Recognise yourself[and others]?

  leo49 11:48 12 Feb 2004

Reproduced from Fred Langa's newsletter:

A lesson in Posting:

How many group posters does it take to change a light bulb?

1 to change the light bulb and to post that the light bulb has been changed

14 to share similar experiences of changing light bulbs and how the light bulb could have been changed differently

7 to caution about the dangers of changing light bulbs

27 to point out spelling/grammar errors in posts about changing light bulbs

53 to flame the spell checkers

41 to correct spelling/grammar flames

6 to argue over whether it's "lightbulb" or "light bulb" ...

another 6 to condemn those 6 as anal-retentive

2 industry professionals to inform the group that the proper term is "lamp"

15 know-it-alls who claim *they* were in the industry, and that "light bulb" is perfectly correct

156 to email the participant's ISPs complaining that they are in violation of their "acceptable use policy"

109 to post that this group is not about light bulbs and to please take this discussion to a lightbulb group

203 to demand that cross posting to hardware forum, off-topic forum, and lightbulb group about changing light bulbs be stopped

111 to defend the posting to this group saying that we all use light bulbs and therefore the posts *are* relevant to this group

306 to debate which method of changing light bulbs is superior, where to buy the best light bulbs, what brand of light bulbs work best for this technique and what brands are faulty

27 to post URL's where one can see examples of different light bulbs

14 to post that the URL's were posted incorrectly and then post the corrected URL's

3 to post about links they found from the URL's that are relevant to this group which makes light bulbs relevant to this group

33 to link all posts to date, quote them in their entirety including all headers and signatures, and add "Me too"

12 to post to the group that they will no longer post because they cannot handle the light bulb controversy

19 to quote the "Me too's" to say "Me three"

4 to suggest that posters request the light bulb FAQ

44 to ask what is a "FAQ"

4 to say "didn't we go through this already a short time ago?"

143 to say "do a Google search on light bulbs before posting questions about light bulbs"

1 forum lurker to respond to the original post 6 months from now and start it all over again....

  scotty 11:55 12 Feb 2004

Like it :)

The beauty of this post is nobody will dare reply to it for fear of being identified a member of one of the above!

Oops... what have I done?

  sidecar sid 11:57 12 Feb 2004

One down 26 to go


click here

  Djohn 12:18 12 Feb 2004

Excellent! ;o)

  [email protected] 12:19 12 Feb 2004

Without a google search on the subject.



  Sapins 12:29 12 Feb 2004

Ah, but

  Falkyrn 12:31 12 Feb 2004

You forgot about the 43 who wouldn't buy the lightbulbs from the store recommended due to bad experiences by a friend of a friend.

Then there are the 6 who jump to defence of said store

1 to post something totally irrelevent to discussion and take the thread in a completely different direction

... lol just as I've done

  emperor 12:47 12 Feb 2004

It just goes to show that many hands make light work ... into something really heavy going.

The security implications (not to mention the mental health ones) of people collecting these statistics do not bear (are not worth?) thinking about, so I won't. Please, don't disllusion me that such a serious subject doesn't really get this sort of useful input from so many helpful people.

Remember, (almost) anything can happen in a virtual world.

Has that suitably diverted the thread?

  ddd3 13:01 12 Feb 2004

Can I deduce from this that you don't want people to reply to your posts?

  Selectron 13:27 12 Feb 2004

See you all in 6 months.


  leo49 13:40 12 Feb 2004

You can deduce whatever you like, but if that's where your deductions lead then Mr S Holmes needn't feel threatened.

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