April 9, 2005

Welcome, and a plea

Wow! I'm impressed by our commenters today. All excellent. I welcome them and any new visitors to this little corner of the web.

But once more, I have to make my humble plea. I've made it many times, and some are no doubt sick of it. But I hope it's not in vain.

My simple request is that commenters pick a name with which to post their comments.
Please, please, please do NOT simply post as anonymous.

At the bottom of the comments window is a place where you have three choices. Either to post as a registered user, to post as anonymous, or to post as "other".

PLEASE do not post as "anonymous". Simply click the "other" button and type in whatever name suits you. It would be double-cool if you'd stay with that same name each time you post.

Why? Well, for one thing, if someone wants to reply to someone else who has posted a comment further up the comment window, and 3/4 of the comments are by "anonymous", it makes it damn hard to specify who you're replying to!

And for another purpose, it makes it impossible to associate comments with an individual commenter. So what, you say? Well, that really dillutes things and takes away from any sense of community here. You should pick a name and stand behind your comments. When almost everyone is posting under the same deadly-dull "anonymous" name, it's hard to get an idea of how many different individuals are posting, and we can't tell who's brilliant and who's not. ;-)

I can't enforce this rule with a gun, but I am asking, for about the mungogingdillionth time, please avoid posting as "anonymous" unless absolutely postitively necessary.

If you follow these simple requests, you'll have a warm glow of satisfaction and your love life will improve wildly, if your hair is thinning, it will suddenly start to grow luxuriously, strangers will smile at you on the street, there'll be a bounce in your step, your kids will all realize how wise you truly are, and start being grateful they have such a great parent or parents, you'll start getting the best parking spots, those unwanted pounds will melt away, your stocks will go through the roof, food will taste better, and you'll be able to eat as much of every food you love as you want and never gain a pound, you won't have to exercise, and still, you'll be muscular and fit and your doctor will marvel at your amazingly good health, if your breasts are too small, they'll get larger, and if they're too big, they'll get smaller, you'll never be mystified by technology, your relatives will stop being such annoying jerks, your car will get better gas milage, your kid's grades will improve, your luck will be unstopable if you gamble, people will notice you when you want to be noticed, and leave you alone when you don't, your boss will realize what a true genius you are and offer a promotion with a huge raise, you'll write that book you always wanted to write and it will fly off the shelves, you'll look good no matter what you wear, Hollywood will offer an obscene amount of money for the right to film your life story, your favorite actor, actress, or musician will start writing YOU fan-mail, you'll find all those things you've lost that are driving you nuts, your bags will never be lost by the airline, you'll over-hear beautiful women or handsome men (as the case may be) talking to each other about how sexy you are, you'll always find the fastest check-out lane at the store, you'll always get great tickets to whatever sporting event or concert you want to go to, your team will always win in close games, you'll always know just what to say, no matter what the situation, your car will never rust or get a dent, your checks will never bounce, dogs and children will be drawn to you, you'll become a fantastic dancer, and a little ray of sunshine will follow you wherever you go.
So... it's up to you.


At 4/09/2005 12:01 PM, Anonymous Rawk Eyelund said...

OK, I'm the "Anonymous" who's the Clark, Kerrey fan. I tried to register as a "blogger," but they seem to want you have your own blog to do so. So, I took the easy way out and posted as "Anonymous."from now on, you can call me Rawk Eyelund

At 4/09/2005 12:18 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Hey Rawk... welcome, and thanks for making the effort.
I was a bit confused on that registering for Blogger myself, but evidently you can register without setting up your own blog.
Others have done so.

I imagine that when they ask you to name your blog, you just put in whatever you want, such as "Rawk Eyelund" (nice Scandinavian name)
and just proceed with the registration process. You don't have to actually set up a blog, and you can provide the minimum amount of information possible.

Perhaps others that have registered can explain it better?

At 4/09/2005 4:43 PM, Anonymous anonymous said...

Hahaha. I clicked other but listed my name as anonymous!

At 4/09/2005 6:21 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

It's beautiful outside

At 4/09/2005 7:04 PM, Blogger latinv said...

Can I still play Dope?

At 4/10/2005 6:13 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Anon above... You remind me of a joke. Seriously. It seems you were driving your new car one day and cut in front of a big burly biker type. He pulled you over and yanked you out of your car. He drew a circle in the dirt and put you in it, and told you if you stepped out of the circle, he'd stomp you into a grease spot.
He then proceeded to take a baseball bat out of his car and break every window out of your car, and then continued to dent and smash the car to pieces.
While he was in the process of doing this, he kept hearing you giggling like a schoolgirl.
He finally stopped and yelled at you, "Hey! What the hell are you laughing at?". You said, "While you were wrecking my car, I stepped outside the circle THREE TIMES!!"

At 4/10/2005 6:13 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

And LatinV.. Of course you can. Why wouldn't you be able to?

At 4/10/2005 6:14 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

And could some of you Dopesters who have registered with Blogger explain how to do it without setting up a blog yourselves?

