Well, in our virtual carnival, one of my favourites is Buddy Matlosz - some
of his one liners have caused havoc with my ribs and monitors.
Others have been mentioned time and again in this and the other thread.
However, for consistent, subtle and, sometimes, not so subtle, humour,
Keeter wins. He is the organ grinder here, he even has a performing monkey
(or is that a minkey?).
There are any number of individuals that have posted 'classics' over the
years, and a great pastime of mine is dumpster diving in Google to retrieve
some of the 'great moments' in the Wreck's history (the 'hairy post of Tom
Gauldin is a case in point). Google is the house of mirrors, where you can
see the distortion in your earlier posts with the perspective of latter day
I think the regulars are characterised as vendors, with a proprietorial
sense of humour, and often laconic barbs are shot at the frequent target
ducks that cross their sights. Every now and again, you get a *bad* duck
that won't lie down, but hey, that's just part of the sideshow folks.
We get 'lurkers' peeking into the tent all the time, occasionally shouting
out a post or two, then slinking away again. Trolls appear like rainclouds,
dampening things down for a while, making people bring out their umbrella
filters or just waiting for it to clear - which it always does.
The webtv crowd are the stilt walkers, moving awkwardly through our midst.
The main crowd pleaser to date is JOAT (aka Mr T.). The rest seem to stumble
a lot, making others uncomfortable.
Occasionally an elephant man will appear, shocking everyone with his
appearance but a morbid attraction is there nonetheless. Once in a while
there are the drunks (MITD et al) who get mean spirited and demand their
share of attention
But with any carnival or newsgroup, it's hard to say a single component
makes it 'great'. It's the overall atmosphere I like, you can participate -
or not - but it's always entertaining.