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The dangers of asking for help on the internet...

 
 
Reply Sat 13 Sep, 2008 09:44 pm
One of the big ones is that there are a lot of people who would rather laugh at you than help you.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v72/dave_linger/instameme.jpg
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Rockhead
 
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Reply Sat 13 Sep, 2008 09:46 pm
@Robert Gentel,
I think I know that guy...
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Sat 13 Sep, 2008 09:47 pm
@Robert Gentel,
Another example:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3159/2807838577_83cbed0126_o.jpg?t=1053139
Bi-Polar Bear
 
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Reply Sat 13 Sep, 2008 10:45 pm
@Robert Gentel,
truly hilarious
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Sglass
 
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Reply Sat 13 Sep, 2008 11:34 pm
@Robert Gentel,
Where do you find your material? It's the best
Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Sat 13 Sep, 2008 11:45 pm
@Sglass,
I follow a lot of sites and most of the stuff I post I find through their crowd sourcing or aggregation. I use a lot of social bookmarking to both save the interesting things I find and to find things that others found interesting and have recommended. This site's going to have social bookmarking like that in the future so this is where I'll do my bookmark sharing.

So basically what I do is use the crowd to surf the internet for me, and there are whole sites dedicated toward finding sites that the crowds find interesting, like:

delicious.com
stumbleupon.com
digg.com
reddit.com

I follow a lot of other aggregators and specific niches I'm interested in (technical, academic and news) but those sites are where I run into most of the things people here find interesting.
dlowan
 
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Reply Sun 14 Sep, 2008 04:06 am
@Robert Gentel,
Where do you mainly go for news?
Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Sun 14 Sep, 2008 04:14 am
@dlowan,
To catch breaking news I read CNN and that's probably the news site I visit first if I just want to see what's going on. When I want to know more about a particular subject I'll then search (web search and news search) and land on all kinds of different sources depending on the story.

I also get news through a variety of RSS feeds from Yahoo, Google News, and many many more (I've used hundreds of different feeds) and I use a lot of different niche sites (for example in tech I'll often read news.com, techcrunch, engadget, ...... I don't want to list them all, I sometimes blog tech news on a tech blog that Nick and I (and eventually Steve) are doing but since a2k launched I haven't had a lot of time for that.
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Wed 1 Oct, 2008 12:54 am
@Robert Gentel,
"You should buy a go-cart"

http://img.skitch.com/20080930-j4dthnbmcrd9maw53urdcsm19r.jpg
nimh
 
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Reply Wed 1 Oct, 2008 04:25 am
@Robert Gentel,
That one's just kind of sad...
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nimh
 
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Reply Wed 1 Oct, 2008 04:26 am
The other ones were funny tho Wink
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Mr Stillwater
 
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Reply Sun 12 Oct, 2008 04:42 pm
Far out!! That was brilliant!
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Mr Stillwater
 
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Reply Mon 13 Oct, 2008 07:01 pm
Case in point (found this whilst researching my Hamster Hangout thread):

On WikiAnswers.com:
Quote:
Why do hamsters vulvas smell really bad?

Answer
Because you are way too close to them.
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Fri 4 Sep, 2009 01:42 pm
http://img269.imageshack.us/img269/7595/capslockn.jpg


http://imgur.com/4tdCP.jpg
sozobe
 
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Reply Fri 4 Sep, 2009 02:06 pm
@Robert Gentel,
Love the first one, but the second one is a little scary -- I'm not 100% convinced that Miss Kristy wouldn't try it. (Especially if she chose that as the best answer... eek.)
Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Fri 4 Sep, 2009 02:13 pm
@sozobe,
I felt the same way, and don't condone any of those kinds of answers because of such potential.

But I think most of these are faked (my evidence for it are that many of the screenshots of funny Yahoo answers I have seen were taken a second after they were posted).
sozobe
 
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Reply Fri 4 Sep, 2009 02:19 pm
@Robert Gentel,
OK, that's reassuring. Hope it's fake.
Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Fri 4 Sep, 2009 02:22 pm
@sozobe,
I hope so too. I tried that (not becoming a mermaid but breathing water) as a kid and it was incredibly painful.
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roger
 
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Reply Fri 4 Sep, 2009 02:30 pm
@Robert Gentel,
Fabulous - both of them.
dlowan
 
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Reply Fri 4 Sep, 2009 10:28 pm
@roger,
roger wrote:

Fabulous - both of them.



I AM VERY SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT MY CAPS LOCK.

BUGGER TURNING INTO A MERMAID...I CAN FEEL MYSELF BECOMING OMSIGDAVID AS WE SPEAK.
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