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Old 12-05-2007, 12:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Is EVERYONE on the internet fucking retarded?

Forum drama is very silly. I typically ignore it, but admit to sometimes enjoying from the sidelines, as it's harmless (to me) and it stays crunchy in milk. But I've recently been wondering- is there any such thing as an online community where people don't behave like pre-teens whenever there's a disagreement?

The recent hubbub at Wikipedia is just disheartening. I consider Wikipedia a noble and valuable institution- I know it's not perfect, but it's a better single resource for whatever you might wish to know than just about any other place in the world. Plus it's free, and the editors do it pro bono.

But to hear that it's run by clique-ish paranoids who spend most of their time fending off imaginary invasions from Wiki critique sites just makes me wonder if there's something about Internet communities in general that makes folks go all Lord-of-the-Flies. Whaddyathink?

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Controversy has erupted among the encyclopedia's core contributors, after a rogue editor revealed that the site's top administrators are using a secret insider mailing list to crackdown on perceived threats to their power.

Many suspected that such a list was in use, as the Wikipedia "ruling clique" grew increasingly concerned with banning editors for the most petty of reasons. But now that the list's existence is confirmed, the rank and file are on the verge of revolt.

Revealed after an uber-admin called "Durova" used it in an attempt to enforce the quixotic ban of a longtime contributor, this secret mailing list seems to undermine the site's famously egalitarian ethos. At the very least, the list allows the ruling clique to push its agenda without scrutiny from the community at large. But clearly, it has also been used to silence the voice of at least one person who was merely trying to improve the encyclopedia's content.
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Old 12-05-2007, 12:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It's not just people on the internet. Most people are stupid and childish. Get used to it.
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Old 12-05-2007, 12:58 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Oh boy... hahahahahahahaha now this is funney! Ahh Wildefire did you intentionally mean that title?? Hey Io are you watching? hehe
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Old 12-05-2007, 01:00 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Oh boy... hahahahahahahaha now this is funney! Ahh Wildefire did you intentionally mean that title??
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Old 12-05-2007, 01:01 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Old 12-05-2007, 01:02 PM   #6 (permalink)
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God here we go again * sigh *
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Try being sensitive, dude. Some people here are actually retarded, and we are offended when you use that word to describe stupid people.
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It's not just people on the internet. Most people are stupid and childish. Get used to it.
Yes, the internet just helps to make us realize how widespread it is. Before you generally only realized how stupid people were on a state and local level.
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Old 12-05-2007, 01:04 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Old 12-05-2007, 01:04 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Haha, I think I see what you were talking about now. And as a member/addict of several online communities, I'm totally willing to acknowledge my own affliction.
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Old 12-05-2007, 01:05 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Haha, I think I see what you were talking about now. And as a member/addict of several online communities, I'm totally willing to acknowledge my own affliction.

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Many suspected that such a list was in use, as the Wikipedia "ruling clique" grew increasingly concerned with banning editors for the most petty of reasons. But now that the list's existence is confirmed, the rank and file are on the verge of revolt.

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Old 12-05-2007, 01:06 PM   #14 (permalink)
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God here we go again * sigh *
It was your IMs thread made me ask the question.
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Old 12-05-2007, 01:08 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Try being sensitive, dude. Some people here are actually retarded, and we are offended when you use that word to describe stupid people.

Okay I just broke down
but that was damn funny
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It's not just people on the internet. Most people are stupid and childish. Get used to it.

Umm....

I have to agree with Stank here. (yes, the sky is falling)
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Forum drama is very silly. I typically ignore it, but admit to sometimes enjoying from the sidelines, as it's harmless (to me) and it stays crunchy in milk. But I've recently been wondering- is there any such thing as an online community where people don't behave like pre-teens whenever there's a disagreement?

The recent hubbub at Wikipedia is just disheartening. I consider Wikipedia a noble and valuable institution- I know it's not perfect, but it's a better single resource for whatever you might wish to know than just about any other place in the world. Plus it's free, and the editors do it pro bono.

But to hear that it's run by clique-ish paranoids who spend most of their time fending off imaginary invasions from Wiki critique sites just makes me wonder if there's something about Internet communities in general that makes folks go all Lord-of-the-Flies. Whaddyathink?

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Controversy has erupted among the SLU's core contributors, after a rogue editor revealed that the site's top administrators (Cristiano, Aimee and Joshua) are using a secret insider PM's to crackdown on perceived threats to their power.

Many suspected that such PM's were in use, as the SLU "ruling clique" grew increasingly concerned with banning posters for the most petty of reasons. But now that the PM's existence is confirmed, the rank and file are on the verge of revolt.

Revealed after an uber-admin called "Cristiano" used it in an attempt to enforce the quixotic ban of longtime contributors, these secret PMs seem to undermine the site's famously egalitarian ethos. At the very least, these PMs allow the ruling clique to push its agenda without scrutiny from the community at large. But clearly, it has also been used to silence the voice of at least two people (Ruby, Stankleberry) who was merely trying to improve SLU's content.
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Old 12-05-2007, 01:29 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Umm....

I have to agree with Stank here. (yes, the sky is falling)
..and I agred with Clancy in the "medal" thread. the sky IS falling.

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..and I agred with Clancy in the "medal" thread. the sky IS falling.

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When you address Wildefire Walcott it's the closest you'll ever get to talking to god. Be polite or I will kill you.
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When you address Wildefire Walcott it's the closest you'll ever get to talking to god. Be polite or I will kill you.

I've never talked to a god, which part of my post would offend a god?

You can try to kill me, but you would be the one that would end up dead.
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When you address Wildefire Walcott it's the closest you'll ever get to talking to god. Be polite or I will kill you.
I've never even addressed her directly. The light is too bright and I must avert my eyes and fall to my knees...
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