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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. But I you found it brilliant regardless, eh?
  2. :D
  3. Rodney - are there going to be any demo boats at the 1st D-Zero Open Meeting at Oxford SC on 25 Oct? I can't sail one as I'll be thrashing round (embarrassing myself) in the D-One, but wondered...
  4. I REALLY don't subscribe to the "buy what others are sailing" school of thought, otherwise I'd be getting bored/frustrated/pains in our Laser fleet instead of loving my sailing as one of 2 D-Ones at our Club. Buy the boat you want. Really want.
  5. I've sailed neither, but have had a good look at both, both on and off the water.... They both look good boats, but the impression I get is that one (the Zero) has been designed to a more "pure" sailing experience, with an emphasis on performance, feedback and serious sailing. The Aero is still good and will achieve volume sales, partially because of the design compromises that have been built into it (stacking etc) to make it attractive to the sailing centre buyers, but it is these that I think will eventually see it regarded as a "beach toy" or family boat rather than a racer. There are many echoes of the D-One/RS100 launches (I must declare a bias here as a D-One owner) with lots of 100s sold and now loads available 2nd hand whilst the D-One has achieved critical acclaim and steady continual growth in the class.
  6. I remember chatting to young Holman a few years ago at the Dinghy Show when he displayed "Punk".... and now looking forward to having a go in a D-Zero at SailFest next week (I'm not in the market as I'm "well suited" to my D-One!) Anyone else on here coming to SailFest at Calshot?
  7. How did it compare to the D-Zero? (this for Crashed Again)
  8. I know Harry Blowers (7th) and he's a very good youth Laser sailor, if that helps...
  9. Sosoomii - where do you sail? I know you said you didn't want a trapeze, but have you thought about coming for a try of the Alto? It's incredibly comfortable, forgiving and confidence inspiring, and the pole swings round about twice as far as on the 400, giving you the option of square(ish) running on restricted waters. Demos available ain Kent, Suffolk and Oxford...
  10. Oh FFS. I wish to God I'd never read that. I've told my 14 yr old son, who worships Bart and Iain after spending some time with them at WPNSA back in '11, that in all likelihood he'd have been knocked unconscious in the crash, and that was why he'd drowned - not knowing about it. I'll not be telling him different. Bart was a top, top bloke - we're all devastated in this household, but this is nothing to what his family, friends and crew must be going through. Our thoughts are with them.