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Title: Honest Question
Post by: webny99 on October 15, 2017, 09:32:52 PM
I understand I may be pushing the limits here (with starting a thread about a specific user). But I have to ask, what happened to agentsteel53? Top poster and hasn't been online for a year.

(And yes, I'm expecting this to get locked, and rightly so, hopefully after I get an answer  :-P)
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: Alps on October 15, 2017, 09:38:23 PM
He decided to stop contributing to the forum.
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: Alps on October 15, 2017, 10:21:21 PM
I consider that half an answer  :spin:
It really isn't. People just move on sometimes.
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: TheHighwayMan394 on October 16, 2017, 04:53:43 AM
He's still active in roadgeeking, just not here.
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: hbelkins on October 16, 2017, 12:46:39 PM
If you're on Facebook and see Jake Bear active on any of the road-related groups there, that's him.
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: adventurernumber1 on October 16, 2017, 01:51:51 PM
This is a tragic loss in forum contribution. I always thought Jake (agentsteel53) was cool, and I was surprised when he stopped posting. For some reason, I think he hated my guts, but I don't know why (or maybe I'm just crazy).  :-/
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: kphoger on October 16, 2017, 01:57:08 PM
He got married right around the time he stopped visiting the forum.  When I decide to get a life every so often, you might notice, I disappear from the forum for months at a time too.  The last time I texted Jake about a thread I thought he could shed light on, he had forgotten his login information and (AFAIK) didn't bother to enquire about it.  I believe he still has his sign-making business.  We used to be friends on Facebook, but I did a deep friends list purge a while ago, and he was one of the people I axed.  He still sends me friend requests every so often, though.
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: Roadgeekteen on October 16, 2017, 09:06:46 PM
For some reason I always hope members who left came back. Are there any members who left for years then came back?
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: MNHighwayMan on October 16, 2017, 09:24:51 PM
The question this thread inspires in me is: is there not a middle ground between spending time on the Internet and dealing with everything else? Seems like people here have a dichotomy that either you must devote your life to this hobby and/or forum or "have a real life." No in-between.
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: adventurernumber1 on October 16, 2017, 09:32:30 PM
For some reason I always hope members who left came back. Are there any members who left for years then came back?

This isn't exactly a really long time, and I never officially "left" the forum, but due to health issues (incapacitating mental illnesses being the most prominent ones), I didn't have one single post on this forum from April 3, 2015 to December 27, 2016 (which was a time period of almost 2 full years) - at the time, there was no knowing whether I would resume being an active member again here or not. Similarly, IIRC, my road video YouTube channel (type in "David Carson channel" on YouTube Search to find, but be warned that currently I have a massive backlog of unedited videos (my most recent ones) that don't have proper titles and descriptions and such yet, so they look like crap temporarily) had absolutely zero videos uploaded in the entire year of 2015 (with there being a huge gap between late 2014 and early 2016, IIRC). My intense love of roads has never gone away, but for a long time I was truly unable to function and do much of anything at all. I am glad to be back now, as I have recovered somewhat - except for a terrible downfall earlier in 2017, when my mental illnesses were exacerbated due to the later part of Junior Year of High School, which caused a brief hiccup in my posting quality (if you remember the many posts of mine that temporarily said "(-input coming-)" due to severe OCD and more). Despite usually being a terribly pessimistic person (due to Major Depression), I have the hope that all roadgeeks on hiatus from this forum and elsewhere may eventually be able to come back as a result of good circumstances (like I did).  :nod:

So with that said, whether Jake (agentsteel53) ever resumes activity on the forum or not, I wish him the best of luck with his life, and he has already made a lasting impression on this forum and the roadgeek community as a whole. If he does ever return, we will gladly welcome him back.  :nod:

Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: Roadgeekteen on October 16, 2017, 09:57:17 PM
For some reason I always hope members who left came back. Are there any members who left for years then came back?

