Caution: Outlaw post -- too funny not to, though

Subject: Caution: Outlaw post -- too funny not to, though
From: Mark Dempsey <mxd2 -at- OSI -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 1999 15:53:08 -0800

How many mail list subscribers does it take to change a light bulb?

Answer: 1,331

1 to change the light bulb and to post to the mail list that the light
bulb has been changed

14 to share similar experiences of changing light bulbs and how the
light bulb could have been changed differently

7 to caution about the dangers of changing light bulbs

27 to point out spelling/grammar errors in posts about changing light

53 to flame the spell checkers

41 to correct spelling in the spelling/grammar flames

156 to write to the list administrator complaining about the light bulb
discussion and its inappropriateness to this mail list

109 to post that this list is not about light bulbs and to please take
this email exchange to another list

203 to demand that cross posting to other lists about changing light
bulbs be stopped

111 to defend the posting to this list saying that we all use light
bulbs and therefore the posts *are* relevant to this mail list

3 to post about links they found from the URLs that are relevant to
this list which makes light bulbs relevant to this list

306 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

27 to post URLs where one can see examples of different light bulbs 14
to post that the URLs were posted incorrectly, and to post corrected

33 to concatenate all posts to date, then quote them including all
headers and footers, and then add "Me Too."

12 to post to the list that they are unsubscribing because they cannot
handle the light bulb controversey

19 to quote the "Me Too's" to say, "Me Three."

4 to suggest that posters request the light bulb FAQ

48 to propose new change.lite.bulb newsgroup

47 to say there is already an alt.light.bulb newsgroup

143 to ask if anyone ever did change the lightbulb

258 to check the math on this report to make sure all 1,331 people are
fully involved in the process

and finally 1 to post a question to the entire mail list subscriber
group asking if a light bulb needs changing.


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