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Old 05-06-2019, 08:30 AM
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Others here from snopes messageboard?


I know there are some others here who used to be on the (apparently now defunct) snopes messageboard/forum; but not everybody's got the same username (though I'm using the same one). Also, I can't assume that a familiar name is the same person, because a different person might have chosen a name here that somebody else chose on snopes.

Anybody want to stop in here and say hi, whether they recently came over or did so years ago?
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Old 05-06-2019, 09:03 AM
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I know there are some others here who used to be on the (apparently now defunct) snopes messageboard/forum
A new Snopes message-board is in the works according to Snopes.

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Yup. That's been up for over a month now; and the old boards have been shut down for over a month.

Maybe the Discourse boards will eventually happen; but it's been an awfully long gap, and there hasn't been any further information put out in quite some time. Not even a 'have patience, we're still working on it.'

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Yup. That's been up for over a month now; and the old boards have been shut down for over a month.

Maybe the Discourse boards will eventually happen; but it's been an awfully long gap, and there hasn't been any further information put out in quite some time. Not even a 'have patience, we're still working on it.'
Maybe it's one of those --- whatchamacallum -- Urban Legends.
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Old 05-06-2019, 10:18 AM
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I welcome a new message board at Snopes, but I predict it will be a nightmare to moderate. Or else it will turn into a worthless free-for-all site.
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Considering that the old board there had continued on for quite some time with only minimal problems after active moderation pretty much disappeared, I don't see why a new one would be particularly hard to moderate.

I just don't know whether we're ever going to get a new one; or, if we do, how it'll be run.
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Old 05-06-2019, 12:03 PM
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Why thorny locust? We have a little hobby farm and I'm continually battling locust trees that send up new shoots every year. They are thorny bastards that we cut down and burn every spring.

So, I see your name and cringe a little inside.
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I was a member for a while but I caught Barb in an error. She fixed it then denied it had ever existed.

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The Snopes message board was how I found this place (back in 2008), as they recommended a Cecil Adams article and I followed it here. However, I deliberately chose a different username here because the one I used there was one I used everywhere online.

That said, you probably never knew me. I didn't post a lot on Snopes, because, for some reason, even after multiple posts, I had to be manually approved on each post. And, by the time that happened, the conversation would often have moved on. I PM'd them about it, but never got a reply, and they have a "one account per user" rule, so I never tried a different account to see if it was just something messed up with my account (or if it had been hacked and used as a spam account).

I did correct Barbara before, but I never did so on the forums, just using the Feedback link. I have no idea if she ever corrected the mistake I pointed out. I remember the mistake, but not the article. That said, I hold no ill will towards anyone there.
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I didn't post a lot on Snopes, because, for some reason, even after multiple posts, I had to be manually approved on each post. And, by the time that happened, the conversation would often have moved on.
Same experience here. I had an account there and read some threads, but never got to the point where my posts would show up in a reasonable amount of time. No idea what name I used there..
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Why thorny locust? We have a little hobby farm and I'm continually battling locust trees that send up new shoots every year. They are thorny bastards that we cut down and burn every spring.

So, I see your name and cringe a little inside.
Yup, that's the tree. Once it's got its roots in, it's stubborn and determined and next to impossible to get out of there. If you cut it down, it just grows back. And then there's the thorns.

It also makes the best fence posts in the world. No treatment needed; I've seen fifty year old vineyard posts still solid in the ground in a harsh climate -- biggest problem is getting the staples into them because the old wood's so hard. And it makes fantastic firewood; hot burn and long lasting, keep you warm all winter. And it's a nitrogen fixer, improves the soil.

So: not to everybody's taste, no. But there are those who are strongly in favor of the whole package.


-- Barbara's not connected with snopes any longer. They got divorced, and there was a whole mess that followed upon that.
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I was there ages ago. I joined here in 1999 and was considered an "Old Regular" on snopes by that time. Back then we posted with our real names (and a clever internym). When things switched over I used Spud there as well. I tried to go back a few times but they didn't recognize my account anymore and I didn't feel like jumping through all their new hoops. I was the first person to respond to the British School Kids of NFBSK fame. I doubt that any of the really old timers like me are (were) still around now.
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I was the first person to respond to the British School Kids of NFBSK fame.
Whoop! I came in a lot later than that, not until 2007 (though I'd been lurking for a while), and only knew that as a story.

