I think about this thread every time someone asks me for (usually computer related) help with something but keeps talking over me or asking questions/making suggestions that are entirely unrelated. I usually find myself saying either ‘don’t just ahead of me’ or ‘just answer the questions I’m asking you’ but I suppose “Put down the chocolate-covered banana and step away from the European currency systems” works as well. In any case, I think a lot of us have been in that situation and most of us were thinking ‘you asked me for help, let me help’.
One of my favorites was back in high school/college. Back when saving things on 3.5" floppies was the norm, this was a very regular conversation I had.
Them: I keep getting an error when I try to save this.
Me: What does the error say?
Them: I don’t know, I just hit okay.
Me: Alright, um, hit save.
[they hit save, then clear the error before it pops up]
Me: Try that again, but don’t clear the error so we can see what it’s saying.
[they hit save]
Me: STOP, don’t touch anything.
[me, reading error]
Me: It says there’s no disk in the disk drive.
Them: oh, ok thanks.
Then I have to find a way to very politely explain that a lot of the errors will tell them what the problem is and how to fix it.
IIRC, their name was actually “the grapist” and I think they did it to every post.
Many years later we had someone that used green for all their posts. I remember defending them as they were facing ban (which happened anyway) because I didn’t think they should get banned for simply using a font color that made it harder for some people to read.
I like when grapist posts pop up because it reminds me to go spend an hour watching Whitest Kids You Know videos, like, The Grapist.
FWIW, the person that posted in green was Miss_Spaulding. I don’t know if she was banned or not (it just says guest) and her post are all the ‘correct’ color now.
I also found a pit thread about her as well as my thread defending her and a thread a few months later by Dseid appearing to be somewhat similar to mine. However, the threads are long(ish) and all the links are broken so I haven’t picked through them yet.
It seems like, at least in part, she was noted for breaking a non-existent rule but then kept doing it and got in trouble for not following mod directions. Like getting arrested for resisting arrest when the initial arrest was for something you did that was entirely legal, it just annoyed the officer.
It’s interesting that all the way back then (2015) people were still complaining that one of the reasons we don’t get a lot of new members is because we chase them off, like we did with her.