This isn't exactly a really long time, and I never officially "left" the forum, but due to health issues (incapacitating mental illnesses being the most prominent ones), I didn't have one single post on this forum from April 3, 2015 to December 27, 2016 (which was a time period of almost 2 full years) - at the time, there was no knowing whether I would resume being an active member again here or not. Similarly, IIRC, my road video YouTube channel (type in "David Carson channel" on YouTube Search to find, but be warned that currently I have a massive backlog of unedited videos (my most recent ones) that don't have proper titles and descriptions and such yet, so they look like crap temporarily) had absolutely zero videos uploaded in the entire year of 2015 (with there being a huge gap between late 2014 and early 2016, IIRC). My intense love of roads has never gone away, but for a long time I was truly unable to function and do much of anything at all. I am glad to be back now, as I have recovered somewhat - except for a terrible downfall earlier in 2017, when my mental illnesses were exacerbated due to the later part of Junior Year of High School, which caused a brief hiccup in my posting quality (if you remember the many posts of mine that temporarily said "(-input coming-)" due to severe OCD and more). Despite usually being a terribly pessimistic person (due to Major Depression), I have the hope that all roadgeeks on hiatus from this forum and elsewhere may eventually be able to come back as a result of good circumstances (like I did).  :nod:

So with that said, whether Jake (agentsteel53) ever resumes activity on the forum or not, I wish him the best of luck with his life, and he has already made a lasting impression on this forum and the roadgeek community as a whole. If he does ever return, we will gladly welcome him back.  :nod:
I'm glad that you are feeling better.
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: adventurernumber1 on October 16, 2017, 10:14:50 PM
For some reason I always hope members who left came back. Are there any members who left for years then came back?

This isn't exactly a really long time, and I never officially "left" the forum, but due to health issues (incapacitating mental illnesses being the most prominent ones), I didn't have one single post on this forum from April 3, 2015 to December 27, 2016 (which was a time period of almost 2 full years) - at the time, there was no knowing whether I would resume being an active member again here or not. Similarly, IIRC, my road video YouTube channel (type in "David Carson channel" on YouTube Search to find, but be warned that currently I have a massive backlog of unedited videos (my most recent ones) that don't have proper titles and descriptions and such yet, so they look like crap temporarily) had absolutely zero videos uploaded in the entire year of 2015 (with there being a huge gap between late 2014 and early 2016, IIRC). My intense love of roads has never gone away, but for a long time I was truly unable to function and do much of anything at all. I am glad to be back now, as I have recovered somewhat - except for a terrible downfall earlier in 2017, when my mental illnesses were exacerbated due to the later part of Junior Year of High School, which caused a brief hiccup in my posting quality (if you remember the many posts of mine that temporarily said "(-input coming-)" due to severe OCD and more). Despite usually being a terribly pessimistic person (due to Major Depression), I have the hope that all roadgeeks on hiatus from this forum and elsewhere may eventually be able to come back as a result of good circumstances (like I did).  :nod:

So with that said, whether Jake (agentsteel53) ever resumes activity on the forum or not, I wish him the best of luck with his life, and he has already made a lasting impression on this forum and the roadgeek community as a whole. If he does ever return, we will gladly welcome him back.  :nod:
I'm glad that you are feeling better.

Thank you! That means a lot. I've gotten lots of help with multiple medications, lots of therapy (including both a psychiatrist and a psychologist), and a developing tireless personal will. I've still got problems, but I have been recovering from them somewhat, and enough so that I can function a lot better now and do more things again.

Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: Takumi on October 16, 2017, 10:34:14 PM
For some reason I always hope members who left came back. Are there any members who left for years then came back?
I left for about a year, just had other things going on, but I came back. I mostly post in OT and Mid-Atlantic, though.
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: roadman65 on October 16, 2017, 11:01:29 PM
I understand I may be pushing the limits here (with starting a thread about a specific user). But I have to ask, what happened to agentsteel53? Top poster and hasn't been online for a year.

(And yes, I'm expecting this to get locked, and rightly so, hopefully after I get an answer  :-P)
Don't worry there have been other threads about specific users like dzlabe who had about three different threads on his behalf.  Though, 99.9 percent of the people hated his posts and attitude, still it never really got locked until that troll got on them and got into it.

On the subject, yes I do miss him even though he was critical of my posts, but it would have been interesting to hear his responses though to that Chicago Hypotenuse troll as I am sure he would have had some doozies to say.

