Good example of a bad example

  • This was posted on the oTHer forum almost 15 years ago, and the shoe fits (THere) pretty well:

    Post Posted: Thu Jan 13, 2005 12:17 pm Post subject: How many forum members 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
    1 to move it to the Lighting section
    2 to argue then move it to the Electricals section
    7 to point out spelling/grammar errors in posts about changing light bulbs
    5 to flame the spell checkers
    3 to correct spelling/grammar flames
    6 to argue over whether it's "lightbulb" or "light bulb" ... another 6 to condemn those 6 as stupid
    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
    19 to post that this forum is not about light bulbs and to please take this discussion to a lightbulb forum
    11 to defend the posting to this forum saying that we all use light bulbs and therefore the posts are relevant to this forum
    36 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 faulty
    7 to post URL's where one can see examples of different light bulbs
    4 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
    13 to link all posts to date, quote them in their entirety including all headers and signatures, and add "Me too"
    5 to post to the group that they will no longer post because they cannot handle the light bulb controversy
    4 to say "didn't we go through this already a short time ago?"
    13 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.

    And, of course:

    You forgot about the 12 who will post about how much better the light was from bulbs made in the 50's and extol the virtues of NOS (New Old Stock) bulbs.

    I wouldn't have been aware of the thread, but some lurker responded to it today.

    Glad Trumpetboards is refreshingly different 👍 👏

  • Thanks so much for shedding light on this conflicted thread, and in a way that makes light of the topic.

  • What about the people who post about the inconsistencies in certain light bulb makers, about so-called "cheater" light bulbs, or about LBSO's from Asia (light-bulb-shaped objects)?


  • I see the light.

  • @Shifty
    I love mankind, Its just people that get in the way.

  • @SSmith1226
    I see The Light is a neat song to play. I was asked be the soloist on this piece for a community orchestra and it was fun. This song is an example why I have my students to always know the lyrics of their piece (if it has lyrics) and what the lyrics mean. It makes emoting through a piece of plumbing a little easier.

  • @tmd said in Good example of a bad example:

    What about the people who post about the inconsistencies in certain light bulb makers, about so-called "cheater" light bulbs, or about LBSO's from Asia (light-bulb-shaped objects)?


    Mike. I can only speculate at Watt are you referring to.

    By the way... A real joule of a post, Mike!

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    @Shifty You forgot a few things:

    • the 33 guitar players who argue how Jimi Hendrix would have done it
    • the 17 blues singers who make sad songs about the fate of the old bulb
    • the conductor who holds the bulb and waits for the world to revolve around him
    • the trumpet player who holds the bulb while seven other trumpet players drink until the room is spinning
    • the viola player who holds the bulb fitting instead of the bulb

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