[FoRK] forkball

Gregory Alan Bolcer greg at bolcer.org
Tue Aug 7 09:55:03 PDT 2012

I never respond to anyone in a persistent public forum without first 
doing some due diligence on google.

That includes googling the posters involved, reading the citations, 
following all links, comparing text and finding alternate sources, but 
most of all, listening and understanding the point they are trying to 
make in the context of where and how they are trying to make it, i.e. 
trying to put myself in their shoes.   I always give people the benefit 
of the doubt that they are generating unique content and not just 
parroting some article or opinion they like.  Oh, and then I try to add 
some humor, either immediately or in some deferred gratification seed 
that can come back in an unexpected way.

There's nothing wrong with having the google cloud translate.  In fact, 
I think it's pretty irresponsible not to do so.

According to Rohit (and Adam), FoRK is performance art therapy.

It's an experiment in open forums that we'll draw some grand conclusion 
about after years of watching the cabbage of unrefined posts.  To me, 
it's just a game we play on an open forum for clever one-upmanship.

Some archeologist is going to get an awesome PhD a couple hundred years 
from now.


On 8/7/2012 9:21 AM, Gary Stock wrote:
> On 8/7/12 9:35 AM, mdw at martinwills.com wrote:
>> You don't know me that well.
> Indeed.  Do any FoRKers know Martin Wills in any other context?
> Kragen?  Joe?  Anybody?  Has Rohit ever even heard of MWills?
> Please recognize this voice now dominating the room:
>> Again, I consider everyone on this list to be nothing more than groups
>> of monkeys typing furiously and the Google cloud translating it.
> Note the comprehensiveness:  "~everyone~ on this list."  All of us.
> (So as not to be "pedantic," let's ignore his self-inclusion.)

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