Q: How many Internet mail list subscribers does it take to change alight
bulb?A: 1,331: 1 to change the light bulb and to post to the mail list that
the lightbulb 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 lightbulbs. 53 to flame the
spell checkers. 156 to write to the list administrator complaining about the
light bulbdiscussion and its inappropriateness to this mail list. 41 to
correct spelling in the spelling/grammar flames. 109 to post that this list
is not about light bulbs and to please takethis email exchange to
alt.lite.bulb. 203 to demand that cross posting to alt.grammar, alt.spelling
andalt.punctuation about changing light bulbs be stopped. 111 to defend the
posting to this list saying that we all use light bulbs and therefore the
posts are relevant to this mail list. 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 URLs where one can see examples of different light bulbs. 14 to post
that the URLs were posted incorrectly, and to post correctedURLs. 3 to post
about links they found from the URLs that are relevant to this list which
makes light bulbs relevant to this list. 33 to concatenate all posts to
date, then quote them including allheaders and footers, and then add "Me
Too." 12 to post to the list that they are unsubscribing because they
cannothandle 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. 1 to
propose new alt.change.lite.bulb newsgroup. 47 to say this is just what
alt.physics.cold_fusion was meant for, leave it here. 143 votes for
Great isn't it?
Especially if you consider the extreme alternative.
I for one would rather have a choice of what
to ignore and what not to ignore. If there was
nothing here, I wouldn't have that choice.
<snip a lot of good stuff>
It's twue, it's twue, it's twue.
"Sometimes history doesn't repeat itself. It just yells
'can't you remember anything I've told you?' and lets
fly with a club.
-- John W. Cambell Jr.
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