[Sca-cooks] (OT) The Moderator's Nightmare

Terri Morgan online2much at cox.net
Sun Jan 10 19:57:12 PST 2010

I am cleaning out old (saved) messages in my email folders and ran across
this one. After reading and smiling over it, I decided I should really share
it. The poster had modified the original and stripped out the author's name
so I'm afraid it is just by "Anonymous". - Hrothny

-----Original Message-----
"How many List members does it take to change a light bulb?"

One to change the light bulb and to post that the light bulb has been

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 "light bulb" or "lightbulb." Another six to
condemn those six as stupid.

Fifteen to claim experience in the lighting industry and give the correct

Nineteen to post that the Discussion Group is not about light bulbs, and to
please take this discussion to a light bulb (or lightbulb) forum.

One to point out that having light is a universal and historical concern,
and to claim that Medieval people asked God to give them light, during the
hours of darkness.

One to suggest that there is a Biblical quote, that goes something such as
"Illuminum da nobis, Domine."

One to correct the previous poster, and point out that the correct reference
is to the Third Collect, at Evening Prayer, in the Latin edition, of the
1662 "Book of Common Prayer": "Illumina, quæsumus Domine Deus, tenebras
nostras : et totius hujus noctis insidias tu a nobis repelle propitius.
Propter unicum Filium tuum, Salvatorem nostrum, Jesum Christum. _Amen._"

Three, from the List Moderator, to ask that the thread be terminated.

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.

One more from the List Moderator, in which he borders on apoplexy, over the
out of control thread.

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.

Thirteen to quote them in their entirety including all headers and
signatures, and merely add, "Me too."

Five to post to the group that they will no longer post because they cannot
handle the light bulb controversy.

Four to say "Didn't we go through this already a short time ago?"

Five to post a message giving the URL of the List's Archives, and suggesting
that one could do a search of the archives, for prior postings about light

Three to tell a funny story about their cat and a light bulb.

One group lurker to respond to the original posting 6 months from now with
something unrelated they found at _snopes.com_, and START IT ALL OVER

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