"Living in a newsgroup" or "UW paper in perspective"

Gert Jan Gast gjgast at nioz.nl
Wed Apr 16 03:47:36 EDT 1997

Got this one forwarded from another list. Sheds a little "light" on our recent 
UW paper problem. Read and enjoy or just click the delete button right 
away. Cheers, GJ.

>> Q:  How many internet mail list subscribers does it take
>>     to change a light bulb?
>> A:  1,331:
>>         1 to change the light bulb and to post to the mail
>>           list that the light bulb 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 light bulbs.
>>        53 to flame the spell checkers
>>       156 to write to the list administrator complaining about
>>           the light bulb discussion 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 take this email exchange to alt.lite.bulb
>>       203 to demand that cross posting to alt.grammar,
>>           alt.spelling and alt.punctuation about changing
>>           light bulbs be stopped.
>>       111 to defend the posting to this list saying that we
>>           are 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 corrected URLs.
>>         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 all headers and footers, and then
>>           add "Me Too."
>>        12 to post to the list that they are unsubscribing
>>           because they cannot handle the light bulb
>>           controversey.
>>        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.physic.cold_fusion
>>           was meant for, leave it here.
>>       143 votes for alt.lite.bulb.
Gert Jan Gast <gjgast at NIOZ.NL>
Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
Department of Marine Ecology
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