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02:24 am - OH FOR FUCK'S SAKE.
[Mail> msg #61900149 (1 remaining)] Read cmd -> Next Dec 2, 2003 16:05 from Selat (Sysop) to Spatch Greetings, The following has been removed from your profile for violating the policy helpfile regarding Weird>. Namely that weird posts, either real or fake are not allowed anywhere on ISCABBS. This includes user profiles. As this is a new policy, no warning is being issued here. *********** I want whatever drug Thufir or Spatch is taking. I want to ride that technicolor zauerkraut flavored hellion merry go round. [Chow Yun Weirdabe> msg #1798501 (1 remaining)] [Mail> msg #62051632 (0 remaining)] Read cmd ->
1. Now that profile has been in place since 1999. The Weird> it was quoting from (a forum where every post is anonymous) didn't even exist for nearly four fucking years. Thufir don't exist on ISCA anymore. (Well, not the Thufir we all know and love. The new Thufir's a chick. Kinda like Dax on Deep Space 9.) The poster who came up with that brilliant quote (Marie Laveau) don't exist on ISCA anymore. And now that profile don't exist on ISCA anymore.

2. This "black hole" policy concerning Weird>, of all forums, is just incredibly fucking stupid.

3. The sysop should've mailed me and requested I change the profile instead of doing it automatically. This allows the user, who had not heard of this new policy and therefore did not think he was doing anything wrong, to take the responsibility himself to conform to the "new policy" and fix it and be a good little doobee and all that. Changing the profile immediately and without notification sends this: OH HEY YOU BAD BAD PERSON YOU DID SOMETHING BAD AND WE DONE FIXED IT FOR YOU, BUT DON'T WORRY, IN OUR BENEVOLENCE WE DIDN'T ISSUE A WARNING YOU LUCKY SOUL YOU.

4. This "black hole" policy concerning Weird>, of all forums, is just incredibly fucking stupid.

5. The last time I got "sanctioned" by a sysop was in 1996, when one of them realized that no, you can't live in Massachusetts and have 90210 for your zip code. No, wait. I was twitted for a week in 1998 because they thought I was plotting an insurrection against someone's x-disable list in Weird>. That was fun.


7. ISCA sucks.

I've been on that damn BBS since 1994. My 10-year anniversary is coming up there in a month or so. Almost all of my online circle of friends either came from ISCA originally or knows me through someone who did. I've dated and kissed how many Roomaides and Sysops? You know. All that. But now the BBS is a former shell of what it used to be. Nobody I knows posts there regularly anymore. The truncated WHOlist, which used to number over 1000 simultaneous logins, now doesn't even fill up one screenful of scroll. I log in every two months or so just to keep the username. I know, I can't let go -- even though everybody else has -- but it's just a legacy, a database entry, a six-digit usernumber that I can't give up. (Yeah, remember when six-digits were the newbies? Yeah. Sup.)

So now this is my profile. I bet I'll get yelled at for this, too, as it "violates the happy spirit of ISCA" or something. Who knows. Note the outdated address and the outdated web address. Come and get me, you bastards. I'll be waiting.
Cambridge, MA  02140
Email: spatula@worldstop.com
WWW: http://spatch.ne.mediaone.net
ONLINE since: 12/11/2003 1:20 from 213.subnet192.

 The following has been removed from your profile for violating the policy
 helpfile regarding Weird>.  Namely that weird posts, either real or fake are
 not allowed anywhere on ISCABBS.  This includes user profiles.  As this is a
 new policy, no warning is being issued here.

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[User Picture]
Date:December 11th, 2003 01:12 pm (UTC)
are you kidding me? that profile was there when I was on ISCA. and that was a damn long time ago. what fucktards. i'm surprised that place still has any visitors. i used to keep my account active by logging in on the exact three-month date of the last login (usually by accident), but i finally gave up the ghost a couple of years ago. any time i'd log in for those 5 seconds i'd get hit with X messages for "hay baby r u waring undrware LOL" or somesuch.

what a bunch of doinks. let that place die.
[User Picture]
Date:December 11th, 2003 01:56 pm (UTC)
30 END
50 GOTO 40
60 END

It was the people, not the place. The place could have been anywhere, but the people would still have made it Weird>. You made me Weird> long before ISCA, my friend. You came to my fucking high school graduation. AND YOU WORE A TIE. Why the hell would you wear a tie? YOU? You're Weird>.