I heard he got married and moved on as some other users have as well and even some on  gribblenation as well.
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: BigRedDog on October 16, 2017, 11:53:00 PM
For some reason I always hope members who left came back. Are there any members who left for years then came back?

I was away for a year or more. As others have said, life gets in the way. It's always fun to come back, though, and see what's new and changing out on the highways.
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: kphoger on October 17, 2017, 10:12:49 AM
The question this thread inspires in me is: is there not a middle ground between spending time on the Internet and dealing with everything else? Seems like people here have a dichotomy that either you must devote your life to this hobby and/or forum or "have a real life." No in-between.

Spending time on the internet and/or having a hobby like roadgeeking is very much doable while maintaining your other duties in life.  But large web forums like this one and another one I used to participate in have a way of sucking all the time out of your days.  I suppose it's the desire to not miss out on anyone's posts on any thread I'm halfway interested in.



Well, Jake is still definitely out there.  We texted back and forth a little bit last night, and he mentioned someone from on here had sent an email as well.  Our conversations pretty much all revolve around [1] license plate spotting or [2] trips to Mexico, as those are two topics about which we both have knowledge and interest.  I miss seeing the photos he would post from his international road trips, and I especially wish I could see the ones from his trip to Aguascalientes a year ago or so (shortly before corco did his southern Mexico road trip.  He's amazing at highway photography.
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: MNHighwayMan on October 17, 2017, 10:20:28 AM
The question this thread inspires in me is: is there not a middle ground between spending time on the Internet and dealing with everything else? Seems like people here have a dichotomy that either you must devote your life to this hobby and/or forum or "have a real life." No in-between.

Spending time on the internet and/or having a hobby like roadgeeking is very much doable while maintaining your other duties in life.  But large web forums like this one and another one I used to participate in have a way of sucking all the time out of your days.  I suppose it's the desire to not miss out on anyone's posts on any thread I'm halfway interested in.

I find this statement odd. First of all, I don't think of a forum with <3400 members as "large." Secondly, while I more often than not spend >one hour per day here, there are also days where I just don't visit at all, or at most make one visit of <15 minutes. I just don't quite understand how this site can become an immense time sink (no disrespect intended, at all, for the admins and heavy contributors—I just am not at that level.) Perhaps it's maybe because my interests don't really extend much beyond my home state and the state (Iowa) that I currently live in. IDK.
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: kphoger on October 17, 2017, 10:27:49 AM
The question this thread inspires in me is: is there not a middle ground between spending time on the Internet and dealing with everything else? Seems like people here have a dichotomy that either you must devote your life to this hobby and/or forum or "have a real life." No in-between.

Spending time on the internet and/or having a hobby like roadgeeking is very much doable while maintaining your other duties in life.  But large web forums like this one and another one I used to participate in have a way of sucking all the time out of your days.  I suppose it's the desire to not miss out on anyone's posts on any thread I'm halfway interested in.

I find this statement odd. First of all, I don't think of a forum with <3400 members as "large." Secondly, while I more often than not spend >one hour per day here, there are also days where I just don't visit at all, or at most make one visit of <15 minutes. I just don't quite understand how this site can become an immense time sink (no disrespect intended, at all, for the admins and heavy contributors—I just am not at that level.) Perhaps it's maybe because my interests don't really extend much beyond my home state and the state (Iowa) that I currently live in. IDK.

Then you are succeeding at this.  Some others of us can't seem to find a happy medium.
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: Max Rockatansky on October 17, 2017, 10:37:05 AM
If you're on Facebook and see Jake Bear active on any of the road-related groups there, that's him.

I want to say he's pretty active on California's Porcelain Enamel Traffic Signs if I recall correctly.  I had a couple run-ins with Jake in my early highway sign collecting days, I knew he was involved with AAroads but I wasn't really aware he was on the forum at all until recently.  Really Jake is the go to guy for stuff like questions about signage history, I've never talked to anyone else who knew as much as he did.
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: Roadgeekteen on October 17, 2017, 02:41:37 PM
The question this thread inspires in me is: is there not a middle ground between spending time on the Internet and dealing with everything else? Seems like people here have a dichotomy that either you must devote your life to this hobby and/or forum or "have a real life." No in-between.