I feel like asking for an autograph.
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Old 05-06-2019, 10:24 PM
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Should be a couple of us trickling over now. Maybe even double-digit numbers of us!
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I really isn't that exciting. It was a school project that their teacher had suggested to learn about the very early days of what would now be considered social media. They found snopes (or maybe still back then known as the San Fernando Valley something, something, something... (that happens when you get old.)) They wanted to know why we put funny things between our names. It was the norm to put John "spooky" Doe if you were responding to a ghost story, etc. I gave them a simple explanation on the internyms, but it was soon after that that the small group of us realized we probably needed to remember that we weren't the only ones looking at the message board.

I also wrote one of the lost legends. I'm credited in one of the sources, which if you read the title and publishing company make it pretty clear.
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Should be a couple of us trickling over now. Maybe even double-digit numbers of us!
Funny... there was a time when the Straight Dope board went down and they all invaded snopes in mass. Probably what eventually got me to come here.

You are all very welcome here. Like minded people from what I remember.
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I was a fairly frequent poster under my own name from about 1997 on. I was there for the Friday pool flush and was a long time member of the SLC. Which still exists. i am still in touch with Meghan who married Eric the Lizardman. Still communicate with Chloe, Mama Duck, Turquoise Girl, Lanie, and AnglRdr.

Barb was pretty heavy handed in her moderation, and not the easiest person to get along with. But she got shafted. While I still respect David's research, as a human he comes up short.

I understand that the new board will have fees. Rotsa ruck. it was fun while it lasted, but time to move on.
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I was a fairly frequent poster under my own name from about 1997 on. I was there for the Friday pool flush and was a long time member of the SLC. Which still exists. i am still in touch with Meghan who married Eric the Lizardman. Still communicate with Chloe, Mama Duck, Turquoise Girl, Lanie, and AnglRdr.

Barb was pretty heavy handed in her moderation, and not the easiest person to get along with. But she got shafted. While I still respect David's research, as a human he comes up short.

I understand that the new board will have fees. Rotsa ruck. it was fun while it lasted, but time to move on.

Wow, BeeGee I'm sure we have crossed paths before. I remember Meghan and her urban legend related tatoos, and of course it would be hard to forget Eric. They went on Springer or Maury a time or two. Do you remember when access to the pool was clicking on a certain period in a post?

I have trouble remembering names, but are Bonnie, or Helen Wheelz still around? There are many others I would remember if I had a nudge, and many others that were kicked off long ago (DIF, with his shadows in space... not to mention a comment that referenced a flashlight and an asshole directed at David which I believe was his last post.) You are probably familiar with the Blue Marlin Lounge.
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I was there ages ago. I joined here in 1999 and was considered an "Old Regular" on snopes by that time. Back then we posted with our real names (and a clever internym).
ISTR that the 'internym' thing came from (and this is REALLY going back) alt.folklore.urban, back in the days of newsgroups, right?
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Funny... there was a time when the Straight Dope board went down and they all invaded snopes in mass. Probably what eventually got me to come here. . . .
There were actually two incursions into the Snopes board. One happened early in the days of this board when one of the mods got cashiered, then banned. A group of SDMB members left in a snit in support of the mod and started posting on Snopes. The reception was. . . somewhat chilly.

When the board went down, I think a lot of people tried again to post on Snopes, but I think more started posting on Opal's board, as she had recently upgraded her board.
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I learned about the Dope from the Snopes board. I recall that somebody there said the SDMB was a pretty good board, but Dopers could be really condescending.

I've long since forgotten my Snopes username; I stopped hanging out there ages ago.
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Thanks, Bone and others!

These boards really do feel a lot to me like snopes when I first joined.

I'm afraid I've been doing a lot of posting -- a month of deprivation seems to have piled up a lot of frustrated posting desire. [ETA: also, it just won't stop raining.]

