"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
>> 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>
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