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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. Thanks for the heads up. Thinking it gets bumped down the list a bit.
  2. Mind you I just skim read the thread, but a friend of mine would call this a "rich white person problem." If these are the worst problems in our day, week, month, or year, then we have it pretty good!
  3. Any insight on a stopover at Daydream Island? I was thinking my 9 year old daughter might like the Living Reef. Or is it overrated. If I get one of the moorings, what kind of a night's sleep will we get? Swells, currents, or anything else to be concerned with?
  4. Thank you for this. Same goes for all the trimarans out there that insist on working "tri" into the name. What about cat and kitty and two? Two Sirius must be on a cat somewhere. Three Way would be good.They're included as well, but the disease seems more rampant once that third hull shows up.Forgot to mention.... Farr Out. There's one at every regatta Aren't you the one that told me you saw a fishing boat named "Beaver Stretcher"? Thinking that should now be on the list...
  5. Sorry I am late to the party boys but with shomer shabbos and all. Now where were we? Ah yes... That's right, Dude, they peed on your fucking rug.
  6. Thanks to both of you. ToeCutter, I hear you on the temps, but from where we come from, it will be just fine. Also appreciate the focus on kid friendly suggestions. These are exactly the types of things that will help me make the most of our time!
  7. I think my answer to the question vacillates. As many of you have stated, owning and skippering your own boat is often one of the most gratifying parts of sailing, whether it be racing or cruising. As an owner not only is keeping a boat in tip-top shape a point of pride, but putting a highly effective crew together is often just as much or more work. I also enjoy crewing. It is wonderful to just showing up, go sailing, and not stress about all of the owner related concerns that pop up. But perhaps the most important element of sailing to me, regardless of being owner or crew, is the people with whom I sail. Essentially, if I sail with you on a regular basis, you are in my inner circle of people. Life is too short to sail (or do anything for that matter) with people you don't like. Good People=Happy Sailing
  8. Thanks for the posts. They are helpful, even if it reinforces many of the things I already know. The more info. I have the better! Sparau, thanks for the picts. They have me super stoked to go.
  9. So my family and I have a 10 day charter out of Arlie Beach in the Whitsundays in early July. We are from the States and are looking forward to this part of our time in Oz. I have been to Hamilton Island years ago but never by boat. I have done plenty of bareboating elsewhere but would love any insights or advice to make the most out of our time. I have read "100 miles of Magic" cover to cover. Are there things that I might have missed? Obviously, we want to be safe and respectful, while maximizing our fun. Our group is fairly athletic and in good shape. I will have my nine year old daughter along too; she is an excellent swimmer and good with boats. With that being said, our trip needs to have kid-friendly adventures. I have searched the forums for any info on cruising the Whitsundays and found very little, so any insider knowledge would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  10. I have the sump in the basement working pretty hard today with all the rain. I am doing what I can for the water levels. My sump might be the difference maker! Eclipse, check my sump pump, im out of the country. And we thank you for that. That was your house I saw floating by then!?!?!? Hope you are in a better place than we are here...snowing at the F*@#$ing moment.
  11. I have the sump in the basement working pretty hard today with all the rain. I am doing what I can for the water levels. My sump might be the difference maker!
  12. Ok got bored and went to the bottom of this thread so forgive me if I missed something. While the boat can make a difference in light air, I have found that many boats will work. It comes down more to crew work. I have sailed on a number of boats and anything ~25 feet and under can probably be sailed by three competent crew. Most recently I have sailed on an Olson 25 and we tend to only sail with three if we can hold the #1. Same thing on a B25 I sailed on. So while we can throw around boats, my thought is to find a boat in your region that is decent and priced right and sail the shit out of it with three people. Maybe make a fourth friend for when the winds pipe up. It is fun to talk boats for sure. But it is a hell of a lot more fun to be out on the water sailing them. Find one and get out there brotha' Peace.
  13. What were you saying.........................