Good to see the familiar names here! though some of these references are from before my time. (I find myself wanting to go check the members list for last post dates, but of course that's gone too -- )

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The reception was. . . somewhat chilly.
I remember that. The main issue is the snopes board at the time was still a fairly small and tight knit community. Regulars had been posting for quite some time and we had inside jokes (Svenska Limpa) and the such. We would get a new poster from time to time and when they got used to the place they were warmly welcomed.

Then one day a ton of new posters came on board... and they all knew each other, and they had their own inside jokes (which the "regulars" didn't get) and the place was flooded with posts. The social area was "the pool" (originally a betting pool on when the next poster would ask a well known question) and suddenly there were lots of posts like "I like this pool"... "come on over and sit on my lap"... "no, you sit on my lap" etc. It just wasn't the tone we had become used to and some people didn't take it well.

Doesn't make it right, but that is why it was a "chilly" welcome.

I feel like a history teacher (not that there's anything wrong with that)

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I've just signed on having had the impetuous to do so from the Reddit posting.
While I was mostly a lurker from the old message board, I did really enjoy the community and am so glad to see some familiar user names here.
I was also lucky in that I could use both my old user name and profile picture here.
Thanks for pointing me in this direction, it's really nice to see some old faces.
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I joined there (same name) sometime in the late 2000s. I think that was well after the real heyday, but it was still way more active than it was for the last several years. Message boards in general are on a declining trajectory, but it had been neglected for years (I don't think there was even a link on the main site) and clearly didn't fit in with the changes and growth of the main business. Whatever the new forum is, I doubt there's any intention of it being a continuation of the old one.

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. . . The social area was "the pool" (originally a betting pool on when the next poster would ask a well known question) and suddenly there were lots of posts like "I like this pool"... "come on over and sit on my lap"... "no, you sit on my lap" etc. It just wasn't the tone we had become used to and some people didn't take it well. . . .
Oh, yes, the old 'SLC.' "If you don't know what this is, you probably shouldn't be posting here." Or something like that.

Also somewhat noteworthy is that around that it wasn't long before the SDMBers started flocking over to the Snopes board that they had upgraded their board so that the formats were much more similar to SDMB. I don't recall the name of the previous format, but it was much more primitive.
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I'm also here from there. I had registered but I'm not sure I ever posted way back in the pool, SLC, Svenska Limpa days. Then eventually I tried to post after a board move/upgrade and it didn't work. I had to reregister, and at that point became a regular poster. My Snopes username was also related to Erwin Schrodinger.

I started checking in with these boards sometime in the last year (well, I guess around June last year), because it has been clear for a while that the Snopes boards were dying/dead. I have major doubts about any plans for something new actually happening or being viable. I liked the similarity of these boards in terms of using actual evidence for fact-based claims, valuing reasoned debate, as well as there being a sense of community, and the existence of active moderation/involvement.

Thanks for the words of welcome, and it's great to see some familiar (in some cases from long ago) user names here.

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So what the fuck is Svenska Limpa?
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So what the fuck is Svenska Limpa?
Swedish Rye of course.

Long story short. There was a poster who was obsessed with Wisconsin Dells and old radio broadcasters. He would post long rambling stories. He posted a "funny" story about a broadcaster who ended up somehow saying Svenska Limpa. He never did explain why it was funny so it kind of became our version of "No Soap Radio." In other words a punchline that makes no sense. People got quite creative in working it casually into their posts.
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ISTR that the 'internym' thing came from (and this is REALLY going back) alt.folklore.urban, back in the days of newsgroups, right?
Yup... which is where David and Barbara "met."
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Oh, yes, the old 'SLC.' "If you don't know what this is, you probably shouldn't be posting here." Or something like that.

Also somewhat noteworthy is that around that it wasn't long before the SDMBers started flocking over to the Snopes board that they had upgraded their board so that the formats were much more similar to SDMB. I don't recall the name of the previous format, but it was much more primitive.
Yeah, that was "back when the board was black." No sub forums, just the one. Black background with I think white font. I think each post had to have a title and the main page looked kind of like a horizontal family tree. If you responded to the main post you would get a "branch" from there and if you would respond to a response you would get a branch from that. You had to click on the branch to read it IIRC.

