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Postby Jnyusa » Thu Jan 15, 2004 8:11 pm

Entdraught! Ha! I am three inches taller online than I am in real life. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><BR><BR>Jn
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Postby TheWidowEglantine » Thu Jan 15, 2004 8:48 pm

Oh! Jnyusa;<BR><BR>Is THAT how it's done?!? <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0> <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif"border=0> Then I am too--maybe even 4 inches taller!<BR>...Now WHERE was the nearest resale shop? I gotta get some taller clothes..<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-tongue.gif"border=0><BR><BR><BR>TWE
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Postby Jnyusa » Thu Jan 15, 2004 10:59 pm

Sometimes I wear a cowgirl outfit online. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0> <BR><BR>Especially to awards ceremonies ... speaking of which, the TORCies are returning soon to the M00bies forum. Time to take your jools out of the trunk, Ladies, and your platform heels!<BR><BR>I'm not the only one who can do amazing things online. MariaHobbit has a deer that turns into a tractor. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><BR><BR>Really.<BR><BR>Jn<BR><BR>
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Postby Castanea_d. » Fri Jan 16, 2004 6:52 am

Congratulations, Jnyusa for your 2,000th post!<BR><BR>Entdraught???!!!!!!!! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0> <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-cool.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-cool.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-cool.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-cool.gif"border=0><BR><BR>A round for the house!<BR><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>
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Postby MariaHobbit » Fri Jan 16, 2004 7:33 am

<BR>Would you be referring to my <i>John Deere</i> tractor, Jn??? <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0> <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR>I think I'll have to pass on the Ent draught. My kids were all so thrilled when they passed me up in height that I'd hate to take that away from them! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0><BR><BR>2000 posts by Jn??? WOW! And I've missed most of them. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif"border=0> Must get out into Movies more....<BR>
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Postby Axordil » Fri Jan 16, 2004 10:23 am

Eh, it's not like she ever comes up with anything original or thoughtful...<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0><BR><BR>Congrats on your second tree!
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Postby Jnyusa » Fri Jan 16, 2004 10:24 am

Thank you, everyone! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><BR><BR>As usual, I didn't even notice the 2000 'cos I never look at my post count. But it's nice to get to blow out the candles here since we can't have whole threads anymore until we're Rangers or Mariners.<BR><BR>Jn
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Postby meneltarma » Fri Jan 16, 2004 10:40 pm

happy 2000 then<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0>
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Postby I-am-Tigger » Sat Jan 17, 2004 5:42 pm

hallllllllooooooooo<BR><BR>just a bouncin through and wishying JNY happy 2<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif"border=0> <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><BR><BR>wow if I ever had that many posts <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0> ..I'd be so excitied!! I'd BOUNCE everyone and give them TIGGERTY smooches <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0><BR><BR>
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Postby Jnyusa » Sat Jan 17, 2004 6:53 pm

Oh you Tiggerty Tigger!! Lil' miz 1,992 and only 8 to go <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-tongue.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-tongue.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-tongue.gif"border=0><BR>BESIDES being the Star of "There and Back Again." <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0><BR><BR>I can only do a pale imitation of TIGGERTY Smooches, but ....<BR><BR><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0> SMOOCHES <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0> all around!! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><BR><BR>And I'm wearing special mittens that leave Tiggerty-Type paw prints on all your clean shirts. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-devil.gif"border=0> <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-devil.gif"border=0><BR><BR>Jn
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Postby DaughteroftheKing » Sat Jan 17, 2004 8:04 pm

Congratulations to you, Jnyusa!! Looks like you have 2000 posts at around an anniversary date too! <BR><BR>Wow!! Talk about golden opportunities to celebrate!! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0>
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Postby Jnyusa » Sun Jan 18, 2004 12:53 am

Yikes! It <i>is</i> almost a year. Time really flies when it's being wasted. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR>I guess that means the drinks are on me this weekend! So what's on tap, Ax?<BR><BR>Jn
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Postby I-am-Tigger » Sun Jan 18, 2004 1:31 am

