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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. We've all been there! Rock bottom, Hunter territory! We just need a support group, you know to enable our addiction!
  2. In that case you should not mention Laser in your SIs and races would not be to the Laser Class rules. That's fine, you would say, no? Now imagine what would happen if someone would show up with sails that are larger or from better material that Laser Class legal sails and would kick your behind.. Would you start whining then? Remember this - you can talk about 'fun' as long as you want, sooner or later someone will want the pickle dish badly and the whole mess will be your own fault. Not metiononing Lasers doesn't protect Laser owners from being protested (for not following OD rules in maintaining the class configuratuion) There really is no by the book solution, but I'd rather it be clear that anyone can go with a cheaper sail so it's fair rather then relying on personal initiative. The solution would be for the class to lean on the builders for gouging their members! But we have a National and World association that simply kowtows to the builders whims while claiming to suport stict one design, to the point of even redefining builder in a term more favorable to the current coportate owners... The stucture of the advisory council will not permitt new sail makers or lower costs, so as dogwatch says we vote with our wallets. And make excetptions to the rules.... Now if you show up with a fully battened mylar laminate sail we might need to narrow the exception... The point is we are not runnign NAs just beercan races.
  3. Foredeck Shuffle, you show a double standarts here. Why should some poor kid try to stick to the Class rules and 'sail down' his only legal sail while some smart ass shows up at the regatta with replica sails only to save his legal sails for some 'big event'? From the Rules perspective, your actions by deliberately breaking the Class rules in Class sanctioned event puts you into Rule 2 and even Rule 69 territory, not 78.1. You're not a hero by RAFing from the races, you're a cheat! You should have been DGM-ed! Shame on you! Or you can do what we do, amend the SIs for club sereise racing to allow non-class sails. Is it strictly by the book? Nope. Does it get more boats on the water? Yup If your a non-class member non-owner we can get you a loaner boat! Remeber that while this is a sport we do it for fun! More people playing with thier toys is more fun! Sending a few hundred dollars extra to LP is a lot less fun.
  4. Actually it makes me wonder about the other emails flying around behind the scenes leading up to the 2011 rule change. As apposed to the story we were told, I'm guessing it was far nastier... I can only guess at the other promises made and broken/out right threats made...
  5. Nothing to see here move along....
  6. And how did that SB3 work out? I forgot something about having the builder contracts getting yanked...?