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Old 06-12-2005, 11:04 AM   #1
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I really wish that some of you would trade barbs and silly comments via private email rather than by posting on this site. When I use "unread posts since last visit", most of what I find is just useless chit-chat. I come here to learn and to exchange ideas, not to wade through an endless series of meaningless drivel. It is no wonder that some posters have such high post counts, they just post any random thought that comes into their head whether it is off topic or not. The guilty parties know who they are. It is becoming not worth the effort to find the serious discussions on this board. In my opinion the board is going down hill fast. If others feel this way, lets here from them. If not, maybe I'll look for another forum.

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Old 06-12-2005, 11:37 AM   #2
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I really wish that some of you would trade barbs and silly comments via private email rather than by posting on this site.* *When I use* "unread posts since last visit", most of what I find is just useless chit-chat.* I come here to learn and to exchange ideas, not to* wade through an endless series of meaningless drivel.* It is no wonder that some posters have such high post counts,* they just post any random thought that comes into their head whether it is off topic or not.* The guilty parties know who they are.* It is becoming not worth the effort to find the serious discussions on this board.* In my opinion the board is going down hill fast.* If others feel this way, lets here from them.* If not, maybe I'll look for another forum.

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Good morning! You may be surprised that I agree with you. I also plead
guilty to lots of off-topic and sometimes dopey posts. To be fair, I am sure
you would agree that there are many guilty parties, and no.........
I'm not naming names. BTW, I don't see a good way to combat this
if you think it's a problem. Just tune it out............... kind of like turning off the
TV if there is nothing on you want to watch.
That's what I do. If someone posts an old joke or endless prattle about
nothing I care about, I just move on. There is plenty of good stuff
on this site.

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Old 06-12-2005, 12:15 PM   #3
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There is plenty of good stuff
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Yep, but the problem for me is finding this good stuff buried in all the crap. I would like to see some method used where good posts can be identified so I can skip the others.

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I know what you mean, but I like the dopey posts.



So, Dopey walks into a bar with a set of jumper cables. The bartender says, "You can come in, but don't start anything!"

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Yep, but the problem for me is finding this good stuff buried in all the crap.* I would like to see some method used where good posts can be identified so I can skip the others.

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C'mon, Grumpy, you're living up to your user name. If you truly expect us all to snap to attention and remain on-topic & high-quality from here on out, then discussion boards wouldn't need moderators.

You aren't the first to have this complaint or to make that suggestion, but you could be the first with a concrete proposal about this idea of how to identify the good posts. We understand WHAT you want-- HOW to do it is another challenge altogether.
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Old 06-12-2005, 01:07 PM   #6
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Laughing is supposed to be good for one's health. It is definitely fun. Lots of these "useless posts" make me laugh. Like the Dopey Post above.

Ever wonder why there are more posts on this board, and more members online, and more guests in a day than some of the other boards get in a week?

IMO it's because you pretty quickly learn whatever hard content there is, so unless there is a general info chit-chat theme going on, why go back?

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If there was a way to display new replies or most recent within a certain main subject (like Fire and Money), that would probably assist you, grumpy. I think an effort should be made to keep the "froth" in the other topics area, those of us who enjoy that (I being one of them, guilty on all charges Grumpy has raised) can go there, and those who want it a little more serious could stay in the financially based threads. BigMoneyJim, is that feasible in this architecture?
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If there was a way to display new replies or most recent within a certain main subject (like Fire and Money), that would probably assist you, grumpy.* I think an effort should be made to keep the "froth" in the other topics area, those of us who enjoy that (I being one of them, guilty on all charges Grumpy has raised) can go there, and those who want it a little more serious could stay in the financially based threads.* BigMoneyJim, is that feasible in this architecture?
It's in the DNA of techies to want to mess with things. But look how successful this board is! Compare it to anything else out there. The MF ER board was (is) very active, but it was even more chaotic than this one.

The reason why you find jokes everywhere rather than segregated in a "Joke Department is that they are interactive, just like real life. Someone inadvertently sets up someone else, who completes the joke.

Let people who are upset by the lack of structure go organize the fastener drawers in their garages.

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Sorry Grumps...wish I could help but part of the reason why I'm here is to have fun and laugh at Al's jokes (good one Al). I could certainly do without the pointless replies-to-your-own-replies intended to only build post counts.

If this isnt sitting well with you, consider this. I wasnt in the military or any government service. I wont receive any kind of pension. I dont have a 401k or a mortgage. I dont surf, own a boat or an airplane, live in a foreign country or plan to travel without owning anything but whats strapped to my back. I dont buy expensive wine very often. I dont suggest paying twice as much for a computer because its got some bell or whistle a techie likes that most people couldnt care less about. I pay $50 a month for a high speed connection in part so I can view highly detailed media content without waiting, not to spend an extra 5 minutes shaving down a photo every time I want to post one because a couple of people wont spend more than $6 on their internet connection.

So if we could all just stop all that stuff thats very uninteresting to me and clutters up my reading experience, that would be just super.

Since I know thats not going to happen, I find some interesting posts on stuff i'm not interested in or didnt know I was interested in, and I occasionally find myself reasonable enough to not post 6 megapixel attachments...I can live with it.

I am however going to start a little poll to see if a couple of tweaks to the software and the rules wouldnt smooth out peoples user experiences. Let Dory and Jim look at the results and make up their minds as to whether or not its worth it.
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I am however going to start a little poll to see if a couple of tweaks to the software and the rules wouldnt smooth out peoples user experiences. Let Dory and Jim look at the results and make up their minds as to whether or not its worth it.
Thanks TH, a reasonable reply.

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Pretty funny CT...now put a pancake on its head and you've got sumthin...
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CT.

Holy Merde.

I knew you were full of it but didn't know how much. Yow!




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Cuttroat: Hilarious!

Not sure how Grumpy feels about it though
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I generally stay away from this type of discussion because in my experience the primary culprits couldn't give a hoot what others think.* The endless chit-chat is the online equivalent to sitting next to a loud cell-phone talker in an airport or restaurant. The content of the phone conversation is not no interest to you, but you can't escape it.* Some might say "well, just ignore him."* But....you can't.

However, if some of the power posters could excercise just a bit of restraint, I think it would make the experience here all the more positive for everyone.* One good test would be whether a message could conceivably be of interest to anyone except (perhaps even including!) the intended recipient.*

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Cuttroat: Hilarious!

Not sure how Grumpy feels about it though
He feels that the last few posts were a waste of bandwidth and his time!

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Too funny Cut-Throat!

Sure wish i had known of that link in the past. I'm gonna be using that now at other sites I visit (unrelated to this topic).
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I have to admit, that is funny. The University I graduated from is known as a cow college so this link will come in handy in the future.
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So THATS how C-T attracts his flies. Good one! Sorry to be crappin' up your thread grumpy.


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