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    Do TechRepublic discussions bring the worst of IT out into the open?

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    by edammendola@customerselects.com ·

    Seriously, there are some pretty ridiculous, demeaning and non-technical threads commanding an awful lot of attention in the TechRepublic discussion community. Are these threads indicative of those who don’t have any real work to accomplish? Seems TechRepublic is going the way of ZDNET…

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    • #3137049

      Don’t think so

      by gadgetgirl ·

      In reply to Do TechRepublic discussions bring the worst of IT out into the open?

      I, for one, treat the miscy section as a bit of fun and a sound off. Whilst I keep an eye on other parts of the site, I do learn a lot from the “oddball” topics that seem to land here.

      Apart from the obvious flame-igniting ones, which are just posted to stir up the gang in the first place.

      As for real work – I’m usually only on the board intermittently, and part of my real work involves research, for which this site can be a real Godsend. Unusually, for over a week now, the users (and the entire IT dept) have been unable to get on with much “real work” due to hardware failure, software corruption and now back up recovery problems which compounded a seemingly simple BSOD problem on a server.

      I think you’ll find that most of the other, more technical/career/hardware/software discussions are more informative than the miscy section…..but surely this section was named miscellaneous so we could post virtually anything here? Or is there another definition somewhere of miscellaneous?

      Sorry, but I’ve taken umbrage to this – I assume you yourself take a few minutes out of each day for a bit of respite? A breather? A break? A wind-down? Hot drink? Food?

      Well, this particular section is my cup of coffee, break, lunch, mood lightener, call it what you will. And I enjoy it.

      Immensely.

      GG

      • #3136936

        Glad to hear that my question doesn’t apply to you.

        by edammendola@customerselects.com ·

        In reply to Don’t think so

        And I imagine that it probably doesn’t apply to most posters. I wasn’t referring to people taking a break here and there. Sorry if you feel insulted by something that you say doesn’t describe you.

      • #3120347

        I agree

        by master3bs ·

        In reply to Don’t think so

        I come to techrepublic when I am
        A) researching
        B) doing work that requires a lot of time but not much input (such as installing an OS)
        C) on break or not at work

        I also consider time spent here a good tool for work; especially time at the Q/A section.

        I learn a lot that helps me later reading people’s answers. I’ve learned a lot finding information to help other people with their questions. And eventually when I have questions of my own (all you Linux guru’s; check the Linux/Admin section for an unanswered quetion please) my accepted answers help me on the job as well.

        Techrepublic is a tool first and a fun community to help pass the time second. As long as our work gets done; I don’t see a problem.

    • #3137043

      I’d quite like your definition of “demeaning”

      by neilb@uk ·

      In reply to Do TechRepublic discussions bring the worst of IT out into the open?

      just to set the ground rules. Perhaps with an example.

      By the way, this is an international forum. So, what time is it in Oz? London? Am I posting when I should be working? Well, I’m in IT so pretty often I’m working when I should be doing [b]anything[/b] else and I don’t get any extra for it. So if I choose to make the odd flippant post between 9 and 5 UK time then it is surely a matter for my own conscience first and for my boss second and I know that he doesn’t mind because he judges on results.

      Neil

      p.s FYI, its 16:56 so I’m stealing five minutes of the company time but as I’m staying late to do some disk reorganisation, I forgive me. Even if you don’t.

      • #3136941

        Do you feel guilty or something?

        by edammendola@customerselects.com ·

        In reply to I’d quite like your definition of “demeaning”

        Who said I was referring to you?

        • #3136938

          Not in the slightest

          by neilb@uk ·

          In reply to Do you feel guilty or something?

          Just like to know where people are coming from and let them know where I stand.

          Simple, really.

          I post irregularly but often in TR Misc and have done for a year and I do like to know the motivation of new posters, especially when they come out shooting from the mouth.

        • #3120497

          just beginning to read through this thread

          by absolutely ·

          In reply to Do you feel guilty or something?

          And the aptly-named Special Ed has tried the same stupid trick in his second and third posts.

          “Who said I was referring to you?”

          “Sorry if you feel insulted by something that you say doesn’t describe you.”

          But SE, you accused US ALL of slacking: “Are these threads indicative of those who don’t have any real work to accomplish?”

          No, I don’t feel guilty and I doubt that any other person here has cause to feel guilty for their posts, except you, jardinier, MrMiami, Black Panther (aka jardinier) TheChas & ippirate, but for public exposure of their stupidity, not taking a few minutes to assemble a word bomb. I can put together eight of these in my legally-mandated morning break & seven more in the afternoon (I tend to be more tired then).

        • #3117682

          If you knew Neil…

          by jessie ·

          In reply to Do you feel guilty or something?

          you’d know he doesn’t give a flyin’ rat’s ass about anything any of the rest of us say or do, except when it entertains or enlightens him. I happen to like Neil and appreciate his intellect and humour. You could learn a lot from him, and many of the other posters here in the misc section.

          What’s up YOUR craw “Special” Ed that you have to insinuate something is wrong with anyone who takes the time to read and respond on the thread you started?

        • #3119310

          Transatlantic kisses…

          by neilb@uk ·

          In reply to If you knew Neil…

          But no tongues ‘cos you’re a married lady!

          😡

      • #3119063

        I never post at home

        by oz_media ·

        In reply to I’d quite like your definition of “demeaning”

        And I’m too busy in the daytime now to stay active online really.

        But today I took ten minutes just to drop in a shoot the breeze, I would have left if it wasn’t for a familiar bunch who I can chat about almost anythign with.

    • #3136954

      trouble defining miscellaneous?

      by itgirli ·

      In reply to Do TechRepublic discussions bring the worst of IT out into the open?

      Main Entry: mis?cel?la?neous
      Pronunciation: “mi-s&-‘lA-nE-&s, -ny&s
      Function: adjective
      Etymology: Latin miscellaneus, from miscellus mixed
      1 : consisting of diverse things or members : HETEROGENEOUS
      2 a : having various traits b : dealing with or interested in diverse subjects
      – mis?cel?la?neous?ly adverb
      – mis?cel?la?neous?ness noun

      This would be were we discuss things that are not technical. I only work 8 hours a day, are you saying I can’t post here the other 16? And who are you to judge anyone? Don’t like it? Then leave. I certainly could care less if you went away considering I have no idea who you are.

      • #3136943

        It was just an observation.

        by edammendola@customerselects.com ·

        In reply to trouble defining miscellaneous?

        I know what miscellaneous means. I must have hit a raw nerve that someone else has been grating at, on you.

        Also, you either typed or spelled “where” incorrectly.

        • #3136922

          no raw nerve

          by itgirli ·

          In reply to It was just an observation.

          I just don’t like pompous pr!cks.

        • #3135792

          Well, you know what they say…

          by puppybreath ·

          In reply to no raw nerve

          You are what you eat…..

        • #3135637

          Oh my….

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to Well, you know what they say…

          :O

        • #3135634

          JD… A LOT of comments come to mind

          by surflover ·

          In reply to Oh my….

          but I don’t think any would get passed the censors!!! BWAAAHAAAHAHAHAHAH!!!

          :^O

        • #3120495

          I believe you mean

          by absolutely ·

          In reply to JD… A LOT of comments come to mind

          [b]past[/b] the censors!

          I guess Miscellaneous DOES expose the worst of IT!

          No, I forgot, the worst of IT was the first 6 months of Windows 98: BSOD’s interrupted by only 30 minute intervals of operability. How any company could survive such a performance record I’ll never understand.

