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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. But IB I expect you might have a more informed opinion than I on those questions. I have my own opinions based on long years of warfare and capability analysis as well as in the trenches budgeting and executing ship and aircraft modification and procurement programs in the real world and understand that ships/ship classes generally have to be effective over a 40-50 year life cycle so instant solutions rarely stand up to time. We seem to have several experts here willing to state unequivably what the Navy should do to recapitalize the fleet. I'd like to hear the depth and quality of their reasoning..Some, like Evans, I've met and respect their general quality of thought and believe they can effectively state a well reasoned position. Others don't have the intellect to comprehend M=FA. Throw away pontification online doesn't allow differentiation. Sort of like post grad work - take a position, define it and defend it. If not, you are just blowing smoke and deserve to be marginalized.
  2. Respect
  3. Evans, what capabilities do you expect each drone in the swarm to have and what size do you expect them to be? Anti surface? Anti air. Shore fires support? Anti sub?
  4. Yeah, but we never pulled the rods "all the way". Well, there was this one time for testing. Its nice to point a carrier and hit the throttle without worrying about where the next gas station. Of course, once you start throwing lawn darts off the pointy end, you burn the JP pretty quickly. I can remember a long time ago crossing the entire Med at speeds that were only whispered about.
  5. No money. The FFGs were the unwanted stepchildren of the Surface force. We kept them because somebody wanted to count them as real ships. Even as a Aviator, I felt bad taking their refit(availability) money and giving it to the Submarines I threatened to park a submarine once because they overspent its maintenance budget. Had a call from a 4 star within 2 hours telling me even joking about that was not allowed. Blu. Nuc ships are pretty sweet until you have to decommission them. Not having to worry about refueling on a daily basis provides wonderful operational flexibility but there is a lifecycle cost.
  6. Imagine you have someone in their mid 40's walk into the bar and starts telling you how important he was 25 years ago as a teenager. I suspect I'd remember I needed to get ready for a root canal and leave. That is how he impresses me. YMMV
  7. Issue with the Burke class has been high fuel burn at slower speeds. For a lot of time in the "NAG" or north Arabian gulf, they would conduct "drift ops" as their mission was AAW/Picket and they didn't need to be in a specific location or headed in a specific direction just sitting there, outside of sea lanes in and out of the oil ports and watching the radar. Generators on but main propulsion essentially shut down. On the battle group staff, we tracked their fuel burn to budget daily as fuel for them was a big bill. I suspect the hybrid is an outcome of that. Takes a few minutes to spin up the main turbines.
  8. He certainly has a track record of success.
  9. Don't disagree. I don't care much for swing keels/boards with wire pendants. I like how a shoal keel with a daggerboard goes to weather other than limited RM and they are great offwind. I'd love a POGO style but not in the budget. Existing boat is paid for.
  10. This, My last boat was a fin and I was a lot more bold motoring into shallow coves/sounding channels. I've has my current wing aground in anger (6.8 knots beating) and kedges off the heavy mud without a problem. In any case, I have just over 6' MLLW at my dock and a 5' draft wing still grounds at springs low tides with a north wind. A 7' draft fin (same boaot with a fin) would be a non starter and would keep me out of many of my favorite anchorages. Would love to see more lifting foils but there are far more wing keels on the market than lifting keels. Pity.
  11. I thing the span of a lot of shoal drat keels in production boats is largely driven by a desire to make no changes to the grid/attaching structure (sump in the case of my boat). Same Hull to Keel interface/floors, etc. Just whack off 2 feet of Keel and shape the required ballast weight into something that looks like a wing.
  12. Thank so Brain. Hoping you had some Intel. Horrible accident. Wishing the best for the crew.
  13. AYC still in temp quarters after the fire so call them about reciprocity and menu. How fancy? Carrol's Creek is pretty good across the Eastport Bridge. Standard fare Chart House and Ruth's Chris. Davis's Pub is bit of a dice but great for a beer and a crab cake or burger but can get very crowded.
  14. Hmm. I have 5 Stihl tools, all less than 10 years old. I routinely used 10%ethanol fuel in them and drained them in winter until I found the ethanol free dock nearby.