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Old Jul 19, 2004, 2:34 PM   #1
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I've seen this one a few times, on more than one forum. Unfortunately, I'm probably just as guilty as anyone about my forum posting habits.

Anyway, if you have not seen this yet, it maybe good for a chuckle or two...:-)

How Many Forum Members Does It Take To Change A Light Bulb?

1 to change the light bulb and to post 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
1 to move it to the Lighting section
2 to argue then move it to the Electricals section
7 to point out spelling/grammar errors in posts about changing light bulbs
5 to flame the spell checkers
3 to correct spelling/grammar flames


6 to argue over whether it's "lightbulb" or "light bulb" ... another 6 to condemn those 6 as stupid

2 industry professionals to inform the group that the proper term is "lamp"


15 know-it-alls who claim they were in the industry, and that "light bulb" is perfectly correct

19 to post that this forum is not about light bulbs and to please take this discussion to a lightbulb forum

11 to defend the posting to this forum saying that we all use light bulbs and therefore the posts are relevant to this forum

36 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

7 to post URL's where one can see examples of different light bulbs


4 to post that the URL's were posted incorrectly and then post the corrected URL's

3 to post about links they found from the URL's that are relevant to this group which makes light bulbs relevant to this group

13 to link all posts to date, quote them in their entirety including all headers and signatures, and add "Me too"

5 to post to the group that they will no longer post because they cannot handle the light bulb controversy

4 to say "didn't we go through this already a short time ago?"


13 to say "do a Google search on light bulbs before posting questions about light bulbs"

1 forum lurker to respond to the original post 6 months from now and start it all over again.


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Old Jul 19, 2004, 2:40 PM   #2
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Since I started the post, I'll be the "spell checker", and mention that the subject line should have read "an oldie but goodie" versus "and oldie but goodie".

Of course, then we'll need to debate about the word "goodie" being appropriate (or spelled correctly, or even being a valid word). :-)
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Old Jul 19, 2004, 7:50 PM   #3
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I believe in the case of rock and roll, where the phrase no doubt started, it's spelled goody.:-)
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Old Jul 19, 2004, 7:56 PM   #4
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I'm not convinced that the light bulb even needed to be changed.
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Old Jul 20, 2004, 3:50 AM   #5
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HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! HILARIOUS!!! (Obviously my first time seeing it) I've always enjoyed reading your very informative posts JimC, but this one really made my day...

You sure you're not one of the 36?
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Old Jul 20, 2004, 11:37 AM   #6
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Thanks Jim, I needed that laugh today :lol:
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Old Jul 20, 2004, 11:50 AM   #7
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I'm not convinced that the light bulb ever existed


JIMC, is it ok if I post this in another forum (www.train-sim.com)?
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Old Jul 20, 2004, 12:11 PM   #8
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JIMC, is it ok if I post this in another forum (http://www.train-sim.com)?
I'mnot the original author (and I have no idea who is), so it's fine with me (I "swiped it" from somewhere else).:-)

I've seen it off and on in forums for a long time, so there is no telling who really started it. It's just one of those posts that get's passed around.

BTW, sometimes when you see it, you'll see other forum members make up their own additions to it (which can be just as funny as the ones in the post above). We'll have to add some of the ones to it from this thread (x number of posters not convinced the light bulb needed changing, etc.)

You'll have to admit that it reminds you of a lot ofthreads in the digicam forums (and I'm sometimes as guilty as some of the posters in the examples).


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