          Hint: rhymes with “illusion”!

        • #3120322

          Absolutely, I disagree

          by surflover ·

          In reply to JD… A LOT of comments come to mind

          Windoze 3.0 exceeded all expectations at underwhelming… far worse than 98 (of course, no one even considers windoze 2.0 a real product :^O)

        • #3117826

          Underwhelment of Windows 3.0

          by m_a_r_k ·

          In reply to JD… A LOT of comments come to mind

          Yeah but don’t you think that Windows 3.0 was an improvement over the junk that preceded it, MS-DOS. And wasn’t there a version of Windows called Windows 386? I think I still have the installation disk for Win 386. It’s on a floppy disk (a true floppy, the old 5 1/4 inch).

        • #3135896

          Now that your done correcting

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to It was just an observation.

          Did you give post her grade so she knows how she scored?

          And no, your not the first or the last clown to snivel about posts being non-tech in the non-tech section.

        • #3120496

          And you ended a clause with a preposition

          by absolutely ·

          In reply to It was just an observation.

          “I must have hit a raw nerve that someone else has been grating at”

          Nice dangling participle. You probably pi$$ on your foot, too.

        • #3120389

          And THAT is why

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to And you ended a clause with a preposition

          I never correct other peoples posts.

          I know someone else will then HAVE to make a point of showing where my mistakes are just as bad, if not worse, than the one I point out myself?

          Sure, if someone does a typo and it makes the post read a different way that is all great fun and done in great fun.

          Never is it done to pretend that I am better than anyone in here.

      • #3135795

        Hey,

        by puppybreath ·

        In reply to trouble defining miscellaneous?

        How can you work in IT and only work 8 hours a day? I haven’t worked an 8 hour day in so long I would think I was working a half day if it ever happened. Of course, I’m salaried, so the suits would think I was cheating the company if I only put in 40 hours.

      • #3130785

        You Go ITgirli!

        by phiiliip ·

        In reply to trouble defining miscellaneous?

        I pretty much agree with you.

    • #3136934

      Ok, what about you chum?

      by jmgarvin ·

      In reply to Do TechRepublic discussions bring the worst of IT out into the open?

      Let’s all jump to conclusions:

      A) Everyone at TR work 8-5 jobs in the central time zone in the US
      B) This Misc must be technical talk and cannot include anything that you, or anyone else, may find offensive!
      C) IT workers are all slacking when surfing TR, they couldn’t possibly be doing work on a TECHNICAL WEBSITE.

      See, the problem here is this:
      You are yet another poster who hasn’t bothered to fill out his/her profile. You come into a discussion with flame bait and expect people to be civil. Well, I’ve got news for you bucko, it ain’t gonna happen.

      Why don’t you go ahead and fill out your profile, tell us a little about yourself and THEN come flame us for “not working” or degenerating into ZDNet (whatever that means)

      • #3135904

        Sounds like you are the one jumping to conclusions.

        by edammendola@customerselects.com ·

        In reply to Ok, what about you chum?

        A) Everyone at TR work 8-5 jobs in the central time zone in the US
        (I never said “everyone” at TR. I was actually only referring to small number of posters. ‘The worst’.)

        B) This Misc must be technical talk and cannot
        include anything that you, or anyone else, may find offensive!
        (It’s not up to me what gets posted, I was merely making an observation regarding certain people in certain posts.)

        C) IT workers are all slacking when surfing TR, they couldn’t possibly be doing work on a TECHNICAL WEBSITE.(There you go again concluding that my comment was directed at every post that is made in every category of TR. The fact that I mention IT is directly related to the fact that this is TechRepublic. Would landscapers be posting on TR?)

        See, the problem here is this:
        You are yet another poster who hasn’t bothered to fill out his/her profile. (So? What does my technical background have to do with my ability to make a non-technical observation?)

        You come into a discussion with flame bait and expect people to be civil. Well, I’ve got news for you bucko, it ain’t gonna happen.
        (Sorry if you feel it was flame bait, it wasn’t my intention. I didn’t comment with any expectations in particular and if some individuals don’t care to be civil that is their problem. I’ll remain civil regardless.)

        Why don’t you go ahead and fill out your profile, tell us a little about yourself and THEN come flame us for “not working” or degenerating into ZDNet (whatever that means)
        (I already addressed this above.)

        • #3135887

          Generally specific?

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to Sounds like you are the one jumping to conclusions.

          You have made your statement “commanding an awful lot of attention in the TechRepublic discussion community”.

          This WOULD indicate the people that frequent those same discussions ARE the people YOU are flaming with your posts.

          If this is not the case, it is time to be specific as to what posts are taking up so much time, and teh specific people you are flaming indirectly.

          As for your profile, it gives people an idea what your qualifications are to answer ANYTHING on this tech board. Sure, people can lie on the profile, but that shows through pretty quick.

        • #3135581

          Huh?

          by jmgarvin ·

          In reply to Sounds like you are the one jumping to conclusions.

          Your OP was two sentences and a question. How is this specific?

          A) So who are the “worst” that you are talking about? Let’s air this out.

          B) Ok…so why the hubub?

          C) Possibly. Also non-technical people come here to learn and to see what IT folks “really” know. There are also plenty of managers and various small business folks in need of some help.

          D) Yes, fill out your profile.

          E) You posted two overly general sentences and an inflamitory question, with no specifics. What did you think was going to happen?

          My suggestion to you:
          Fill out your profile, revamp your tone, and come back with some specifics.

    • #3136908

      We’re smart people

      by dr dij ·

      In reply to Do TechRepublic discussions bring the worst of IT out into the open?

      and have alot of interests, are trying to a) understand, b) solve the worlds problems

    • #3135901

      A lot of time wasted

      by jdclyde ·

      In reply to Do TechRepublic discussions bring the worst of IT out into the open?

      by someone that is concerned about wasting time?

      Are you not getting enough attention in the “on-topic” discussions and feel left out?

      It is nice that you pose a question and then make a slam at each and everyone that responds of “Oh, was I talking about YOU?”

      Needed a little something to spice up your own life and wanted to get in on the “fun” of being rediculous? It worked, and you are.

      Why aren’t YOU working instead of trolling this discussion?

      • #3135899

        errr..ummm

        by maecuff ·

        In reply to A lot of time wasted

        JD? You spelled ridiculous wrong..

        • #3135893

          what do you expect

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to errr..ummm

          my break is almost over….. 😀

        • #3135892

          At least you’re on a break..

          by maecuff ·

          In reply to what do you expect

          I’m just wasting time…

        • #3120456

          Yeah , JD –

          by ldyosng ·

          In reply to errr..ummm

          In Eddy-boys’ case it should probably be something more like redickless.

        • #3120386

          oh no!

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to Yeah , JD –

          the puns start…. ;\

          Maybe his mother likes him though? Maybe not.

          I bet he is !loved and !cherished in his office…

          :^O

        • #3118945

          For?

          by ldyosng ·

          In reply to oh no!

          His charm?

        • #3118414

          A note

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to For?

          “!” = not

          to the people that didn’t catch that part, sorry. It’s a *nux thing. You just wouldn’t understand….. :p

        • #3117598

          Ah, thanks JD

          by ldyosng ·

          In reply to A note

          Thank you for the edification. Hehehehehehehe.
          Although, knowing that, I don’t know what to do about my favorite punctuation mark since I really do talk in exclamations. (Sometimes I’m just w-a-y too perky and cheerful. *shudder*)

        • #3117681

          I’m sure his mother likes him…

          by jessie ·

          In reply to oh no!

