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All of this strikes my chuckle bone and tickles my noggin.

Back when, Alex started Anything-Sailing because he got tired of being censored here - both for anti-vendor rants and for his occasional over the top OT posts and picture edits.

He wanted a forum he could be himself in, so he made one.
I was asked to moderate it a couple months after it started. Oh, wow. A no rules OT side and a 'family friendly' sailing side with kids and such on it.

It took about 6 months to shut down the political side, 6 more to make the rest of OT a ghost town and then it drifted along slowly for another year before even I got fed up with some of the unfiltered comments in the sailing side and left the forum (about a year ago) and came back here.

I like it better my way - just ban them, this is a sailing forum.
Being one of the early adopters of AS, it wasn't the structure of that forum that did it in - or even the politics. It was the attitude of the people - and specifically the owner. It was always a "my way or the highway" environment. Those don't work.

Alex predicted doom and gloom for Sailnet for years - eventually saying I had "ruined the place" ("Smacknet"/"Squirrelnet" anyone?) and that it would die a slow death because the "valuable people" had left. Well, Sailnet is doing great. AS is gone. And I had very little to do with either.

All that to say, I've always loved SN precisely because of the way its moderated. The moderation is fair. The motives are good. The members are good. What's not to like?

I've never had a problem with PRWG...I almost never posted there. I agree that those guys sometimes don't know how to leave the knives at the door when they come into the sailing threads - but they're usually kept in check fairly well.

In any case, I support whatever the mods here think is best. I trust them.
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I concur smacky, but have to say it was all your fault.

When you forced Alex to force me to ban you by disagreeing with him ( ) you caused AS to fail.
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I concur smacky, but have to say it was all your fault.

When you forced Alex to force me to ban you by disagreeing with him ( ) you caused AS to fail.
Heh-heh. I'm drunk with my obvious power.
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Thank you. Other than specifics relating to government and sailing, I think this a change for the better.
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I concur smacky, but have to say it was all your fault.

When you forced Alex to force me to ban you by disagreeing with him ( ) you caused AS to fail.
Well, I'm glad it wasn't my doing then. Alex couldn't stop insulting people and wasn't pulled up by the remaining mods - so I walked away and never looked back.

I did feel very sorry for CKG after all the work he'd put in..
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Being one of the early adopters of AS, it wasn't the structure of that forum that did it in - or even the politics. It was the attitude of the people - and specifically the owner. It was always a "my way or the highway" environment. Those don't work.

Alex predicted doom and gloom for Sailnet for years - eventually saying I had "ruined the place" ("Smacknet"/"Squirrelnet" anyone?) and that it would die a slow death because the "valuable people" had left. Well, Sailnet is doing great. AS is gone. And I had very little to do with either.

All that to say, I've always loved SN precisely because of the way its moderated. The moderation is fair. The motives are good. The members are good. What's not to like?

I've never had a problem with PRWG...I almost never posted there. I agree that those guys sometimes don't know how to leave the knives at the door when they come into the sailing threads - but they're usually kept in check fairly well.

In any case, I support whatever the mods here think is best. I trust them.
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Well, I'm glad it wasn't my doing then. Alex couldn't stop insulting people and wasn't pulled up by the remaining mods - so I walked away and never looked back.

I did feel very sorry for CKG after all the work he'd put in..
Yea, AS has become a bit of a ghost town, but the activity that is over there now is relatively on topic. It was at one point a good community. I think as Alex got more serious about his racing is when it seemed to take a turn. He seemed to get all serious about himself and seemed to loose his sense of humor. I still check on posts over there as there is some knowledge and the lower post count is actually good, as many posts are actually about sailboats and sailing.

Now his "Photoshopping" is funny, but I guess some folks have thin skin, and he had a very good point about some of the on topic censorship going on around here and that was wrong. But I understand why it was done. Funny thing is his site allowed it and they did not get sued, and I don't think they ever got any threats of it. Well perhaps about the Ronca, but in the end it was Ronca that caved.

I am a member of several different forums on different subjects and for me all of them that have a large off topic section take a turn for the worse and I think it was the off topic that did in AS. It just creates acrimony among the members. It is good for post counts and brings in new members. The problem is a lot of those members are not really on the site for the sailing. I don't want to know someone's political or religious beliefs as it is unimportant to me, if they have knowledge to share.
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Funny how most people don't want to fit in the nicely shaped boxes other people make for them.
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I did feel very sorry for CKG after all the work he'd put in..
+1. That part really sucks.

I hope he pops in around here more. He's a good guy.
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Re: Signatures

Never understood the need for Off Topic threads in the first place.

This is a far more civilized forum than SA thanks to the mods! I'll defer to them.
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There's "Off Topic" and there is "Off Topic - PWGR" when the later was added is when I think SN goofed.
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