So for example do you think the flick of the fellow (not myself) who wrote the "Sailing Tyranny" parody was from possible lawsuits resulting from Clean and Tempesta's actions being criticized?
I missed reading that..
Are Clean and Tempesta liable for our posts on their site?
that's an unsure face.
Re-reading the "Sailing Tyranny" parody - (I still have the original) there was no reference to who wrote the alleged article on which the parody was based. There was also no reference to any other matters that have been raised by the supposed press release from saiingimages.net
So I woud say NO - rather it is likely that the parody piece simply cut too close to the bone, as it queried the editorial integrity and fairness of the SA editors.
Melb_Paul is still flicked - I don't really care. Don't bother with the site much anymore. Just check occasionally to see what else is popping up regarding the issue.
SO, can you post it again so we all can read it? Or send it to me if you don't want to get flicked. I could care less if I do.
Sure why not.....
The parody (original is below)
Sailing Tyranny, the website encouraging unfettered discussion on all things sailinghas commenced shutting down forum discussions at will. – you might remember itas Sailing Anarchy from years past. Usually attracting more than 50,000visitors from Sydney readers and contributors, it was, until recently, thelargest community driven sailing discussion site.
Such a prestigious site attractsadvertisers, media players, photographers and sailors alike, however this week,organizers from Sailing Anarchy seemed more interested in getting negativepublicity and member criticism than in gaining good exposure for their marqueewebsite. At least that's the lesson learnt from Sailing Anarchy officials thisweek, when they refused to comment on well substantiated claims by insiders ofa breakdown in journalistic standards and ethics, and commenced deleting forumtopics at will.
As a regular reader, and sometimecontributor to the forums, I and all other bona fide members of the site (aswell as the general public) have been excluded from access to Sailing Anarchy'smost read and contributed forums of this week.
The website has no problem allowingother forum topics to continue, but only if they do not criticize the editorialstaff. Despite repeated requests by members, no reasons have been provided forthe unilateral decisions taken.
Sailing Anarchy has also not respondedto industry rumours that a leaner budget this week has resulted in smallercapacity within the forum database.
Due to the lack of feedback, thisreporter can only draw on information listed in the about page, namely,
" Where the hell else are you going tohave this much freedom to say what you want? After all, that is ultimately whatAnarchy is all about"
Officials would not respond to requestsfor an explanation of how deleting numerous forum topics fits the abovecommitment.
Sailing Anarchy had a long and esteemedpartnership with its members, but relations with the members broke down thisweek. Reasons for the breakdown were never released publicly, but given SA'sapparent lack of interest in generating maxium exposure for much lauded forums,the members probably made the right call.
To secure the vast majority of membersfor such a large forum is imperative for its quality and longevity, and onlymaximum attention to journalistic ethics and contributor selection duediligence can convince the large membership to get behind the forums.
Journalistic ethics also ensure thatthe less prominent members – thos that haven't abandoned ship yet – get returnfor their time spent in the forums. After all, deleting numerous forums beforeless active members have had a chance to complete their reading doesn't bodewell for continued membership.
SA officials seem to have no idea ofthese basic tenets, and their lackluster commitment to journalistic integrityand lack of response to member queries may contribute to a substantial fall ifdaily page visits in the coming weeks.
Rumours are rife that SA has been hithard by a failure to properly vet stories before publishing, and one can't helpbut wonder if their mismanagement of basic reporting duties isn't just the tipof the iceberg.
It has also been reported that membersare planning an "Occupy Anarchy" protest, where members will attempt to createas many forum topics related to the questionable reporting ethics as possible,scheduled for 12 noon 3/16/2012 USA EST.
Will SA's premier member forum loseanother 10 topics tomorrow, and each day onwards? Or will it crash under theunceasing pressure of the members.
Will it survive at all?
Not like this is won't.
And the original..... Middle Harbour Yacht Club hosted their annual Sydney Harbour Regatta thisweekend – you might remember it as the Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta from yearspast. Usually attracting more than 300 boats racing in 24 divisions on 8courses, it was, until recently, the largest keelboat regatta in Australia.
Such a prestigious event attracts media attention domestically and on aninternational level, however this year, organisers from Middle Harbour YachtClub seemed more interested in getting negative press and criticism than ingaining good exposure for their marquee event. At least that's the lessonlearnt from MHYC officials last week, when they excluded Sydney's (and theworld's) most prominent sailing website from shooting their event.
As Sailing Anarchy's chief Aussie contributor, I and several other bona fidemembers of the sailing media were excluded from access to MHYC's photo andmedia boats. The club had no problem finding spots on their boats for amateurphotographers with no press affiliation, but according to MHYC marketingmanager Alana Whiting, 'budgetary constraints' were behind the snafu for more establishedpress. "With a much leaner budget for this year's SHR event we areunfortunately already at capacity with media & photographer requests to beonsite and on our media boat for SHR and will not be able to accommodate youthis year," Whiting told me. She reportedly was still making spots availablefor unregistered media after rejecting Sailing Anarchy's presence.
Chairman of the Sydney Harbour Regatta, Ian Box, wasn't on quite the same pageas Ms. Whiting, 'We have three media boats arranged for the event and we'restruggling to get a volunteer driver for third boat'. Box told a differentstory to Sailing Anarchy Senior Editor Alan Block in a phone conversation whenhe explained that the regatta had only one media RIB available for the event."We only have spots for five media members," he said to Block's disbelief.Despite my registering for the event in February and constant attempts tocontact Club staff for three weeks, Box couldn't explain why club officials hadso much trouble accommodating my request or even responding, nor did he explainwhy he didn't know how many boats he had. Audi had a long and esteemed partnership with the Sydney Harbour Regatta,but negotiations with MHYC broke down for the 2012 event. Reasons for thebreakdown were never released publicly, but given MHYC's apparent lack ofinterest in generating maximum exposure for their biggest event, Audi probablymade the right call.
To secure a major naming rights-sponsor for such a large event is imperativefor both its quality and longevity, and only maximum media exposure canconvince big companies to get behind yachting events. Media exposure alsoensures that the less prominent sponsors – those that haven't abandoned shipyet – get return for the money they spend on sponsorship, and positive storieson major events are essential to attract non-racers to yachting and dinghysailing. MHYC personnel seem to have no idea of these basic tenets, and theirlacklustre promotional and media presence may have contributed to the SHR seeingnearly 100 boats fewer on the line this year.
Rumours are rife that MHYC had been hard-hit by the loss of Audi, and one can'thelp but wonder if their mismanagement of basic regatta duties isn't just thetip of the iceberg. Will Sydney's premier regatta lose another 30% of its fleetin 2013? Will it survive at all?
Not like this it won't.