Spending time on the internet and/or having a hobby like roadgeeking is very much doable while maintaining your other duties in life.  But large web forums like this one and another one I used to participate in have a way of sucking all the time out of your days.  I suppose it's the desire to not miss out on anyone's posts on any thread I'm halfway interested in.

I find this statement odd. First of all, I don't think of a forum with <3400 members as "large." Secondly, while I more often than not spend >one hour per day here, there are also days where I just don't visit at all, or at most make one visit of <15 minutes. I just don't quite understand how this site can become an immense time sink (no disrespect intended, at all, for the admins and heavy contributors—I just am not at that level.) Perhaps it's maybe because my interests don't really extend much beyond my home state and the state (Iowa) that I currently live in. IDK.
I am less knolageble about roads than many others on here. That's why many of my posts are in off topic or fictional highways.
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: Scott5114 on October 17, 2017, 05:40:25 PM
Jake is not only a very knowledgeable guy, he's super talented, too. He drew a dragon for me once and I liked it so much I had several thousand copies printed up.

(https://i.imgur.com/V4AB8cN.png)

Jake and I hung out in real life one day back in...hell, I don't even remember what year, I want to say 2010 or so? But we met up in Clinton, OK and spent all day driving around SW Oklahoma and the Texas panhandle in my Chevy Cavalier clinching counties. It was a ton of fun.

He's still on Facebook and still the same old Jake. If I remember correctly, he got a US-395 tattoo at some point (if that doesn't show you that he's still into the whole roads thing I don't know what would). I saw him on there recently trolling this guy that insulted him into donating to hurricane relief efforts.
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: Roadgeekteen on October 17, 2017, 06:59:03 PM
Jake is not only a very knowledgeable guy, he's super talented, too. He drew a dragon for me once and I liked it so much I had several thousand copies printed up.

(https://i.imgur.com/V4AB8cN.png)

Jake and I hung out in real life one day back in...hell, I don't even remember what year, I want to say 2010 or so? But we met up in Clinton, OK and spent all day driving around SW Oklahoma and the Texas panhandle in my Chevy Cavalier clinching counties. It was a ton of fun.

He's still on Facebook and still the same old Jake. If I remember correctly, he got a US-395 tattoo at some point (if that doesn't show you that he's still into the whole roads thing I don't know what would). I saw him on there recently trolling this guy that insulted him into donating to hurricane relief efforts.
Jake is great at trolling.
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: Roadgeekteen on October 17, 2017, 10:31:56 PM
I also find that the forum, while usually interesting, saps a disproportionate amount of time.

So I think I'll stop here (not roadgeeking, just posting). That leaves you with 366 of my posts, one for each day of the year  :D Also, because I-366 is a long-standing joke on the forum. Works out well.  :wave:
You have far less than 366 posts.
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: adventurernumber1 on October 17, 2017, 10:39:53 PM
I also find that the forum, while usually interesting, saps a disproportionate amount of time.

So I think I'll stop here (not roadgeeking, just posting). That leaves you with 366 of my posts, one for each day of the year  :D Also, because I-366 is a long-standing joke on the forum. Works out well.  :wave:

I know that I'm a certified retard, but I'll admit that I myself am incredibly confused....

 :confused:  :eyebrow:  :hmm:  :hmmm:

Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: hbelkins on October 18, 2017, 01:42:29 PM
Hey Scott -- was it you and Jake who once crossed a barbed-wire fence to visit a new county? Or was that someone else?
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: Roadgeekteen on October 18, 2017, 05:44:26 PM
I also find that the forum, while usually interesting, saps a disproportionate amount of time.

So I think I'll stop here (not roadgeeking, just posting). That leaves you with 366 of my posts, one for each day of the year  :D Also, because I-366 is a long-standing joke on the forum. Works out well.  :wave:

I know that I'm a certified retard, but I'll admit that I myself am incredibly confused....

 :confused:  :eyebrow:  :hmm:  :hmmm:
The mods must of fucked with his post count.
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: 1 on October 18, 2017, 05:48:13 PM
I also find that the forum, while usually interesting, saps a disproportionate amount of time.