At 4/11/2005 9:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

no thanks dope - if you're anonymous we're anonymous

At 4/11/2005 10:02 AM, Anonymous Infidel said...

Recently, there have been a number of letters to the editor of the QCT presenting the opinion that evolutionary science is not a true science, that it has not been rigorously tested, that it cannot be understood and at least implying that consequently Creationism, Intelligent Design should be taught as competing theorie(s). This denigration of evolution as a science is of course going on all over the country. In response, on two occassions, I attempted to respond to the local letters with the following letter which was never accepted by the editors; perhaps some of your readers would like to critique it or help get another suitable response to the paper:

Biological Evolution Is Science!

The principles and postulates of evolution are being as rigorously tested as current understanding and technology allow. As is true with every science, much remains to be proven or demonstrated but the basic concepts are well established. The constantly arising questions and the ongoing experimentation and proofs are basic to scientific inquiry. For example, can we demonstrate in the laboratory the formation, life and death of black holes, the big bang, the precipitation of the basic packets of matter from the “nothingness” of empty space? No, not yet! Then is the study of these phenomena scientific? Yes, indeed! The results of the evolution of the cosmos lie before our eyes, but we cannot yet test many of our theories about how it came to be; it took billions of years just as it did for life to slowly evolve from an unimaginably large number of small random events in unimaginably large numbers of places throughout geological history. Given the huge numbers, needed environmental conditions and ample naturally occurring organic components, there is certainty that complexity would evolve and at least some of what is workable would happen and would survive as selected and allowed by natural conditions and laws. The development of today’s separate species involved countless numbers of now extinct intermediaries, fossil examples of only few of which have preserved. Many ideas, including that of speciation, are indeed being tested in the laboratory and this will likely, soon, demonstrate the formation of new species in some animal or plant form(s) of very short generational times. For a short recapitulation of the evolution of a modern mammal from a single cell, to a cluster, to a cell colony, to a fishy creature with gills, to reptilian creature with a tail, to a generic looking fetus, to a recognizable modern mammal, follow the human embryonic, fetal development. The big problem with the acceptance of evolution as science is that it bucks the inertia of a religious dogma that postures as science.
Gail Wilwerding
Davenport, IA

At 4/11/2005 2:34 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Infidel, thanks for sharing that with us. I agree wholeheartedly.

At 4/11/2005 2:34 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

To the brain-dead anonymous above.

You know, if you really had some knowledge of how this works, you'd realize that it makes no difference as far as your remaining anonymous what you choose to do when you comment. It makes NO difference whether you choose to type in a made-up name when you post or whether you register with Blogger for that matter.

I have no way of finding out your identity through what name you comment under, even if I wanted to.

You show your ignorance by thinking that somehow you're more anonymous if you pick the "anonymous" option in comments.

You people simply have NO clue whatsoever about how blogs or the internet for works.

That's certainly no sin, and that's why I've gently tried to inform you. But your ignorance and paranoia continues to keep you in the dark.

So be it, but as I've said many times before, I'm going to just start yanking all the anonymous's who have nothing constructive to say and who continue to insist on polluting the site with their inane comments.

At 4/11/2005 10:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You people simply have NO clue whatsoever about how blogs or the internet for works.

Dopey, your blog offers the anonymous option and so "clueless" people can click the anonymous option and post if they want. That's how your internet site works. Didn't you know that?

At 4/12/2005 4:04 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Anon, yeah, I get it.

It's like saying that cars can go very fast and you can steer them, so people can get in one and drive it into a pre-school if they want, so that's how cars work.

Just because people can choose the lazy anonymous route, doesn't mean that they should or that it's just as good as either typing in another name or registering with Blogger.

And the anonymous posters and complainers here must not have read the second half of the post above these comments. Either that or none of those things appealed to them. ;-)

What I don't understand is why people continue to post as the generic "anonymous" rather than setting themselves off from the herd by simply clicking "other" and selecting a clever name.

And it appears that there are some who think they're somehow "more" anonymous if they choose the "anonymous" option than if they clicked "other" and filled in a name or simply registered with Blogger.

This just kills me, because they truly don't have a clue.

If they're not providing any personal information when they click "other" and pick a made up name, then how in the hell is that somehow less anonymous than lazily using the "anonymous" option???!!!

Seems like a no-brainer to me. But I guess some people actually have no brains.

And if they register with Blogger, they provide info to Blogger, NOT to me. They're still just as anonymous to me as anyone else.
And if people weren't so backward and unaware, they'd realize that registering provides an added benefit in that registered users have the ability to remove their own comments if they choose. So they can delete their comments, and re-write and re-post them if they so choose.

But people just don't trust what I say I guess. That drives me nuts, because I am completely honest. But I guess that's to be expected.

At 4/12/2005 10:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello sweetcheeks! we're still here!

At 4/12/2005 3:10 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

yep, but not for long. Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

Thanks for messing it up for others. You should be proud.


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