Did You grow up in The Southeast? I speak several American dialects
including Hillbonics, Yankbonics and of course Ebonics. I have to be
able to understand a wide variety of languages in order to take care
of my business dealings with people. I'm getting pretty good at the
job of communicating with people who's English is colored by their
native tongue of Urdu or Hindi. Understanding those folks is very
important for the purposes of tech support concerning data and telecom
I believe I've only KF'ed only two, which is remarkable for a group this
size. Most people really do behave themselves here, and I've seen nothing
like what happens in groups that are the victims of deliberately destuctive
acts. A little around the edges, maybe, but well within tolerance.
Hopefully it can stay that way, especially if OT'ers can remember to show a
little consideration by marking their threads OT.
Or, like the BP spill, until the problem is solved or fades from view.
Less panty bunching and more pressing "Next" goes a long way towards keeping
I think there is only one person/creature in my killfile and he/she/it
is not posting in alt.home.repair. It's so easy to skip a thread with
Thunderbird by pressing "R" which marks the thread read without wiping
it out by pressing "K". There are threads I may not be interested in at
a particular time but someone who has a good head on their shoulders
may post something to the thread and I might want to read it. There is
so much good information posted to this group by some wonderful folks
who know what they're talking about. A famous man once said, "Experience
is a fool's best teacher." If I read about what some fool
has done to cause damage to whatever, I'm going to pay attention and
not repeat his or her mistake. I get a lot of links from this group.
Obama, Bush, the Israelis, the Palestinians - take your pick! (-:
It's pretty clear that more than a few Usenetters are the kind that arrange
their peas in a row on their dinner plate, making sure no food touches any
If thine eye offends thee, pluck it out!
Actually, I am impressed that AHR has a number of people who are passionate
about their opinions but respectful of others when debating. It tells me
there's still hope for the world.
Impressed enough to want to see posts from slow, banana, moron, etc...plus
all the spam from gmail? Not I. I don't have time to filter that which I
already know I'm not going to read. I just want it gone.
Impressed enough to tolerate the garbage which my newsreader allows me to
easily work around. If I have no interest in a thread, I mark it read and
it's done. I wish people could learn to mark OT in the subject line more
reliably than I see, but that's correctable through cordial reminders.
I sympathize with people who read lots of groups and don't have time to sort
through all the chaff. I've been there, done that, and can remember how
pissed I was to have to paddle through 100's of messages about a TV show I
hated in a newsgroup devoted to a TV show I loved but that had gone off the
The reality is, as much as you or I wanted it gone, it's never going away.
Thousands of Usenet groups have already proved that. It comes down to
finding an acceptable compromise between the different things people want
from the group. That's what most of the world's problems are like: finding
an acceptable compromise. Unfortunately we've devolved into a state where
"I know I am absolutely right, so YOU are the one who must yield" is the
standard response from both sides on a issue. No compromise means no
solution short of extermination. In many places in the world, it's now
coming to that ugly end game.
I would suggest that you stop posting OFF TOPIC crap to THIS
group...especially without marking it OT.
reply: (stamping feet and screaming) IT'S JUST NOT FAIR!
And maybe you could, do the same thing, too? Ever thought of that?
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