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"A lesson in Posting:

How many group posters does it take to change a light bulb?

1 to change the light bulb and to post that the light bulb has
been changed

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 bulbs

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 ""lamp""

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 group is not about light bulbs and to
please take this discussion to a lightbulb group

203 to demand that cross posting to hardware forum, off-topic
forum, and lightbulb group about changing light bulbs be

111 to defend the posting to this group saying that we all use
light bulbs and therefore the posts *are* relevant to this group

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

27 to post URL's where one can see examples of different light

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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Frank Grazioli (not verified)
And 1 to post

This is the best post all week! Thank you.

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Anthony Poole (not verified)
How many Englishmen does it take to change a lightbulb?

Q: How many Englishmen does it take to change a light bulb or change a tyre?

A: Four, plus one mother-in-law: one to actually do it; one to stand around looking helpful, but actually do nothing other than talk about the weather, while failing to hold the umbrella over the person who is changing the lightbulb, or flat tyre; one to complain about how the the spent light bulb or flat tyre was the fault of his mother in law and also Tony Blair in equal proportions; and one to make a nice pot of tea. Meanwhile, the mother in law is telling the other three Englishmen what an appalling son-in-law she has, as well as complaining that the one making the tea has failed to warm the pot properly.

Ok, where's my straight jacket and padded cell?

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