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Old 03-28-2019, 02:17 PM
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I owe the Dope, quite literally, some money. I've saved money by asking questions here for technical problems or others that could have needed money to fix elsewhere.
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Old 03-28-2019, 05:06 PM
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As some other people have mentioned, the variety of perspectives and people on here has helped when meeting people in real life, especially when it comes to things like trans issues (shout out to Una!). Made dealing with a friend's transition approximately 1000% easier.

=I also think it's really helped my writing to post on a board where clarity and grammar are generally at a high standard. Not that I'm Shakespeare or anything, but now I'm having to write essays again, the experience of almost a decade of people calling out obvious ambiguity, questionable conclusions and total drivel does seem to have helped (on the flip side, I have been called out for using US spelling more than once, and I do blame you guys for that). On the other specialist interest boards I've posted on, walls 'o text, "pointless" quotation marks and pour word knowledge abound.

Plus I've met a few people from here, (even stayed at a Doper's house). Plus I've participated in the Secret Santa and got a load of awesome things from a country I've never visited. That's been pretty cool.
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Old 03-29-2019, 09:50 AM
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I owe Londoner Dopers kudos for taking me on a pub crawl back in 2005. If they ever come to my town, I'll gladly reciprocate. :-)

I've learned about looking at situations from an empirical point of view, and to prioritize facts and data over opinion. I've learned some perspective of those who live outside the USA. So, I owe SDMB thanks for educating me outside of my environment.
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Old 03-29-2019, 09:53 AM
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Old 03-29-2019, 10:13 AM
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I went through a very bad time about ten years ago, and another not-so-bad time last year.

Both times, it was a joy and a relief to come on the Boards to take my mind off my problems for while.
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Do not attack Giraffeboard members here on the SDMB. We do not allow board wars.
Hi, as grand Poohbah of the Giraffeboard invasion committee, Im here to initialize the aforementioned board war

Hey, sorry for the delay, I was marshaling my forces. I am the draft board invading army for this board war. Everyone else kept saying they were busy; washing their hair, de-linting their sweaters, and suchlike, So I decided to go for it on my own.

Um. Without a fleet of minions to attack, this is trickier than I thought.

Uhhhhh...


Boo!

Ooga-booga!

Did that teach you guys what for? Are you prepared to surrender? My demand is that you fire Ed and make Tuba the chief honchoella . Do that, and we will go away in peace. And by we, I mean me
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Old 09-12-2019, 01:06 PM
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Dammit dude, I'm the Rear Admiral and I was never consulted. I'll be over inspecting the flotilla if I'm needed.

And, hey. WTF is the deal with my title? Why rear admiral? *rattles sabre*
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And now we know that Fenris is as arbitrary and capricious in his troop-mustering as he is in his moderating.
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Old 09-12-2019, 02:18 PM
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Someone on Twitter today accused me of thinking Michael Jackson was a pedophile because I saw something on TV.

I linked to a 6yo thread here proving my distaste for MJ long pre-dated any tee-vee show. He then blocked me.

So... I got that going for me, which is cool.
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Old 09-12-2019, 02:59 PM
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I quite literally owe my life to the Dope. And dropzone (Mikey).
There's been a few occasions this year that have caused me to need to thank people on the board. You know who you are. If I missed pm-ing you a thank you, I'm sorry. Thank-you, Thank-you, Thank-you.
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Old 09-12-2019, 03:29 PM
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A few years back when I had the aneurism, they had to remove a bit of brain to relieve swelling. I had to relearn how to walk and talk, and I lost memories I cannot ever recover. I lost most of my high school years, my first love, friends from my Air Force days and the occasional current friend. About the seventh or eighth time a total stranger comes up to you and says "Hey, how are you doing? Want to come over for beer?" you feel like screaming. The warmth from this place, the stimulating discussions, the comradery-this is probably what kept me from giving up back then.
If my moderation wasn't all it should have been back then I apologize, but I don't think I did too much damage, and it forced me to interact with all you rubes on an almost daily basis, and as therapy goes I could have done much worse.
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Old 09-12-2019, 03:58 PM
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Quite a bit. Friends, long-term and short, a lot of knowledge, the ability to debate and argue better, a ton of general knowledge about different points of view and so forth. Even got me laid a few times. Can't argue with that.
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Can't argue with that.
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The Dope has seen me through some bad times

I don’t post a lot. I’ve said this before. I don’t post as I’m a sensitive soul and feel ridicule and contempt greatly...this is why I don’t post much. I feel my contribution wouldn’t be tolerated due to being too ‘low brow’

I like to read though and I’m grateful the Dope is here.

