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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. Here you go Santa Barbara. Have your fun with it as you will. I don't think T.H. is on SA, but I could be wrong. This is T.H. on my Merit 25 sailing on Lake Michigan during his vacation.
  2. Yeah that's about right. I remember taking it pretty easy though. There would have been collisions for sure had I tried keeping up with Tom.
  3. I am the Wisconsin sailor who sailed Cowabunga in the SCYA Midwinters (almost two weeks ago). There were a few people taking pictures from the committee boat. Wondering if anyone knows who and how I may get a hold of some. Thanks in advance. -Keith P.S. I had a shit aweful start in race six. Some of you may have watched your life flash before your eyes (I would have if there was time) as I barreled down on port amid four other starboard boats. How I didn't touch that boat or foul (I probably did foul, but nothing was said - thanks for that), just amazes me. Tom and I both about shit our pants. We asked each other if we even saw which boat it was, and neither of us were able to tell. Your words? reactions?
  4. I vaguely remember your boat. I was there from 1994-97 (grad school 2005). Andy was a great guy. I still keep in touch with a good share of friends from S.B. One even came to Wisconsin and helped me race my Merit. Thanks for the advice about walking the docks. I'll give it a try. Max, Stop by Cowabunga Sunday and say hi. I will probably have time to help you out (love the Hobie - would love a tour). Are you the Hobie that's for sale in Santa Barbara? Maybe we can make a deal. Keep in touch everyone. Only 10 days to go before I'm sippin' rum and shucking oysters at Brophy's....can't wait. -Keith
  5. Not sure I know Jane....or do I? Do I want to?? You make her sound so "appealing." -Keith
  6. Hey everybody in S.B. I'm a Lake Michigan sailor who went to school in Santa Barbara. I raced J-24s and even came back for grad school. Some of you may know me, but its a big sailing community (so maybe not). I will be in S.B. Feb. 14 for a week. I understand you have a mid-winters regatta. I have my old position on Cowabunga (so not looking to crew 4-U). I am wondering, however, if anyone would like to trade rigging/cleaning/general maintenance on their boat for a bunk to crash on. I'm VERY respectful and quite honestly won't be around much (depends on your work load). I own a very tricked out Merit 25 and a Thistle. I am friends with the best Chandlery in town (Nope, not West or that other huge harbor book end). I have a hotel booked now, but would love to check out for something more my speed. PM me in the next few weeks and let me know. Thanks, -Keith