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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. Hodgdon Yachts and Boothbay Region Boatyard set to merge
  2. You weren't there Kitty, and neither was the Yachtsman.... selected by the past Yachtsmen from among numerous nominees, this year's winner apparently was independently nominated by several different people, and lauded for introducing so many newbies to the sport of sailing.
  3. My son was crewing on Varuna for that race (I think he is the one in dark blue at the forward end of the cockpit). I was away helping to deliver a boat.... Earlier in the week, though, I got to crew on the 115' Tenacious as she was tuning up for the Shipyard Cup...
  4. Yes, while Ghost was duking it out on the Sheepscot, Apparition was flying around Nantucket Shoals.... doo-doo-doo-doo oouuaaawweee
  5. Apparition was first to finish the Lobster Run, arriving to much fan-fare at the Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club earlier this evening.
  6. This way my bottom stays clean for the big races .... We'll be racing at Boothbay this weekend -- a bit short on crew though, so if you know of anyone who is looking for a ride send them to Harborfields! (FWIW, we may also be able to come up with a mooring or two if anyone needs one for the Boothbay/Southport week) Would like to do the GOMST, but have signed up for the Lobster Run (anyone else from Maine doing this race? Anyone else at all doing this race? Wish the organizers would get their act together and publish the list of entrants!)
  7. Greyhawk goes in the water today or tomorrow....
  8. Revolution 2012?
  9. I like the "mass start" aspect of the AIR. It was a relatively small fleet the one year I did it, but start area was shrouded in fog and you had no way to judge your distance to the line or where any of the other boats were!
  10. Hey Tittravate, You're still a newbie around here... There's a hazing ritual for SA newbies, don't you know? ;-)
  11. Great banquet, too bad it was so short and we weren't able to catch up with everyone that we might have wanted to catch up with. Any one else here thinking about doing the Lobster Run next year?
  12. And what is with the -69 rater in DH class?!?
  13. Wendy and I were at PYC Saturday night to talk about the Bermuda 1-2 with some prospective future participants. The J24 sailors seemed to be having a good time! I'm in for the Rocks Race, see you all Friday evening!
  14. On Saturday, several cruising class boats were scored DNF by the RC because they apparently sailed past the wrong side of the committee boat at the finish. I guess some of them were pretty upset about it -- indeed, they had sailed very good races. Unfortunately there was a problem with the sailing instructions -- the finish had been described in two different places, but the corrected version distributed Saturday morning had only changed one of those descriptions. So I guess one (or more) of the affected boats filed for redress on Sunday based on this ambiguity in the SI's. To complicate matters further, rumour has it that at least one of the affected boats actually received a whistle from the Committee boat when they crossed the (wrong) line, which the boat(s) took to mean they had finished properly. So I guess the Protest Committee decided to grant the redress. But to complicate matters even further, apparently the RC didn't bother to record any times for these boats, since they thought they weren't finishing properly. Thus, rumour has it, the Committee had to "make up" times for the boats being granted redress in order to score them for the race... HOWEVER, the fact is that the discrepancy in the SI's was discussed at the Skipper's Meeting, so therefore all of the boats should in fact have known the finish line details. On this basis, there were a number of other boats/skippers in the class who were rather upset that the redress was granted, as they felt it was unwarranted. While I was off congratulating the winners (after all they did sail better then us, and indeed should have beaten us accept for this technicality), I guess a couple of these boats let the PRO know what they thought of the decision. Then today all the skippers in the cruising class got an e-mail from the PRO stating that yesterday she had requested a reopening of the redress hearing, in accordance with RRS 66, without any further explanation. Off course, Burt Keenan's Acadia completely dominated the fleet except for being disqualified as a result of our two protests on Saturday...
  15. Oh Boy, it isn't over yet -- re-opening the redress hearing?