__/ [ Mathew P. ] on Friday 05 May 2006 22:06 \__
> On 2006-05-04, Roy Schestowitz spake thusly:
>> __/ [ 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...).
> At first, it was OK. Must have been older messages. I wasn't paying
> attention to the dates. Then again, perhaps not .....
>> 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.
> I had no idea. I wonder why that is? I have never taken windows users to be
> idiots as a group, so I wonder why they act that way on usenet (as you
>> 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.
> LOL. I have noticed a profound deficit of sense-of-humor amoung all. Then
> again, inability to appreciate and create humor in usenet is pretty
> typical. For some reason, people take this stuff way to seriously.
>> 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'.
> Unfortunately that phenominon is not limited to Windows.
>> Nothing to see over there, trust me. Never try this again.
> Well, I know that now. But it was worth a good humor piece here. :-)
>> Best wishes,
> Right back at ya' ;-)
As a short addendum: several months ago, a fairly sophisticated Windows user
came to participate in C.O.L.A. Unfortunately, I can't recall his name at
the moment (he used full identity).
At some stage he compained about immaturities, exchanges of insults and lack
of broad(er) knowledge in this group. I then referred him (literally urged
him) to take a glimpse at the Windows advocacy newsgroup. He did. And he was
persuaded. UseNet is known to be infested by some people who cannot cope
with the social aspects of life in the 'real world'. Same with on-line
computer games. These remain a small-yet-*loud* minority.
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