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I owe the dope a bunch of beers that I've won in bar bets that yinz have settled for me...and some against.
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Old 09-12-2019, 05:46 PM
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Hi, as grand Poohbah of the Giraffeboard invasion committee, Im here to initialize the aforementioned board war

Hey, sorry for the delay, I was marshaling my forces. I am the draft board invading army for this board war. Everyone else kept saying they were busy; washing their hair, de-linting their sweaters, and suchlike, So I decided to go for it on my own.

Um. Without a fleet of minions to attack, this is trickier than I thought.

Uhhhhh...


Boo!

Ooga-booga!

Did that teach you guys what for? Are you prepared to surrender? My demand is that you fire Ed and make Tuba the chief honchoella . Do that, and we will go away in peace. And by we, I mean me
As we like to say over on the gweeb ...

DAMMIT, FENRIS
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Old 09-12-2019, 08:12 PM
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This is a tiny thing but I learned on here that to easily unwind the power cable of my vacuum I could just turn the hook upside down. I knew the hook turned but it literally never occurred to me that it would work like that and that was why it works that way in the first place.
If you want to really have your mind blown, when you rewind the vacuum cord back up, do it in a figure-8 pattern instead of regular loops. Then, when you turn the hook upside down and the cord drops down, there'll be no twist in it to undo.

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Old 09-12-2019, 08:29 PM
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When I flew into Japan, assuming I would be able to get cash at any ATM, and I couldn't find an ATM that worked, jpndude saved my trip, by telling me to try the 7/11.

They are everywhere, including right around the corner from all the places I stayed, and they have a terrific international ATM that worked every time. I would never had guessed.
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I've gotten a lot of help here with various computer problems.

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The dope helped me realise that some of my (old) opinions were racist. I suspect these opinions are probably held by most white South Africans my age.


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Old 09-13-2019, 08:32 AM
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Excuse me, I'm invading here.

BOARD WAR!

ANARKY NOW!

UNORTHODOX ECONOMIC REVENGE!

BOARD WAR!

(Have you been cowed into absolute submission?)
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A sense of community, like others have said. Some sales and online reviews for my novels, for certain. Some great ongoing feedback (and friendship, dare I say it, if only online) with other authors and readers who are also Dopers.

Also, some top-notch practice and improvement in my debating and arguing skills. It makes arguing on a place like Facebook comparable to a college football star playing against a junior high team.

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Old 09-13-2019, 01:47 PM
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I got that, dude.

I even have the original.
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Gratitude for the pleasure of a good deal of sheer comedy gold over the the years. Outstanding examples which come to mind: the routine about stalled cars / acid glue / Hitler / orphans etc; the business of "fourteen whatever-it-was in a...what-all it might have been" (I don't think the answer to that was ever discovered); and lieu, who has got to be the exponent of the most elegant toilet humour in all history.
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I've certainly gotten a lot of good advice about questions I have asked, as well as reading other peoples' questions and answers about a huge variety of stuff.

But much more than that, I have come away with a much better realization of the variety of individual viewpoints about just about any issue you can think of. Some of these viewpoints I still strongly disagree with, but many posters have caused me to stop and think things through again (and alas for those who are no longer here). I hope the experience has broadened my horizons at least a little compared to what they were 14 years ago when I joined.
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I got that, dude.

I even have the original.
Eat my roach-arang, you money-leeching oppressor of the masses. (When I think of how poor some people are...I could just...puke).
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Eat my roach-arang, you money-leeching oppressor of the masses. (When I think of how poor some people are...I could just...puke).
I like cheese!
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I like cheese!
I like the moon. And, although IANAAstronomer, as I understand it, the moon is made of cheese.
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You go, girl. Cheese all around.
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I lurked here for years and (rarely) posted under a different name. You guys provided what amounted to.my social life for a good while. Much appreciated. Also, the standards for discussion here are really something. Youmake people think. Good job!
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The Straight Dope is the 21st century digital Callahan's Saloon. So thanks for creating and maintaining this place, and thanks to all the users who make it cool.

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