Way OT: Really cool joke on mailing list

Tom Christiansen tomchr at ee.washington.edu
Fri Jul 18 21:53:26 EDT 2003


I'm sorry but this one is too funny not to forward!!


>How many forum posters does it take to change a light bulb?
>1 to change the light bulb and to post that the light bulb has been
>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
>53 to flame the spell checkers
>41 to correct spelling/grammar flames
>6 to argue over whether it's "lightbulb" or "light bulb" ... another
>6 to condemn those 6 as anal-retentive
>2 industry professionals to inform the group that the proper term is
>15 know-it-alls who claim *they* were in the industry, and that "light
>bulb" is perfectly correct
>156 to email the participant's ISPs complaining that they are in
>violation of their "acceptable use policy"
>109 to post that this forum is not about light bulbs and to please
>take this discussion to a lightbulb forum
>203 to demand that cross posting to hardware forum, off-topic forum,
>and lightbulb forum about changing light bulbs be stopped
>111 to defend the posting to this forum saying that we all use light
>bulbs and therefore the posts *are* relevant to this forum
>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 URL's where one can see examples of different light bulbs
>14 to post that the URL's were posted incorrectly and then post the
>corrected URL's
>3 to post about links they found from the URL's that are relevant to
>this group which makes light bulbs relevant to this group
>33 to link all posts to date, quote them in their entirety including
>all headers and signatures, and add "Me too"
>12 to post to the group that they will no longer post because they
>cannot handle the light bulb controversy
>19 to quote the "Me too's" to say "Me three"
>4 to suggest that posters request the light bulb FAQ
>44 to ask what is a "FAQ"
>4 to say "didn't we go through this already a short time ago?"
>143 to say "do a Google search on light bulbs before posting questions
>about light bulbs"
>1 forum lurker to respond to the original post 6 months from now and
>start it all over again

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