Jny <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0>,congratulations on your One Year anniversay as well <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><BR><BR>and:<BR><BR>tigger paws on clean tshirts I likes that <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0><BR><BR><i> wonders if he should hold back his 2<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-tongue.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-tongue.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-tongue.gif"border=0>th post for his anniversary??? </i> <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-confused.gif"border=0>...<BR><BR>ifs I do look for a new poster in this thread <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0> <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-tongue.gif"border=0><BR><BR><i>considers all the names he might use to post <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0>Kelpie Girl, The Grinch, Sue..Tolkien <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0>, Eeyore, Star of Hope, Panther, Elmer Fudd..<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif"border=0>, jeebers I am prolific in my spamminess <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-tongue.gif"border=0></i>
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Postby DaughteroftheKing » Sun Jan 18, 2004 8:20 am

I could not log on here today. I kept getting an error message, but I did have the main web page. I finally clicked on the not a member join (I think) and entered my password in there and was able to log on. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR>I have a little time to waste and I heard this was a great place to do that. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><BR><BR>Let me see, I joined at the end of November, me thinks, so I will make a posting goal of 1000 by May 2004. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0>
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Postby Axordil » Sun Jan 18, 2004 11:12 am

Hmmm. I could whip up some caramel lattes and some vanilla mochas. <BR><BR>Or I could throw a few stale mini marshamallows in the cocoa. Your choice. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0>
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Postby bessthebard » Sun Jan 18, 2004 7:32 pm

Congratulations on dos mil posts, Jnyusa! Long may you wave!
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Postby Jnyusa » Mon Jan 19, 2004 3:38 pm

Since it is nice and hobbitty to give presents to other people on one's birthday, I have brought two large Schwartwalderkirchetortenen to celebrate my anniversary. (I love to say the names of German things in German.) Translation: Black Forest Cherry Cakes<BR><BR>Just let me slice them, =and put the slices on nice paper plates, with forks and napkins, and everyone can help themselves! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR>Coffee goes with this, Ax, and spiked coffee does, too. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR>And I'll finish the stale mini-marshmallows if no one else wants them. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-tongue.gif"border=0><BR><BR>Jn
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Postby I-am-Tigger » Mon Jan 19, 2004 9:22 pm

mmmm chocolate cake <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><BR><BR>grabs a stale marshmellow and sticks it in his coffee....mmmm.mmmmm
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Postby Castanea_d. » Tue Jan 20, 2004 7:36 am

mmmmm.... Yummy!!!!! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><BR><BR>Last night I did my Iowa political duty and went to the caucus. As apparantly happened all over the state, the crowd in my precinct was about 6 times what they expected and planned for. Good spirit and lots of give-and-take among the people, probably the best example of democracy I've ever witnessed. I felt very badly for the Gephardt volunteer, a young lady from Washington DC who left in tears at the end of the evening after he only pulled 4 people in a room of 64 and did not make the first cut. That was a big surprise to me, as was the Edwards strength in the room - though in our precinct he didn't make cut either. For what little it is worth, the results in our room were Dean, Kerry, Kuchinich, Edwards, Gephardt, with the first two getting one delegate each and the others zero. And in a moment of insanity, I got selected for the county "Committee on Committees." Yikes!<BR><BR>So now the political circus moves onward, and maybe our phone will stop ringing off the hook <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0> Mrs. C., a born-and-bred Iowan, assures me that we will not hear anything from any of them for the rest of the year, or indeed until 2007 or so.<BR><BR>I would highly recommend this caucus system to other states, but I wish the Iowa version were not so high-profile. We are, after all, a small state not at all representative of the U.S., and it isn't right that we have such a disproportionate role in the process.<BR><BR>But it was fun. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR>
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Postby Axordil » Tue Jan 20, 2004 9:52 am

And caucuses are so much cheaper than primaries for the states that have them...<BR><BR>I think that Iowa and New Hampshire do have somewhat Faustian deals with the media and the political wheels in this country. A lot of media attention tends to deform reality by its very presence.
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Postby TheWidowEglantine » Tue Jan 20, 2004 11:10 am

