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DID I ASK TO BE ON YOUR PING LIST?
vanity | December 20, 2002 | southernnorthcarolina

Posted on 12/20/2002 3:57:53 PM PST by southernnorthcarolina

Apologies for the vanity post. But I want to rant a bit.

In the past few months, ping lists have proliferated to the point of annoyance. And it is especially irksome to find oneself on a list without having requested inclusion.

There's a word for this: .

Ponder this question, Chester: Did I ask to be on your #%&@ing ping list? No? Well, then. Draw the logical conclusion. If I wish to be on your ping list, rest assured you'll be the first to know. But while you wait with bated breath for my entreaty to be a party to your wisdom, I'll thank you not to make the assumption that I consider your blog indispensable.

Personally, I'd like to see pinging stopped entirely, via the placing of a limit on the number of people a post may be directed to -- preferably one, but no more than five, in my opinion. But failing that, it should at least be the case that unsolicited spam has no place on Free Republic.


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1 posted on 12/20/2002 3:57:53 PM PST by southernnorthcarolina
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To: southernnorthcarolina

Seconded.


2 posted on 12/20/2002 3:59:15 PM PST by Nick Danger
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To: Arthur McGowan
Ping!
3 posted on 12/20/2002 4:01:29 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: southernnorthcarolina
I agree. Putting someone on a ping list without their prior consent or request is just plain rude.
4 posted on 12/20/2002 4:01:48 PM PST by proust
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To: MeeknMing; cmsgop; Dog Gone
Spam thread....
5 posted on 12/20/2002 4:02:51 PM PST by Dog
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To: southernnorthcarolina
I assume you don't want to be on the Foxhole ping list. I've already removed you. Have a good day.
6 posted on 12/20/2002 4:03:03 PM PST by Jen
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To: JohnHuang2
Need that mega ping list of yours... my friend...:-)
7 posted on 12/20/2002 4:04:07 PM PST by Dog
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To: southernnorthcarolina
Ping!!!! to the irate Ping haters list
8 posted on 12/20/2002 4:05:41 PM PST by woofie
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To: Sir Gawain; Sabertooth; dead; unix; Lazamataz; doug from upland; Xenalyte; Dog; ...
Did I ask you be on your ping list ping :P
9 posted on 12/20/2002 4:07:13 PM PST by Texaggie79
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To: southernnorthcarolina
Ditto. Ping lists should be banned.

What an annoyance to have to send a message to be removed. Some of the busy-bodies think that, just because you live in a particular State, you need to be notified of every little non-event pertaining to your State.

This site has deteriorated dramatically over the past few years. I could give a rats-behind about some of the postings, so I never read them. I browse headlines --- Quickly. Sorta like how I read through the voluminous material I receive every day.

My flame-retardant suit is ON. So, kiss off.

10 posted on 12/20/2002 4:08:21 PM PST by fuquadukie
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To: southernnorthcarolina
Dittos. Some of us are on 56Kb modems which makes display of "My comments" a time intensive process, especially when we're only interested in seeing our own comments and responses thereto.
11 posted on 12/20/2002 4:08:46 PM PST by Rockitz
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To: Rockitz
Ting! (Well, it wasn't a ping so don't complain).
12 posted on 12/20/2002 4:09:48 PM PST by jraven
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To: Rockitz
Ting! (Well, it wasn't a ping so don't complain).
13 posted on 12/20/2002 4:09:51 PM PST by jraven
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To: southernnorthcarolina
Oops.. Flame-retardant suit comment not directed towards you... it's towards the morons on this site... My bad... Time for another beer.
14 posted on 12/20/2002 4:10:00 PM PST by fuquadukie
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To: southernnorthcarolina
Thirded...

Ping lists are one thing that irritates, the second is pings with graphics. I am tired of going into self search and having to wait for graphics to load...it's a pain in the ass.

Maybe we can get the JR's to delete graphics in selfsearch, or, we do away with Spamming altogether.

JMHO

SR

15 posted on 12/20/2002 4:10:05 PM PST by sit-rep
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To: Nick Danger
we need an opt IN program... not the OPT OUT "if you don't want on my ping list, please let me know... " routine of late.

FURTHERMORE, the concept of subscripted thematic selection on the left of the screen WAS supposed to be a way for us to CHOOSE article browsing lists that fit our selected key words...

In other words, I am interested in Israel's current events, so I subscribe to that... I am NOT interested in MOST religious issues, that are specific to the CATHOLIC situation at this time. Hence I do NOT subscribe to religion, though I do go there at times to see what is going on.

