|How long has everyone used this site?||peloton|
May 24, 2001 1:46 PM
|Just for a new subject to push some of the flaming down. How long has everyone used this site? Has anyone else been here since it was just a forum over at mtbr.com?|
|re: How long has everyone used this site?||Bob in Indiana|
May 24, 2001 1:49 PM
|Less than 2 months and already addicted!
Great info, some humor, and not tons of b.s. (though I haven't been here THAT long yet)
|About one year||pmf|
May 24, 2001 2:01 PM
|It seems to have gotten much worse in the last few months wrt the quality of posts and all the bickering. My posting is way down anymore.
I also read the velonews site. A couple of weeks ago a long-time poster's wife informed us all that he had died of skin cancer a few days earlier and asked her to make a final post. He was a nice guy who must have known he was critical for months. I shared several posts with him about Italy where he lived part of the year and I have visited a few times. It was sad and made me realize how silly mean spirited bickering that gets posted is.
May 24, 2001 2:07 PM
|Velonews has had a lot of good posts lately. Goatroper was an interesting poster when he has there.|
|about 6 months...nm||4bykn|
May 24, 2001 2:03 PM
|re: How long has everyone used this site?||Matrix|
May 24, 2001 3:10 PM
|since mtbr...used to be "JeffH", but lost handle in the move NM||Haiku d'état|
May 24, 2001 3:32 PM
|re: How long has everyone used this site?||bevcor|
May 24, 2001 5:26 PM
|About 8 or 9 months||mike mcmahon|
May 24, 2001 5:37 PM
|I posted under the name nedmonkey for about the first 3 or 4 months.|
|re: How long has everyone used this site?||Dinosaur|
May 24, 2001 6:15 PM
|Well, lets see, I think I started posting when I crashed Feb of last year. I was an old contributor of the Bicycling Magazine forum and I jumped over here as the other forum was discontinued for awhile. Then when it started back up most of the posts were from high school kids with nothing else better to do with their time, so I quit posting.
I also use the VeloNews forum, under "Zootracer" (I read that description of my Klein in a review). You seldom see flame wars on the VoloNews forum, I lurk more than I post. Generally the guys over there don't put up with nonsense.
And yes, the Goatroper was an interesting guy, chuck full of information. I did a memorial ride for him on Mother's Day wearing a yellow ribbon. It makes you stop and think how lucky we are, life is short, enjoy the moment.
|re: How long has everyone used this site?||peloton|
May 24, 2001 6:34 PM
|Dino- you are zootracer? I never made the connection. I lurk there a lot, but don't post much. I find it to be a little slow.|
|Me too||mike mcmahon|
May 24, 2001 6:41 PM
|I'm still under nedmonkey over on VeloNews. I also post occasionally on Cycling Forum using my God-given name. Different forums, different attitudes. This one tends to be the most "free-wheeling," which is its biggest strength and its biggest weakness IMHO. Even thoough this board has a tarnished reputation elsewhere, I find the people here to be the most interesting, probably in large part because we stray off-topic so often.|
May 24, 2001 6:48 PM
|I think that the advantage Velonews' forum has is the nature of the individuals there. There are a number of very knowledgable people there, and they generally stick to cycling as a topic. Not as many flames either except for the ususal I use brand x and you use brand y, so I suck less than you. We have some good people here too. I think the forum itself is much easier to use and faster. I think that if we could resist being baited, this forum would far and away be the best. Maybe we could all agree to ignore stupid posts inciting us to fight with morons looking for attention.|
May 24, 2001 9:51 PM
|does have its share of knowledgeable folks, but most of them don't take themselves too seriously. It also has its share of colorful characters, including Keir, who some speculate was posting here as the infamous Johan for a short time. This board seems to attract more newbies, and I enjoy reading about their wide-eyed enthusiasm. We are too easily baited, and I confess to being one of the main offenders at times; for example my name appeared about as often as any other in the recent bobbly thread. However, these brief flame wars seem to end pretty quickly and lead to longer periods of tranquility and civility. Fortunately, we appear to be moving back in that direction this evening.|
|The only thing that bothers me||peloton|
May 24, 2001 10:07 PM
|is that the flame wars tend to drive off a lot of people who contribute a lot of great info around here. I haven't noticed people like Dinosaur, Akirasho, Humma Ha, and perhaps most notable, Doug Sloan when all that occupies the board is useless flaming. I would rather read the input of some of these people than some anonymous moron babbling on about some topic with loaded words to provoke a fight. Maybe we could try to start a movement to not be so easily baited, and ignore the BS that pops up from time to time.|
|I hereby pledge to make my best effort||mike mcmahon|
May 24, 2001 10:17 PM
|to resist the urge to respond to trolls. I agree that reading posts by intelligent people (including all of those you listed) is time better served than adding fuel to a roaring fire by responding in kind to flamers. From now on, once I write anything that might be considered inflammatory, I'll leave the room for a glass of water or a beer before sending it off. I'll read it again after getting a drink and decide whether I want to send put it on the board. Kind of like giving yourself an opportunity to decide against mailing off that nasty letter while walking to the mailbox.
