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Why is this different?

 4:10 pm on Sep 30, 2000 (gmt 0)

I visit many forums that discuss the same subjects.
These forums seem different to me. A GOOD THING
I just can't seem to put my finger on it.




 5:04 pm on Sep 30, 2000 (gmt 0)


Thanks! This is an oft-repeated question in the Moderators Forum, too. We can't quite put our finger on it, either, but someone early-on said the forums had *sparkle* so that's how we still continue to refer to whatever this elusive attribute is.

I can tell you that we moderators protect it fiercely. If someone or some thread (extremely rare, btw) seems to be detrimental, the red dots in the Moderators forum light up like a Christmas tree.


 5:07 pm on Sep 30, 2000 (gmt 0)

Hi Mike,

it is an elusive quality, but it is nice to see that you took notice, as RC said we too "sense" it and do everything we can to keep the shine from dulling.


 5:12 pm on Sep 30, 2000 (gmt 0)

It's the quality team like RC and AIR and the rest of the gang - not to mention the gang leader - Brett who leads by example.

Mike - thanks for seeing the difference that makes WmW what it is...



 5:17 pm on Sep 30, 2000 (gmt 0)

It's nice of you to give us some credit Steve, I honestly think all of us are the gatekeepers on this one, part of the elusiveness is the quality folks that visit and post here everyday.

I am sure too that there are many lurkers that are just itchin' to come out, this is a perfect chance.


 5:37 pm on Sep 30, 2000 (gmt 0)

> I honestly think all of us are the gatekeepers on this one, part of the elusiveness is the quality folks that visit
Agreed, whatever *it* is, it's definitely based on a 'composite score.'


 8:07 pm on Sep 30, 2000 (gmt 0)

I'm a long time visitor and a new moderator and I agree with stcrim completely, blame... I mean credit the leadership!

To me the "sparkle" is due, at least in part, to the civillity and respect shown by everyone to everyone here, first thing I noticed.

Mike - I've enjoyed reading you for a long time at SEF. Drop by often and help us "sparkle"!


 8:15 pm on Sep 30, 2000 (gmt 0)

< sparkle > SURE </ sparkle >

And I'll bring some friends with me to sparkle!


 11:55 pm on Sep 30, 2000 (gmt 0)


Sorry, just had to shout that one.

I find them civil, repectful, informative, flame-free, and so on. But I think the answer is also right here in FOO, our relief valve. SEO is such a brain-fatiguing susbject we need FOO. I mean, where else would you find serious folk talking about foods that make you Puke??? Huh???

Keep up the good work folks.



 3:30 am on Oct 1, 2000 (gmt 0)

>FOO = relief valve
Agreed. and thanks!

>where else would you find serious folk talking about foods that make you Puke
Hey! What's wrong with 'air-dried horse rectum' sausage?


 5:35 am on Oct 1, 2000 (gmt 0)

When you say "'air-dried horse rectum' sausage" you're not suggesting a different line of work for me are you?


 8:54 pm on Oct 1, 2000 (gmt 0)

Excuse me if I sound overly laudatory...but I've often been struck by the level of intelligence, capacity for critical thinking, memory, and eloquence of the people who frequent this forum.

This, combined with the willingness to help others and to be a part of a community, is one of the aspects that makes this forum special. That's one of WmW's qualities...it's a community. These days, with the internet and advanced technology, there has been a loss of human "connectedness"...so people are missing the sense of "community" that once existed, pre-computers, TV, nintendo, cell-phones, etc.

Something I've been wondering about though...what accounts for the high level of intelligence and education of this group of people? Just a thought.

In any case...this is a great community! Thanks to you all for making it and keeping it this way!


 8:58 pm on Oct 1, 2000 (gmt 0)


I don't understand.
You used too many BIG words.


 9:17 pm on Oct 1, 2000 (gmt 0)

Somehow, even though this thread and others here have several references to air-dried horse rectum sausage you still believe there is intelligence evident here??

All kidding aside, you are right. If I had to pick a term that defined this group, it would be 'experience.' And you don't gain experience in this business without first having figured out a way to survive in it. Lessons learned the hard way would account for most of the education shown here.

Geez! The above sounds too much like ad copy, but I can't think of another way of explaining our common ground, or why we've happened to congregate here.


 12:31 am on Oct 4, 2000 (gmt 0)

It has become clear to me now that OTHERS have seen it.

Foo is a part of it !


 12:51 am on Oct 4, 2000 (gmt 0)

>Foo is a part of it !
Actually, FOO is ALL of it... we've known for some time now that FOO is the only real draw. Brett just keeps the other forums -and all those so-called *tools* of his- around for filler.

We plan a nationally syndicated column soon. There's also a weekly TV show in production -currently scheduled to air right after Crocodile Hunter. It'll be hosted by Dan Rather.


 6:18 am on Oct 4, 2000 (gmt 0)

It's the "personal touch" - you almost feel like you can (forgive me, phone company) reach out and touch someone.

I have a particular personal reason for liking this forum. For two years, at my first online community, and where I did my first homepage ever, I've had the embarrassment of having the screen name of mamafoofoo, which started as a joke, and which stuck - even hosting boards and chats with it - kinda known as foo or foofoo for short.

It's almost a Zen kind of thing, accidentally and unknowingly becoming a fictitious online persona that represents being, technically, a nothing - a wild card, a whatever or a whatnot, and building an identity with it.

