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civility and forums hereDougSloan
May 5, 2003 1:50 PM
I just noticed that people are much more civil here in the Non-cycling Forum than on the other Forums, but particularly the General. You would think that the issues here would be far more inflammatory than general cycling issues, wouldn't you?

Think it has something to do with age? I suspect that most of the trouble makers (as rare as they actually are) in the General are teenagers, who aren't nearly knowledgeable or "life-experienced" enough for these political discussions.

I think if we simply had a minimum age requirement for any of the forums no moderation would ever be necessary.

war grows tiresomemohair_chair
May 5, 2003 2:10 PM
The people who post here are a small subset of the people who post on the General forum. As a result, we have all sort of gotten to know each other. On many posts, reactions are fairly predictable, so it's hard to really cause a huge flare up anymore, and certainly not one that lasts very long. I think the big battles have already been fought, for the most part, and rarely was there ever a victor. The only thing left to do is be civil with each other!
won't work...the jackass club has no age limits (nm)ColnagoFE
May 5, 2003 2:46 PM
Jackass Club Member . . .great idea for my next set of checks nmcarnageasada
May 5, 2003 5:41 PM
Maybe the Jackass Visa, too nmDougSloan
May 5, 2003 7:19 PM
My Norse mythology is very beat up, butOldEdScott
May 6, 2003 5:24 AM
isn't there a myth of the afterlife where each day the greatest Berserker warriors hack each other to pieces on a great plain of battle, till darkness comes and all lie dead in pools of crimson blood ... Until sunrise the next day, when they all come back to life and hack each other to death again ... on and on, like Groundhog Day, into Infinity?

Either that or consider Wile E. Coyote and Roadrunner punching out their cards at the timeclock to end another explosive day. "See you tomorrow." "See ya."

One of those two great myths is what this board is like.
Good analogyPaulCL
May 6, 2003 5:35 AM
Particularly the Wile E. Coyote and Roadrunner. Looney toons also had one with the sheep dog and the fox. They clocked in at 7am, fought over the sheep all day (the fox getting stomped) then clocked out and went home.

That's this board...fight like hell, but disagree with civility, then have a good laugh together on another thread.

I will admit that I am finding the 'war' thread tiring - glad its' over.
I thought it was Wyle E. and the sheepdog....sn69
May 6, 2003 6:03 AM
Remember? They go on and on unzipping their coyote and sheepdog costumes until one of them eventually becomes a stick of dynamite? Then the show cuts to commercial and goes into Schoolhouse Rock ("I'm Just A Bill," "Mother Necessity," "Conjunction Junction," "The Shot Heard 'Round The World," "Adverbs," etc...), and then the pre-Scrappy Scooby comes on eventually followed by older H. R. Punfstuff re-runs and/or Sigmund The Sea Monster.

Not that any of it imprinted.... Yes, this board exists somewhere between Norse Mythology, Civic Socialization courtesy of Schoolhouse Rock, Warner Brothers cartoons and Sid and Marty Kroft drug-induced-children's television programming.

At least we're civil. Mostly. (You damned hillbilly redneck codger.)

Scott, the 30-sumthin' neophyte
Apparently my Norse mythology is better thanOldEdScott
May 6, 2003 6:19 AM
my Warner Brothers cartoonology!
General is more like Itchy and Scratchy :-) nmDougSloan
May 6, 2003 6:43 AM
It was Wile's cousin.PaulCL
May 6, 2003 6:51 AM
It was a smaller coyote or wolf...but does it really matter?? 'Cause the good guy always won in the end.

HR that brings back a flood of memories - not necessarilly good ones...but memories. On hindsight, I think your comment about "drug induced" programming was right on the mark.

Paul, the early 40's Kentuckian.
Sam Sheep and Ralph Wolf nmDougSloan
May 6, 2003 7:05 AM
Sheep Dog, that is nmDougSloan
May 6, 2003 7:07 AM
Those old WB cartoons were the funniestOldEdScott
May 6, 2003 7:18 AM
things ever put on TV. Even funnier than the Three Stooges,
Good morning, Sam. ;-) nmDougSloan
May 6, 2003 7:25 AM
Good morning, Sam. ;-) nmOldEdScott
May 6, 2003 7:54 AM
LOL! nm
Memory floodgatessn69
May 6, 2003 7:29 AM
Suddenly I'm also remembering the Bugaloos (who I never really "got"), Far Out Space Nuts, Big Blue Marble, Zoom, Viva Allegre and all of the other suggogate parent Saturday morning programming.

May 6, 2003 5:40 AM
I find it interesting that there are several posters who only seem to show up on this board- leading me to believe some people have multiple identities- OR -this IS a big outlet for their political views. (Live Steam comes to mind as an example)

You think it is age? Check out the's forums if you want to see decency and decorum fly out the window, and judging by much of the content, it does appear to be age related (unless some 40-something year old still lives with his parents and his bicycling is cutting into his chore time ;) )

Conversely, the gallery comments HERE at RBR (should be "peanut gallery) where people do not need to post under their forum handles, is full of juvenile/infantile bantering. It would be interesting to see what happened if people needed to properly "log in" to post comments. The anonymity issue is worse than age.