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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. FYI, Ben A. picked up two DNEs for his detour into the media boat - it was only because he groveled to the Powers that Be that he didn't get worse. I was on the PC for a 69 hearing where the person in question sent a letter regarding a competitor to the competitor's employer (USCG) complaining about his lack of sportsmanship and then lied about the contents of the letter to the PC. We ended up giving the person a warning - the club gave them a 6 month suspension. It was not pretty - and everyone had lawyered up. Not fun. Rule 69 is serious business. You want to read ridiculousness - try the Paul Coady decision - all 59 pages of it. http://www.sailing.org/raceofficials/eventorganizers/disciplinary.php
  2. And it's a really bad Photoshop job. They didn't even try to match the skin tone on the neck seam or get the shadows right. Here's the original photo: Flip horizontal, rotate 8.65 degrees, re-size. Perfect match.
  3. Update on this week - Monday was good - a 2x surge train station run that netted $25+ on the first trip of the AM (@ 5 AM), then a couple of airport runs made for a $100+ morning. However, Wednesday night and this morning sucked. Except for one airport run, it was a bunch of BS short rides (<$10) and hardly any surge pricing. According to the IRS, I lost about $30 so far on those two days. Hopefully this PM will make up for it.
  4. I started driving with Uber a couple of weeks ago. For the most part, the experience has been positive (pleasant customers, no barfing, no assaults), but I pick and chose the times I drive. I don't drive after 11 PM and I won't do pick ups in the 'hood after dark. I've had some really funny customers and some that I've had to air the car out afterwards (either from too much perfume, or nasty BO). Surge pricing works both ways. I've found that if I drive into a surge area during low demand, I can make the surge pricing go away within 5 minutes - just by being there. If you take the full $0.54/mile IRS deduction for mileage, then the hourly rate sucks. If I'm lucky and hit a few surge areas during one of my "shifts", then I can make ~$20/hr gross. Knock the deduction off that and it's more like $10/hr. One thing that pisses me off about Uber (at least in this area) is the constant texts they toss out to get drivers on the road - the one they sent out last night ("The early bird gets the worm! Partners who drove between 5am and 9am last week avg'd over $25/hr in fares. Go online during weekday mornings to cash-in on the morning rush demand!") f'in killed this morning's business. I was on-line for 45 minutes (4:45 - 5:30) and didn't get a single call. Today, I signed up with Lyft. We'll see how that goes. Edit - just got my Uber statement from last week. $218.59 for 13.21 hrs on-line (that's $16.54/hr). Doesn't count the commuting time (you don't know where your headed on an Uber trip until you pick someone up - at the end of the "shift", you might be a long way from home). I also know how better to play their game now, so my hourly rate should go up.
  5. Unless Appendix P was invoked by the sailing instructions, the IJ had no standing to "yellow flag" them on the water. Absent the direct inclusion of Appendix P, the only action an IJ could take on the water is to protest.
  6. Photographer is Jaime de Pablos - why don't you ask him, or better yet, spend some quality time looking though his albums to find out - https://www.flickr.com/photos/jaimedepablos/albums/with/72157633099735335 (BTW, the photo appears to be quite real. That's some seriously big hardware.)
  7. Better practice is to set a waypoint ("mark" in Garmin parlance) and note the number. That way, you can always come back to it. When you hit "MOB", it erases the last MOB. MOB is good for setting a gate, but you always want to know where your reference point (signal boat) is. Actually, the laser range finder is better for setting the gate, but that's another story.
  8. The proper way to set a course for drop marks is generally by target time (how long (time) do you want the race to be?). ISAF and others publish target time charts for various one-design classes. Given a certain wind strength and course configuration, you set your marks accordingly, using a reference point - which can be the signal boat or one mark of the gate (usually the right hand one). The process is - signal boat anchors, gate boat pings the signal with GPS and sets first gate mark based on the ping (or laser range-finder and compass if you really want to be accurate). Gate boat then pings the mark and radios the coordinates to the weather mark boat, who's been at the top of the course feeding wind readings to the signal boat. Gate then sets the other gate mark (7-10 BL wide) and either sets the pin or becomes the pin for the start line. PRO decides bearing to the weather mark and radios to the WM boat who moves into position. PRO decides on course distance near or even shortly after the start and weather mark drops the mark at that location. Based on time the fleet takes to get to the first WM, PRO may decide to Charlie + or - to achieve proper target time. If you're setting a trapezoid, things are more complicated, but still follow the same basic pattern. Course size is dictated by the estimated time it will take the first boat to make it around the course. There are little hand-held course computers available that give the bearings to the other marks depending on the type of course you're setting:
  9. ^ What Brass said. It's not rocket surgery. A 20 lb kellet? You never had to haul those MF'ers, did you? A 10 lb kellet is all that's needed on a mark - and at the lowest depth you could expect someone to snag the line.
  10. FACT: There has never, ever, in all of history, been a nation of Palestine. Which is a bit like being a holocaust denier Really? "Palestine" is a geographical region with no history of organized government until 1988 - and even then, it's only partially recognized because its creation was political - a "government in exile." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_of_Palestine
  11. It's really not that hard. Certain areas are reserved (depending on the type of boat) for event and manufacturer advertising. For sails, those areas are generally none or small (sailmaker patches), leaving most of the sail available for advertising of your choice - with some restrictions: Certain, major events (think multi-nation oceanic events and America's Cup) may have advertising that is required to be approved by World Sailing (ISAF) No political, religious, racial or propaganda allowed Some nations may have legal restrictions (think Islamic countries and alcohol sponsors; tobacco sponsors in US) Advertising needs to be kept away from sail numbers and/or national letters That's pretty much it. Have at it.
  12. JFC, that's an ugly boat.
  13. It's table tennis, not "ping-pong"! I cringe when a news outlet uses the term, and have been cringing for 30 years. Yeah, but "Table Tennis Power" is a lame headline. "Ping Pong Power" is catchy and alliterative, even if it is wrong.
  14. You want to know what the flags were for? This: And there are at least 3 fewer sailors and one less flag in that photo than there ought to be.