So I think I'll stop here (not roadgeeking, just posting). That leaves you with 366 of my posts, one for each day of the year  :D Also, because I-366 is a long-standing joke on the forum. Works out well.  :wave:

I know that I'm a certified retard, but I'll admit that I myself am incredibly confused....

 :confused:  :eyebrow:  :hmm:  :hmmm:
The mods must of fucked with his post count.

Nope. https://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;area=showposts;u=13935 shows 8 pages, consistent with a post count between 176 and 200.
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: Roadgeekteen on October 18, 2017, 05:55:47 PM
I also find that the forum, while usually interesting, saps a disproportionate amount of time.

So I think I'll stop here (not roadgeeking, just posting). That leaves you with 366 of my posts, one for each day of the year  :D Also, because I-366 is a long-standing joke on the forum. Works out well.  :wave:

I know that I'm a certified retard, but I'll admit that I myself am incredibly confused....

 :confused:  :eyebrow:  :hmm:  :hmmm:
The mods must of fucked with his post count.

Nope. https://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;area=showposts;u=13935 shows 8 pages, consistent with a post count between 176 and 200.
So is he just crazy or was he hacked?
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: TheArkansasRoadgeek on October 18, 2017, 06:06:27 PM
How do we know if someone has truely left? They could be lurking right now, as we post...
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: 1 on October 18, 2017, 09:52:33 PM
How do we know if someone has truely left? They could be lurking right now, as we post...

Last Active: October 17, 2017, 09:54:21 PM
(it's Last Login on the threads themselves and Last Active on the profile, but it shows the same time)
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: TheArkansasRoadgeek on October 18, 2017, 11:05:07 PM
How do we know if someone has truely left? They could be lurking right now, as we post...

Last Active: October 17, 2017, 09:54:21 PM
(it's Last Login on the threads themselves and Last Active on the profile, but it shows the same time)
They don't have to login to lurk...
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: signalman on October 19, 2017, 11:21:13 AM
^Sneaky, sneaky.  We have a member here with two identities
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: MNHighwayMan on October 19, 2017, 11:22:08 AM
^Sneaky, sneaky.  We have a member here with two identities

I sometimes have a goat post for me when I'm away from the computer but at my desk.
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: froggie on October 19, 2017, 11:24:56 AM
Because goat?
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: TheArkansasRoadgeek on October 19, 2017, 11:57:22 AM
Damn, this is going somewhere we don't want it to, guys! I was just trying to think outside the box and now we have a goat roaming the thread! I sense a low-key reference coming on... ;-)
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: kphoger on October 19, 2017, 01:38:17 PM
Because goat?

Because it bips!
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: adventurernumber1 on October 19, 2017, 04:09:15 PM
Holy shoot...  :wow:  :eyebrow: 

Maybe there's math involved.

I'm sorry, but what is it with you and your "post limit" and "Forum Legacy."

(For those who are confused, see this thread: https://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?topic=20440.0 )


If you add ParrDa's post count (194) and webny99's post count (172), then you get 366 posts. The puzzle pieces have been put together.

All you've done is given yourself an infamous "legacy," and it doesn't make any sense to me.  :no:  :angry:
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: kphoger on October 19, 2017, 04:23:11 PM
(For those who are confused, see this thread: https://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?topic=20440.0 )

Wow, is that the kind of schlock I missed while I was away from the forum?    :-/
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: Takumi on October 19, 2017, 05:14:25 PM
ParrDa is webny99 is ethanman62187.
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: Roadgeekteen on October 19, 2017, 06:32:59 PM
Maybe there's math involved.
Welcome back!
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: TheHighwayMan394 on October 19, 2017, 06:34:15 PM
That’s bizarre. Most people with multiple handles try to keep that a secret. This dude apparently didn’t. Same location, same avatar, same posts. Weird.
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: adventurernumber1 on October 19, 2017, 06:36:41 PM
Maybe there's math involved.
Welcome back!

I don't think he's coming back..


That leaves you with 366 of my posts, one for each day of the year

:wave:

Holy shoot...  :wow:  :eyebrow: 

Maybe there's math involved.

