ken
  3. Must be a fly man!
  4. I agree with most of your comments. Bethwaites book is very good, I am not against it. Just trying to offset the other evaluations with the weaknesses I perceive to keep comments a bit more balanced. I still think it's too much for most people starting out in racing with no prior exposure to fluid dynamics. In this case, he seems to be floundering a bit with Bethwaite so could be time to change tack. Ken
  5. Well, he spends a lot of the book just talking about the wind. That can be pretty useful in most coastal situation because it's all about playing the odds. Being able to predict likely changes, understanding the character of the wind is the best basis for forming a strategy. Inland wind is much more chaotic so very difficult to apply his principles. It takes a lot of time to recognise the patterns he describes. Terminology is poorly explained. Assumes you already are an experienced racer. The fluid dynamics is poorly explained. It's written assuming you already have some base knowledge. It's good stuff if you do have that assumed knowledge but if you don't, you need to get it elsewhere. My 1st aerodynamics book was Martin Simmons Model Aeroplane Aerodynamics (some such title). I was into RC contest glider design at the time. The explanations are simplified yet accurate and well written, certainly better than Bethwaites. However its way more detailed in what it covers. It would contain a lot of information you don't need sailing but about everything you do. I found Bethwaits book heavy going. Very good content but it could be written better. You might do better with the "To win" series (Helming to Win, Crewing to Win) In my opinion, you need books on boat tuning, sailing technique/coordination, race tactics and rules. Then read Bethwaite. You’re not going to do all this in one season. Regards, Ken
  6. Yeh I really relate to that "software saleman" one. That Arc SDE guy should be so lucky! Ken
  7. I hear... Copper wire was invented by two Scotts fighting over a penny. Have a nice day? Ken
  8. Political Anarchy Mike.
  9. If the man is so intelligent, how come he gets run over?