          She’s probably still breastfeeding him.

          Damn, now I’m gonna have LLL (that’s La Leche League for the uninformed) on my ass for denegrating the beautiful institution of breastfeeding.

        • #3119473

          Shocked!

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to I’m sure his mother likes him…

          That I didn’t think of that one first! DOH!~

          It is the open mouth kissing that really creaps me out though…… :O

        • #3131597

          Did someone say breastfeeding?

          by phiiliip ·

          In reply to I’m sure his mother likes him…

          I hope no one is breastfeeding on this thing.

      • #3135898

        I’m on vacation…

        by edammendola@customerselects.com ·

        In reply to A lot of time wasted

        and you are right I am wasting my time.

        • #3120455

          Year round track?

          by ldyosng ·

          In reply to I’m on vacation…

          Semester break, Eddy-boy? What’s your major, Sociopathy?

        • #3120269

          Ouch!

          by surflover ·

          In reply to Year round track?

          sociopathy :^O… I bet you can really get the claws out when you want to, eh Lydo? :^O

        • #3117699

          They go well with the teeth

          by ldyosng ·

          In reply to Ouch!

          Ignore the flesh beneath my nails . . .

    • #3135888

      ridiculous, demeaning and non-technical threads

      by m_a_r_k ·

      In reply to Do TechRepublic discussions bring the worst of IT out into the open?

      I agree that there are some pretty ridiculous, demeaning and non-technical threads. Coincidentally, I made a comment in that vein yesterday: http://techrepublic.com.com/5208-6230-0.html?forumID=8&threadID=184094&messageID=1878807

      If you notice, these threads that you referred to are all in the Miscellaneous forum. Maybe you are looking for miscellaneous discussions about technology? There is also a “General Technolgy” forum. Attend many social gatherings in real life and you’ll often find a side discussion that breaks off about some random subject. It’s the same here.

      People are wierd I guess. We’re social animals. We just like to interact with others and we have interests other than technology.

      As far as your wondering about whether or not people who frequent these discussions have real work to do, it IS an interesting question, but it really shouldn’t be your concern. How each person manages their time is their own decision.

      • #3135879

        I don’t have any work to do

        by surflover ·

        In reply to ridiculous, demeaning and non-technical threads

        I’m independently wealthy, bumming around Atlanta looking for unsuspecting single women who will fall prey to my charms, spending time surfing TR to remind me of why I’m not working at the moment, heading for the pub for lunch if I like, interacting with a lot of really interesting people here and in the real world (well, as real as it gets)… and really enjoying the time off (‘course that first part was a bit of a stretch… I’ll have to go back to work eventually :^O)

        • #3135867

          Atlanta

          by m_a_r_k ·

          In reply to I don’t have any work to do

          You’re in Atlanta? Hell, my corporate HQ is there. If I ever get asked to go back to the HQ, I’ll expect you to treat me to lunch at your favorite pub. You can even ask some of those unsuspecting single women to come and enjoy my company. 😀

        • #3135835

          You’re ON !!

          by surflover ·

          In reply to Atlanta

          I may be doing some consulting for HDS in the near future which may bring me to Dallas… I’ll expect the same 🙂

        • #3135802

          Sounds good to me

          by m_a_r_k ·

          In reply to You’re ON !!

          .

      • #3120492

        No rhyming mnemonics

        by absolutely ·

        In reply to ridiculous, demeaning and non-technical threads

        about the word weird, M_a_r_k, you just have to remember that it’s spelled “weirdly”.

        😀

    • #3135863

      I would like to award “Special Ed” a prize

      by neilb@uk ·

      In reply to Do TechRepublic discussions bring the worst of IT out into the open?

      Seagull of the week!

      Flies in, sh:ts everywhere and flies out again.

      Magic thread! He’s got us all going, you know. LMAO!! Funta! Watch and learn. Watch and learn…

      • #3135861

        man..

        by maecuff ·

        In reply to I would like to award “Special Ed” a prize

        And I know I should just leave these things alone. Rise above it. I just can’t though. It’s like reading tabloids or eating raw cookie dough. I know I shouldn’t, I just can’t help myself..

        • #3135842

          go with it

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to man..

          you know you want to, go with it!

        • #3135837

          so..

          by maecuff ·

          In reply to go with it

          now you’re the little devil on my shoulder?

          I avoid the cookie dough, because it makes no sense to work out for 1 1/2 hours a day only to let pillsbury ruin in in 10 minutes, I quit buying tabloids, because I decided not to waste another dime on trash…so..that leaves this forum as my guilty pleasure. That, and Petron.

        • #3135628

          Everything

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to so..

          in moderation.

          It is crazy to completely give up everything that you love in life!

          Don’t do it often, or a lot when you do it, and your just fine!

          Got to enjoy life!

          Pizza = happiness!

          Tabloids. You mean to tell me there isn’t something free on the internet that you can get your fix with? Or a friend you can take turns buying it with?

        • #3120393

          Sure..

          by maecuff ·

          In reply to Everything

          There’s the internet. But that doesn’t beat curling up with a trashy Hollywood tabloid.

          Trust me, I haven’t given up much…just cut way back. Except on Fridays. On Fridays I do whatever I want.

        • #3120385

          atta girl

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to Sure..

          Sat is my day to do what or who I want! (wishful thinking) 😉

        • #3118948

          Another great thing about being female..

          by maecuff ·

          In reply to Sure..

          I can do ‘who’ I want, whenever I want. Because you men are dogs..

        • #3118409

          Mae

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to Sure..

          I have been saying that for decades, and it is still true.

          That is why when my boys were about to be born, I prayed for three things.

          Healthy.
          Boys.
          Not look alike.

          The not look alike is because as soon as I found “I” was having twins, I tracked down friends of mine that are twins and asked them what they HATED about being a twin while growing up. The number one answer was “being treated like one person”.

          Healthy, an obvious one.

          Boys? Ain’t no way no daughter of mine would ever grow up to go out with a guy like me. I think of the things I have done to other peoples daughters. There is just no way.

          A bud of mine is having a hard time dealing with it, because he now has a daughter coming of age and she is hot and he KNOWS how much trouble this will be.

          I gave him a few hints (that have been done to me)

          1) no dates with anyone that doesn’t come home to meet dad. If they won’t meet dad, they were just after an easy score and weren’t planning on staying around past the panty check.

          2) ALWAYS be cleaning your shotgun when the boys come around.

        • #3118203

          JD

          by maecuff ·

          In reply to Sure..

          I’m with you, kinda. I’m glad I have boys. However, they are scary too. It seems boys are the ones who get scraped off the road more often than girls..get into fights..have that bravado that gets them in to trouble, etc.

          My girls do pretty good. The older one is married, I think she’s too young to be married, but they seem to be doing okay. The 20 year old is a late bloomer, she doesn’t really date, she stays out of trouble and is doing well in school.

          All in all, I think kids are just plain scary. So much danger is lurking, regardless of the age.

          I just attended a parent teacher conference for my little one (he’s 7) he’s in both 2nd and 3rd grade right now, they aren’t sure where he should go just yet and are trying out a few programs. His 3rd grade teacher showed me the results of his latest aptitude test in reading. He scored a grade level 8.6 on reading comprehension and grade level 10.2 on vocabulary. Now, if we could just get him to do his homework every night, everything would be peachy. 🙂

        • #3117680

          You’ve got one of those too Mae

          by jessie ·

          In reply to Sure..