It's worn well, I've become "mama" to many, and somehow managed to maintain some degree of credibility and dignity, befitting my age, in spite of having "Little bunny foo foo, hopping through the forest, bopping all the field mice on the head" sung to me in chat on a regular basis.

It really is the personal touch here that makes the difference. There's a real sense of community (which can't be deliberately contrived, it's an outgrowth of the members themselves, in a conducive environment), in addition to the great information. Makes it feel like an actual "place."

(mamafoofoo's two cents) :)


 12:29 pm on Oct 4, 2000 (gmt 0)


If you came to this forum to escape being called mamafoofoo, then why, oh why would you let that cat out of the bag?


 12:41 pm on Oct 4, 2000 (gmt 0)

Oh Mamafoofoo, so that is you! ;)

I have also participated in many fora around the net. Still do. I particulary like the lay out of the forum skript, the high level of activity and the lack of flamers/lamers. WmW got to be the best kept secret on the net.


 11:48 am on Oct 5, 2000 (gmt 0)

Marcia Marcia Marcia!

( I've tried to resist for a long time Marcia, but the urge finally overwhelmed me ;) A belated, welcome to the forums! I always enjoy reading you.

(quick note: anyones email address as used on the board here that is parked on an autoresponder, gets the email address auto removed. There were a couple in this thread. The board has to treat the email as if it had bounced.)


 6:10 am on Oct 6, 2000 (gmt 0)

"If you came to this forum to escape"....

Scott, I will never "escape," nor would I want to. I am there to stay, kind of a "permanent fixture.

Edited by: Marcia


 6:23 am on Oct 6, 2000 (gmt 0)

Oh Brett, some people can resist anything but temptation! But nobody over the age of 40 has ever called me that, so you may not qualify for your own rocking chair!

Thank you for the welcome, so glad to be here!


 7:05 am on Oct 8, 2000 (gmt 0)


He He... MaMaFooFoo.. Ha Ha...

MaMaHooHoo in Chinese means "Just OK" ie., not good not bad "just ok". It literally translates as "Horse Horse Tiger Tiger".

I know Marcia is MaMaFooFoo and not MaMaHooHoo, but the word just leapt out at me from the screen.

Ha Ha Ha Ha......



 1:10 pm on Oct 10, 2000 (gmt 0)

Marcia, Your "admission" just kind of reminded me of a situation we had here where I work. A co-worker of mine was telling us one day that he was in a school break-dance group back in the early 80s and that his nickname was "Electrode." That's just something you don't let out unless you're prepared for the relentless teasing that will follow. He's never been called "Electrode" so many times in his life as he has in the last few months. He frequently finds magazine clippings of break dancers on his desk with his name mentioned in the captions, etc. Lotsa fun!


 6:26 pm on Oct 10, 2000 (gmt 0)

I am a new member, but have been lurking for weeks. I am astounded at the level of professionalism and helped offered here. I was surprised when my first post went live immediately, I thought surely this board's posts were each moderated/approved before being posted!

5 days ago, I posted 2 questions here, and 2 at SEF. (all unrelated topics) I have gotten several helpful replies to both posts here, both SEF posts have already fallen down the page with no replies.

The sparkle is this - everyone's tone and willingness to help. Keep it up, gang! I hope to be as helpful as you guys in the future. :)


 6:49 pm on Oct 10, 2000 (gmt 0)

The cooperative effort of everyone working together is recognized here. Basic respect, a sense of humor (always important), a wide variety of topics and moderators with a high level of experience and sound advice makes this board the best around.



 7:27 pm on Oct 10, 2000 (gmt 0)

Thanks for all the kudos!

We moderators worry that we won't be able to keep clearing the bar if you keep raising it so.

Re SEF, they are a big board, and they are often the first place that many have found seeking SEO resources, that's a lot of what can very often be a different level of users relative to those that come here. It's so easy for a post to fall down with all the cries for help. We moderators worry about that all the time, too. So, if you see an orphan post, please let us know.


 3:36 pm on Oct 13, 2000 (gmt 0)

The first -- and most important, IMHO -- thing I noticed about these fora which delighted me is that when there are differing views here, it's okay.

I have frequented other boards where someone gives information, that information has been wrong, someone points it out, and the entire thread is deleted.

On those boards, it seems that the main objective of them is to ensure that the forum's "experts" are seen as infallible. Here, it appears that there is honest exchange of opinion and information with little regard to WHO is right, but rather WHAT is right.

It is a pleasure to read these fora, and I daresay it is much easier to believe what is discussed here.


 8:50 pm on Oct 13, 2000 (gmt 0)

Laisha - It's nice to see you here! I've been reading you for a long while at SEF. Here in AZ we have one cactus and two or more cacti (actually lots more). I've been referring to one forum and two or more forums, perhaps ignorantly, folks usually know what I mean and (perhaps) politely ignore my ignorance... Is fora the proper plural for forum? I don't think I've seen the word elsewhere, ever... And a response of "What do I look like, Funk and Wagnels?" or "Check your dictionary" is considered bad form at WmW! :) ;) :)


 9:20 pm on Oct 13, 2000 (gmt 0)

Funk and Wagnels, Webster's Dictionary and anything else not in Latin wouldn't be appropriate "authority". My Senior Latin book is nowhere to be found and Brother Naclerio (see what happens when you go to a Catholic high school) is probably writing out my detention slip for losing it as we speak. Forums is the correct English plural, fora is also correct in both English and more importantly Latin.

Welcome Laisha to a peaceful fora.

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