The ping lists need to go away.
There are folks who ping me by email when they got something hot, they KNOW I want to see... ie... whenever REAL breaking news is posted from venezuela or brazil comes up, THEY let me know.

I get a little fed up with seeing "new posts to you" and finding ten or fifteen "pingers" trying to get me to visit their thread.

I ALWAYS look for John Huang's my2cents. John is responsible in his pinging. perhaps a ping monitor would be more useful than a sidebar moderator. Not all pingers are created equal.

IE, Although I LOVE the military of america, I am not interested so much in the details of the battle of the little big horn... and don't appreciate the pings for that list.

Perhaps we need to expand the number of topics listed in the top menu, it might be better than twenty or thirty pings each day for areas that I have no interest in.

SO, count me as a third on this, if not a late "second" on this as a motion to commit to a floor vote. Ping lists need to go away or have assigned monitors who use them responsibly and update them often.

16 posted on 12/20/2002 4:10:42 PM PST by Robert_Paulson2
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To: AntiJen
Hey Jen, just wanted to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and family.

Love the thread - and the PING's.

LVM

17 posted on 12/20/2002 4:10:47 PM PST by LasVegasMac
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To: RnMomof7
Ping a ling.

18 posted on 12/20/2002 4:10:48 PM PST by Wrigley
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To: southernnorthcarolina
Well some of us need the ping list. For example I am planning the NYC party next week and its a huge time saver. Everyone who showed interest in the party is on the list and not one has asked to be removed. I will close it down next week but the point is at least for me that it is helpful in organizing. IE: also helpful in organizing protests.

If the ping list shut down and I had to individually freepmail everyone frankly I would not do it. The time spent on that would just not be worth my effort.

19 posted on 12/20/2002 4:11:19 PM PST by alisasny
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To: Rockitz
Dittos. Some of us are on 56Kb modems which makes display of "My comments" a time intensive process

I will agree that the My Comments page can take a while to load, even via cable modem. I would suggest that for a future upgrade of the software, one has the option of turning off graphics on the My Comments page.
20 posted on 12/20/2002 4:11:36 PM PST by jmc813
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To: Rockitz
I wanted to be on the Elizabeth Smart ping list. Now I am on everyones. Please take me off of all of them? Thank you!!!!!
21 posted on 12/20/2002 4:11:39 PM PST by Lovergirl
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To: southernnorthcarolina
WHAT DO YOU THINK?


Southernnorthcarolina asks the eternal question: "Did I Ask To Be Pinged? What do you think?

Old Woman  "Well, that seems like a pretty sensible question. I often get pinged to threads about Catholic priests and I'm not even a Catholic. Why would people think I am interested in that?"
Dana Klugh
Homemaker
Old Man  "It's about time we had a Freeper who's not afraid to step up to the plate and ask the question that must be asked. To ping, or not to ping?"
Don Swartz
Systems Analyst
Young Man  "He's bluffing. Southernnorthcarolina secretly wants to be pinged more and is just using reverse psychology here."
Cris Porter
Roofer
African-American Man  "That reminds me. I've got something to post here later about fruitcake recipes. Now I know who to ping first."
Carl Roberts
Engineer
Asian Man  "It's like the 1970s all over again. Remember all those chain letters? Send 7 copies to people you know and tell them to do the same?"
Larry Golub
Gardener
Young Woman  "You know the scariest thing about this whole situation? I might get pinged to a LOTR thread someday. The prospect is giving me nightmares."
Denise Traylor
Graduate Student

22 posted on 12/20/2002 4:12:33 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: southernnorthcarolina
I've asked to be on some ping lists and I've asked to be removed from some others.
A friendly request to be removed usually works.
23 posted on 12/20/2002 4:12:33 PM PST by Jean S
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To: southernnorthcarolina; dighton; aculeus; BlueLancer; Poohbah; hellinahandcart
Okay. I've taken the liberty of putting you on my "I don't want to be on your ping list" ping list...
24 posted on 12/20/2002 4:12:53 PM PST by general_re
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To: southernnorthcarolina
Yep. I agree. I like that old 'if you don't wish to be on this list let me know'. Ah, excuse me, I DID NOT ASK TO BE ON YOUR LIST. WHERE THE HELL DO YOU GET OFF ASSUMING OTHERWISE UNLESS I SAY SO?!?. Ah, I feel a lot better now.
25 posted on 12/20/2002 4:12:56 PM PST by paul51
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To: southernnorthcarolina
Well said. Glad to know I am not alone in this thought. I will put you on my Anti-Ping List Ping List.
26 posted on 12/20/2002 4:13:15 PM PST by carpio
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To: SamAdams76
Sam, that is great! Thanks for the smiles!
27 posted on 12/20/2002 4:13:29 PM PST by alisasny
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To: AntiJen
fyi
28 posted on 12/20/2002 4:13:48 PM PST by Free the USA
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To: alisasny
I did not know this site catered to parties...I thought it was an awareness forum. That is, aware of Constitutional issues.