          My now 14 year old was reading on a collegiate level in 5th grade… and still bringing home awful grades because he just couldn’t be bothered to do his homework. GRRRR!!!

        • #3117531

          Jessie..

          by maecuff ·

          In reply to Sure..

          It makes me NUTS. Not so much the little one, he’s seeming to turn it around a little. His older brother, who is 18, is brilliant. His mind works so quick it makes me dizzy. He has his GED. He hated school and wanted nothing to do with it. So, now he has made his life just that much more difficult. I don’t understand why someone so smart can be so freaking stupid..

        • #3135799

          exactly!

          by itgirli ·

          In reply to man..

          I know I shouldn’t, but it still happens.

        • #3135796

          not so bad..

          by maecuff ·

          In reply to exactly!

          If we always did everything we were supposed to do, we’d have no fun at all..

      • #3135826

        Funny how he starts a meaningless thread

        by surflover ·

        In reply to I would like to award “Special Ed” a prize

        by dissing the misc category and we all jumped in to defend it like it was our child… :^O

        (and he DID attack TR as a whole in the original post)

        • #3120491

          “like it was our child…”

          by absolutely ·

          In reply to Funny how he starts a meaningless thread

          I’m defending it much more vehemently: like it’s my freedom of speech, and my moral claim to it.

        • #3120380

          You must not have kids

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to “like it was our child…”

          Or you would know that sometimes there is too much freedom of speech, and you need to tell them to get off the phone and get their homework done!

          And then if it is on a cell phone, there isn’t much free about that speech either…..

      • #3135817

        notice he DOES have an appropriate name

        by surflover ·

        In reply to I would like to award “Special Ed” a prize

        :^O

    • #3135666

      Maybe, but that’s not what bothers me.

      by dc guy ·

      In reply to Do TechRepublic discussions bring the worst of IT out into the open?

      Special Ed’s post doesn’t bother me. Special Ed’s handle doesn’t bother me. (Actually I think it’s cute and clever.) The ridiculous and non-technical threads don’t bother me. The attention they receive doesn’t bother me. The idea of people who don’t have any real work to accomplish doesn’t bother me. (Every organization needs unused capacity in case something important happens.)

      OK, the demeaning threads bother me sometimes. But they usually turn out to be flame wars among a small number of people and those don’t bother me.

      What bothers ME is the fact that these threads get way too long. It’s impossible to keep up with them. Therefore if I post something I don’t know if I’m repeating something someone else already wrote. Come to think of it, if I’m not reading everyone else’s posts, what makes me think anyone is reading mine…?

      I’ve never seen a BBS where a single discussion routinely gets scores of posts, much less hundreds. What’s the point? Eventually it becomes impossible to say anything new so you’re just echoing somebody else, AND it becomes less and less likely that anybody is going to read it anyway!

      It’s like poetry: More people write it than read it.

      This BBS is becoming more of a vanity publishing site, like blogs, for people who just like to write and don’t care how many people read it.

      There’s something wrong here!

      • #3135651

        I’m sorry…

        by maecuff ·

        In reply to Maybe, but that’s not what bothers me.

        Did you say something?

      • #3120378

        Take heart

        by jdclyde ·

        In reply to Maybe, but that’s not what bothers me.

        I read your posts.

        [b]Tip to catch up on the long posts[/b] is to go into print mode and they are all laid out without having to keep hitting “next” between each.

        Besides, I can think of at least one discussion that you would consider “too long” that has meant a lot to me and has helped me and many others here.

    • #3135643

      This post is an example of tripping over your own dick.

      by sleepin’dawg ·

      In reply to Do TechRepublic discussions bring the worst of IT out into the open?

      Hmmm??? I wonder what you’re supposed to be doing instead of reading and posting to TR. I suggest you look to yourself before taking anyone else to task. As for me, I do what I want, when I want and ignore pompous asses unless they get in my face. Who set you up as the moral authority of TR??? Go sit in a corner and suck your thumb like the whigning little sanctimonious puke that you are. Don’t like it leave or better yet don’t bother to log on. Absolutely nobody here needs to justify themselves to the likes of you. For whatever it matters; I’ve just torn you a new one. Now eff off and leave us alone!!!!!

      [b]Dawg[/b] ]:)

      • #3135621

        oh,now Dawg….

        by gadgetgirl ·

        In reply to This post is an example of tripping over your own dick.

        just say what you mean, babz, get it off your chest!

        I think he just proved the opposite point to his post –

        THE TECHREPUBLIC DISCUSSIONS BRING THE BEST OF IT OUT INTO THE OPEN

        He’s doing a psych on us – it worked, we defended.

        See, Special Ed – we can (and often do) work as a team for the greater good of all

        Better luck next time!

        GG

        • #3120375

          Thats my GG

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to oh,now Dawg….

          and is exactly the part of TR that does keep us coming back. Kind of like a disfunctional family. Sure, we all have our quirks. So? Would be pretty boring otherwise.

          As for Special K, he has shown if he wishes to contine to bait people that his is to be dismissed.

        • #3117594

          Dismissed, hell

          by ldyosng ·

          In reply to Thats my GG

          Used for target practice is more like it. Where else can you verbally b!tch-slap some fool and not have to worry about getting shot? Not here in LA, that’s for damn sure!

    • #3120505

      “commanding an awful lot of attention”

      by absolutely ·

      In reply to Do TechRepublic discussions bring the worst of IT out into the open?

      There are a relatively few personalities (most of them constructs of Wintermute, though nobody knows which ones, maybe all but you!) responsible for a majority of posts. What commands YOUR attention is your problem, but the Tech threads seem to show a much wider variety of contributors.

      A few just spend a lot more time around the water cooler.

      • #3120501

        PS

        by absolutely ·

        In reply to “commanding an awful lot of attention”

        I would not have bothered with any more posts if I had seen how big a new one Dawg just tore you!

        Sorry, all, for the anticlimax.

      • #3120373

        Maybe some

        by jdclyde ·

        In reply to “commanding an awful lot of attention”

        that spend the water cooler time are the ones that are NOT facing the IT burnout that has been rampant in a few of the recent discussions?

        Notice, the vast majority of the people that popped in and admitted to burnout are not the watercooler gang (for the most part).

        Get an interest with people you have things in common with, but don’t center every aspect of your life around IT. It is only a job, after all, Not a way of life.

        Oh, who set the dawg on him? Came off his porch and tore into that boy, didn’t he? 😀

        • #3120369

          You’ve got that right..

          by maecuff ·

          In reply to Maybe some

          It IS a job. It’s part of my life, but it sure as hell isn’t the BEST part of my life. Although, I can’t imagine doing anything else. Unless it’s not working at all..traveling..going to a spa..reading books for hours a day. I’d make such a good rich person.

          One of the saddest things I’ve ever heard..I started a new job and was speaking with one of the managers, who was very pregnant at the time. She said, I’m one of those people who LIVE for work. I think about work 24 hours a day and don’t feel right unless I put in at least 60 hours each week.

          I’ve never felt more sorry for anyone.

        • #3120331

          sympathies

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to You’ve got that right..

          that is a person that has never found a reason to live, and so has made work the center of their lives.

          That is pathetic.

          She sounds like she could us a friend. Tell her to get a dog.

          Work to live, not live to work.

