Well, I don't know that the OP wants to "censor" others in the manner that
I assume you imply. (If my assumption is wrong, accept this early apology
and ignore the rest of this post.)
IMO, the desire to keep this group a bit more focused on home repair issues
is not a bad thing. I hope that is what the OP is asking about.
The completely OT subjects are bad enough, even when called out as such in
the subject line, but that's not biggest problem with a.h.r. these days,
We reached the point where the mere mention of "code" and/or "law" in
relation to a home repair topic eventually leads to someone saying the
government is taking over our lives, we all should carry guns, your mother
is a leftist commie, FU, Well, FU too!
How many threads that actually started out as a legitimate home repair
thread eventually spiraled down into political rantings from those on both
sides of the aisle, those in the middle of the aisle and those that don't
want others to share any aisle with them?
It's not like there aren't enough usenet groups dedicated to those types of
discussions...why does so much of that have to take place in a.h.r.?
We're only slightly on topic in this thread.
These guys act just like I'd expect a bunch of cranky old guys to act.
Unfortunately, a lot of these cranky old guys repair things too.
It's getting harder to tell if they ever contribute anything useful as
my kill file grows.
If people would cultivate their kill files instead of engaging in
pointless battles, this problem would resolve itself without a
You described it perfectly. What you have is some folks who just don't
get the concept that there are others besides themselves.
This is the same as for example a neighbor who decides to use air tools
at 3 AM. Since they know they are the only one that matters they just do
it. A normal person knows that life is a give and take thing and you
can't have it your way all of the time.
If you were to mention "say Bob its 3 AM and everyone else is sleeping"
just like here you would be told it is your problem.
Ummm.... no, it's not.
Unlike neighbors, that have made great efforts/commitments, perhaps
lifelong, to be where they now are, you need not be here, at all, and
it is by YOUR choice that you are here. If you don't like it, leave.
It's as easy and painless as pushing a keyboard button and the only
investment is yer ego.
It is exactly the same. It is a give and take social thing. Endless
conversations that have nothing to do with home repair are no different
than say the people who feel empowered while driving 10 miles under the
speed limit in the passing lane or pushing a cart with 83 items into the
10 or less checkout.
Read your response. You gave the exact same response as my example. You
"if you don't like it leave" eg "It is your problem".
You can KF your neighbor, but you'll probably do time for it.
But you are right about egos, it's funny how the "egos" get deep into a
thread and respond, rather than right clicking and marking the conversation
read and just moving on.
I'm just making a guess here, but I would bet most if not all of those
"egos" here are Democrats , too
Hell, I mark lots of threads read that I have no interest in, whether repair
related or not. I'm my best judge for what i want to read and what I don't,
not some moderator
We happen to both be on the same highway. It is two lanes in each
direction and the right lane is clogged with slow moving trucks doing
15~20 under the speed limit. I am in the passing lane doing the same
speed just because I can.
Maybe I lead a small life and I feel important or whatever. You happen
to be behind me. After 20 miles we both get off at the same exit and we
happen to be going to the same place. We get out of our vehicles and you
ask me what was I thinking holding you and everyone else up. I tell you
(with your same response) "You chose to be on the same road as me. You
didn't have to do that so it really is your problem..."
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