Read the Damn Post BEFORE You Hit Reply!

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[Rant warning]

We've got trouble, my friends...

That's right, trouble right here in the main forum.

The trouble I'm talking about is people reading a subject title and hitting that first, oh-so-tempting "Reply" button. They end up posting opinions that make no sense in context with the original post. Then they look like a fool with their pants on the ground... (Damn ear worm...)

Here's a perfect example:

http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...-daughter.html

The OP puts forth a sensible plan for people who are considering a move to operating a business full-time. A plan that could save a lot of stress and heartache.

The thread is filling up with posters urging George and his daughter to "go for it" and posters telling him he's foolish for giving up his job. Obviously, neither group actually read the original post, just the subject line.

It's the online equivalent of not listening to the other person before you answer them.

And it's downright
disrespectful!

Discussion is fine, having an opinion is your right...

BUT BEFORE YOU HIT REPLY, READ WHAT THE HELL YOU ARE REPLYING TO!

[End of rant. Back to regular schedule.]
#damn #hit #post #read #reply
  • Profile picture of the author JayXtreme
    I agree.

    It's nice of you to mention it, but I don't think this is the right place to promote a dating e-book

    Peace

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  • Profile picture of the author JayXtreme
    All joking aside

    It's because most people aren't reading/listening.. they are simply waiting for their turn to speak.

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    • Profile picture of the author R Hagel
      Originally Posted by JayXtreme View Post

      All joking aside

      It's because most people aren't reading/listening.. they are simply waiting for their turn to speak.

      Peace

      Jay
      And a lot of them are waiting for their turn to speak just to get a little sig file exposure. Rapid-fire posting, one liners, etc. No time to read.

      cheers,
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      • Profile picture of the author JayXtreme
        Originally Posted by R Hagel View Post

        And a lot of them are waiting for their turn to speak just to get a little sig file exposure. Rapid-fire posting, one liners, etc. No time to read.

        cheers,
        Becky
        great advice, makeh teh monisez with the site in my sig...

        blessingz

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  • Profile picture of the author R Hagel
    Right, I agree with both you and Jay. There's no way the flying cows in "Twister" were real. Had to be computer generated.

    cheers,
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  • Profile picture of the author TheRichJerksNet
    I agree John, thanks for posting the "rant" .. Way too many just blindly post after reading only the OP and even then only skimming it..

    James

    P.S. What was this thread about, I hope my reply makes sense and is related to what the OP said ...
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    Originally Posted by R Hagel View Post

    Right, I agree with both you and Jay. There's no way the flying cows in "Twister" were real. Had to be computer generated.

    cheers,
    Becky
    Come on, Becky, everyone knows a giant vat of pudding is not tax deductible unless you're actually in the insurance business.

    Sheesh, what were you thinking?


    PS - Who else thinks this thread is going to turn silly sooner or later?
    PSS - Sorry John, I could resist. I do agree with your post.
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    • Profile picture of the author Ken Strong
      I agree with whatever parts I agree with and disagree with the rest. And I'm sick and tired of whatever it is I'm sick and tired of.

      By the way: Aweber or GetResponse?
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    • Profile picture of the author R Hagel
      Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

      Come on, Becky, everyone knows a giant vat of pudding is not tax deductible unless you're actually in the insurance business.

      Sheesh, what were you thinking?
      Dennis, what does the VAT (value added tax) have to do with anything? I know Clickbank collects it. But you have to collect it yourself if you're using PayPal.

      cheers,
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  • Profile picture of the author jasondinner
    What am I replying to? I don't get it
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  • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
    I couldn't really be bothered to read this entire post.... who has that kind of time? But I just want to say that I think your use of the word DAMN in the title might offend some of our forum viewers.
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    • Profile picture of the author Lisa Gergets
      Originally Posted by Zeus66 View Post

      I couldn't really be bothered to read this entire post.... who has that kind of time? But I just want to say that I think your use of the word DAMN in the title might offend some of our forum viewers.
      John, the use of those symbols in your signature offends me.

      BTW, does anyone here do article marketing? Does it really work?
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      • Profile picture of the author jasondinner
        Originally Posted by Lisa Gergets View Post

        John, the use of those symbols in your signature offends me.