        • #3118946

          Can’t do that..

          by maecuff ·

          In reply to sympathies

          I left that company after 3 months.. When I interviewed, I told them that I had no interest in working 50 – 60 hour weeks and I wanted very limited travel. They assured me that would be the case. Then I started working there and traveled 5 out of 8 weeks and found that people routinely worked until 7pm each night. I went to my boss and said (paraphrasing) what’s up with this? He pretty much told me ‘tough, this is the way it is..’ Which is funny to me, because I have a skill. It’s not all that hard for me to find a job. I was even 4 months pregnant at the time and had NO problem finding a job within a week.

        • #3117738

          EEK!

          by attackcomputerwhiz ·

          In reply to You’ve got that right..

          And she had a baby?!? Who did she think was going to take care of it if she was a 27/7 workaholic?

        • #3117589

          Sorry for the child

          by ldyosng ·

          In reply to You’ve got that right..

          If she turns that obsessive behavior on the kid, there’s going to be a BIG therepy bill somewhere down the line. If she keeps the focus on the job, same outcome. Hard to see any winners in that scenario. Too bad. Her home life must have been miserable.

    • #3120457

      Special Ed = Funta?

      by ldyosng ·

      In reply to Do TechRepublic discussions bring the worst of IT out into the open?

      Sounds like the same old stuff from the same old dweeb.
      Anyone want to bet this is Funta under a new name trying to see if anyone will like him better this time?
      Special Ed? Yup this guy certainly had to ride the short bus to school!
      How can you tell that Special Eds’ chair is level? He’s drooling out of both sides of his mouth!!

      • #3120383

        The thought crossed my mind,

        by itgirli ·

        In reply to Special Ed = Funta?

        but even funta wasn’t this much of a pr!ck.

      • #3120370

        It would seem

        by jdclyde ·

        In reply to Special Ed = Funta?

        that after two years of [b]playing[/b] with his “member”, he decided to become a “member” and start making posts? Too bad the only kind of “member” he has become is the kind he was playing with all along!

        In the WHOLE four posts he has been involved in (that includes this one) he has only had one positive thing to add and that was in the “DOWNLOAD: The worst foods to eat over a keyboard” discussion.

        EVERY post besides that has been along the line of this thread.

        I don’t understand why he even bothers with posting anything, unless it is just his way of taking out the frustrations of his empty life on others? [b]It sure isn’t to ADD anything to the converstation and it definately isn’t to make friends, as he has done neither.

      • #3120364

        Could be but

        by m_a_r_k ·

        In reply to Special Ed = Funta?

        Funta has been a member since September. Ed has been a member since 2003. Ed has made 11 posts in two years. Funta has made 24 in less than 2 months. This doesn’t mean he didn’t register under a different name though. You can’t very well prove a negative.

    • #3120377

      It takes all sorts………….

      by choppit ·

      In reply to Do TechRepublic discussions bring the worst of IT out into the open?

      NT (Thanks Jaqui)

    • #3119066

      most definitely

      by oz_media ·

      In reply to Do TechRepublic discussions bring the worst of IT out into the open?

      This forum has definitely changd from IT to special ed, there’s no doubt.

      But just the other day I had an extremely perplexig issue with a notebook. I had email access to several of the best opinions in IT, from the USA, England and Australia, where else do you get such professional help just from an online acquaintance?

      I have seen some extremely cerebral and thought provoking discussions, there are hundreds/thousands of IT related discussions, but the ‘water cooler’ (thanks Max) is a great place to just shoot the breeze with some online friends. Without the nontechnical side of TR, it just wouldn’t be the same.

      We all call each other names and much worse, but those same people I argue and bicker with, over some of the most ridiculous topics that wouldn’t command my attention normally, are people I would go to great lenghts to help out if I could.

      They are also people who have gone to great lengths to help me, including several members who have mailed me disks full of tools and utilities I may need etc. at thier own expense without a second thought. Feel free to show me a link to a better site where I can get such support from my peers.

      Ive been around TR for about 5 or 6 years now, I’ve seen more changes than I could possibly list, but the CORE active group are enemies and best friends too, because at the end of the day, it all comes down to service and support. And support is something you will find a lot of here, unquestioned support from the greatest in the industry.

      I love TR, but moreso I love the people that make TR what is is.

      I welcome their comments and off topic rantng, without it this would be a sterile, boring and unavourable site to visit.

      Lets kep TR colourful and I’ll listen to just about anything someone wants to talk about.

      If you prefer a sterile and technical environment, TR also provides all of the tools you need to filter and train your delivered content to exclude what you deem unprofessional.

      • #3119062

        Okay..

        by maecuff ·

        In reply to most definitely

        Who are you and what did you do with Oz???

        • #3119004

          Ditto

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to Okay..

          The single best post I have seen from Mr. Oz_Media in a very long time. Almost needed to get a klenex for a minute, until I took the time to wonder if I was on the friend or foe list he was talking about….. 😀

          Very well spoken.

          Bravo OZ, Bravo!

      • #3118999

        You hit the nail on the head

        by surflover ·

        In reply to most definitely

        Good people (at the water cooler) who will help you in any way they can… I haven’t found the same on any of the other boards… I’ve only been in TR for a couple months… but have already met people that I value their opinions and would do what ever I could to help them… a very unique group…

      • #3118180

        Good speech, Oz

        by m_a_r_k ·

        In reply to most definitely

        I’ve used TR resources for several years. I wasn’t a registered member, though. I didn’t have much need to be. One sunny day I just happened to stumble into the Miscellaneous discussions and noticed a message that I felt needed a thoughtful and educated reply. Since only registered members can post messages, in a moment of temporary insanity, I did register in order to give that thoughtful and educated reply. The rest is history.

        I can’t speak for how TR was before I started coming out here, but everyone tells me it has improved immensely since July. Coincidentally, that is when I became a member.

        • #3117781

          oh yeah

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to Good speech, Oz

          that was about the time they stopped sending out free coffee mugs to all the members. I remember now!

          So what was that very first post MARK?

          The NHL post, wasn’t it? And they you quickly got your trial by fire! I remember that one. I poked at you, you poked back and a certain British/Canadian jumped down your throat and came out your a$$!

          You showed right then, you were family! 😀

        • #3117765

          haha

          by m_a_r_k ·

          In reply to oh yeah

          Yeah everyone thinks TR newbies were born yesterday, as if they’ve never given $hit or taken $hit in other online forums before. I hope that British/Canadian enjoyed eating my $hit when he came out my a$$! haha!

          And how in the world do you remember what my first post was? It must have been pretty memorable to have the new guy waltz in and single-handedly kick everyone’s a$$! Even more a$$-whupping than in an Ahnold Schwarzenheimer movie co-starring Tom Cruise. Some of you guys are still smarting from it! Does anybody want to start another discussion about hockey? Bring ’em on! :^O :^O

        • #3117753

          I cheated

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to haha

          I did a search. This is a TECH site, you know. Databases, information, you may have heard of it? :^O

          But I was pretty sure that was it, because remember it was MY “Steers and Qu33rs” quote that started it all!

          I almost felt bad, until I saw the way you handled yourself.

          Besides, my older hockey discussion was even better! Will add a link to it tomorrow for your viewing pleasure.

        • #3117743

          hockey, steers and … you know the rest

          by m_a_r_k ·

          In reply to I cheated

          No more steers and qu33rs here in Texas. We had a statewide election Tuesday. Passed a state constitutional amendment outlawing gay marriage. It only passed by a 3-to-1 margin. Those 25% who voted against the ban were probably the foreign imports from the northern states. 😉

          NOTE TO TROUBLEMAKERS: I am not stating any opinion whatsoever on gay marriage or gay lifestyles. I will NOT tell you how I voted. I will not even tell you if I did vote. And I will NOT offer my opinion on such. I am not stating any opinion whatsoever on foreign impoorts into Texas from northern states. I will NOT give you my opinion on that either.

