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The First Three Views...?


Quickbeam
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In response to Bingalau's request for more forum activity, I just thought that I'd try to solve this niggle that has been at the back (the very back you understand) of my mind for several years.

Whenever you start a new thread and post it, there is your new thread heading, and always, immediately, without fail, there have been 3 views!

So, just who are these three sad geeks?

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Chronos the 2nd

"there is a small but well connected clique that thinks that we should only discuss the meaning of life and other such thought provoking topics here."

No there isn't - we don't have, and have never had cliques, and 'well connected' is a meaningless phrase. We have never had cliques in the forum, but a few people - like you - think that a clique is involved whenever a few forum members think in the same way.

As for You should know by now humour is frowned on here. that's a silly remark to make. Humour, as you should know, is a very personal thing - what makes one person howl with laughter can leave another person wondering what's funny. When people accuse me of having had a sense of humour failure they usually mean that I didn't think their own idea of a hilarious joke was funny.

For that reason I have always discouraged threads which simply consist of a string of links to 'joke' sites, or threads in which people vie with one another to make 'jokes' about tinned fruit. I get dozens of emails of complaint whenever something like that happens.

We can be light-hearted here if the mood takes you, or we can discuss serious subjects, but for goodness sake let's try to rise a little above the kind of thing we all thought was funny when we were ten years old.

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rdave13

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Quickbeam , could be a crawler or spider.

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Quickbeam

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I wondered if there was an automatic alarm trigged when certain posters posted to warn PCA, but the FE seems to be keeping ominously quite on my conspiracy theory.

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Bing.alau

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I am probably one of them but although I may be sad, I am not a geek.

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Quickbeam

"...the FE seems to be keeping ominously quite on my conspiracy theory."

You're right, he is.

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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I'm jealous - I only got two viewers after posting a new thread

I'll have to keep looking in myself to up the ante.

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carver

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F.E please can you explain this,

"I get dozens of emails of complaint whenever something like that happens."

Are you really serious that you get e-mails about people joking about tinned tomatoes or some other not very serious topics.

I'm only asking so don't get upset

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carver

I'm not upset, and yes, I am really serious. I get emails all the time from people who don't like the way that some others behave, and I certainly get them from people who ask me to delete or lock threads which they feel are 'childish' or a waste of time.

I never delete anything simply because some people don't like it - that isn't what the forum is about - but I do sometimes email people, suggesting that they tone their posts down a little, or desist from antagonising others for the sake of it, if I think that's what they are doing.

There's quite a lot of email activity going on all the time, and so-called 'humour' threads are guaranteed to produce complaints. It's the way the world is - there's nothing any of us can do about our sense of humour. I sometimes repeat a particularly funny joke I've heard to my wife, and as often as not I'll get a blank look - she doesn't think it's funny at all. Lots of people collapse with laughter watching Mrs Brown's boys on TV, but I think it's juvenile drivel of the worst kind. We're all different.

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Flak999

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Lots of people collapse with laughter watching Mrs Brown's boys on TV, but I think it's juvenile drivel of the worst kind.

Good heavens! Something else we agree on!

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Bing.alau

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I've never watched Mrs Brown's Boys on TV. But I have caught a glimpse of what is probably a trailer. I thought it looked a bit like the "Old Mother Riley" pictures which I used to detest, so I don't watch for that reason.

The thread about the TT's seemed to go on for a long time so it must have attracted a few of the hard to make laugh brigade as well. The present Flogging a Dead Horse thread will probably go on for a while too. some people think it is a funny subject others don't. As the FE has said we all have different tastes in humour. The horse one can be humorous or otherwise. Some people think it is funny others obviously don't. But I don't think there is anything in the forum rules which says "keep the subjects serious" is there? If there is then I for one will go elsewhere.

It would be a sad and bad world if we couldn't have a laugh now and again, I don't mind people having a laugh at my expense and there are others on here who are the same. I laugh at my own failings. If I didn't I would never stop crying. I think we should try to get more humour in to the threads not less. I think the only people I try to take the Mickey out of are the same couple of people who certainly don't pull punches when taking the Mickey out of me. Both good honest lads who would hurt no one purposely.

By the way, I don't remember asking for more Forum activity as stated in the original post. But it wouldn't come amiss. Except our FE might not like an increase in his workload.

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