        BTW, does anyone here do article marketing? Does it really work?
        Zeus, I find your shades (sunglasses) offensive as well
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      • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
        Originally Posted by Lisa Gergets View Post

        John, the use of those symbols in your signature offends me.

        BTW, does anyone here do article marketing? Does it really work?
        er...you finding offense with John, who found offense with the other John, who is sort of offended by people that answer without reading, um, offends me.

        Time for some football, have fun peeps.
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        • Profile picture of the author Lisa Gergets
          Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

          er...you finding offense with John, who found offense with the other John, who is sort of offended by people that answer without reading, um, offends me.

          Time for some football, have fun peeps.

          {le sigh}


          Dennis, you obviously didn't read the whole thread.
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          • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
            Originally Posted by Lisa Gergets View Post


            {le sigh}


            Dennis, you obviously didn't read the whole thread.
            Um...Lisa, I was joking with you. [double-sigh]

            I haven't made a serious post in this whole thread. :rolleyes:
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  • Profile picture of the author Buildingfutures
    What? You mean I have to pay attention to what people are saying before trying to get my post count up so that people will think that I'm 'respectable' and able to pass off as a guru? Are you kidding me?

    All that work, and there's no reward, other than a good conversation that might happen 'cause I actually read the thread.

    Forget that!

    I'll stick to my 'great post guy' replies and you can just leave me and all my friends alone!!

    /sarcasm.

    I'm with you though, brother, its outrageous to see stuff like that, and even moreso when its a huge thread full of good info.

    I'd boot them all if I could. Oh well, one can certainly dream.

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    • Profile picture of the author Killer Joe
      I agree with Ken, Aweber is the better of the two.

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  • Profile picture of the author getsmartt
    I agree.....




    I mean how could you truly make a meaniful Post if you do not read the Replies First!

    You know if JoeBlow Replies "Good Job...Way to go!" and your Original Post is about how much EzineArticles sux because they banned you for knowling violating their TOS because some Guru told you too...You are gonna LOOK LIKE AN IDIOT.

    So always read the replies before posting just like John McCain (You know he was almost President, so he can't be wrong) above sez.



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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Originally Posted by Zeus66 View Post

      I couldn't really be bothered to read this entire post.... who has that kind of time? But I just want to say that I think your use of the word DAMN in the title might offend some of our forum viewers.
      Maybe they'll be offended enough to read the post, but probably not...

      @Dennis - I'd have been upset if the sillies didn't make an appearance...
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      • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
        Originally Posted by JohnMcCabe View Post


        @Dennis - I'd have been upset if the sillies didn't make an appearance...
        In that case, I'm glad I could make your day. You probably want to take me fishing now, and I'm all for it. We can discuss IM so that this post is legitimate.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mohammad Afaq
    That's right. People often post stuff that makes no sense
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  • Profile picture of the author paulie888
    What's especially hilarious is when there's a massive multi-page thread and you get all these weird, inane one-liners toward the end. I understand that you may not want to read pages and pages of posts, but at least try to SKIM through it, otherwise you'll end up looking like the village idiot...lol!
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    • Profile picture of the author Martin Luxton
      I never hit reply - I could damage my keyboard. It is sufficient to apply gentle pressure with my forefinger.

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  • Profile picture of the author John Rogers
    Why would someone want to read a post, or even write on one for that matter? Unless the post was painted white, it seems to me it would be difficult to read anyway.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
      Originally Posted by John Rogers View Post

      Why would someone want to read a post, or even write on one for that matter? Unless the post was painted white, it seems to me it would be difficult to read anyway.
      Careful John, the farmboy in you is coming out again.
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        • Profile picture of the author theemperor
          Guilty as charged!

          But if someone starts to go off on a more interesting tangent, it's hard not to follow it on

          @Martin Luxton - I think you mean your mouse not your keyboard?
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          • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
            John, if you feel so strongly, maybe you should start a thread about it...



