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Campaign for deletion of "Word Association" thread.

Alan Wanwierd
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Given that JR does not have a facilty for selecting "Ignore this thread". Can we possibly remove the "Word Association" thread? Its clutters up the list of threads with its 78 pages of purile nonsense and really gets in the way of trying to monitor real "active" and potentialy interesting threads!

I realise that this may well be the absolute epitome of "Meaningless Drivel", so perhaps has a claim to remain - but seriously folks - do we have to???

I would argue that since offensive threads are deleted efficiently there are two possible strategies to employ:

1) Declare the thread offensively dull and boring and therefore not fit for survival, or

2) Flood the thread with outrageous OTT anti-american, racist, and downright offensive "Word Associations" - in the hope that one of the gods of censorship sees 'thread death' as the best option!!!
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Jeroen Wenting
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option 3)
create another thread that's the ultimate meaningless drivel yet interesting and cause it to grow so rapidly that the WA thread disappears into obscurity.

This very thread could be that thread...


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Helen Thomas
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The only time I've found it a problem is when trying to navigate MD on my mobile. Clicking past 78 pages is bound to cause my thumb repetitive strain injury.
Richard Hawkes
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Originally posted by Helen Thomas:
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Helen Thomas
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Originally posted by Jeroen Wenting:
option 3)
create another thread that's the ultimate meaningless drivel yet interesting and cause it to grow so rapidly that the WA thread disappears into obscurity.

This very thread could be that thread...


You mean ANOTHER WA thread to rival the first one
R K Singh
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Originally posted by Helen Thomas:
You mean ANOTHER WA thread to rival the first one


But it already exist.
Fletcher Estes
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I whole-heartedly agree that the WA threads are little short of autistic. If you really want to spend your time on such endeavors, is it really fair to inflict it on the rest of the JavaRanch community? Can't you just write a program that will spit back a word at you every time you input one?

You can print out the lists and post them around your room at home. It'll be ever so much fun! Go and play now, go on... :roll:
[ February 02, 2005: Message edited by: Fletcher Estes ]
Madhav Lakkapragada
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Sorry, Adrian.
Its not offensive to me. Its just purly Meaningless.

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Manmohan Singhania
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Campaign should now be started to delete Adrian from Javaranch.


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John Smith
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Just play that thread with some offensive words, such as "America", "War", "Geneva Conventions", "Oil" -- it'll go down to the recycle bin in no time.
peter wooster
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We could start discussing "Web Frameworks" or JSF" on it, that way it might get moved to a forum that is seriously in need of a bit of attention.
Joyce Lee
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Who is there to decide which thread is dull, boring and nonsensical? :roll: If everyone is given the right to kick off other thread just because he/she finds it dull and boring, this MD forum will soon become extinct.
Jason Menard
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If I had my druthers I'd delete all of those really long threads, so I can certainly see where Adrian is coming from. Personally, I can't stand them. However, as of yet there has been no valid reason to remove them, and I certainly don't spend any time looking in those threads for anything offensive so unfortunately, it's not likely that they're likely to go anywhere anytime soon.
Bacon
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Do what I do.

If someone is offensive or a thread is offensive, I simply ignore it. Meaningless Drivel is a place to hang out and goof off. Who really cares if there is a really long thread of meaningless words. I remember, years ago, when it was started (or one similar) I lost interest a long while back and just ignore it. It was fun for a while.

Does it really matter all that much?
Steven Bell
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Burn the Witch!

(hmm, no little smiley with a pitchfork and a torch, must be an oversite by the site creators)
John Smith
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JM: If I had my druthers I'd delete all of those really long threads, so I can certainly see where Adrian is coming from. Personally, I can't stand them. However, as of yet there has been no valid reason to remove them...

The fact that so many of us can't stand them is a valid enough reason to dump those threads. You've got the green light, Jason, do your job and bury 'em. The determination that those threads are pure junk is not subjective -- it's just common sense.
R K Singh
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As this thread is getting serious.

I dont see why anyone should advocate to remove a thread which follows this forum policy.