Jnyusa;<BR><BR>Hey! Pass me some of that schwartwalderkirchetortenen! And I'll have an entdraught-spiked coffee, to complement it...mmmmmm<BR><BR><i>A lot of media attention tends to deform reality by its very presence.</i><BR><BR><BR>Axordil...this is very well known in statistical/psychological studies, isn't it?...in measuring behavior, the observer affects the outcome, unless the observer is unobserved. Hence one-way glass. But I don't know what you'd do to get around it with a caucus.<BR><BR>TWE
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Postby MariaHobbit » Tue Jan 20, 2004 3:13 pm

<BR>LOL! There I was, happily translating that <i>schwartwalderkirchetortenen</i> to myself....--one fragment at a time-- and there was the translation on the very next line! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0> <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-rolleyes.gif"border=0> <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR>Sure, I'll take some. You know, I really ought to make some of that stuff for my kids some time, seeing as how 2/3 of them were born in Germany..... They won't like it though. Not sweet enough. <BR><BR>Ah well. Their loss. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR>
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Postby Jnyusa » Tue Jan 20, 2004 5:22 pm

Glad you're all enjoying the cake! And thank you all again for the multiple congratulations. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><BR><BR>Castanea.d - I'm impressed! You were an actual delegate! Committee on Committees ... hmmm. Would you care to elaborate on those responsibilities? <BR><BR>I listened to the NPR debates, and was surprised at how little Howard Dean impressed me. Vermont impresses me! - and Dean is the front runner, but he didn't sound very logical to me on radio. Jay Lenno said that once it goes to TV, the tallest guy always wins. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif"border=0> Pretty Scary<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif"border=0><BR><BR>I can't vote in the Democratic primary (registered Green) but I really wish I could this time around.<BR><BR>Tigger - You've got 2<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0> now, too! HURRRRRRAY! or GRRR-RAY! Have another piece of cake! <BR><BR>Jn
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Postby I-am-Tigger » Tue Jan 20, 2004 9:30 pm

I did <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0>...<BR><BR><BR>woooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhoooooooooo<BR><BR><BR>BOUNCE!!!!!!!!!!!<BR><BR>congradulmatations to us <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><BR><BR>
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Postby Castanea_d. » Wed Jan 21, 2004 7:28 am

HOOORAAAY for the Tigger!!!!!!<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR>Happy 2000th!!!!<BR><BR>This is quite a Hash House and Diner event, with two esteemed regulars reaching such an exalted total pretty much at the same time. Congrats to Tigger and (again) to Jnyusa!<BR><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR><i>Committee on Committees ... hmmm. Would you care to elaborate on those responsibilities?</i><BR><BR>I volunteered because no one else would (would ANYONE in their right mind volunteer to a "Committee on Committees? Sounds like something from bureaucratic hell. As soon as I said "I'll do it," nominations were immediately closed and I was elected by acclamation.) Seems that it encompasses the Rules committee, the Credentials committee, and the Arrangements committee. The old pol who was chairing the caucus (very impressive 60-something old-style Iowa farmer's wife, tough as nails) told me afterwards that she has done it before, and most years you simply set up chairs, make signs, and carry out the trash afterwards. That's a relief; I can do that!<BR><BR>In retrospect, I wish I had taken more advantage of the proximity of all the candidates. All of the ones who contested Iowa were here in town multiple times over the last 6 to 9 months, with opportunities to interact with them in smallish group settings. And I never went to any of those events - there was always something else more important to do (such as, in one case, going to see ROTK!) But I am not really a very politically oriented person, beyond trying to vote intelligently and regularly.<BR>------------<BR>In another thread that recently got bumped, I read Laureanna's post from last July about the n00bie experience on TORC, and that causes me to say something for any n00bies that might be looking in the window:<BR><BR>Come on in!!!!!<BR><BR>She said (to paraphrase) that the Adoption forums looked like chat rooms, where everyone has at least 500 posts and to come in, one must break in on an ongoing conversation between old veterans. Scary! I remember feeling that way when reading this thread before I worked up the nerve to come in, and wondering if I would be welcomed or not.<BR><BR>So, new people that might be Out There somewhere, DO come in. The reason we carry on like we do is simply to keep the thread active (well, and to relax and converse and eat Schwartwalderkirchetortenen, too). If you look at recent pages, you will see that new people DO arrive from time to time, and the Regulars happily welcome them and answer any questions. Our first purpose in this thread, and the other threads in this forum, is to welcome and help YOU.<BR><BR>(Castanea realizes that he is talking too much, blushes, and returns to his yummy slice of cake...)<BR><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>
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Postby Axordil » Wed Jan 21, 2004 9:17 am