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          • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
            Originally Posted by theemperor View Post


            @Martin Luxton - I think you mean your mouse not your keyboard?
            Actually, that would depend if he navigates with his mouse or his keyboard. The Tab key will take you anywhere! Not to mention that on laptops the mouse and the keyboard are usually one unit.

            Emperor, you've been overruled! :rolleyes:

            Sorry, I couldn't resist. This whole thread has me feeling silly.

            @ Frank - maybe this thread will help.
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            • Profile picture of the author theemperor
              Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

              Actually, that would depend if he navigates with his mouse or his keyboard. The Tab key will take you anywhere! Not to mention that on laptops the mouse and the keyboard are usually one unit.

              Emperor, you've been overruled! :rolleyes:

              Sorry, I couldn't resist. This whole thread has me feeling silly.

              @ Frank - maybe this thread will help.
              Yes I tried tabbing to the reply button but gave up after 931 keypresses and resorted back to the "tracker-pad" of my laptop, located next to my keyboard. :rolleyes::rolleyes:. The Tab button has had it's day, no one cares for him anymore, should we start a charity in his honour?
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              • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
                Originally Posted by theemperor View Post

                Yes I tried tabbing to the reply button but gave up after 931 keypresses and resorted back to the "tracker-pad" of my laptop, located next to my keyboard. :rolleyes::rolleyes:. The Tab button has had it's day, no one cares for him anymore, should we start a charity in his honour?
                It only took me 247 tab presses, I think you need a new computer. Just stick your credit card into that little slot on the side of your laptop and wait for the options screen to appear.
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                • Profile picture of the author Kay King
                  It's like talking to some people offline who ask a question but as you reply you realize they aren't listening but are only thinking up what they will say next....

                  Didn't have time to read the rest of the stuff here - will there be a WSO?
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          • Profile picture of the author Martin Luxton
            Originally Posted by theemperor View Post

            Guilty as charged!

            But if someone starts to go off on a more interesting tangent, it's hard not to follow it on

            @Martin Luxton - I think you mean your mouse not your keyboard?
            What's a mouse?

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  • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
    Originally Posted by JohnMcCabe View Post

    [Rant warning]

    We've got trouble, my friends...

    That's right, trouble right here in the main forum.

    The trouble I'm talking about is people reading a subject title and hitting that first, oh-so-tempting "Reply" button. They end up posting opinions that make no sense in context with the original post. Then they look like a fool with their pants on the ground... (Damn ear worm...)

    Here's a perfect example:

    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...-daughter.html

    The OP puts forth a sensible plan for people who are considering a move to operating a business full-time. A plan that could save a lot of stress and heartache.

    The thread is filling up with posters urging George and his daughter to "go for it" and posters telling him he's foolish for giving up his job. Obviously, neither group actually read the original post, just the subject line.

    It's the online equivalent of not listening to the other person before you answer them.

    And it's downright
    disrespectful!

    Discussion is fine, having an opinion is your right...

    BUT BEFORE YOU HIT REPLY, READ WHAT THE HELL YOU ARE REPLYING TO!

    [End of rant. Back to regular schedule.]
    John, I disagree.....not all g oorooos are bad.

    RoD

    p.s. J/K John.......
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  • Profile picture of the author claywalsh
    I disagree, I think article marketing is a damn good way to get traffic
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  • Profile picture of the author SuiteJ
    I love the sarcasm. Sum u guyz funny!

    When you see posts that are of zero value and coming from people who clearly didn't read the OP, it's typically the ones just trying to get their post count up or simply hoping to gain exposure to the link in their signature.

    It's even worse in the sales forum where other sellers purposely jump in with a one-liner, praying that one of the OP's customers click the sale thread in their signature.
    Basically, they try and hijack the OP's thread instead of actually going into the main forum and adding some valuable posts to build their own reputation.

    It's not their fault though, they're probably just following the advice of a forum marketing guru.
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    • Profile picture of the author ozduc
      All this talk of Disclaimers TOS and Privacy policies is too much legal jargon for me. We put all these posts together we could build a..... Oh hell I think I will refer this post to my attorney. He's in fencing
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  • Profile picture of the author jasondinner
    Does Bum Marketing even work any more?
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    • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
      Originally Posted by jasondinner View Post

      Does Bum Marketing even work any more?
      Hahahaha.......I'm still looking for a bum to handle my article marketing, it's been a challenge so far.....