Long live Radioactive Cheeto Boy. And No Homework Man.

[User Picture]
Date:December 11th, 2003 02:55 pm (UTC)

Wow . . .

A policy whose nearly sole purpose appears to be to annoy the old timers. Joy.

And in other news . . . Hi, coffeebeanben!
Date:December 11th, 2003 03:05 pm (UTC)
Want me to write for you a letter to Selat like the one I wrote to Bud when I gave up Heinous?
[User Picture]
Date:December 11th, 2003 03:37 pm (UTC)
She doesn't do well with words with multiple syllables.
Date:December 11th, 2003 08:58 pm (UTC)
I have a thesaurus. I could pare the language as necessary.
[User Picture]
Date:December 11th, 2003 10:58 pm (UTC)
I wrote "r u m or f" as a response but decided not to send it.
[User Picture]
Date:December 11th, 2003 03:37 pm (UTC)
Eh, I understand username protection. For obvious reasons. I log in just enough to keep mine active.
[User Picture]
Date:December 11th, 2003 05:03 pm (UTC)
I used to do this, but then I got distracted and my account died. C'est la vie. Apparently I'm not missing anything.

How's eschwa these days? I'm starved for some content.
[User Picture]
Date:December 11th, 2003 06:44 pm (UTC)
Snarky, but Bud's gone, so that's a plus.
[User Picture]
Date:December 11th, 2003 04:16 pm (UTC)
I have no idea why I login from time to time. Although, I think my one year banning from TWR> is almost up. Woo! Except I'd probably only get myself banned again the next time I got worked up over something. And now that I'm not giving blow jobs to a policy board member, I've lost all my ISCA protection. *snort*
[User Picture]
Date:December 11th, 2003 04:41 pm (UTC)
How DID you get yourself banned? Did you eat a baby?
[User Picture]
Date:December 11th, 2003 05:08 pm (UTC)
No, I just kill them, not eat them. :)

I forgot that I never did post the whole story for you. :)

A year or so ago, the geniuses over there decided that they'd somehow fight the blackhole policy by making a rule that you weren't allowed to post information from TWR> off the BBS. Before, it was just an on the BBS thing.

So fine, whatever. Here's what cheesed me off. They decided that rather than just announce the rule change and change the FI, they would kick everyone out of the forum, and then demand that they agree to the rule change. The geniuses there for some reason thought this would actually keep people out of the room who would break the rule, and that it would make everyone accountable.

Well, I thought this was the stupidest thing -ever-. Kickign everyone out and then making them swear allegience to Professor Mom or whatever person was FM at the time wasn't necessary to enforce the rule, and it certainly wasn't going to keep the leakers out by making them promise to not leak.

So, I went through the little procedure, and then promptly started to leak the FM posts out of the forum. (These were policy posts, no personal information was included). I then leaked Elfanie's post talking about how hrorible it was that peopel were leaking. And I think I even leaked one of my own posts. In any case, I found the whole thing hilarious, they decided that they caught me at it, and kicked me out. :)

A little before that, I resigned as FM of Children and Family Issues. Some user at the same time started going off on how totally unfair and mean I was, and so I posted every mail she/he had ever sent me in ISCABBS>, which more or less proved that I had ample reason to delete all her posts, and that she was a dork on top of it. Oh, and I also poitned out I didn't care if I was violating confidentiality rules (I didn't think I was, since she brought it up, but whatever), given that I'd already resigned.

So the sysops told me I was never, ever allowed to FM on ISCA again. *sniff*

Anyways, the rumor, as I understand it, was that I was a terrible, terrible FM and that I broke rules constantly and posted mean things under anonymous headers, but that I never lost my job because I was sleeping with a policy board member.
[User Picture]
Date:December 11th, 2003 05:10 pm (UTC)
I truly intended to log in periodically and keep my username and usernumber, because I'm just sentimental that way. And then somehow, one time, I forgot. And someone pointed out to me that my account had bee GC'd. And I mourned.

