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    • UnderDawg

      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. The cyclors had better keep an eye on their drink bottles.....wouldn't want to see a Tour De France style "contamination" doping allegation!!
  2. Word just in from ETNZ insider......"We have plenty of room for improvement, our cyclors haven't even shaved their legs yet!"...stay tuned.
  3. Yeah...it was the 80's
  4. Still have my Sweet Okole pastel aloha team shirt.....
  5. Gotta love the call during the collision "Fuck-a-rama!!" ...... short for "fuck-a-rama, what a drama"
  6. Nice one Shaggy....time to get a drone to add to the excitement!!
  7. The Nick Bowers Video of the Florida Winter Series at St Andrews Bay YC in Panama City (on the mythical Front Page) sure highlights the issue of age in our sport.....all these hi-tech bits of kit...and hardly a face in the fleet that looks less than 40!! Can't be the technology that doesn't appeal - might have everything to do with the dollars necessary to play the game
  8. Swanson "Camille" - saw her at the Wooden Boat Show in Hobart some years back....so beautiful!
  9. Dacron laminated mylar!! I got hold of some of the first stuff put out by North - a jib with a red tinted laminate one side and green on the other...hey, we were kids having fun with a sponsored product! It fell to bits in the first up-range breeze...good toimes!!
  10. That's great news - and you're right LP - common sense prevailing.....so IRC champs followed by geelong...lots of reasons for Syd2Hob boats from up north to hang around! Shame it took so long to get heads together, but I guess that's the parochial nature of our sport these days.
  11. This would be almost acceptable if it was my only club, but I keep my own OD boat at another club (hard stand) and sail there regularly - full membership fees for said club are ~$900 including boat storage and lockers, voting rights etc. When a mate invites me to sail at SYC and do a series it gets embarrassing. My skipper has a top boat and puts together a competitive crew from sailors at various other clubs who also sail other classes. Consequently the boat does well - even representing SYC as part of the winning assoc cup. After a couple of seasons the club puts the pressure on the skipper and most of the crew go back to their respective club programs leaving skipper short of crew...consequently he doesn't sail as much....one less boat on the course. Personally I'd drop nomination fees - esp if the crew is already a club member elsewhere. Then I'd make it an attractive deal for m'ship at a second club - $300 a season. But it won't happen, cos larger clubs are more focussed on the associate membership (food, bev, entertainment) than yacht racing.
  12. That's all good but the reality is that a crew membership at SYC starts with a $300 nomination fee plus $569 subs plus a mandatory $150 Food & Bev credit that is forfeited if not used....so that's $1019 for your first season. This doesn't give you club parking access, so add on your discounted seasonal parking cost of $201....total now $1220 and the privilege of walking 500m+ from car to boat/bar...and sailing! Owners have a hard time finding capable crew on a regular basis....the good ones make sure there's beer on the boat after the race so a coupla cool ones can be enjoyed while packing up....and with .05 driving laws, that precludes heading up to the bar, so it's "see ya next week...maybe"
  13. +1
  14. Doesn't go nearly far enough....all sailors participating in any club based on-water activity should be forced to wear an electronic anklet to ensure traceability of everyone on club grounds.....for safety...Oh! and anklets are registered and linked directly to paypal accounts with scanners on the docks to ensure nobody goes on the water without paying their dues to the club, state & national bodies!!! Yeah, and then we'll see our sport flourish!!! (safely!) FFS - I find less reason to sail at the major clubs every time I visit. More bureaucracy, more politics,more money grabs, more powerboats and underused cruisers, more wankers who take themselves way too seriously, fewer yachts, fewer laughs.....less fun.
  15. Watching this highlights that sailing is for indulging old rich guys....sad really.