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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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8 Bells - Doug Brown

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I met Doug as a member of the Moosehead Committee. It was only a few years, but I enjoyed his company very much. He had to resign as his health was deteriorating, and he knew where his short time left here on earth was better spent. He courageously fought a horrible disease with honor, dignity and humor. He was a terrific guy who gave so much to sailing and race management. Please keep Doug and his family in your thoughts.



Below is a notice sent out by his club, Centerport YC (Long Island. NY)



It is with deep regret that I announce the passing of Doug Brown. Doug was a very active, long time member of CYC. Born into a New England sailing family, Doug had a lifelong passion for sailing, which he put to good use for CYC. He served as Fleet Captain, chairman of the Race Committee and was a veritable fixture on Lady Hawk, where he served as PRO for our one design fleets for many years. His tireless contributions to CYC notwithstanding, Doug will be missed most for his gentlemanly nature and his ability to make us laugh. Doug was regarded by his friends as the funniest person in the world. Our thoughts and prayers go to Elaine, Nat, Lexi and Ian Brown. Services will be held at M.A. Connell Funeral Home, 934 New York Ave, Huntington Station on Tuesday December 11, from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00








Douglas Wheeler Brown of Huntington, NY, passed away peacefully on December 7th after a four-year battle with Parkinsons. He was 53 years old. Born on April 15, 1959 in New London, CT, Doug grew up in the Old Black Point community of Niantic, CT. After graduating from Philips Exeter Academy, he went on earn his A.B. from Brown University and his J.D. from Tulane University Law School. He is survived by his mother, Barbara Brown, siblings Bruce Brown and Priscilla Vesce, as well as his beloved wife Elaine (neé Dolan) and children Nathaniel, Alexandra, and Ian Brown. Doug was a loving son, brother, husband and father, as well as a treasured friend of many. His lifelong love of sailing could be matched only by his love for making people laugh. He faced his illness with incredible courage, and never ceased to bring joy to those in his life.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Douglas’ memory to the Adele Smithers Parkinson Disease Treatment Center at the New York Institute of Technology, or to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

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I worked on the RC with Doug several times. I enjoyed his insights on race committee, racers, and rules. They were usually very helpful and entertaining. His humor and wit will be missed. My condolences to his wife and family.


Fair winds Doug!

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