But yeah, it was the people not the place. And at least some of us are still around in other places. Although it isn't the same. I do miss the old days sometimes. But it's like missing college. (And curiously overlapping in time.)
[User Picture]
Date:December 11th, 2003 05:23 pm (UTC)

(which one is Selat? Didn't she used to be someone else?)

...and with that, Weird> dies.
[User Picture]
Date:December 11th, 2003 06:42 pm (UTC)
Good grief.

I still log in there for about 5 minutes every month or two, hit the space bar for a while, think "why am I bothering?" and log back out. Eventually I will forget to do that. I've been there since, um, something like October of 1993 I think.


I'm old.
[User Picture]
Date:December 11th, 2003 06:47 pm (UTC)

WTF d00d

Nov 14, 2003 22:51 from Selat (Sysop)

A new helpfile has been added regarding Weird> that includes a change in the policy regarding the Weird forum.

Please familiarize yourself with this policy, most importantly the first paragraph as this applies to all users whether they are members of Weird> or not.

Weird> is an all-anonymous blackhole forum. In order to enforce
the blackhole nature of Weird>, all Weird> posts, real or fake, are
off-topic throughout ISCABBS.

To gain access to Weird> all users must agree to a waiver. Once you
have read the waiver and wish to be admitted to the forum, please
(Y)ell requesting access and state that you have read and agree to the waiver.

The following is the waiver:

Thank you for requesting admission to Weird>. In order to be admitted, you must agree to all of the non-negotiable conditions below.

* Weird> is a blackhole forum -- information posted there may not be
reposted anywhere on ISCA.

* The following content will be deleted: threats (immediate permanent kickout), personal attacks, extended bickerfests, and graphic sexual content. A user will be permanently removed from Weird> upon second kickout.

* There are no appeals to Sysops or the Review Board for sanctions
associated with Weird>. Exceptions to this rule pertain to current UI students only, per ISCABBS Policy Section 8, Item 3 (elp, "Policy").

* All rights to complain about the content of Weird> are completely
waived. Discussing specific sanctions in Weird> is completely off-topic in Administrative Issues> as well as all other fora. You are welcome to Yell> comments and concerns. However, complaints about specific posts will be responded to with a copy of your agreement to these conditions.

By agreeing to these conditions, you have decided to enter Weird> on your own accord and you are free to ap it at any time. If you agree to abide by all these conditions, please reply to this message indicating your agreement.

Sample: I agree to all conditions to be invited to Weird>.

You will then be invited into the forum. If you do not concur, you will not be admitted. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please do not hesitate to ask, via Yells>.

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[User Picture]
Date:December 11th, 2003 07:53 pm (UTC)

Re: WTF d00d


Of course, the rules are retarded as well, but what in the hell is up with this whole "I accept the rules" garbage.

Okay, I don't care. There. I feel better.
[User Picture]
Date:December 11th, 2003 10:59 pm (UTC)

Re: WTF d00d

I don't accept the rules.

Maybe I should request entry through my second account and we can publish them somewhere.
[User Picture]
Date:December 11th, 2003 11:21 pm (UTC)

Re: WTF d00d

I don't even know why they bothered to reinstate the damn forum in the first place with all those horrible ass-covering safeguards around it. And what's the deal with Weird being an invite-only black hole, anyway? I doubt real Black Hole> behavior would be allowed there.

They really should just strip the Sysops of their Sysop title and give them "Mommy" or "Daddy", accordingly.

Though then that'd raise big-ass arguments because someone would vehemently protest against being given the title of an institution they do not believe in (blah blah blah conforming to the patriarchycakes) and if there was still a good right-wing troll around, they'd make some "barefoot and in the kitchen" comment and when that little flamewar died down, someone else would argue that they need to have both Mommy and Daddy in their title, and someone else else would demand a third, gender-neutral title, and someone else else else would argue that the system is entirely biased against single parents for god-knows-what reason.

ISCA SUCKS. (drawing of trailer hitch missing its chrome goes here)

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