I'm sorry, but what is it with you and your "post limit" and "Forum Legacy."

(For those who are confused, see this thread: https://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?topic=20440.0 )


If you add ParrDa's post count (194) and webny99's post count (172), then you get 366 posts. The puzzle pieces have been put together.

All you've done is given yourself an infamous "legacy," and it doesn't make any sense to me.  :no:  :angry:

ParrDa is webny99
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: Roadgeekteen on October 19, 2017, 06:38:19 PM
Holy shoot...  :wow:  :eyebrow: 

Maybe there's math involved.

I'm sorry, but what is it with you and your "post limit" and "Forum Legacy."

(For those who are confused, see this thread: https://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?topic=20440.0 )


If you add ParrDa's post count (194) and webny99's post count (172), then you get 366 posts. The puzzle pieces have been put together.

All you've done is given yourself an infamous "legacy," and it doesn't make any sense to me.  :no:  :angry:
OH MY GOD WHAT THE FUCK JUST HAPPENED WHAT IS GOING ON HERE THEY ARE THE SAME PERSON HOW DID HE PULL THAT OFF THAT ISN'T ALLOWED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sorry for yelling.
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: freebrickproductions on October 19, 2017, 08:59:54 PM
RE: User Identities
On the internet, no-one knows you're the real Slim Shady. :bigass:
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: freebrickproductions on October 19, 2017, 09:05:30 PM
Also, I just noticed that this is Roadgeekteen's signature (as of the time of this post):
Quote from: Roadgeekteen's signature
Fuck alanland
Has the legendary TheAlan360 returned to walk amongst us mere mortals once again??? :pan:
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: Takumi on October 19, 2017, 09:14:09 PM
Yes, I was lurking, and yes, you guys got me back online to defend myself  :D

No, I'm not ethanman  :-D

Yes, two accounts are allowed. How is anyone going to prevent it? But excessive caps lock is forbidden!

And no, I'm not trying to hide having two accounts. ParrDa was my first account. But then I wanted a better username. Hence, webny99.

I intended to leave the ParrDa account alone and only use the new one. But then the thread linked above happened. So, because webny99 had a bad name for himself, I went back to ParrDa.

If you didn't know any of that, it's not because I tried to hide it. I may have even mentioned it in posts I've since deleted.
(I deleted around 10 from the webny99 account in an act of rage, including every post in that thread [though most were quoted anyways]. This rapid deleting also caused corco to update his "nobility" post from telling me to stop at 177, to telling me to stop at 172. That made me feel outsmarted enough to actually listen. And I still respect him for that, for having the honesty to tell me I was killing my credibility, for actually getting me to stop raging, and for the quick thinking in updating his post).

With regards to my "legacy", I started that thread with good intentions, but felt like every reply was a personal jab, and flew off the handle. So, my "legacy" comment was basically because I was mad about the thread and didn't expect, or want, to handle all the negative comments. Needless to say I was relatively new at that point.

So, hardly sneaky. On the contrary, I pride myself on my honesty.

But, in any case, I do intend to stop posting (though I may lurk once in awhile - can't fool myself into thinking there won't be anything interesting  :D)

It's been a pleasure.
Actually, two accounts are not allowed.
https://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?topic=992.0
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: bugo on October 19, 2017, 10:13:41 PM
I talk to Jake all the time on Facebook. He's a funny guy in person.
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: rickmastfan67 on October 19, 2017, 11:08:14 PM
Yes, two accounts are allowed. How is anyone going to prevent it? But excessive caps lock is forbidden!

And no, I'm not trying to hide having two accounts. ParrDa was my first account. But then I wanted a better username. Hence, webny99.

NO, 2 accounts ARE NOT allowed.

Choose the one name you want to keep, send me a PM from it, and I'll delete the other account and merge the posts from it to the one you're keeping.  Otherwise, I'll choose for you within 24h.

