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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. I have nothing against live vests. But "fulltime"? I usually sail on a little lake where you can swim to shore from any point on the water. Wind seldom gets over 10 knots. And it's crowded. If I jumped overboard, at least five motorboats would be with me in about sixty seconds. So yea. Of course there's still the good old but-what-if-the-boom-hits-your-head story but...
  2. That may have looked like a clever idea in the middle eighties or so. ( ...Big pimpin, oy? )
  3. Plus: Inside-outside rule overrides windward-leeward. Starboard-port rule overrides windward-leeward and inside-outside. I think with that little addition, we have it all. The Sailing Anarchy Shortbook of Rules.
  4. ........oh, FFS!! Bondi just beat out Californica for nanny state award! Its fake. ...for now.
  5. https://www.bellhelmets.com/en_eu/cycling/helmets/super-3r-mips-equipped-1 we sometimes ride strenuous uphills on the mtbs with these & similar helmets without suffocating, so they should be ok on the bow Not my cuppa tea. Really.
  6. I was riding my BMW 750/6 in 1979 in broad daylight with the headlight on, when a woman who was waiting to turn into the gas station I was passing turned right into my path, at the last second, and I endoed over the top of her landing about 40 feet away from the point of impact. Shattered my wrist, but the Bell helmet was merely cracked for 2 or 3 inches where it had hit the pavement. If not for that brain bucket, I would have been an instant "goner", and what we call a "Donor-Cycle", the guys and gals that ride without helmets. Most of my friends who ride wear the "full monty" of leathers, boots, and the best helmet that money can buy.. Waaay back when I was riding that awesome XT500R, popping weeklies up to the third gear on every traffic light, I also went with full helmet, gloves, and boots. Today, when cycling I usually don't wear one. Wakeboarding: yes ( ramps and rails...) kiteboarding: no. Skiing: sometimes. It is not a religious question. Just a decision of comfort versus safety.
  7. Like in bicycling: I doubt if 18mm of Chinese-made plastic foam up on the top of your head would make a difference. If you want significant protection, you'll want a formula one style integral helmet. Have fun with that on the bow!
  8. Skipper (relieved): "Alright - there's the starting line! (Pause) ...But they're all coming towards us?" I didn't crew on that boat again.
  9. But they had a tacking angle of what - 179 degrees? I wouldn't call that sailing.
  10. Many smart people have tried to "adopt" sailing for TV screens and non-sailing audiences for about 20 years now. They all failed. Sailing is just too large-area, too 3-D, too complex, and waaaay too slow (yes, even foiling) to fit into a 2-D TV or computer screen at prime time. Maybe we just should face the fucking obvious: that sailing will never be a spectator sport, no matter how much you dumb it down. If we just acepted that fact, we could then... A ) Forget about the Olympics B ) Try to make top class sailboat racing attractive to an audience of non-top-class recreational sailors. Just look at the 52 Super Series, the Volvo, the Vendee, the SSL, the Hobart, even the AC or the Fastnet! None of them is perfect, but they all have one thing in common: They have more or less good media coverage for their primary audience: Us middle aged guys in our little 4ksb's. And it somehow seems to work for them. We may be a minoritiy but we can afford boats, sails, and expensive deck shoes, and rum. Whats fucking wrong with that target demography?
  11. "The best thing for sailing would be for the Olympics to dump it." - Dawg Gonit You're talking about the Volvo?
  12. Front page!
  13. The spin was filled - looks like they shot a flare into it in hopes of blowing it up. Check that - they DID shoot a flare into the spin. Woaah! I've heard of samurai douses but how do you call this? ...Pyro takedown? ...Bazooka douse? ...Bomb drop?
  14. I use "upfucker" and "downfucker" so often I forgot the proper words.