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Old 05-01-2012, 05:11 PM
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Ever go back an read your earliest SDMB threads?

Have you ever gone back and read some of your earliest threads?

There were some in there I had no memory of starting. I'm looking at them and thinking, "Hey, that's a darn good question! I wonder what the answer is..."

It helps if they were more than 5 years ago or so. For some of us with terrible memories, a couple years will do.

Sidebar: I have also done this with past college essays and such. I read them and think "I wrote this? I have never heard of this subject before in my life. Did I pay someone else to write this?"
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Old 05-01-2012, 05:14 PM
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I look back at mine fairly often, sometimes giving them a bump.
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Old 05-01-2012, 05:20 PM
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Satan was banned for back and forth with me in one of my earlier threads, so I've gone back to that thread a couple of times to look at what happend.
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Old 05-01-2012, 05:21 PM
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Link?

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Old 05-01-2012, 05:33 PM
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I've never been one to start many threads, but I'll occasionally dig up one of the earlier threads I've been involved in. I find that there are some folks who have the knack for consistently asking good questions.
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Old 05-01-2012, 05:41 PM
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Never. I first came around here when I was 16. Why would I want to read anything I wrote when I was 16?
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Old 05-01-2012, 06:10 PM
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No. I am so much wiser now than I was 2 months ago.
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Old 05-01-2012, 06:13 PM
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Rarely. Like RandMcnally, I find little of worth in my earliest threads. My contributions were rarely useful and my thread questions were inane or so poorly asked the resultant info was worthless.
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Old 05-01-2012, 08:25 PM
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Old 05-01-2012, 10:23 PM
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I joined this board eight years ago as I was just finishing high school. The thoughts I had were scary.

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Old 05-01-2012, 10:38 PM
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I get depressed at seeing how many threads I started that sank like a stone without a single reply. So, yes I've done it, but it hasn't been a joyful experience.
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Old 05-01-2012, 10:50 PM
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Very often I've read an old zombie thread and wishing I could go back in time and explain things to those idiots. I'm often gratified to see an earlier version of me saying exactly what I wished I could go back in time to say.
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Old 05-01-2012, 10:54 PM
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I do once in a while. I usually run across them if I'm bored and doing a google search of my email address which was part of my signature when this board first started up since that was my AOL user name. Mostly I'm surprised at how bad my grammar and spelling was back then. Also, for obvious reasons, I asked a lot more questions that related to what I was studying at the time. Now, I'm not all that concerned with Advanced Calculus. Hell, some of those threads I can't even understand anymore. Seriously, I would have to study my ass off for months to be able to read this thread...that I started.

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Old 05-03-2012, 12:07 PM
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Old 05-03-2012, 12:43 PM
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Old 05-03-2012, 03:05 PM
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I've done it. I was an idiot back then.

Of course, I'm an idiot now so I'm not sure how well I should trust the opinion of an idiot.
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I thought Muffin was a guy.
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Old 05-03-2012, 03:47 PM
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On occasion. I used way too many smilies back then.

Although this thread did inspire me to pull up my retrospective, which lead to about an hour of reading back.

It also made me realize that I need to find a new web host, stat. My contract with IX Web Hosting expires in six days, and while there's no way in hell I'm going back with them, I don't want my tales to suddenly have dead links either (it's bad enough most of the Littest Briston pic links no longer work, I don't want things like I'm Very, Very, Very, Very, Very Sorry to lose their punch).
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Old 05-03-2012, 03:48 PM
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Old 05-03-2012, 04:06 PM
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I was reading through one zombie the other day when I thought "that guy makes good sense" then noticed in was from me. Blush. Turns out, I agree with my own views!
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Old 05-03-2012, 04:09 PM
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I've done it. I was an idiot back then.

Of course, I'm an idiot now so I'm not sure how well I should trust the opinion of an idiot.
I always read your old posts in an early LHotP Laura Ingalls voice.

Just an FYI.
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I always read your old posts in an early LHotP Laura Ingalls voice.

Just an FYI.
Oh yeah? Check the records. I did some stuff. There was one time, I was on a hill covered with flowers and there was a beautiful girl with pigtails...
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Old 05-03-2012, 10:52 PM
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Sometimes. I've spent a third of my life here. Looking back on things that I said or cared about or whatever back then is kind of painful, but kind of funny.

Right now, I'm dealing with a somewhat-awkward situation with a kid who is the same age I was when I started. I'm treading very carefully because it's such a weird, imbalanced relationship. I think she wants to be treated as a peer (I would have), but she's not. She's a kid. Our boundaries have to be different. I have to understand her level of emotional maturity and not expect it to be the same as mine (chick has a LOT of feelings...). So I've been going back and looking at how it was with me at that age in order to better understand how she might be thinking.

I do understand a bit better now why people still, to this day, sometimes make comments about how I'm just a kid or whatever, even though I'm a grown-ass adult now (well, sort of. I bet in another few years, I'll look back and shake my head at how young and stupid I was. Really, I hope I do.)
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Old 05-04-2012, 10:11 PM
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Yes I did.

And I am embarassed by the fact that, due to my fast typing behavior, I never cared much about grammar.