        • #3117724

          Well if that’s the case

          by oz_media ·

          In reply to hockey, steers and … you know the rest

          STFU then. Or was it just a news flash to show the rest of us how bassackward 66% of Texans are? 😀

        • #3117652

          Backwards?

          by m_a_r_k ·

          In reply to hockey, steers and … you know the rest

          Texas is backwards because we believe that marriage should be ONLY between a man and a woman? uh…ok By the way, you’re math was wrong. A 3-to-1 margin is 75% in favor, not 66%. We’re even more backward than you thought! 😀

        • #3117650

          Yes

          by oz_media ·

          In reply to hockey, steers and … you know the rest

          Because outside of a religious term, marriage is simply a union. Now since religion, especially a specific religious belief, should not have a place in a government in 2005. If we are truly multicultural and accepting of all race and religion, we cannot govern our country’s based on speciic religious beliefs.

          Given the above, marriage simply designates a union, in this case a union of two individuas in a community who vow to share thier lives, work together for the betterment of the community and if all goes as planned, live happily ever after, why is THAT something only a man and a woman can/should share?

          __________________________________________

          As for the percentage of votes, I read it to mean 1 in 3 voters were for it, my error for not backtracking and double checking your comments.

        • #3117588

          P-U-L-E-E-Z-E

          by ldyosng ·

          In reply to hockey, steers and … you know the rest

          Don’t fling me in that briar patch.
          Good thing you don’t go in for hidden messages, eh, M?
          Funny stuff!

        • #3117488

          Ldysong

          by m_a_r_k ·

          In reply to hockey, steers and … you know the rest

          Huh? Were you replying to me. I have no idea who you replied to or what you said.

        • #3119205

          Sorry M_a_r_k

          by ldyosng ·

          In reply to hockey, steers and … you know the rest

          Yes, the reply was meant for you. It was a comment on the way you phrased your NOTE. The denial was worded to give your opinion mighty clearly without actually saying it. I thought it was a finely crafted bit of work. Sorry my clever gear slipped a cog so that you didn’t know that’s what I was about.
          The problem with sleeping alone Mon-Thu is that I don’t sleep – I stay up all night and post to TR. Too bad I’m not as witty at 4am as I think I am.

        • #3117726

          Damn

          by oz_media ·

          In reply to I cheated

          I don’t remember it at all. I certainly don’t remember eating anyoen’s $hit, that’s not my style. I may have left someone FEELING they were one up on me but anyone knows I don’t just give up or let someone have the last word…except; if someone is new and they are just rambling on and not following the comon debate format we have formed on TR, I will often just shrug it off and find someone else to natter with.

          But as far as hockey goes, who really gives a crap anyway, not just hockey but baseball, basketball (pumpkin slapping), football etc. All pro sports are okay for mindless entertainment but are hardly worthy of much more than that, IMO.

        • #3117714

          conceded

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to Damn

          Didn’t mean to imply he made you eat sh!t or anything like that. You just conceded that you misunderstood his post that you went off on, big time.

          I had questioned the manlyhood of him and texans in general and he beat his chest saying people always trying to take the big guys down and you took that as the “American chest beating” of how the rest of the world is envious of us. Not his intention.

          But it was only after you had jumped up one side and down another. You must have been in a mood that day, or had just heard too much of that recently because you did go off. 😀

          http://techrepublic.com.com/5208-6230-0.html?forumID=8&threadID=177500&messageID=1808554

          Where it all began…. :^O

        • #3117676

          I wiped the cow $hit from my boots all over your a$$es!

          by m_a_r_k ·

          In reply to Damn

          haha! I remember that little discussion back in the dog days of summer. Reading it now, it’s obvious that I didn’t FEEL that I one-upped Oz, I KNOW I one-upped him. Thanks for the link, jd. Now the world can see that Oz is not the man he puffs himself up to be. 😀

          I had initially meandered in the TR discussion boards with a smile on my face and good tidings and cheer for all, just like ol’ Saint Nick. Then the Canadians jumped all over me when they found out I was from Texas. They apparently grew up with the correct notion that all things are bigger and better down here where men are men and the sheep… uh never mind. Their seething, pent-up, petty and unwarranted jealousy of said state became readily apparent to the TR world. After noting that the pipsqueaks were from Canada and the way they blindsided me, I naturally assumed the worst–that they were FRENCH Canadians, and therefore should be spared no quarter. Thus, after recovering from the initial sucker punch, I unleashed a furious cavalcade of venom on our northern neighbors and soon had the whole lot of those whiny guttersnipes scooping their poop out of their pants. It was a MAN against BOYS. Good vs. evil. Yankees vs. Red Sox. Dream Team vs. the world in basketball… er…strike that last one. You get the point. To do this day, our friend Oz quakes and quivers and runs and hides the moment I walk into the room. This is an easily verifiable fact. Has anyone ever seen him in the same room as me? Nope! Point proven! :D:D

        • #3117671

          Oh my god

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to Damn

          They sure pile the $h!t high in the lone star state! :^O

          I will admit though, I really never HAVE seen the two of you in the same room…….. ;\

        • #3117649

          Oh yeah!

          by oz_media ·

          In reply to Damn

          OH MY GOD! lol! Having a ‘damn Yankee’ day for sure I think. I’m not as active with the US now, sure I am there more often but I’m not dealing with the same knobs I was before. The people I deal with now are all out to please me, instead of trying to see how can out scam the other.

          Oh well, it’s fun sometimes.

          I haven’t got down to Mark’s boot crap post yet, but from the title all I can say is, I don’t have sh$t on MY boots. I live on ‘terra firma’, not ‘terra squishy bull crap’.

        • #3117648

          The same room?

          by oz_media ·

          In reply to Damn

          I’d be embarrassed to live in the same country, yet alone share a chat room.

          Hey MARK, I aint Canadian y’hear.

          And I’m definitely not French Canadian. Do you even know where Canada is? Do you even know which way north is? Did you know that there are countries all over the world?

          As for being jealous, I could move to Texas tomorrow IF I WANTED TO. It’s not like the US is an untouchable, unreachable place, I spend enough time there, I just haven’t found a compellng reason to move there, I think teh US was much better in the 80’s than it is now, at least there were things we couldn’t get up here (up, that’s toward the roof). I’m only 20 minutes from the US border, one full days drive from California.

        • #3117499

          OK Oz

          by m_a_r_k ·

          In reply to Damn

          Whatever you say. Rant and rave all you want if that makes you happy.

        • #3117496

          Same room

          by m_a_r_k ·

          In reply to Damn

          Chat room?? Oh boy, that is funny! Uh…do you play around on the Internet 24 hrs a day? When you hear the word “room”, is an Internet chat room the first thing you think of? I am more of a traditionalist that lives in the physical world surrounded by physical objects. When I hear the word “room”, I think of an area, typically square, surrounded by walls and a ceiling. Have a good day.

        • #3117490

          Oz and marriage

          by m_a_r_k ·

          In reply to Damn

          Oz, if you want to marry another man, that is your business but you won’t have legal rights in Texas. You don’t live here so it is none of your business. End of discussion.

          Addendum: Damn, I posted this under the wrong thread. Sorry about that.

