mscha wrote:What the ch*rp is going on with the OTT today?
Newbies are always welcome here, but they seem to have taken over, ignoring our conventions, refusing to read the wiki, linking to heretic wikis, asking questions that have been answered over and over again, etc.
I feel like a stranger here.
I'm outta here. For today at least, we'll see it gets better tomorrow.
Mscha, don't leave! You are my hero
Well, as mscha sounds in slavic as "Miša", which can be seen as a name derivative of a mouse, here be some delicious mousecake for you
Actually mscha is m scha..., pronounced em sga with some kind of Dutch hard g sound "which is pretty much impossible to do for anyone who isn't Dutch"
I don't think we can expect newcomers to have read everything (or sometimes anything, given the size of this thread), but at the same time you newcomers should realize how irritating it is to answer (or read the answer to) the same question over and over again. This thread is the most welcoming I've ever been a part of and I don't want to lose that. We go out of our way to find first posters and give them cake. Many of the newcomers have given new insight from their area of expertise, that's a valuable addition and we want that.
Not sure what, if anything, we can do about it. New people almost always come in asking questions, and since most of us seem to be geeks, we almost always come in assuming nobody knows as much as we do. There's no entrance exam to join, and blitzing the thread is a humongous task. If you are new(er) and reading this, you might try the wiki
, read at least the last few pages of the thread, and grant us some intelligence, there are a lot of very smart people in this thread, and we've generally thought of most of the possibilities.
In return, we promise to welcome you with cake, answer your questions reasonably nicely, and listen to your ideas.
jjjdavidson wrote:And I say again, I don't think Megball's people are quite as primitive as some of us are assuming, nor as dependent on the hill people for their materials. This tower is much more crudely built than their castle scaffolding.
I'm really not sure how much of a success Time has been, outside of our relatively small circle. Its mention on Slashdot was met with a resounding "Meh." Aside from a few blog posts (one, admittedly, in The Economist), it seems to be almost totally under the radar, even in the nerd press. Or have I missed some major news item?
I agree with you jjj on the first point, but want to point out on the second point that at least compared to the rest of xkcd, the Time thread has generated far more interest and activity as the whole rest of xkcd. Whether this remains true after Time ends (if it ends) is another matter.
Edit: added caveat about continuing success.
Always act to increase the survival chances of the largest group you are a part of.