Dopers have corrected my grammar and punctuation at least couple of times.
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Old 05-04-2012, 10:56 PM
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Sometimes. I've spent a third of my life here. Looking back on things that I said or cared about or whatever back then is kind of painful, but kind of funny.
I too have spent a third of my life here. I was barely 22 when I joined, 33 now. I have checked old posts, but there isn't a lot to check out and embarrass me because I was mostly a lurker back then. Two-thirds of my posts have been in the last couple of years.
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Old 05-04-2012, 11:18 PM
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Have you ever gone back and read some of your earliest threads?
Only when someone revives then and they pop up on my email. Generally when I see something pop up on my email I'll click the link, if I have time, and go see what the thread is...and that sometimes brings up really old threads I (or my dad, since this was originally his account) participated in.

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It helps if they were more than 5 years ago or so. For some of us with terrible memories, a couple years will do.
Yeah, it can be interesting when one pops up. I hardly remember a lot of them, and it can be a bit disconcerting to see some of my old positions. Some of them are definitely cringe-worthy.

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Old 05-04-2012, 11:43 PM
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Satan has been banned. I regret having to do this; he has been a prolific poster who has made positive contributions to the SDMB. But I have had it with his continual flinging of insults and attempts to demonize posters with whom he disagrees.
HA!


I occasionally read my old OPs, and they are still pure gold.
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Old 05-05-2012, 12:11 AM
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I have several times before. I have this persistent idea that I was once much different than I am now. Nope, I have always been exactly the same base on what I have read in earlier thread going back over a decade. I get the same vibe from my saved Kindergarten drawings.

A really spooky thing has happened more than a few times. I have Googled the answer to a question and been referred back to a thread here. I look at the answer and think it is perfect for what I need and then realize I wrote it many years ago They say time travel isn't possible. Not true, my past self sets me up quite well sometimes.

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Thirteen years later and I'm still waiting for an answer to the first question I posted here.
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Old 05-05-2012, 12:24 AM
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It's 42.

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Every time I think of an old thread I want to revisit, it has fallen into the SDMB void so I rarely make the effort any longer.
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Old 05-05-2012, 03:46 AM
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It's 42.
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Old 05-05-2012, 03:51 AM
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Wait, what was the question?
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I am. Muffin is a nickname my parents gave me when I was a tot.
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Old 05-05-2012, 09:18 AM
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Speaking of your old threads being revived and your having to notice them, it's been over a year, more than 750 posts, since I flipped the switch that "subscribes" me automatically to threads I respond to, so that the little flag shows up beside such threads. These days, if a thread shows up when I look at "New Posts" and doesn't have the flag, I know it's older than whenever it was I made that change. Therefore I have to check out what I must have said to be getting that thread on my list. Usually it's trivial and borderline irrelevant, but every once in a while I said something memorable -- at least to me.

But I have developed a little hobby of looking back at older threads for fun stuff. I've even started some threads on such trivia. Perhaps you may have seen some of them.
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Old 05-05-2012, 10:53 AM
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When I've gone back and looked at some of my older posts, I sometimes don't recognize them as my own. I've been here a lot longer than I thought! I have a similar feeling with my older blog posts, too. I'm starting to think that I have a second personality who only comes out when I write. Wait, is she writing this? How will I ever know?
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Old 05-05-2012, 10:55 AM
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I occasionally read my old OPs, and they are still pure gold.
Likewise! I always enjoy looking at some of the threads I started.
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Old 05-05-2012, 10:59 AM
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I've gone back and reviewed my top and bottom five most successful OPs, maybe that's sort of related.
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Old 05-05-2012, 11:08 AM
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I've gone back and reviewed my top and bottom five most successful OPs, maybe that's sort of related.
Yeah! That's the sort of thing I was thinking of upthread!

(My 0-replies threads are a bit of a sore spot for me. )
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Old 05-05-2012, 12:24 PM
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Yes I did.

And I am embarassed by the fact that, due to my fast typing behavior, I never cared much about grammar.

Dopers have corrected my grammar and punctuation at least couple of times.
You mean "Dopers have corrected my grammar and punctuation at least a couple of times."



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You mean "Dopers have corrected my grammar and punctuation at least a couple of times."



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Yes, many of them to be awkwardly phrased and diadatic.
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Old 05-05-2012, 06:01 PM
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Yes, many of them to be awkwardly phrased and diadatic.
I know what you mean. A lot of my early posts were one-liners and drive-by insults.

The important thing is we've both matured.
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Old 05-05-2012, 09:27 PM
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Tangentially related at best.

A few weeks ago I had a good week on the job and decided to screw off one Friday afternoon. I went to see 'Titanic 3D' in a theater. What the hell. Don't judge me.

Afterward I'm thinking..."Hmm. I wonder if there was ANYTHING the crew could have done to save the ship. Any course of action that looks good in hindsight?"

I thought to post it here but decided to do a search first in case it had been asked before. It seemed an obvious question, after all.

I find this thread from 2004.

Started by me. Eight years apart and the same thread idea occurs to me.

Oy.
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Old 05-09-2012, 01:31 PM
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Yeah, I've started reading a thread, and thought "That's hilarious! I wish I'd written tha... Oh, it's a zombie thread. And that was the 2002 version of me that wrote that..."

Hey, on the plus side I'm reaching the age where I'll be able to reread my favorite mysteries without knowing whodunnit.
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