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  • Profile picture of the author Tsnyder
    I completely agree with what the OP was
    saying about Word Press and Aweber although
    I concede that GetRepsonse does have its
    strong points.

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    This was one of the most amusing threads I've ever read. I don't know if that was the original intention but I enjoyed it anyway.
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  • Profile picture of the author theemperor
    Oh this is getting boring! will someone change the subject please!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author FriendlyRob
    I just saw the original post that you were referring to.

    It was too long, I wouldn't have read it either.
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  • Profile picture of the author TerrieS
    Originally Posted by JohnMcCabe View Post

    [Rant warning]

    BUT BEFORE YOU HIT REPLY, READ WHAT THE HELL YOU ARE REPLYING TO!

    [End of rant. Back to regular schedule.]
    I'm offended that you are yelling at everyone - you should grow up and act like an adult.

    How 'bout those Vikings?

    Hey Jason, what's for Dinner?
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Originally Posted by Frank Donovan View Post

      John, if you feel so strongly, maybe you should start a thread about it...



      Frank
      Maybe I should...

      Originally Posted by TerrieS View Post

      I'm offended that you are yelling at everyone - you should grow up and act like an adult.

      How 'bout those Vikings?

      Hey Jason, what's for Dinner?
      How 'bout dem Vikings, you betcha...

      Grew up rooting for Purple and Gold, and I still do.

      Winning tonight would present a double-edged sword - lose the SB and the Vikes take the record for futility at 0-5. Right now, their 0-4 isn't as bad as Buffalo's 0-4 in a row...

      Oh, yeah, sorry I yelled...
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    John McCain, greetings from Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. My son Glucose abodes you well.

    Dear sir, How much are you charging for 350 word article?

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  • Profile picture of the author Sylvia Meier
    LOL Great thread guys and gals, but I think it really needs to be addressed, and unfortunately those who need to read it and take it seriously never will, while those who do read it may take it as sarcasm as a result of all the silliness now in it.

    Great post, nice way to spend a few moments.

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    • Profile picture of the author Ken Strong
      I always unsubscribe when I get one of those kinds of emails. Marketing sucks, after all.
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    • Profile picture of the author Shoaib
      Originally Posted by Sylvia Rolfe View Post

      LOL Great thread guys and gals, but I think it really needs to be addressed, and unfortunately those who need to read it and take it seriously never will, while those who do read it may take it as sarcasm as a result of all the silliness now in it.

      Great post, nice way to spend a few moments.

      Sylvia
      Yup, on a serious note, I agree with every single thing John pointed out in his OP. It's sad and annoying at times when people reply to posts asking simple (and sometimes stupid) questions, when the answer is CLEARLY in the post that they are questioning -- they just don't read.

      I always see posts where a seller will list a bunch of products: $5 for A, $6 for B, $8 for C, etc.

      Some genius will reply saying "I understanding C is $8, but how much are you charging for B?".

      The post that John points out is a golden example: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...G8yeTB6RFLBQNq

      But like some others said, the people who need to be reading this won't. WHY? Because... hello... they don't READ!! If they READ, we wouldn't be having this issue in the first place, would we?? :rolleyes:

      EDIT:
      Originally Posted by JohnMcCabe View Post


      BUT BEFORE YOU HIT REPLY, READ WHAT THE HELL YOU ARE REPLYING TO!
      John you forgot to say one thing that seems to be 'the' thing to say these days around here:

      You have been warned!
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    • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
      Originally Posted by Sylvia Rolfe View Post

      LOL Great thread guys and gals, but I think it really needs to be addressed, and unfortunately those who need to read it and take it seriously never will, while those who do read it may take it as sarcasm as a result of all the silliness now in it.

      Sylvia
      That's a good point, but face it, in a day or two this will be gone of the front page and forgotten. Those who need the message aren't going to change because they read this one time, if they read it. They are creatures of habit, and habit will win out.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rezbi
    I'll see if I can actually say something:

    The headline is supposed to entice the reader to read on and see what it's about.

