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[YAK] Group dynamics

The following is being distributed on some other mailing lists, and
I thought many of us would enjoy it. Thanks to the wonderful
moderating skills of Hanuman and Ton, Orchid is free of many of the
more-annoying items listed here. Just serves to re-illustrate what a
wonderful community this is!

Karen Goeller

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

One to change the light bulb and to post that the light bulb has
been changed.

Fourteen to share similar experiences of changing light bulbs
and how the light bulb could have been changed differently.

Seven to caution about the dangers of changing light bulbs.

Seven more to point out spelling/grammar errors in posts about
changing light bulbs.

Three to correct spelling/grammar errors.

Six to argue over whether it’s “lightbulb” or “light bulb”.

Another six to condemn those six as stupid.

Fifteen to claim experience in the lighting industry and give
the correct spelling.

Nineteen to post that this group is not about light bulbs and to
please take this discussion to a lightbulb (or light bulb) forum.

Eleven to defend the posting to the group saying that we all use
light bulbs and therefore the posts are relevant to this group.

Thirty six 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.

Seven to post URLs where one can see examples of different light

Four to post that the URLs were posted incorrectly and then post
the corrected URL.

Three to post about links they found from the URLs that are
relevant to this group which makes light bulbs relevant to this

Thirteen to link all posts to date, quote them in their entirety
including all headers and signatures, and add “Me too”.

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

Four to say “didn’t we go through this already a short time

Thirteen to say “do a Google search on light bulbs before
posting questions about light bulbs.”

Three to tell a funny story about their cat and a light bulb.


One group lurker to respond to the original post 6 months from
now with something unrelated and start it all over again.