SR

29 posted on 12/20/2002 4:14:27 PM PST by sit-rep
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To: general_re
Pong!
30 posted on 12/20/2002 4:14:35 PM PST by Poohbah
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To: southernnorthcarolina
Did you ping me?
31 posted on 12/20/2002 4:14:45 PM PST by swarthyguy
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To: southernnorthcarolina
Personally, I'd like to see pinging stopped entirely

Now this statement, on the other hand, is ludicris. In my opinion, the ability to flag other users attention to a post is what really makes FR's software stand out from other message board packages. I've thought to myself many times when posting on USENET groups that I frequent how nice it would be to have a "ping" feature there.
32 posted on 12/20/2002 4:15:05 PM PST by jmc813
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To: southernnorthcarolina
Settle down, South, atleast you're noticed! :)
33 posted on 12/20/2002 4:16:24 PM PST by Libertina
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To: Poohbah
Pong!
34 posted on 12/20/2002 4:17:02 PM PST by general_re
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To: sit-rep; 1Old Pro; 2Trievers; BobFromNJ; abner; alisasny; Angelwood; areafiftyone; Askel5; ...
NYC NJ CT Freepers and guests coming to party: see post 19 and 29!

I will let you all flame away : )Thanks Lisa

35 posted on 12/20/2002 4:17:06 PM PST by alisasny
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To: southernnorthcarolina
I'm with you. I never put anyone on a "ping" list (I think they are annoying, at best) but I seem to get put on lots of them.

If I'm interested in the topic, I can navigate well enough to find the relevant posts without help.

36 posted on 12/20/2002 4:18:06 PM PST by RANGERAIRBORNE
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To: SamAdams76
LOL! Thanks for tickling the funny bones on this oh-so-serious-subject thread.
37 posted on 12/20/2002 4:18:45 PM PST by Libertina
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To: DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet; Howlin; Amelia; terilyn; Southflanknorthpawsis; justshe
Ping!
38 posted on 12/20/2002 4:20:00 PM PST by Chad Fairbanks
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To: alisasny
boring...
39 posted on 12/20/2002 4:20:05 PM PST by sit-rep
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LOL!!! Personally, I thought Art put it a whole lot better...

...with considerably more harrumphing zeal and flair.

Where are the snows of yesteryear...;^)
40 posted on 12/20/2002 4:20:18 PM PST by headsonpikes
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To: SamAdams76
Denise Traylor kinda looks like Hillary if she were attractive. Anyone with me?
41 posted on 12/20/2002 4:20:30 PM PST by jmc813
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To: SamAdams76
ROFL!!!

Truly clever.

42 posted on 12/20/2002 4:21:52 PM PST by LBGA
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To: fuquadukie
If you think we're such morons, what does that say about you?
43 posted on 12/20/2002 4:22:02 PM PST by sweetliberty
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I could add this guy to the WOD Ping list and really tick him off :-)
44 posted on 12/20/2002 4:22:13 PM PST by jmc813
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To: southernnorthcarolina
Thanks.
45 posted on 12/20/2002 4:23:32 PM PST by semaj
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To: AntiJen
Yeah, neither do I.
46 posted on 12/20/2002 4:23:57 PM PST by GraniteStateConservative
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To: sit-rep
All you have to do is to go to the "brief" version in your settings on your comments page and the graphics won't load unless you click on it.
47 posted on 12/20/2002 4:24:07 PM PST by sweetliberty
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To: sit-rep
So your goal is to read at FR and be more aware? Kinda like being one of the choir. OK by me if thats what you use FR for. Some of us are activists and organize regularly on FR.
48 posted on 12/20/2002 4:25:12 PM PST by alisasny
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To: southernnorthcarolina; AntiJen; MistyCA; SAMWolf; nicmarlo
In the past few months, ping lists have proliferated to the point of annoyance.

Agreed, so I will take this opportunity:

AntiJen; MistyCA; SAMWolf; nicmarlo please be so kind as to dePING me. Thanks, and Merry Christmas.

49 posted on 12/20/2002 4:25:14 PM PST by HoustonCurmudgeon
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To: southernnorthcarolina; Jim Robinson
How about separating pings from "my comments?"

Is that doable?
50 posted on 12/20/2002 4:25:32 PM PST by GraniteStateConservative
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