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I'm here from the Snopes message board as well. Joined in 2005 - well after its heyday, but while the community was still pretty active. I hadn't been very active over there for several years, but I was just starting to check the boards more often, and then it was gone. I'm happy to see some familiar names and avatars and am looking forward to getting familiar with this message board and its many threads. It could take awhile.
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I posted there long before I found this place, I used the same name as i used to have here and after an online stalking incident I changed names and laid low everywhere, by the time I got back there all the people and in-jokes had changed and I didn't stay. I was always quite pissed off that they had the The Repository Of Lost Legends on site, it sent us a continual stream of puzzled folks and I found it counter productive and a distraction. Barb and I argued about it quite a lot.
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Cervus here. I joined the snopes boards in 2002 and was quite an active poster, so having the board shut down with little warning and no further communication has really left a bad taste in my mouth. I've been lurking around a bit here since someone linked to this thread from reddit. There's a lot more activity than I expected, which is good.

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Yup. That's been up for over a month now; and the old boards have been shut down for over a month.

Maybe the Discourse boards will eventually happen; but it's been an awfully long gap, and there hasn't been any further information put out in quite some time. Not even a 'have patience, we're still working on it.'
The move to Discourse has killed many a community. Part of the point of Discourse is to make people more careful about what they post. That's good... but even nice people don't want to be tied to what they have said online: one of the original features of the internet was that "online, nobody knows that you are a dog"
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Does Discourse make you post publicly under your IRL name? I've never used it.


Making you at least stick to the same username, as this board seems to, serves a lot of the same purpose without most of the downsides: as somebody (I don't know who) appended to that saying some time ago 'nobody knows if you're a dog, but everybody knows if you're an ass.'
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Ok, I'm here, too. I was on the fence about signing up here, but everyone else is doing it so I will follow the herd. And also things are pretty slow at work right now and I'm bored.

Stupid newbie question: Do threads here just disappear after they fall off the bottom of the page? I was planning on commenting on the "Replace car with the same model or get something different?" poll as I was in almost that exact situation quite recently, but that thread seems to be gone now.
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WildaBeast: take a look at the "Display Options" box near the bottom of each subforum. I think it defaults to only show threads from the past couple days unless you manually change it.

I joined the Straight Dope forum years ago, but I was also a regular at the Snopes forum since '98 or '99 (under my real name since the other posters weren't big on handles back then). I wasn't too surprised when the Snopes forums went away, since, as mentioned, traffic had slowed way down and many of the subforums hadn't been posted in for 1-2 years. Also urban legends became less enjoyable as they went from being fun to learn about and discuss ("this wild story happened to a friend of a friend", Van Halen and the brown M&Ms, etc.) to just being depressing as they became increasingly weaponized as fake news.
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Does Discourse make you post publicly under your IRL name? I've never used it.
It's mostly used by people who want to get rid of random "guest" accounts.

Typically, they allow you to connect using your FB or Google account or a local account verified by your email. So it's not like it's your "real" name. Except that for many people, their email address or Face Book account is just as real a name as the one their mother gave them.
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WildaBeast: take a look at the "Display Options" box near the bottom of each subforum. I think it defaults to only show threads from the past couple days unless you manually change it.
I had to figure this out. I think I hadn't adjusted my snopes options since we had moved from the previous version.

Nice to see so many active threads, the (former) snopesters and the warm welcome from the Dopers.
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So I was listening to Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me last weekend, and heard a story about a man in Florida being cited by police for playing basketball in the nude. And I was like "Why has no one posted this in the Florida Man thread?" (a long running thread on the snopes board). "I should post it there if no one else has," I thought. And then I remembered. Apparently I haven't fully accepted that the snopes message board is gone.
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I was on the Snopes message board in the '90s, when it didn't look anything like modern message boards. I think I used my real name.

One day someone (I think it was David B) asked for support on the SDMB in an argument with Libertarian (later Liberal) about the "In the butt, Bob" controversy. I came over here and very rarely revisited Snopes.
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