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Old 12-31-2014, 05:07 PM   #21
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My friend is so attractive that women keep throwing themselves at him. He asked me if I could tell him how to handle this. I told him that I have no experience of this sort (pity!) but my wise friends on a message board have experience with everything and always know how to handle tricky situations.

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Old 12-31-2014, 05:16 PM   #22
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My friend is so attractive that women keep throwing themselves at him. He asked me if I could tell him how to handle this. I told him that I have no experience of this sort (pity!) but my wise friends on a message board have experience with everything and always know how to handle tricky situations.

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Perhaps he should see a shaman and have his dreams analyzed? (That was the response given to a similar question asked in an magazine's advice column, decades ago.)
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Old 12-31-2014, 05:17 PM   #23
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And perhaps try some ayahuasca when he visits the shaman. Just to improve the dreams a bit.



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Old 12-31-2014, 05:52 PM   #24
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Sometimes there is a rant about someone's comically awful family members. I take those with a grain of salt. Rants about dreadful neighbors or tenants, I tend to believe. Maybe because I have had more of the latter than the former?

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Depends on the poster.

I have seen a few less regular posters that sometimes require suspension of disbelief (I'm 27 years old, have $7 million that I've earned myself etc....yes, I know there are people like that but....)

A red light goes off when the words and music don't go together like when folks claim to have very large portfolios but ask quite naive investing questions. (If you're so rich, how come you're not smart? ...and where is your financial advisor?)

Or (this might be the New England elitist in me...forgive me!) when the sentence structure/grammar doesn't suggest the mental wherewithal to support the "$7 million I made on my own" claim.

I could be wrong...DW reminds me that I'm wrong every few hours, but I was brought up to be skeptical and have developed a fairly accurate bu##s@*t meter.
I think you summed it up pretty well. For me the part of your response that I have highlighted and underlined really hits the spot.
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My friend is so attractive that women keep throwing themselves at him. He asked me if I could tell him how to handle this. I told him that I have no experience of this sort (pity!) but my wise friends on a message board have experience with everything and always know how to handle tricky situations.
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Generally I read between the lines for the root cause.
Here we can see your friend should talk to a doctor about his narcissist delusional fantasy world. Or you could tag along with him to pick up pointers
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Haha you never fail to crack me up. Please advise your friend that he has what it takes to RE and become a kept man.
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In a forum as in real life I have always believed that it is more important to try to understand the "why" of a question, rather than the "what." But my response is always to always try to take the question at face value, because my "why" analysis might be wrong, and there is noting lost in answering the stated question, whatever my belief about its motivation. On the other hand, before taking any action on a statement, my judgement of the "why" is what I rely on mostly.
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I don't really care if people here are telling the truth or not. Even if we sometimes end up responding to an entirely fictitious scenario, we can still learn from each other's responses. I also have observed people who ask a question but already know the answer they want and seem merely to be seeking validation. I don't view it as a waste of time to answer, for even if the OP doesn't want to hear it, others might legitimately have that same question but have not yet gotten to the point of asking.
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I think you summed it up pretty well. For me the part of your response that I have highlighted and underlined really hits the spot.
Or "BS detector" as Hemingway put it.
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Most of the time I ignore the question and join-in to the tangent conversations that usually develop

But seriously, I voted 'it depends'. I'm highly skeptical of people with just a few posts here. If they have less than 30 posts and my BS meter is activated, I might click on 'show all posts' and see if there's a trend or consistency.

But I certainly agree that even if it's a BS question, the discussion that ensues is often interesting, mostly because it brings out more detail about how the regulars here think about various subjects.
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To me it is a bit situational, but my BS meter is pretty good at picking up on odd inconsistencies but on the other hand, I can be a bit naive and too trusting at times. I'm not sure it matters though since there can be good ideas in responses to BS posts.
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Even some of the regulars are pretty suspect IMHO.

For example, I am a completely fictitious persona that was created as a project in social engineering by a group of college students at an undisclosed location.

Year after year, each new class has taken "me" on as their project (the handoff from the previous class happens just after graduation each summer), and one of the objects is to see how well the fiction can be maintained without the rest of the forum catching on that they are actually dealing with a committee.

"I" am a regular member of a great many online forums, under various usernames, and so far we have managed fairly well. Oh, there is the occasional slip-up, but in general you folks have been gracious enough to pretend not to notice.

Just thought you should know.
I've done a careful analytical study and determined that over 85% of the posters here are machine generated.

But I'm the real thing. Haha is clearly not. W2R is suspect.
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I've done a careful analytical study and determined that over 85% of the posters here are machine generated.

But I'm the real thing. Haha is clearly not. W2R is suspect.
You nailed me! All this time, people on the forum have assumed I was a flesh and blood human being. Oh well, now that I have been "outed", I might as well post a recent photo of the real W2R, dancing:




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My friend is so attractive that women keep throwing themselves at him. He asked me if I could tell him how to handle this. I told him that I have no experience of this sort (pity!) but my wise friends on a message board have experience with everything and always know how to handle tricky situations.

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Ha, I appreciate your trying to help me re: my rather unique situation. Please let me know what you've learned as soon as possible as I am not looking forward to another year of this living nightmare that I find myself in (through no fault of my own).
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But W2R, I thought you were a Toyota!
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Since I'm not smart enough to keep all my lies straight it all eventually falls apart so I don't try anymore.
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Look out, everyone! I finished my rebalancing yesterday and as soon as Vanguard sells and buys what I told them to sell and buy, I might start thinking about Wh... Wh.... oh, you know.
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