        • #3119398

          Not a rant or a rave

          by oz_media ·

          In reply to Damn

          If you consider that ranting and raving, no wonder you feel like you wipe people off your boots.

        • #3119396

          At least try and understand Mark

          by oz_media ·

          In reply to Damn

          This is a forum, some call it a chat room too I suppose. No bricks and mortar, when people discuss ROOMS on TR they are referring to discussions. As for actual INternet CHAT ROOMS, I have never visisted one, have no intention of visiting one and most definitely have better things to do that sit on in a chat room all day, TR is bad enough.

          In this case, I am referring to ROOM as being a forum on TR, if you can’t determine such a simple concept, there’s no wonder I don’t want to TRY to discuss issues with you, especially when you happily display a mindset reminiscent of the Flintstones.

        • #3119393

          MARK on Marriage

          by oz_media ·

          In reply to Damn

          I have no intention of marrying another man, but I would not be ignorant enought to say that two men, or two women, should not form a legal union and be recognized as a union by the community.

          You on the other hand seem to feel it is YOUR business to disallow people of the same sex to form such a union, for some bizarre reason you feel that it IS your business, if two same sex people wish to share thier lives together.

          Please explain how this would effect you as a Texan.
          Obviously you can’t even begin to, as there IS no logical reason that this would effect your life and not simply make someone elses life difficult.

          Now, if it’s not my business because I don’t live in Texas (typical American copout)and there are no other Texans sharing this thread, then why did you take time to post our comments? You have a blog space, make you assertions there if you don’t want people’s opinions of your comments that you share in a public forum.

          You can’t walk into a bar and talk about gay marriage, then tell anyone who replies it’s none of thier business. Give your head a shake and grasp a bit of reality.

          This is why I give up on your posts, you simply don’t make any logical sense,if an comment is challenged, you either reply with some completely retarded and archaic reply, or you say it’s none of thier business?

          A clever one aren’t you! If its nobody’s business and you don’t wish to discuss it with reasonable comments, then why not just STFU and save yourself the problem to begin with?

          Some people’s kids! Get the net!

        • #3119299

          Thanks for your comments, Oz

          by m_a_r_k ·

          In reply to Damn

          Have a nice day.

    • #3118949

      Strange I’ve never seen anything on ZDNet

      by tony hopkinson ·

      In reply to Do TechRepublic discussions bring the worst of IT out into the open?

      worth the effort of continuing to read. If fact if you had put ZDNet in the subject of this post I would have not bothered opening it.
      Please be more considerate in future.

    • #3117677

      No, it brings the BEST

      by maxwell edison ·

      In reply to Do TechRepublic discussions bring the worst of IT out into the open?

      .
      Names are thrown around, insults are flung, but no harm is done; and in the end, we have an exchange of ideas. Exchanging ideas means to enhance and increase understanding. There’s more to life than IT, and that’s why we invented the TR water cooler. Choose to drink from it or not, but don’t judge others who make a different choice.

      • #3117646

        TR water cooler

        by oz_media ·

        In reply to No, it brings the BEST

        Max, I can’t believe you haven’t suggested starting the TR Cool Aid Cooler, for your democrat buddies to hang out in. 🙂

        • #3119517

          They already have it

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to TR water cooler

          From how wacky some of the posts get, it is obvious they got into something before posting as they sure didn’t do it without some kind of chemical imbalance!

      • #3119411

        A courteous exchange of ideas is one thing

        by m_a_r_k ·

        In reply to No, it brings the BEST

        but a lot of people try to be big-shot jerk0ffs here. They come close to that. They actually just come across as big-shot jerk0ff a$$holes. Do these idiots really believe they can get their point across more effectively when they give their opinion in such negative harsh tones? If most people are like me, they either tune the a$$hole out or get sidetracked into a totally off-the-topic flame war that solves nothing and where opinions turn into useless slander. In real life, you tune out jerks. It isn’t much different here.

        • #3119388

          Nope

          by oz_media ·

          In reply to A courteous exchange of ideas is one thing

          In real life you knock out jerks. Tuning them out just lets them be a jerk to someone else. On TR you tune people out, in life you deal with it.

          Speaking of “big-shot jerk0ffs”, http://techrepublic.com.com/5208-6230-0.html?forumID=8&threadID=184167&messageID=1881670
          [i]”No more steers and qu33rs here in Texas.”[/i] What kind of a mentality does it take to post that? Stone age? Bronze Age? Neanderthal?

          [i]”I wiped the cow $hit from my boots all over your a$$es! “[/i]
          Grade 5? Grade 6 tops?

          [i]Their seething, pent-up, petty and unwarranted jealousy of said state became readily apparent to the TR world.[/i]

          Fortunately, you can’t actually be taken seriously with such comments, there aren’t REALLY people that backward or that stupid in the world. Mind you it seems you post such comments with tongue in cheek just to keep the flames coming. Your coments are either so obviously dumb that they don’t warrant real discssion, or you are just being a knob in which case again they don’t warrant real discussion. Either way, your comments are merely flames and plants,something that only “big-shot jerk0ffs” do, but you’re not even good at it, you are either too transparent or just plain retarded.

        • #3119359

          Discrimination from OZ?

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to Nope

          How dare you insult the mentally handycapped people like that! 😉

          [i]
          (now I could really use that “angel” emoicon!)

          Ok, I will butt out……..

        • #3119303

          You’re a hoot, Oz

          by m_a_r_k ·

          In reply to Nope

          Oh gosh you’re such an idiot, you don’t even deserve much of a reply so I’ll keep this short and to the point. You’re name-calling and screaming and hollering says it all. You’re probably wondering if I am cowering from you’re childish attempt at bullying. Oh yeah, I’m cowering all right. Scared to death. Totally terrified. Please oh please, stop calling me names and saying mean things about me and my jokes, you big old meanie.

          By the way, I am flattered that I am so important in your life to cause you to get so emotional. But you’re stalking of me is getting kind of creepy. It really is. Especially because it has come to my attention that you want to marry a man. http://techrepublic.com.com/5208-6230-0.html?forumID=8&threadID=184167&messageID=1881869 Sorry, I am not the man for you. Never will be. I like females. Keep looking. But you might want to become more mentally balanced before you find the man of your dreams. Good luck.

          Have a good day.

        • #3118834

          That’s your attempt at comprehension?

          by oz_media ·

          In reply to You’re a hoot, Oz

          First of all you make a point of shooting off your mouth and calling people names just for th esake of being a dick, then you complain when someone calls you names just to be a dick, hypocrisy, look it up yourself.

          Secondly you obviously show a complete lack of comprehension in your derivative from the link you posted. Perhaps you can post the sentence where I said I wanted to marrry a man, what a miniature mind you have.

          [i]
          I have no intention of marrying another man, but I would not be ignorant enought to say that two men, or two women, should not form a legal union and be recognized as a union by the community.[/i]
          http://techrepublic.com.com/5208-6230-0.html?forumID=8&threadID=184167&messageID=1882271

          Stalking you? Don’t flatter yourself. You merely amuse me in the same way a monkey amuses people by throwing its feces around. It’s so unevolved it’s unbelievable.

        • #3118773

          Here’s your proof, Oz

          by m_a_r_k ·

          In reply to That’s your attempt at comprehension?

