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A fun thing to do with some threads..

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by bmb73, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. bmb73


    Aug 7, 2010
    San Diego
    Just did a little experiment. Went to a forum(Basses), and just clicked on one. Lets say it was a comment about a certain bass manufacturer, anything along those lines.

    Now, clicking on the last page the thread has totally deviated to another topic, and basically turns out nasty.

    Is this an internet forum thing in general? I notice it is kind of common around talkbass for some reason.

    Is this a worthless topic? Probably, actually it is. Have a great Sunday everyone!
  2. giacomini


    Dec 14, 2008
    Florianopolis - Brazil
    Endorsing: Copetti Guitars
  3. well, this seems to be a corollary to Godwin's law, which is, in essence, that once a thread gets to a certain length, the subject of Nazis or Hitler will come up.

    i know that does not really happen around here and i also know that was not what you meant, but it seems like we should have some kind of principal along those lines.

    a thread's potential for turning nasty is directly proportional to the length of the thread.

    just a thought...

  4. bmb73


    Aug 7, 2010
    San Diego

    That is exactly what I meant. Godwin's law, good to know!
  5. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Banned

    Feb 21, 2010
    St. Louis
    Mixing 410 cabs with 1x15 cabs is stupid and you all suck.

    See what I did there?
  6. you forgot to mention Hitler....

  7. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Banned

    Feb 21, 2010
    St. Louis

    Hitler ran mismatched cabs? Hmm.

    Okay. You all suck and are probably nazis.
  8. Bloodhammer

    Bloodhammer Twinkle Twinkle Black Star

    Jul 7, 2009
    Shreveport, Louisiana
    Ah, the beauty of Godwin's Law...

  9. 4dog


    Aug 18, 2012
    Ive noticed a lot more threads getting closed before they reach 3 pages, nastier new folks?its strange though.
  10. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Banned

    Feb 21, 2010
    St. Louis
    I guess he's not such a bad guy after all.

  11. The only time I see any nastyness in the Basses forum is in the "Does Wood Matter" threads which there are multitudes of. I see most of the nastyness in the OT, but most of the people here get along pretty well compared to other web forums. The Mods keep it cool, and I like that. :cool:
  12. 4dog


    Aug 18, 2012
    It just seems recently to be getting worse, could be just me feelin it. Lol
  13. khutch

    khutch Praise Harp Supporting Member

    Aug 20, 2011
    suburban Chicago
    Topic drift is not an internet thing, it is a normal feature of human conversations, deeply imbedded in human nature. Nastiness is in an internet thing. People on the internet often have a certain amount of anonymity and of course physical removal from those they converse with so their inhibitions against anti-social behavior are suppressed much as alcohol suppresses them. For all we know they have been imbibing that other suppressant too!

    Of course everything you see today is quite tame by historic internet standards. If you are old enough and were on the internet back then the USENET flame wars are legendary. And they were often quite entertaining! I actually miss those days; civility is highly over-rated. :D On the other hand it is far easier to get useful information from today's moderated forums.

    Most threads here seem quite civil. There are a few topics that pretty much always get a bit heated. Tone wood is one, low frequency amplifier/speaker systems is another. And, I triple dog dare you to spell it Squire!

  14. yodedude2

    yodedude2 Supporting Member

  15. 4dog


    Aug 18, 2012
  16. slobake

    slobake resident ... something Supporting Member

    Just the other day I was thinking "you know I should be more concerned about what I eat."