P.S. Do they still have mailboxes?
|I should pledge that too...||peloton|
May 24, 2001 10:28 PM
|I wasn't exactly inactive in the latest flame war. I had been doing so well to stay out of them too! Oh well. I going to do my best to not contribute to that kind of crap in the future.|
|Kind of like Jerry Springer||Erik W|
May 24, 2001 10:40 PM
|It seems like posters turn up periodicaly to make things more "interesting" on this board, like kicking an ant hill. I agree that it does keep the more curtious and informative posters away. Did you notice how many views yesterday's post in question has? I haven't seen one with that many lately. Flaming is like the Jerry Springer show, everyone thinks its too in your face and outrageous but they also all want to watch. I think this board would have more activity but people don't want the hassle of having someone jump down their throte when they post something.|
|re: How long has everyone used this site?||Erik W|
May 24, 2001 6:39 PM
|I've been frequenting this forum for about 7 months. I post occasionally and lurk quite often. I've learned a wealth of info from many of you. . . when you're not busy flaming each other :)|
|re: How long has everyone used this site?||david l|
May 24, 2001 7:22 PM
|About 2 months. I read more than I post. It's a great forum.|
|Sometime in 1999 or maybe late 1998||gusriley|
May 24, 2001 7:24 PM
|I think I tripped over this site while I was still in Korea in '98 or '99.
|re: How long has everyone used this site?||fuzzybunnies|
May 24, 2001 11:14 PM
|I hopped over from the mtbr site where I mostly hovered and responded using my real name. I occasionally check out velonews but it seems a bit more boring. I suspect you're not seeing as many posts from the regulars since there more riding time than in the winter and warmer weather to do so. TTFN|
|About a year and a half||(ACE)|
May 25, 2001 12:45 AM
|Lurk most every night before going to sleep. Occasional posts.|
|About 4 months||James|
May 25, 2001 1:01 AM
|I started by looking every so often, To every night. Thanks all!|
|re: How long has everyone used this site?||128|
May 25, 2001 2:30 PM
|About six months..read for awhile then jumped in.
had some identity crisis but settled on "Rt. 128," that crazy road known nationally as America's technology highway (NOT, a cycling way!:), and because Johnathan Richmond and the Modern Lovers use it in Roadrunner and I'm a Boston "my dirty little heaven" provincialite, though an expat to the NorthWoods (ME) for now...ugh. Great riding up here though.
Ridin all my life but recently making the secret, almost imperceptable, transformation from MTB to road...still enjoy both
I say use "flamer discrection", it brings out some great stuff, but don't drag it out, as for the ad-hominem or patently offensive stuff..whatevah.
|About 15 months.||12x23|
May 27, 2001 3:03 PM
|Read more than I post. Here, and at VN, I have learned quite a bit and have enjoyed the postings of all but the attention seekers.|| |