  • No Sock-Puppeting. This is cloning yourself with a second username; one per member will suffice.
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: Roadgeekteen on October 20, 2017, 09:12:33 AM
Also, I just noticed that this is Roadgeekteen's signature (as of the time of this post):
Quote from: Roadgeekteen's signature
Fuck alanland
Has the legendary TheAlan360 returned to walk amongst us mere mortals once again??? :pan:
I just want Alanland gone from the forum. I think the original thread should be unlocked. I do like mass quoting, though.
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: MNHighwayMan on October 20, 2017, 09:19:30 AM
I just want Alanland gone from the forum. I think the original thread should be unlocked. I do like mass quoting, though.

What? :confused: That's a contradictory stance to take.
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: Roadgeekteen on October 20, 2017, 09:21:04 AM
I just want Alanland gone from the forum. I think the original thread should be unlocked. I do like mass quoting, though.

What? :confused: That's a contradictory stance to take.
I am saying I like one part of Alanland, but not the others.
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: 1 on October 20, 2017, 09:21:27 AM
I just want Alanland gone from the forum. I think the original thread should be unlocked. I do like mass quoting, though.

What? :confused: That's a contradictory stance to take.

If the Alanland thread gets unlocked, all Alanland discussion will be in that thread instead of spread out through other threads.
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: Roadgeekteen on October 20, 2017, 09:22:59 AM
I just want Alanland gone from the forum. I think the original thread should be unlocked. I do like mass quoting, though.

What? :confused: That's a contradictory stance to take.

If the Alanland thread gets unlocked, all Alanland discussion will be in that thread instead of spread out through other threads.
Bingo. Also I really want to post in that thread. Edit: I don't hate it, just I hate it spreading.
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: MNHighwayMan on October 20, 2017, 09:24:58 AM
If the Alanland thread gets unlocked, all Alanland discussion will be in that thread instead of spread out through other threads.

Hmmm, I doubt that very much. That's certainly not going to stop it from getting mentioned in threads that have crossed the silliness threshold.

I am saying I like one part of Alanland, but not the others.

This statement and your profile signature do not congrue.
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: Roadgeekteen on October 20, 2017, 09:32:10 AM
If the Alanland thread gets unlocked, all Alanland discussion will be in that thread instead of spread out through other threads.

Hmmm, I doubt that very much. That's certainly not going to stop it from getting mentioned in threads that have crossed the silliness threshold.

I am saying I like one part of Alanland, but not the others.

This statement and your profile signature do not congrue.
I hate all of alanland. But I participate in mass quoting because I know that at that point, it is impossible to get people back on topic.
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: hbelkins on October 20, 2017, 11:26:05 AM
If the Alanland thread gets unlocked, all Alanland discussion will be in that thread instead of spread out through other threads.

Hmmm, I doubt that very much. That's certainly not going to stop it from getting mentioned in threads that have crossed the silliness threshold.

I am saying I like one part of Alanland, but not the others.

This statement and your profile signature do not congrue.
I hate all of alanland. But I participate in mass quoting because I know that at that point, it is impossible to get people back on topic.

Someone got called down for mass quoting recently, didn't they?
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: J N Winkler on October 20, 2017, 12:10:02 PM
The question this thread inspires in me is: is there not a middle ground between spending time on the Internet and dealing with everything else? Seems like people here have a dichotomy that either you must devote your life to this hobby and/or forum or "have a real life." No in-between.

I would synthesize others' answers to this by saying that, given the prevalence of ad-supported social media platforms and their reliance on psychological techniques (such as variable-interval reinforcement) to attract eyeball time (https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/oct/05/smartphone-addiction-silicon-valley-dystopia), there can be a middle ground but most people have to take proactive steps to maintain it.
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: kkt on October 20, 2017, 12:44:17 PM
I just want Alanland gone from the forum. I think the original thread should be unlocked. I do like mass quoting, though.

What? :confused: That's a contradictory stance to take.

It's Alanland.  He wants it gone, and yet not gone.
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: adventurernumber1 on October 20, 2017, 04:01:43 PM
If the Alanland thread gets unlocked, all Alanland discussion will be in that thread instead of spread out through other threads.

Hmmm, I doubt that very much. That's certainly not going to stop it from getting mentioned in threads that have crossed the silliness threshold.

I am saying I like one part of Alanland, but not the others.