    If it doesn't have enough curiosity value people will make assumptions about the post based on what the headline says.

    Why should a forum post be any different?
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    • Profile picture of the author All Night Cafe
      I still use a form of Bum Marketing. And I like Aweber
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    • Profile picture of the author william l
      Yes it dose seem that too many people are replying for the sake of posting a sig. Why bother if you can not take the time to read and give honest feedback. It adds no value to the original posters question or comment.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tsnyder
    After careful thought and consideration I'd like to
    reconsider my previous response to this thread.

    Article marketing can work if done correctly but "the
    man" will never give the little guy a chance... so don't
    put all your eggs in one basket and be sure to cross that
    stream when you come to it.

    That's really all I have to say on the subject...

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  • Profile picture of the author Don Warren
    Well, overall you are right. People should read before they go on commenting.

    But can we say Anger Management? ha I'm kidding..

    But yes, I know a guy who knows a guy that can help haha
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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
      John, do you know why people do this? I know I'm going to strike a lot of
      nerves with this but whatever.

      They do it because they are so self absorbed and consumed with their own
      lives. Nothing else apart from what they feel, think and say matters.

      And that is also one of the biggest reasons why so many people don't
      have any success as marketers. Somebody will give them some very good
      advice but they won't hear it. They're so consumed by what's going on in
      their head at the time that it's like the other person didn't say a word.

      And you know how I know this?

      Because I used to be the biggest offender.

      My own little world was so big, it could have filled the whole galaxy.

      It wasn't until I got my head out of my ass and started listening to
      people who might have had something useful to share with me that I
      started to have real success.

      Yes, I know I can still talk people's ears off. But at least I have learned
      to listen...not just hear...but listen.

      But the problem you're addressing is a common one among people and
      I seriously doubt it's going to go away any time soon.

      After all...who is more interesting than us?
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      • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
        Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

        John, do you know why people do this? I know I'm going to strike a lot of
        nerves with this but whatever.

        They do it because they are so self absorbed and consumed with their own
        lives. Nothing else apart from what they feel, think and say matters.

        And that is also one of the biggest reasons why so many people don't
        have any success as marketers. Somebody will give them some very good
        advice but they won't hear it. They're so consumed by what's going on in
        their head at the time that it's like the other person didn't say a word.

        And you know how I know this?

        Because I used to be the biggest offender.

        My own little world was so big, it could have filled the whole galaxy.

        It wasn't until I got my head out of my ass and started listening to
        people who might have had something useful to share with me that I
        started to have real success.

        Yes, I know I can still talk people's ears off. But at least I have learned
        to listen...not just hear...but listen.

        But the problem you're addressing is a common one among people and
        I seriously doubt it's going to go away any time soon.

        After all...who is more interesting than us?
        Me ME MEEEE! Lordy, Wagenheim, why's it always gotta be about you? Just because you're the only song writing ventriloquisting marketing dude any of us will ever know, it doesn't have to go to your head, man. Humility, pal.
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      • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
        Steve, I'm glad you finally got ur head out of your ass. Really dark brown smelly hair is so not in these days.......lol

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        "Your personal philosophy is the greatest determining factor in how your life works out."
        - Jim Rohn
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        • Profile picture of the author Killer Joe
          I don't really care if they read the OP or not, but what tans my hide beyond belief is when someone hi-jacks a thread.

          There is no excuse for that behavior, whatsoever.

          Can we add a poll to this thread regarding hi-jacking?

          Me thinks thats what the OP was really taking about, anyway.

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  • Profile picture of the author Goatboy
    Look, we all know that this is a result of the Google Dance caused by content appearing on Google being duplicated on Yahoo. If you guys would run your posts through a spinner before you post them, we could avoid this problem and our backlinks would all backlink themselves again.
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  • Profile picture of the author LarzM
    John that's a nice fish btw!
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  • Profile picture of the author Aaron H
    I only ever read the last three posts in a thread before replying and I'm now a bit worried about Steve having his head up his ass, John being ironic, and we're going to have a poll about hi-jacking, whatever next?

    Just for the record ...... I like turtles
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