Of course. It's also possible to just not look at things. But when the
overwhelming majority of posts are pure trash, reasonable people just
stop reading. I'm tougher than most, I don't give up easily, and I
know how useless taking a group moderated can be. If people would just
stop responding to the shitheads (clearly an impossibility, as history
shows) the problem would disappear; unfortunately, it's more likely
that the group disappears.
Of the groups into which this is x-posted, I only read
comp.mobile.android. I really hope that this crap doesn't kill that
People have been trying and failing to kill Usenet for a long, long
time. I wouldn't worry about it. Anyhow, you can thank "Jack Black", the
OP, for x-posting this to misc.phone.mobile.iphone, comp.mobile.android,
and alt.home.repair. He's a well-known troll in the Apple news groups
who has a habit of x-posting to these news groups and changing his nym
on a regular basis.
E-mail sent to this address may be devoured by my ravenous SPAM filter.
I often ignore posts from Google. Use a real news client instead.
Few used it even when it was highly active. When I rode on the ski
lifts with strangers I asked them if they ever used any of the skiing or
other newsgroups. Granted, a small sample -- maybe 100 people, if that
-- but you'd think that ONE might have been an addict. Nope.
For swift help from strangers, many of whom are actually qualified to
offer it, nothing has even come close. The "forums" are maddeningly
inefficient and the users are frequently... of negative utility.
I'd tell you a UDP joke, but you might not get it.
And few had even heard about it even then.
When I rode on the ski
And I wouldn’t be surprised if almost none of them had even heard about it.
You clearly don’t use facebook. Even with the most basic question
like what shops are open on Xmas day or who is the best vet to
get a pet microchipped at most cheaply, you normally get an
answer very quickly, even if you ask at say 4am.
The "forums" are maddeningly
Yeah, facebook works a lot better with some questions.
Much worse with other questions like say how to get
an iphone to auto answer in speakerphone mode etc.
But that one is much better answered with google than
You don’t need to be an expert in that sort of thing,
just to have noticed it or to have experienced it.
And you get the experts there too. In the case of the
places open on a national holiday, one of the few
places in my town that chose to be open that day did
in fact publicise that fact in that group deliberately.
The same thing has happened with those the people
who show up in town and will microchip your pet in
your own home much more cheaply than the vets
will do it for, in a blitz town by town. That is in fact
by far the best way to get the word out when you
are doing something like that, now that so few
bother to pay for the town newspaper anymore.
Same with those whose pet goes missing, plenty
post a picture of it in that facebook group and
quite quickly have someone say where they have
seen the pet. And the reverse, post a picture of
a pet that has clearly got lost, to have others say
whose pet it might be and have the owner show
say that it is theirs and thank the original poster.
That's in a town of about 26K people.
That isnt the case with those facebook groups where people ask
who is currently getting no mains power, what time the fireworks
are scheduled to happen at, is a particularly TV channel currently
being broadcast, does anyone recognise this lost pet etc.
Ours still does have all the local news, like the house that was just
set alight deliberately, the ones that burn down accidentally, what
new businesses are starting up, which ones are closing, the latest
shit fight between the local politicians and the town councillors etc.
I know all of mine very well indeed and have known about half of
them for well over 40 years. And I did with most of them when I
lived in the much bigger city of 200K too. And I know that that
much bigger city has the same sort of facebook groups too
because quite a few of those who I have known for 40+ years
have moved there, including one of my neighbours.
And the kids I just recently helped to move to a much bigger
city again of 5M also have them too and we used them to get
some stuff for the place they are renting instead of buying it new.
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