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thomas james
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PostSubject: Re: Ranks?   Wed Dec 12, 2007 3:26 pm

I don't like ranks for several reasons.

First; It intimidates new members and makes them feel less valuable. It could also deter new membership.

It looks like an "old boy" club.

It denotes a false sense of "authority/knowledge/wisdom" IOW, he's a Yoda, he must be right, I need to do it his way, smoke his tobacco, buy his pipes, subscribe to his philosophy/morals/politics.

Even keeping track of number of posts does these things.

Eliminate number of posts and do not do ranks.

Greg did a very classy thing by assigning himself the number zero. To me THAT represents the character of this group. No pretenses,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,no measures connoting experience and the multitude of falacies it implies.

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PostSubject: Re: Ranks?   Wed Dec 12, 2007 3:30 pm

No ranks sound good to me.
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PostSubject: Re: Ranks?   Wed Dec 12, 2007 4:41 pm

j,

I'm afraid I don't know the answer to whether or not ranks are a good idea, but I'm sure someone will answer your post shortly.
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PostSubject: Ranks, Schmanks...   Wed Dec 12, 2007 5:08 pm

glpease wrote:
...So, what purpose do the "ranks" serve, really?...
I think that in a forum like this (as distinct from a support forum like Apple's Discussion Groups), the principal purpose "ranks" serve is to boost the egos of those who are ranked. BAM! As soon as I see that red flag go up, I immediately distrust it as having much potential for any constructive purpose. Authority and status are bullcrap unless they are conferred by reputation gained through a history of repeated interactions, and in that case ranks are unnecessary except to those who pay attention to such things.

I don't. Not here. I barely pay attention to it when I'm buying pipes and tobacco, I'm sure as hell not going to pay any attention to it in the way I assess the character or worth of another humanoid. We already know the folly of "ratings" on tobaccos; why extend that nonsense to people? Take me for what I am; I'll do the same for you. It doesn't need to be any more complicated than that.

I do pay attention to the good things people say about each other. I don't pay a whole lot of attention to the negative things Person A says about Person B. In general, I've noticed that people who bother to focus on the good things in others don't spend much time dwelling on their shortcomings. And as if to balance itself out, "Bob" (the universe) seems to have arranged things in such a way that the people who are always focusing on what they don't like in others tend to not dwell on their positive attributes very much.

I suspect that's not an accident. jocolor

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PostSubject: Re: Ranks?   Wed Dec 12, 2007 5:11 pm

You bet, Vito. Well said.
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PostSubject: Re: Ranks?   Wed Dec 12, 2007 5:13 pm

thomas james wrote:
...It denotes a false sense of "authority/knowledge/wisdom" IOW, he's a Yoda, he must be right, I need to do it his way, smoke his tobacco, buy his pipes, subscribe to his philosophy/morals/politics...

tj

Now I'm crushed and disillusioned, whatever happened to tjism?

-Paul elephant
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PostSubject: Re: Ranks?   Wed Dec 12, 2007 5:14 pm

Yeah. Definitely.
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PostSubject: Re: Ranks?   Wed Dec 12, 2007 5:24 pm

Slow Puffs wrote:
...Now I'm crushed and disillusioned, whatever happened to tjism?

-Paul elephant
Huh? TeeJayism is undoubtedly alive and well. I never doubted it. You just hafta know when he means it and when he doesn't, is all. Maybe it helps to be a paisano... Cool

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PostSubject: Re: Ranks?   Wed Dec 12, 2007 5:26 pm

True.
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PostSubject: Re: Ranks?   Wed Dec 12, 2007 5:47 pm

LatakiaLover wrote:
j,

I'm afraid I don't know the answer to whether or not ranks are a good idea, but I'm sure someone will answer your post shortly.

AroL, you're an ass...

NOW, this board is fully and 100% up and running. Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Ranks?   Wed Dec 12, 2007 6:09 pm

I couldn't agree more. Great post, Zero!
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PostSubject: Re: Ranks?   Wed Dec 12, 2007 6:11 pm

TJism is not dead. It is in cacoon status and will emerge transformed into new beuatification.

elephant & jocolor ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,be patient little ones.

tj,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Yodasarious Transformatis Immaminiticus!

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PostSubject: Re: Ranks?   Wed Dec 12, 2007 6:15 pm

You bet, TJ. I agree completely.
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PostSubject: Re: Ranks?   Wed Dec 12, 2007 6:24 pm

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Actually, TJ's matchups are pretty funny. Laughing

Yeah, but he left ME off the list, and there's no emoticon for chopped liver...

There's no Dark Lord, either, so I guess I'll have to settle for farao

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PostSubject: Re: Ranks?   Wed Dec 12, 2007 6:30 pm

Right on. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Ranks?   Wed Dec 12, 2007 7:00 pm

farao Zero!

You shall have many urns of "E" for your journey to the sun.

dancing clown 's too!

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PostSubject: Re: Ranks?   Wed Dec 12, 2007 7:07 pm

thomas james wrote:
farao Zero!

You shall have many urns of "E" for your journey to the sun.

dancing clown 's too!

tj

Check out my new avatar! Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Ranks?   Wed Dec 12, 2007 7:08 pm

OK! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Ranks?   Wed Dec 12, 2007 7:09 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Ranks?   Wed Dec 12, 2007 7:09 pm

LatakiaLover wrote:
I couldn't agree more. Great post

That's it! Somebody call the pound, we've got a mongrel running amok cat lol!

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PostSubject: Re: Ranks?   Wed Dec 12, 2007 7:09 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Ranks?   Wed Dec 12, 2007 7:10 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Ranks?   Wed Dec 12, 2007 7:10 pm

...doing?
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PostSubject: Re: Ranks?   Wed Dec 12, 2007 7:12 pm

I should make Yoda by 7:00 pm. Cool
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PostSubject: Re: Ranks?   Wed Dec 12, 2007 7:12 pm

Looks to me like yor post counter's about to freeze up LL Razz Serves ya right!! Wink

Huggie, pull the trigger!! affraid

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