I've followed this newsgroup for many years; picked up a lot of useful
information, and on occasion given some.
But the newsgroup has deteriorated, and now rarely contains useful
information but is flooded with half-witticisms, usually posted by
people who couldn't even drive a nail. I don't have the time or
inclination to follow the group anymore, so I am moving on.
When usenet became popular, many predicted that the vulgarians would
destroy it; others felt that the vulgarians would be driven out by
posters with useful information, who were not afraid to call a turd a
turd. They felt that objectionable posters would find a more
appropriate forum, realizing that they were only embarassing themselves,
but that has not proven the case here; apparently a fool doesn't
realize that he is a fool.
My kill file for this group grows and grows.
It seems like such a good idea, homeowners sharing their
experience fixing things.
A few minutes here shows exactly why we can't have nice things.
Can't blame you one bit.
It's true we do have spammers, and trolls.
We also have some folks who provide good help.
Maggie got her toilet de-limed, and I got my
customer's garage door weather stripping done.
All, in large part, due to very kind people.
Overall, I do find value in reading this list.
I haven't tried to pick up anything soft and squishy with it yet, I'm afra
id it would just smear it around. ¯\_(?)_/¯
l's butt with it. ?(¬ ? ¬)?
You will find that you have to adjust the string that closes the jaws on
occasion. Like anything else sometimes you will be surprised what you can
pick up but others disappointed and frustrated. My therapain puts a piece o
twine or shoelace through the hole in the handle to be a wrist lanyard.
Maybe you should have contributed more and bitched less.
Personally, I don't see many questions that go unanswered,
so I really don't know what you're talking about.
As far as the noise ratio, it's like hanging out at the
hardware store. When there's nothing to do or answer, we
shoot the shit. But you will never see this because you've
left the building and thats your loss, because there is
still lots of good info here and not dying anytime soon
It's true that, more and more, when I open the group mostly all that I see
are serial repetitive moronic posts by one or two posters. Then, buried in
there somewhere are the valid questions and helpful replies.
A while back, I tried to get info on newsreaders that would let me do some
kind of killfile system to just filter them out. But, I never was able to
find such a newsreader or, for the ones that I did find, I honestly couldn't
figure out how to set them up and use them.
Right now, I am using Outlook Express as a newsreader and I just now tried
setting message filter rules to filter out the one or two complete morons.
I'll have to see how that works.
P.S. to the OP, No Name:
What newsreader are you using? Have you tried or considered doing a filter
or killfile approach with it to block out the main village idiot(s)?
I am trying that now and will see what happens.
Wow! I think it worked!
I applied the filters and I no longer see Bozo Boy (you know who) and his
symbiotic alter ego that replies to almost every one of his posts. The
newsgroup screen now looks "normal" with all of the serial repetitive
moronic posts no longer taking up the whole screen. I should have figured
out how to do that a long time ago.
The phrase "Moving on" is what I have to question. What are you moving
on to? Let me guess, "Facebook".
I agree there is a lot of trash on this newsgroup, and I have set a lot
of filters. But if you think alt.home.repair is full of rubbish, just
wait till you get on Facebook. From my very brief encounter with FB,
(which lasted about 3 weeks before I deleted the account), I found 99%
of the stuff on FB to be complete rubbish.
As far as I'm concerned, the newsgroups are the only thing left on the
internet which have any value. About the only other thing I still do
online is send/receive private email. Otherwise the internet is just
useless crap, especially the WWW.
Wikipedia - endless education
Google News (or some other aggregator) - just to know what's going on.
Slashdot - sometimes interesting tech stuff
Fark - fun stories
YouTube is great for instruction.
Finally getting my flip turn (swimming) to look half way decent.
All kinds of shopping.
Usenet - discussion (or just plain disgust with the human condition)
Thank you for taking the time to review my posts and offer valuable
Thank you for showing the sensitivity not to embarrass me by naming me.
I know who you mean, and that's what counts.
Thank you for letting me know why I'm being terminated. Usually, when I
find that I'm no longer allowed to post to a group, I'm left to wonder
who terminated me and why.
I've used FTP years ago, when size restrictions on email were tight.
Nowadays, people use cloud services like Google Drive. OS X comes with 5
GB of cloud availability, but I've never looked into it because I
haven't had anything big to send.
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