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Thaughts from an (almost) Lurker.

Sometimes when reading c.l.p. I mentally stand off from what I have
been reading and get an odd feeling that 'WE ARE BEING TESTED'. That
someone else is purposefully posting a near repetitive post, or obvious
flame bait etc - not for the usual reasons, but to track the dynamics
af the replies. Rather like dropping a stone in the river and watching
pythonistas return c.l.p. to its normal, helpful, and polite norm.
Fascinating.
I only hope that if thats the case, then they should post their
findings here.

- Paddy.

Jul 31 '05 #1
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Paddy wrote:
Sometimes when reading c.l.p. I mentally stand off from what I have
been reading and get an odd feeling that 'WE ARE BEING TESTED'. That
someone else is purposefully posting a near repetitive post, or obvious
flame bait etc - not for the usual reasons, but to track the dynamics
af the replies. Rather like dropping a stone in the river and watching
pythonistas return c.l.p. to its normal, helpful, and polite norm.
Fascinating.
I only hope that if thats the case, then they should post their
findings here.


My experience with USENET suggests that there is always a steady stream
of newbies, trolls, and otherwise clueless people. In the absence of
real evidence (like traceable headers), I don't think there's a reason
to suspect that there's someone performing psychological experiments on
the denizens of c.l.py.

--
Robert Kern
rk***@ucsd.edu

"In the fields of hell where the grass grows high
Are the graves of dreams allowed to die."
-- Richard Harter

Jul 31 '05 #2
Robert Kern wrote:
My experience with USENET suggests that there is always a steady stream
of newbies, trolls, and otherwise clueless people. In the absence of
real evidence (like traceable headers), I don't think there's a reason
to suspect that there's someone performing psychological experiments on
the denizens of c.l.py.


Er... yes! Exactly!

These are not the trolls you're looking for, move along. :)
Jul 31 '05 #3
Paddy wrote:
Sometimes when reading c.l.p. I mentally stand off from what I have
been reading and get an odd feeling that 'WE ARE BEING TESTED'. That
someone else is purposefully posting a near repetitive post, or obvious
flame bait etc - not for the usual reasons, but to track the dynamics
af the replies. Rather like dropping a stone in the river and watching
pythonistas return c.l.p. to its normal, helpful, and polite norm.
Fascinating.
I only hope that if thats the case, then they should post their
findings here.


Hmm... was that a test, too? ;-)
Jul 31 '05 #4

L.OL :-)

Jul 31 '05 #5
Paddy wrote:
Sometimes when reading c.l.p. I mentally stand off from what I have
been reading and get an odd feeling that 'WE ARE BEING TESTED'. That
someone else is purposefully posting a near repetitive post, or obvious
flame bait etc - not for the usual reasons, but to track the dynamics
af the replies.


"Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by
stupidity."
--
Benji York
Aug 1 '05 #6
Benji York wrote:
Paddy wrote:
Sometimes when reading c.l.p. I mentally stand off from what I have
been reading and get an odd feeling that 'WE ARE BEING TESTED'. That
someone else is purposefully posting a near repetitive post, or obvious
flame bait etc - not for the usual reasons, but to track the dynamics
af the replies.


"Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by
stupidity."
--
Benji York


And its corollary, "sufficient ly advanced cluelessness
is indistinguishab le from malice."

--
Nigel Rowe
A pox upon the spammers that make me write my address like..
rho (snail) swiftdsl (stop) com (stop) au
Aug 1 '05 #7

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