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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. For those interested, results from the poll to date can be seen here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6VwWUmokJvQejNhdzduUTI4bzA/view?usp=sharing Good to have some data to reflect what sailors are interested in, though I bet the results skew heavily towards people who already have or want a little multihull! For those who indicated an interest in staying informed, we'll send out updates as they occur. Thanks!
  2. The goal is to increase the number of people racing boats they enjoy...if that can be a higher performance multihull - awesome. We're trying to make that happen. "We" is myself and several other very active multihull sailors who play in other fleets once and a while. Sure, some of the questions might be stupid to someone already racing here. That's not the point. We hope the info collected quantifies the rum tent conversations and clarifies what someone new yet interested in multihulls might be looking for. There are tons of options in the 20-30' range, and all of them have failed to form an active and growing racing circuit. While I see handicap racing as good for rallying existing boats, there has been no new response which indicates interest in joining a handicap fleet. Thanks to everyone who has contributed so far. For those interested, we'll make the results public in a few days.
  3. Do sailors in the US want to race faster boats? There's been some discussion about a sportboat style multihull fleet, so we've put together a quick survey to see if there's actually enough momentum for something to happen. Seems like there's lots of fun racing to be had...as long as a group can agree on a platform and racing format. http://goo.gl/forms/2LLbh7Y6T2 Please take the poll and share it around!
  4. Team FreeBurd checking in. Thanks to everyone who's posted info so far. The local knowledge is a especially helpful for us East Coasters as we try to wrap our heads around this race course. On our end, we've been distance optimizing our ARC22 at Anacortes Rigging. Racks, reefs, rowing apparatus, etc are all being added. If anyone wants to follow along, check out our Facebook and soon-to-be-updated website. Special thanks to Sperry and our other team sponsors for helping us pull this adventure off!