Though I dont remember myself ever participated in WA but I have no problem if others enjoy posting there and it comes once in a while at top of page.

If thread is long and meaningless what possible problems could other have??
Stephen Huey
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There are too many threads here on the ranch. Let's delete them all and have a clean fresh start!
Marc Peabody
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Originally posted by Helen Thomas:
The only time I've found it a problem is when trying to navigate MD on my mobile. Clicking past 78 pages is bound to cause my thumb repetitive strain injury.


You know you're addicted when you are accessing MD from your phone!


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Bacon
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I don't believe this thread is long enough. How about going for 100 pages? We can bring new meaning to meaningless. We can if we try!
Varun Khanna
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Just imagine that thread making into "Guinness Book of World Records" for being the "Thread with most replies in any internet forum".
if not today may be after 4-5 yrs.
SO DON'T DELETE IT

[ February 02, 2005: Message edited by: K Varun ]

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Bacon
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I wonder if there is a world record category for "The least meaningfullness in the most amount of words written by the most different authors"?

Nah, I doubt it, no categories with titles that long.
Marc Peabody
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Wow. MD has truly become an art and we are the artists. We are the music makers, we are the dreamers of dreams.

We've come to the point of discussing what it means to be MD, in the MD forum, with words of MD.

It's like a poetry reading where all of the poets are so absorbed that all of their poems are about poetry.

It's like a meaningless nirvana.
Steven Bell
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I propose we see if we can make this thread longer than the WA thread.
Jason Menard
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Originally posted by Steven Bell:
I propose we see if we can make this thread longer than the WA thread.


I really can't see that happening.
Mark Spritzler
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Originally posted by Marc Peabody:
Wow. MD has truly become an art and we are the artists. We are the music makers, we are the dreamers of dreams.

We've come to the point of discussing what it means to be MD, in the MD forum, with words of MD.

It's like a poetry reading where all of the poets are so absorbed that all of their poems are about poetry.

It's like a meaningless nirvana.


We are the Cheesemakers. ?!?!?!?!?!

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R K Singh
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Originally posted by Jason Menard:
I really can't see that happening.


Oh no .. Not Again ..
Jeroen Wenting
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Originally posted by Jason Menard:


I really can't see that happening.


if we all work at it it must be possible. Down with WA!
Angela Poynton
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Nice try Adrian but all attempts to kill the thread will be pointless, either myself or other moderators will just do as I have just done and delete your attempts to be provocotive.
Just because the thread is there you don't have to look at it. If you don't like the game, don't play it.
It's fun for the people who have been playing along and is doing no real harm, so stop being such a kill joy, this site isn't just for you!


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Axel Janssen
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Originally posted by R K Singh:


Oh no .. Not Again ..


+1

and I am better than you in resisting to fall back in old temptations.
R K Singh
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Originally posted by Axel Janssen:

+1

and I am better than you in resisting to fall back in old temptations.


I am not going to fall in your trap ..
Angela Poynton
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Originally posted by Adrian Wallace:

2) Flood the thread with outrageous OTT anti-american, racist, and downright offensive "Word Associations" - in the hope that one of the gods of censorship sees 'thread death' as the best option!!!


Also may I point out that another repercussion that you may not have considered if you carry out this attempt will be Account Death!!

Really, it takes less than a second to scan past it on the list, is it really worth sabotaging?
[ February 03, 2005: Message edited by: Angela Poynton ]
Bacon
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Originally posted by Mark Spritzler:


We are the Cheesemakers. ?!?!?!?!?!

Mark


I like cheese!
Jeroen Wenting
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Originally posted by Ray Marsh:


I like cheese!


power to the cheese!
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I could go for a nice spot of Wenslydale about now....


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Originally posted by Jeroen Wenting:


power to the cheese!


Who moved my cheese?


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Varun Khanna
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Originally posted by Max Habibi:


Who moved my cheese?


Man who sold the world
Marc Peabody
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Originally posted by K Varun:


Man who sold the world


All Apologies
Varun Khanna
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Originally posted by Marc Peabody:


All Apologies


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