(Re: human/animal Nature)... on how many mail list subscribers does it take to change a light bulb?

Mon, 28 Apr 1997 11:14:36 -0500
J. Timmons Roberts (timmons@mailhost.tcs.tulane.edu)

Being an editor of several lists myself, I couldn't resist forwarding this:
Enjoy :-), Timmons

>Q: How many internet mail list subscribers does it take
> to change a light bulb?
>A: 1,331:
> 1 to change the light bulb and to post to the mail
> list that the light bulb has been changed
> 14 to share similar experiences of changing light
> bulbs and how the light bulb could have been
> changed differently.
> 7 to caution about the dangers of changing light bulbs.
> 27 to point out spelling/grammar errors in posts about
> changing light bulbs.
> 53 to flame the spell checkers
> 156 to write to the list administrator complaining about
> the light bulb discussion and its inappropriateness
> to this mail list.
> 41 to correct spelling in the spelling/grammar flames.
> 109 to post that this list is not about light bulbs and
> to please take this email exchange to alt.lite.bulb
> 203 to demand that cross posting to alt.grammar,
> alt.spelling and alt.punctuation about changing
> light bulbs be stopped.
> 111 to defend the posting to this list saying that we
> are<sic> all use light bulbs and therefore the posts
> **are** relevant to this mail list.
> 306 to debate which method of changing light
> bulbs is superior, where to buy the best light bulbs,
> what brand of light bulbs work best for this
> technique, and what brands are faulty.
> 27 to post URLs where one can see examples of
> different light bulbs
> 14 to post that the URLs were posted incorrectly, and
> to post corrected URLs.
> 3 to post about links they found from the URLs that
> are relevant to this list which makes light bulbs
> relevant to this list.
> 33 to concatenate all posts to date, then quote
> them including all headers and footers, and then
> add "Me Too."
> 12 to post to the list that they are unsubscribing
> because they cannot handle the light bulb
> controversey.
> 19 to quote the "Me Too's" to say, "Me Three."
> 4 to suggest that posters request the light bulb FAQ.
> 1 to propose new alt.change.lite.bulb newsgroup.
> 47 to say this is just what alt.physic.cold_fusion
> was meant for, leave it here.
> 143 votes for alt.lite.bulb.
>Asi es la vida....

Timmons Roberts
Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology/Center for Latin American Studies
Tulane University
New Orleans  LA   70118
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