I'm a Canadian as well. I find that I get a more complete picture of
some of the Wreck's members when they volunteer their views on a variety
of topics. Sometimes a simple statement by somebody leads me to follow
up on my own, and I have discovered some really cool stuff that way.
(Thanks for the lead on the topic of tea, Ed.)
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It makes this Wreck what it is. Diverse. I couldn't handle only reading
about water stones vs oil stones. I also like to hear about kidney
stones and Rolling Stones.
My problem, Ken, is that most of my friends and relatives are Americans.
I live, literally, 5 minutes from an American White Castle. American
politics have always intrigued me. I'm therefore informed on the current
state of the union.... and I don't get my news from a painfully biased
outlet like Fox. I will stay up on election night if it is a US
election. I cannot stay up and watch a canadian ballot count...it puts
me to sleep.
Ken, when somebody like Tom Watson opens his well-worn Thesaurus up for
us, I read what he has to say. I had NO idea he was a liberal. ( I think
I'll give him a nick-name: Thesaurus Rex) It surprised me. He likes the
same music as Swingman... another thing that caught me by surprise.
The list of surprises is endless. But I like to think that I have a
pretty good idea who's what around here. Other than that, I couldn't
give a rat's ass about what anybody thinks about me or anybody else....
well... other than Larry Jaques. What Larry thinks of me is
important..in a sick sort of way. <G>
On Fri, 07 Oct 2005 17:42:44 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
So, let's see. You whine about the signal to noise ratio while not
only increasing it further (or reducing it, depending on how you
define it), but you neglect to label it as Off Topic in order that
those of us smart enough to ignore those things that annoy us could
What a tool (obligatory on-topic reference). I'm now ignoring you.
I also get frustrated with the number of posts off topic. Can you kill
topics/posters or leave the group? Sure, but I decided to check out what the
rec.woodworking FAQ said is the purpose of the group. Below is what I
found. It seems reasonable to try to remind people (using self policing) to
try to remain on the topic of woodworking 90% of the time.
"This group is a collection of people with a common interest in woodworking
(ww'ing), and as such the topics discussed sometimes wander away from
strictly ww'ing. Think of this NG as if you were having a number of friends
over to your shop to discuss ww'ing, 90% of the discussion will revolve
around ww'ing, but you will also discuss other things going on in your life,
like your shop dog dying, gloating about the vintage minty fresh Unisaur you
just got for $100, just got a new job, etc. That is what we do in this NG.
Please DO NOT post off topic. If you *MUST* make an off topic post, please
preface the subject with "[OT]", so those who are not interested in OT posts
can skip them."
The above was pulled from searching rec.woodworking with Google. There is
also a FAQ at http://www.robson.org/woodfaq /. I tried to see if the theme
of the FAQ included non-woodworking topics -- it was all woodworking.
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