castanea--<BR><BR>That is an interesting issue concerning the shift in how the adoption forums are perceived. I wonder if it would be possible to not show post count in them?
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Postby Castanea_d. » Wed Jan 21, 2004 10:16 am

Here is Laureanna's post, from the thread <a href='http://www.tolkienonline.com/thewhitecouncil/messageview.cfm?start=20&catid=13&threadid=69165' target=_blank> Why do we find it difficult to discuss these films?</a> It was written July 26, about 6 weeks after she joined TORC.<BR><BR><i>Solutions to the noobie problem:<BR>1. Cut noobies off at the knees by saying "been there, done that, go search, this thread is locked". This will get rid of the less persistent.<BR>2. If a noobie's thread is not locked, let the thread wither and die. This will discourage those with enthusiasm and new ideas.<BR>3. Ignore noobies pointedly by not noticing their contributions, but applauding the same idea when an older poster makes it an hour later. This will get rid of the less assertive.<BR>4. Admonish them, in the Welcome thread, to go the adoption forums, where only posters with over 500 posts seem to hang out, and where they are bound to feel extremely exposed and out-of-place as they walk, clueless, into someone else's personal conversation.<BR>5. Wait til they've posted about 50 times, ignoring each post, then have a ringbearer respond with "that's nice". Most noobies will fall off their chairs in shock at being noticed and never recover.<BR>4. Engage in several pages of instant messages, orange/apple arguments, spamming, and inside jokes. Many noobies will wander away in despair, looking for the True Community elsewhere.<BR>5. Shunt noobies off to a kiddies forum. Watch as older members acquire new personae just for the sport of trolling these innocent waters.<BR><BR>Then sit back and complain that all you have left is crochetty, thick-skinned, aggressive, sarcastic noobies like me .<BR><BR>Laureanna</i><BR><BR>Since being bumped a few days ago, a number of people have commented on this; it seems to reflect several new people's experience of the Movies Forum. Much of this is well beyond our purview here in the Diner, but I thought I'd at least say what I said in my previous post by way of corrective.<BR><BR>Axordil, I don't think the high post counts are a problem (especially right in the middle of celebrating two people's 2000th!!!!!). For me (at least) it was the fear of butting in on a closed personal conversation. And what could we do? The purpose of the Adoption forums is pretty clear, and if we DON'T converse, they will wither and die, and a newcomer would instead find threads where nobody had posted for months, a situation worse than before.<BR><BR>And maybe most people aren't as cowardly as I am <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0> Obviously Laureanna had tongue in cheek to a large extent. And all of us here have braved the waters at some point or other.
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Postby I-am-Tigger » Wed Jan 21, 2004 11:17 am

solution to the noobie problem:<BR><BR>send them into Books (Tolkien) and the 'Is the Book as good as teh Movie' thread <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-devil.gif"border=0><BR><BR>
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Postby Axordil » Wed Jan 21, 2004 12:52 pm

So are these adoption forum threads imposing because of their size or because of the post counts of the adoptees? These are really two separate issues. They are now being discussed by the adoptors...thanks for the quote, by the way. I _hope_ it's mostly tongue-in-cheek. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif"border=0>
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Postby MariaHobbit » Wed Jan 21, 2004 2:16 pm

<BR>We could put a tag on the end of each post saying, "Join us, join us! PLEASE! We need someone new to talk to!!!"<BR><BR>OR<BR><BR>HELLO? Please stop lurking and join us! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR>or something similar.<BR><BR>Or, you could have a separate thread to put all the chit-chat on and leave this thread for the actual help sessions. We have kind of filled this one up with non business related activities. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-blush.gif"border=0><BR><BR><BR>
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