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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.

RockBox Chris

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  1. I went with one of these for my newest PFD: http://www.mustangsurvival.com/professional/near-shore-water-rescue-vest?division=professional&country=25 ,wanted something bulletproof. It is a little bulky though, fine for keelboats, but makes it tough to duck under the boom on small boats. I like places to clip a light and whistle for night racing too. On the inflatables, look at the area behind the neck and find one that won't snag. The ones I've worn would catch on the the upper lifeline when hiking over the lower and coming back through. Also, you meant 30C, 86F, right?
  2. Soooooo, fill us in with the details!
  3. Sure its got some loopholes, but still good job to Ohio! I've never had any hassles from the Coast Guard, its the county mounties harassing everyone... "After a short Lake Erie walleye fishing trip on the annual Governor’s Fish Ohio Day, Ohio Gov. John Kasich took time out for lunch last week and to sign the Boater Freedom Act. The legislation reins in local and state officers from boarding local pleasure and charter boats unless there is a reasonable suspicion that laws are being broken, according to Cleveland.com. Sponsor Rep. Rex Damschroder, a Republican from Fremont, told the website that boaters in northwest Ohio have been complaining about constant safety inspections by local and state agencies, including the Ohio Division of Watercraft. Some boaters have been checked multiple times during the same day and cited one instance of a local boater being brought to shore while face down and in handcuffs, even though a breathalyzer test showed no evidence of alcohol use, Damschroder said. Lake Erie Marine Trades Association president Ken Alvey told the website the random stops had hurt tourism, fishing and boating in general." Now we need the same thing in Michigan! email your Rep: http://www.house.mi.gov/mhrpublic/frmRepList.aspx
  4. Was at the club last night, Lake Erie is low too. Having the centerboard up doesn't matter when the rudder is in the mud... This may help though: http://www.freep.com/article/20130328/NEWS15/303280140/Gov-Rick-Snyder-signs-20-9M-bill-to-dredge-Michigan-harbors
  5. We agree, the bracket we used for development had a cotter pin, which was very easy to lose. The production bracket will need no tools, and have no loose parts. We had to order some stock to machine the test bracket from, as soon as it arrives we'll get the CNC going and post pictures as soon as its done. We're trying as hard as possible to keep one function per button, especially for button functions that are used often. We do have code in the firmware to distinguish a short press from a long button press. The only place this is used is for the timer, because the rest of the buttons are dedicated to the starting line marks and the page button when the timer is on the same page as the starting line distance. With the new firmware and a remote, you'll be able to split the button operations between the RockBox and the remote, for a total of 8 buttons that each do one thing. Allowing the user to select what each button does should help with this also, by eliminating buttons that you don't want. Also, as additions to the firmware are made, we plan to add "expert" settings to the Commander PC software for settings that most people won't want to change, but if you really want to get into things you'll be allowed to tweak settings such as disabling the GPS, changing the degrees that reset the wind shift graph, etc...
  6. Been a bit since I've had a chance to stop by the forums... Here's an update on the bracket: Our original design that was to launch soon after the RockBox Blue launch had a few issues, with the design and with the supplier. We had to take a step back and are finally getting there. Today we are machining up a few test parts to try them out for fit and function. We agree that the batter cover does make it more difficult to mount, the reason for its design was to allow permanant mounting of the RockBox to a flat bulkhead with the batter compartment located inside the boat (since you can power the RockBox with 12v batter power too), this hasn't proven to be the mounting method of choice though. So, the work on the bracket continues. Here's a screen dump of the test parts: The real brackets for production will be a little less clunky, and will be injection molded. FIrmware! We are still buried in code working on the next update. There's quite a bit changing that you can see, and a lot of changes behind the scenes to make the RockBox better. Here's what you'll be able to see: Waypoint distance function Waypoint bearing function Time to waypoint function A function to project a waypoint based on distance and heading Save current position as a waypoint Starting line mark positions saved to the SD card (in case the RockBox is turned off after they are set) Data log output in standard NMEA GPRMC sentence format for importing into Google Earth Update to the on screen remote setup, so you can test the remote Users will be able to select what each button on the remote and RockBox do Auto change of the page after a user selected distance past the starting line Auto change the page for upwind or downwind Freeze the distance to the line on the screen for a user selected time when the timer = 0 (so you can see if the RockBox says you are over early or not!) Save and display waypoints in various formats User selectable log rate User selectable damping on speed and COG User selectable functions for each page, and how many pages there are Once this is done, we already have a full list of new things to add to the RockBox and will start right into the next firmware update. I'll try to stop by the forums more often and will answer any questions you have!