Does this belong here?

Josh Coates jcoates at
Tue Jul 5 14:09:14 MDT 2005

>Hmm, amazing similarity to "How many FreeBSD hackers does it take to
>change a lightbulb?"

which has amazing similarity to the ~6,000 other places it's posted on the
web with various other subjects in the query.

>I got about halfway before the one in me couldn't stand the
>pitiful formatting resulting from someone not wrapping at <80 chars
>somewhere along the line.

Mmmmm. irony.

Josh Coates

-----Original Message-----
From: plug-bounces at [mailto:plug-bounces at]On Behalf Of
Hans Fugal
Sent: Tuesday, July 05, 2005 1:46 PM
To: plug at
Subject: Re: Does this belong here?

I got about halfway before the one in me couldn't stand the
pitiful formatting resulting from someone not wrapping at <80 chars
somewhere along the line.

I'm sure the second half was as funny as the first though, and this just
proves that it applies to posting jokes as well as changing light bulbs.

On Tue,  5 Jul 2005 at 13:34 -0600, Adam Peterson wrote:
> How many list members does it takes 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.
> Five to flame the spell checkers.
> Three to correct spelling/grammar flames.
> 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 bulbs.
> 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 group.
> 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
> handle the light
> bulb controversy.
> Four to say "didn't we go through this already a short time ago?"
> Thirteen to say "do a Google search on light bulbs before posting
> about light bulbs"
> Three to tell a funny story about their show dog and a light bulb. AND One
> group lurker to
> respond to the original post 6 months from now and start it all over
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