Okay, Folks, It's Time to Grow Up!

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I've been following this forum for some time, occasionally joining in with my $.02 worth. I grew tired. I had to sort through way too much Polly reactionary drivel to find the truly informative items I sought.

Here is my modest proposal:

Quit responding to the pollies. That's it. It's that simple. Not only that -- the moment you recognize a post as either trolling or a polly, stop reading and move on. Plus, many of us regulars already know who the real offenders are, so we don't have to even start reading posts by LadyLogic, Flint, Y2KPro, and their ilk. Blessed relief, huh?

Sure, it would be nice if we could leave it all up to the sysops to try and keep this board the pure, informational forum we want it to be, simply a place to find out about and discuss the snowballing after-effects of y2k. But it should not be necessary for the sysops to screen for, and delete, the polly disrupters; we can handle them ourselves. Ignore them! They will go away if no one responds to their diatribes. Really, they will. We can discuss the y2k world to our hearts content, amongst ourselves, if we choose. We do not need to argue with the pollies, nor even read their crap.

I've been polly-free for a few days now. It works! Try it. You'll like it!


-- edfinn (enopone1@tampabay.rr.com), January 07, 2000


Better yet, Instead:

Don't give them anything they can use for fire power (ie.. bulbs out, wrong date. ect..)

Only post things that started got people excited about Y2K to begin with:

Entire State Grid going down, meltdown, ect...

Wasn't that what sparked individuals to prepare?

I didn't spend thousands because a lightbulb was out in Bucksnort Tennessee. cork

-- cork (corcorab@hotmail.com), January 07, 2000.

Mr. Cork sir, you will now be labeled a Polly yourself. How dare you attack the meme!

-- Look (at@the.facts), January 07, 2000.

No, Cork...you miss the point.

We can post any damn thing we want. It's OUR forum. They have theirs.

I say again, simply ignore them. If you want to post an article about a minor outage, go ahead, maybe it's relevant, maybe not. Who cares what Y2KPro might think about it?


-- edfinn (enopone1@tampabay.rr.com), January 07, 2000.

Cork, when in the heck did they get light bulbs in Bucksnort, anyway?

yes, folks, there IS a Bucksnort, TN.

-- mushroom (mushroom_bs_too_long@yahoo.com), January 07, 2000.

That is brilliant!

If reason and common sense are so offensive to you, how do you function in every day life?

You must work for the Democratic National Committee!

It must be nice to be able to shut off your reason and wallow in the self-deluded, mis-guided, fairy tale world you twits have created in here. You ingnorant jack-asses need to have a mirror held up to your faces about this Y2K thing. Five years from now you are going to look back and wonder why you've behaved so stupidly.

Get a life!

-- Willie James (Bogrites_Rulz45@yahoo.com), January 07, 2000.

You see?

Already, you take an offensive.

That is what someone will feed off.

You can't help yourself. Why? Because your the type of person that is waiting for something major to go wrong so you can stick your chest out and say you were right.

You didn't prepare to ensure the health, care and welfare of your families, you prepared for a cause, you pathetic Cult member! cork

-- cork (corcorab@hotmail.com), January 07, 2000.

Cork, if the light-bulb-out posts stop, and the polly posts stop, this forum would be empty. There are no Y2K power grid failures, meltdowns, etc. Face it, it's not the first quarter - the game is over. We're now just witnessing the post-game interviews and getting ready to hand out league fines for disorderly conduct during the game.

-- Jesus (Martinez@mexico.gov), January 07, 2000.

Yes, but you guys sure are entertaining. Although I agree with Cork that some little item about the stoplight going out in Monkey's Eyebrow, KY does not a news item make, and big news items would make better postings, some of us actually find these little dialogues and exchanges entertaining. Please, go on.

-- Walter Cronkite (thats@theway.itwas), January 07, 2000.

I, too, find it strangely entertaining. Frothing-at-the-mouth doomers vs. the world, which betrayed them by not ending.

-- Jesus (Martinez@mexico.gov), January 07, 2000.

And they are doing it with the world directed here to see it all. This is the one thing about Y2K that is still being talked about in the mainstream media, this board and the way people here cling to the hope that society will be brought down.

-- Cherri (sams@brigadoon.com), January 07, 2000.


"...bring society down..." Not quite. What I'm hoping for is a reversal in current trends in idolizing hedonism, instant gratification and greed as "virtues". That is nothing but hubris...

Hard work, honesty and the TRUTH are the core values that founded this country, and if we stray too far from them we will fall, and fall hard. One only needs to look at history to see this pattern, and it is becoming increasingly clear...

-- Deb M. (vmcclell@columbus.rr.com), January 07, 2000.

Ed, I regret to say that not a few of the "light-bulb" posts here appear to be plants from the pollies. And when someone like Cherri makes one of her trademark sweeping generalizations, as in ". . . people here cling to the hope that society will be brought down," I find myself responding thus:

I'm an old timer on this board, Cherri. Show me one of my posts where I "cling" to such a hope. Show me one from Taz, another oldtimer. Or Chris Griffen, Lilly, Chuck, Resolved, Gene, Rob Michaels, Donna--there's an incredibly long list of MANY "people here" who have never espoused, let alone cling, to such a notion and indeed look with horror upon it. Sure, you can come up with a list of maybe ten or a dozen people who think the way you describe. That is not "people here," it is a very small minority.

-- Old Git (anon@spamproblems.com), January 07, 2000.

Old Git, don't you see you're falling into Cherrie's trap? Of course, neither you, I nor more than a minute handful of others ever said such a thing.

Again I say, ignore them! Try it Git -- let them praddle on to their hearts content, so long as they do not distract you from the important issues.


-- edfinn (enopone1@tampabay.rr.com), January 07, 2000.

I agree completely Ed. If we stop responding, they will grow tired of posting here. I suspect that a few of them have been posting as part of the PR campaign, and that should begin to wind down shortly. I also think we are wasting our time to debate which computer problems, factory shutdowns, etc. are due to Y2K. The important thing is to track significant events so that we can determine if they are increasing in frequency.

-- Danny (dcox@ix.netcom.com), January 07, 2000.

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