ignoring ignorance and impersonators, and y2k

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There has obviously been an increase in awareness lately and certainly a pick up in ignorance and impersonation.

Some say imitation is the best form of flattery. Maybe it's also the last, best hope of a jealous mind unable of forming a positive, coherent and constructive thought. Or, maybe it's a defensive reaction when hope and reality collide. Who knows?

Anyway, it's been suggested we ignore the impersonators and the ignorant and obscene since the answers provide no benefit perpetrator other than getting our collective hairs up. Seems like this strategy is prudent and wise.

Let's see if we can exercise our community restraint in the face of increasing y2k forum disruptions. Eventually, we'll all "get it", in one way or another.

I do keep thinking "too bad we don't have an ignore feature or a kill file..."

Mike ===========================================================

-- Michael Taylor (mtdesign3@aol.com), December 07, 1998


The frustrating part is having to open the idiot post to see that it wasn't really from whoever, though the latest were pretty clearly NOT before opening. Gotta tear down some more bridges.


-- Chuck a night driver (rienzoo@en.com), December 07, 1998.

I sugest and vote for Michael Taylor as this Asylum's moderator. What do you think Ed? Want the job Mike? ;)

-- Chris (catsy@pond.com), December 07, 1998.

You're right Chuck.

Chris, I dunno... that would be like putting a lunatic in charge of the asylum! : )

With my past, I don't know if I could make it through the electorial process!

Mike ====================================================================

-- Michael Taylor (mtdesign3@aol.com), December 07, 1998.

You are right, Mike. I have often thought to just ignore one of those rediculous posts, but every now and then I get the urge to let off steam at one of them! They get such a thrill out of using vulgar language and racist remarks! By not responding, it seems as though they get away with it...however responding sometimes is what they are hoping for. From now on I am ignoring them! We all pretty much know each other to some degree on here and should be able to recognize a "change" in one's postings and be able to spot a "fake" or an impersonator. Blondie

-- Blondie Marie (Blondie @future.net), December 07, 1998.

It's quite easy to ignore the bozos anyway. It's pretty obvious when someone is posting in someone elses name usually.

For example, if a post from "Diane" rants on about killing others to steal their food, we can safely assume it is not Diane, but probably some Jerryiatric bonehead acting stupid.

Moderating is time consuming as well as occassionally restrictive. I mean, if you want to say "crap" and I prefer to say "shit", it would be foolish to delete my post because you didn't like my word. I personally think the silliest thing we do is use words like sh*t and f*ck. I mean, if we know what the word obviously is referring to, then it is no more or less offensive than just saying the word.

Anyway, down to my main point.

I'm horrified that someone may decide to restrict my right to say "goo goo goo jube". Even worse, I'd hate to have to start saying "go* go* go* j*be"

-- Craig (craig@ccinet.ab.ca), December 07, 1998.

I agree with you on swearing, Craig, but...

I do NOT think people like Jerry or whoever does those absurd imitations should be allowed. They're more than just a nuisance; they're a serious pest. You don't know HOW serious a pest they are until they've impersonated YOU and caused people to think that you might have broken down or something.

I would strongly support some form of moderation. Just on the more extreme things. Jerry's stupid blather about Reds or drug chicks is stupid, maybe annoying, but it's not offensive. Actually, I find it amusing (in the same sense that I find Homer Simpson amusing) that someone can be that stupid. But when he or Chittum or whoever does those stupid impersonations, when they start doing this, what could happen?


(but how do you know if this *is* really me? Maybe I'm just an intelligent impersonator?)

-- Leo (leo_champion@hotmail.com), December 07, 1998.

"but how do you know if this *is* really me? Maybe I'm just an intelligent impersonator?"

Easy. I can sense the hurt and anger in your post. Just like I'd feel ;)

Besides, you have that Aussie touch that nobody else has ;)

-- Chris (catsy@pond.com), December 07, 1998.

Oh the pain, the pain. I am nearly unable to carry on.

Is it me? Or is it memorex?


-- Uncle Deedah (oncebitten@twiceshy.com), December 07, 1998.

PS, don't worry too much about it, excess lamenting will only feed the empty one's ego.

-- Uncle Deedah (oncebitten@twiceshy.com), December 07, 1998.

CONFESSION TIME>>>>> i impersonated using the name of "teacher". Gayla caught me, dag she's good. I meant no harm. If people thought I meant to "impersonate" Gayla or any other teacher, I did not mean to give that impression. I corrected someone's spelling. (should of corrected my own instead) Bottom line, I did not do it to be cruel, or thoughtless, I was just 'playing'. Truth is...I've been in this forum a little while now and to be honest I do at times feel like my opinions dont count. So many here are "well known", seems kind of clickish at times. I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels this way. Most here have been very helpful to me. But I can only stress so much then i turn to humor. My out. I hope I didnt offfend any in any threads, but i have NEVER impersonated to hurt anyone. As a matter of fact I believe Gayla only caught me cuz she relates to teenagers of which i have 3 sons. I dont spend much time here lately and I do miss the views here. If I have offended any, My humblest apology.

-- consumer (private@aol.com), December 08, 1998.

Deedah, you're right. Anyway, I don't get "hurt" (I save that for breakups, when it becomes a matter of polite courtesy ;) ), just irritated. When I get irritated I have the natural urge to go out and take action.

Chris, what Aussie touch? (I'm curious..since I believe that America is the centre of the empire and Australia just a remote province, I obviously don't want to come across as some kind of accented yokel).

consumer, I was attacking that #$@@#ing #$@# who used impersonation to insult me. I don't have anything against people who do it for a joke, and I don't think many others mind either (excluding Paul Milne of course!)


-- Leo (leo_champion@hotmail.com), December 08, 1998.

Leo, you don't really want me to give away what your Aussie touch is do you? Then the likes of Chittums will use that! ;)

-- Chris (catsy@pond.com), December 08, 1998.

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