This statement and your profile signature do not congrue.
I hate all of alanland. But I participate in mass quoting because I know that at that point, it is impossible to get people back on topic.

Someone got called down for mass quoting recently, didn't they?

I feel like there might have been another incident as well, but I know for a fact that mass quoting became a severe problem at the end of this thread by Roadgeekteen (see the final posts): https://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?topic=20856.75
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: kphoger on October 20, 2017, 04:08:06 PM
Someone got called down for mass quoting recently, didn't they?

I feel like there might have been another incident as well, but I know for a fact that mass quoting became a severe problem at the end of this thread by Roadgeekteen (see the final posts): https://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?topic=20856.75

Oh wow.

I was away from the forum at that time, so I didn't realize things got that out of hand.  I'll stop my occasional silly mass quoting right away, lest things devolve again.  Sorry if I've contributed to a problem.
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: TheArkansasRoadgeek on October 20, 2017, 07:37:12 PM
Someone got called down for mass quoting recently, didn't they?

I feel like there might have been another incident as well, but I know for a fact that mass quoting became a severe problem at the end of this thread by Roadgeekteen (see the final posts): https://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?topic=20856.75

Oh wow.

I was away from the forum at that time, so I didn't realize things got that out of hand.  I'll stop my occasional silly mass quoting right away, lest things devolve again.  Sorry if I've contributed to a problem.
I wouldn't even know where to begin with how many sandwitched quotes are involved! :wow:
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: TheArkansasRoadgeek on October 20, 2017, 07:45:07 PM
A bit hard to enforce, don't you think?

I've had two accounts since May, and not only did no one care, no one even knew (despite it being, IMO, obvious). Now with that said, I didn't want two accounts anyways, just didn't know how to change my username. But if someone wanted two accounts, who would ever know?

(Disclaimer: I'm not advocating having two accounts, just noting that that rule is not enforceable, like all the other rules are).
Self-enforced, sir. There is thought behind the rule. This is what (I assume) Alex and the others wanted to imply to those who read the Forum Guidelines (https://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?topic=992.0).
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: Alps on October 20, 2017, 11:48:39 PM
Actually, two accounts are not allowed.
https://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?topic=992.0

A bit hard to enforce, don't you think?

I've had two accounts since May, and not only did no one care, no one even knew (despite it being, IMO, obvious). Now with that said, I didn't want two accounts anyways, just didn't know how to change my username. But if someone wanted two accounts, who would ever know?

(Disclaimer: I'm not advocating having two accounts, just noting that that rule is not enforceable, like all the other rules are).
It actually is enforceable. Source: I once was an admin, was able to find duplicate users.
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: US 89 on October 21, 2017, 01:01:14 AM
Don’t they ask for your email when you sign up? If you create two accounts using the same email, they can probably find you that way.
Also, two accounts always posting from the same IP address probably looks a little suspicious.
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: rickmastfan67 on October 21, 2017, 02:18:40 AM
Don’t they ask for your email when you sign up? If you create two accounts using the same email, they can probably find you that way.

Only possible for one account per email, as that's hard coded into SMF.

How so? (And why didn't I get called out sooner?)

Trade Secret.

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Anyways, this thread way off course now, and the original question was answered, so, lock time. :coffee:
Title: Re: Honest Question
Post by: rickmastfan67 on October 21, 2017, 02:25:47 AM
If the Alanland thread gets unlocked, all Alanland discussion will be in that thread instead of spread out through other threads.

Hmmm, I doubt that very much. That's certainly not going to stop it from getting mentioned in threads that have crossed the silliness threshold.

I am saying I like one part of Alanland, but not the others.

This statement and your profile signature do not congrue.
I hate all of alanland. But I participate in mass quoting because I know that at that point, it is impossible to get people back on topic.

Someone got called down for mass quoting recently, didn't they?

I feel like there might have been another incident as well, but I know for a fact that mass quoting became a severe problem at the end of this thread by Roadgeekteen (see the final posts): https://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?topic=20856.75

Yes, and he was warned about this and told not to do mass quoting again of several posts.  Doing so will have repercussions for him if caught.
https://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?topic=20856.msg2250067#msg2250067