__/ [ Mathew P. ] on Thursday 04 May 2006 09:22 \__
> I hopped on over to comp windows advocacy, or whatever the heck it's
> called, just for giggles. Of course the usual suspects were there,
> Tim, Eric, Etc. I had some fun posting and reading, and there was
> actually some pretty interesting stuff.
> And then I hit it. The suck zone. The wall of inpenetrable trolls.
> The mass quantity of sock puppets, astroturfers, and info
> harvesters was enough to stun a herd of elephants. I swear as I sit
> and type on my keyboard that never in my online experience have I
> ever seen anything like it. The sheer horror of it has no doubt left
> me a permanent recurrinig guest spot fill on Oprah, much like Letterman
> and Brother Theodore.
> At first I thought "killfile". What a ludicrous notion. The
> proliferation of "get rich quick using paypal" sock puppets
> made it laughable.
> If you think it's bad here, you have no idea. Pop in some time. As god
> is my witness, that group is the twilight zone of usenet.
I saw it just once. It was a scary land full of kooks, posers ,and
nutters, among some humble readers who kept complaining about the rest of
the regulars (vulgarities, SPAM, just name it...).
Most posts are filled with inane foolishness and abject stupidity. The
same applies to all Windows XP groups, or so it seems (I am subscribed to
3 but rarely take a closer look). The only exception are regional ones
where the volume of posts is lower.
Windows groups as whole (especially on the more shallow level of the
UseNet tree) are attracting those who work as clowns by nighttime and
perhaps become IT support people/administrators at daytime. These,
however, is the decent minority. The majority are people who managed to
stick a cracked copy of Windows XP to the CD-ROM drive and now consider
themselves Windows gurus. They wish to pass on the 'knowledge'. Nothing to
see over there, trust me. Never try this again.
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