          You’re a feisty little guy, aren’t you? Here is what you said, Oz:
          [i]”marriage simply designates a union, in this case a union of two individuas in a community who vow to share thier lives, work together for the betterment of the community and if all goes as planned, live happily ever after, why is THAT something only a man and a woman can/should share?”[/i]

          Like I said, your gender preference for a life partner is your affair…er, your business. I really don’t care to know. So why tell me all about it? How can I make it clear to you that I am not the guy for you. I like females. So why are you so infatuated with me and why are you stalking me? Good luck in your pursuit of “sharing your life, working together for the betterment of the community and if all goes as planned, live happily ever after” with that man of your dreams. I really do hope you find happiness.

          By the way, don’t bother to respond to this post. I won’t even read it if you do. You’re irrelevant. As far I’m concerned this discussion is over. Have a good day!

        • #3119849

          NIce copout

          by oz_media ·

          In reply to Here’s your proof, Oz

          That’s old, you have your say and then say you’ve had enough of it so you won’t reply, implying that you are a better man for it, then why post your comment to begin with? Where is YOUR brain today? DO you REALLY think everyone else in the world is as dumb as you andsimply can’t see your blatant hypocrisy?

          It’s crap, it’s a copout and the famous, “from what opthers have told me”, is a crock too. From what others have told me, there isn’t ANYONE here worth listening to, but who are the others that told me this? Everyone has someone they don’t like here and they will always send emails to posters supporting thier claims against that person, grow up you haven’t discovered light, I get the same BS about you and others too. Many of these people don’t post themselves though and are merely trying to have an effect without having a voice, so THAT’s just a crock of crap too. The famous, ‘EVEYRONE ELSE SAYS’, is just a heap of shite, and yet you buy into that crap as if youve found friends and allies? Soeak for yourself and don’t try and use tha masses to support your arguments, they are allowed to post here to you know. LOL! 😀 ‘kin newbies!!

          So far your post is nothing whatsoever, yet you feel you HAD YOUR SAY? Get a grip!

          THEN you go and post the same link AGAIN, without showing me exactly WHERE you reached your absurd conclusion from, again just poking and prodding in a pi$$ weak attempt at appearing clever or witty (at least being a half-wit would be an improvement, but you can’t even reach that far)?

          Again, give you head a shake. If your brain doesn’t work, try getting someone else to help you. PLEASE, in your homophobic mind, show me EXACTLY what comment you feel says that I prefer men to women and show me how that isn’t just your conclusion because I can accept other people’s choice to live THIER lives how THEY feel best. What a MINIATURE little brain you must have, what an IGNORANT conclusion for someone to reach, what a MINDLESS conclusion that simply proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that you have absolutely NO comprehension skills to speak of. I have been married and do have a grown son (and soon to be daughter in-law, I think), that doesn’t really fit your little diatribe either though does it?

          And then you are dumb enough to flame someone and say you are above talking to people who just flame people, what a putz, have you ever read your own posts? Again you may need someone to help you, try your boss he’s probably wondering why you haven’t been working much lately while you fill your mailbox with online chat notifications (this again proves how dense you are, who would use a company email as thier contact address for TR?).

          No wonder you’re pent up in Texas thinking the rest of the world doesn’t get it, they DON’T get it, NOBODY would get such a backward mindset.

          Now go and barbeque yourself an armadillo and chuckle with your toothless buddies about the rest of the world.

      • #3119671

        And please stop confirming that the original poster is on the right track!

        by gadgetgirl ·

        In reply to No, it brings the BEST

        Ye gods!

        Mark/Oz! Go and sit on the naughty step. NOW!

        Well, you’re acting like kids with all this name calling, so you may as well be treated like kids.

        ONTO THE NAUGHTY STEP WITH YOU!

        (someone please remind me how to get this flippin’ font into bold please!)

        If you can’t play nice, don’t play at all.

        And stop giving the original poster the satisfaction of knowing he can stir you up, big time.

        Most apt, I think, that all of a sudden he’s changed from “Special Ed” to “Null”……..but I still don’t think he’s taken the hint….

        Now, boys. Have we calmed down now? No? Well stay on the naughty step and count to ten….. Better now? Good. Now, play nice….

        GG

        ]:)

        (Hope that sounds as tongue-in-cheek as intended!)

        • #3119655

          Dominatrix Mode On!

          by neilb@uk ·

          In reply to And please stop confirming that the original poster is on the right track!

          We obey, O Queen!

          Your loyal subject,

          Neil 😡

          p.s. What you want is [ b ] [b]Your Royal commands[/b] [ / b] but obviously without the spaces.

        • #3119652

          thank you, my loyal Knight!

          by gadgetgirl ·

          In reply to Dominatrix Mode On!

          – but did you have to tell everyone about the dominatrix bit? Hmm? Couldn’t just keep that to yourself, could you….

          OFF WITH HIS……..HEAD!!

          😀

          GG

        • #3119607

          And we see once again

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to Dominatrix Mode On!

          sucking up doesn’t pay!

          Still in trouble, now more than ever!

          Have fun till she gets a hold of the little guy and gives you the “Bobbit” treatment! :O

        • #3119590

          oh, jd, darling, come off it….

          by gadgetgirl ·

          In reply to And we see once again

          You know fine well that I wouldn’t actually bite ……….

          I’d ……..just………nibble…….a little!!

          (Gotcha! ]:) )

          GG

        • #3119609

          The original poster IS on the right track

          by m_a_r_k ·

          In reply to And please stop confirming that the original poster is on the right track!

          [i]”Mark/Oz! Go and sit on the naughty step. NOW!

          Well, you’re acting like kids with all this name calling, so you may as well be treated like kids”[/i]

          Either that or TR brings out the worst people, not just the worst IN people. That Oz_Medusa guy started with the name calling. I only called him one name. An idiot. Because he is an idiot. I didn’t read much of his posts. Not worth my time. What names did the little guy call me? He’s a strange cat. I only stated a fact about the results of an election in Texas. Didn’t state any opinion. Just a fact. The guy doesn’t know how I voted or IF I voted at all. Less than 1/3 of adults voted and it was a 2-to-1 margin. Yet the guy KNOWS that I did vote and how I voted. He blames me for the way 1.7 million Texans voted. Go figure. Wierd. Very, very wierd.

          But wait! It gets even more wierd. I found out last week that I’m very important in this guy’s sad life. Hell, he’s obsessed with me. I never even heard of that guy until a few days ago. It seems that I made a crazy remark about something really important like hockey [b]way back in July[/b]. It must have really pi$$ed him off because he’s been monitoring my posts ever since, just waiting for a chance to get back at me. Reminds me a spoiled 9-year old. Wierd. Very, very wierd.

    • #3119555

      CHILLLLLL!

      by em dubyah ·

      In reply to Do TechRepublic discussions bring the worst of IT out into the open?

      people have to start somewhere. in my opinion, doesn’t matter how much you know or think you know, somebody out there knows more. Conversely, doesn’t matter how little you know, someone else out there knows less….anyways….look at the opportunity to bring those who are not in the know up to speed. instead of crabbin’ about it!

    • #3132439

      You’re close but still a bit mixed up…

      by jeffhunta ·

      In reply to Do TechRepublic discussions bring the worst of IT out into the open?

      TR doesn’t bring the worst out of IT people, the worst IT people come out to TR. You’ll notice all the same lame posters in this thread and all the others. Everyone except me of course.

    • #3268514

      TR etards

      by jeffhunta ·

      In reply to Do TechRepublic discussions bring the worst of IT out into the open?

      Amazing that any of these fools accomplish anything.
      How many breaks in a day do you guys get? There are smokers in my building who break less than you people.
      Anyways, that’s my “seagull” dropping for the quarter. I actually have some work to do.

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