Happy Holidays

Phyllis and I wish everyone the very best for this holiday season. Here’s hoping the world will be back to some semblance of normal by this time next year. Or maybe a better new normal. Read on for more on that.

Improvements to the Site—Finding What You Want

Back in February we rolled out (and I wrote about) the first phase of our 2020 improvements to this site, which focused on simplification, improved readability on phones, and speed. That  was all good, but it quickly became apparent that the next thing needed was a damned good housecleaning and re-categorization of our content. Here’s what we did.

We Are All About Voyaging

Rational or not, it’s starting to feel like the world is coming seriously unglued, what with COVID-19 and the associated economic disruptions, not to speak of some spectacular market volatility.

So here’s what are we going to do about that at AAC.

Not Boring Privacy Policy—Cookies

With all the recent hullabaloo about internet privacy, it’s time to update our privacy policy. Here it is in plain old English with some interesting stuff mixed in to keep it from being boring and it might even help you decide what to do about practices on other sites.

AAC Comment Guidelines

Comment  usage  cheat sheet

One of the very best things about this site is the wisdom and experience that you, our members, share in the form of comments, as well as the fact checking you do.

And by far the majority of the time you are reasonable and self-policed—thank you.

However, there have been a few exceptions, so please read on for what is, and is not, acceptable in the comments.

But first, here’s how comment moderation works at AAC:

  • Comments are displayed immediately with no moderation delay—we trust you. (Occasionally our spam filter holds a legitimate comment by accident, but we fix this every few days.)
  • Comments that contravene these guidelines will be deleted without warning.
  • All comment moderation decisions are final and will not be debated.
  • If we think that parts of a deleted comment had merit we will email a copy so the commenter can edit it to comply with these guidelines and re-post it.
  • If I (John), breaches these guidelines, feel free to point that out (gently)—I know I’m far from perfect.
  • That said, please don’t take others to task for breaches, that’s my job, and trust me, you don’t want it.
  • Those that repeatedly breach these guidelines will be banned.

Good news. Since restricting commenting to members we have deleted less than 20 comments and never banned anyone.