greenspun.com : LUSENET : TB2K spinoff uncensored : One Thread

Welcome to the "TB2K Spinoff Uncensored" forum. This forum was started in response to Ed Yourdon having closed his original TimeBomb 2000 forum on Lusenet and moved it to a strongly moderated and censored forum on EZboard. This forum is an attempt to recapture the free flowing discussions that used to take place on Ed Yourdon's original forum. Everyone is welcome to post. All that is asked is to refrain from spamming, and please use basic Netiquette.

-- Old TB2K forum regular (freespeech_y2k@yahoo.com), March 03, 2000


Good to see some responses already.

At the moment I'm busy setting up the forum with categories and reference links on the old board. You'll notice I copied the old categories, but left out a few that were not as relevant and/or used as much.

I'm wide open to suggestions.

Please spread the word around about this forum.

-- Old TB2K forum regular (freespeech_y2k@yahoo.com), March 03, 2000.

Testing, wondering why my replies keep ending up at the top of the thread.

-- Old TB2K forum regular (freespeech_y2k@yahoo.com), March 03, 2000.

Glad to see this here!!!

-- (hmm@hmm.hmm), March 03, 2000.

Great basic rules and header.

I don't know which forum will become home,either is fantastic as far as I'm concerned.Again, if there is anything I can do please feel free to to contact me. Now I HAVE to go to work.Thanks a million.

-- capnfun (capnfun1@excite.com), March 03, 2000.

Hi everyone,

Uncensored? What a breath of fresh air! I am looking forward to many challenging discussions.

Just to set the record straight...I will be posting under one name only. My email address I reserve for fun.

Hope everyone finds their way here and a special welcome to those who were banned from Ed's board!

-- Debra (Glad@tobehere.com), March 03, 2000.

Glad to see this here.

Never was one to like cliques much. Uncensored, free speech forever!


-- quick (rstyree@overland.net), March 03, 2000.

Just for sentiments sake, I'll stop in and wish you all the luck in the world. I had a lot of fun on the old TB2000, prior to May of 99, when the censorship started.

I'll take the result of last fall to show as proof that censorship does not lead to correct conclusions.

After several acrimonious fights over that, I decided to let it go and move on. I never had any anger at the average forum poster, just the heavy handed, one sided moderation and their pet trolls, who were allowed to spit on non-doomers all they wanted, but the non-doomers were never to spit back.

Have fun.

-- Paul Davis (davisp1953@yahoo.com), March 03, 2000.

Free Speech--Wonderful.

Hi Paul, hey you were right. Good to hear from you. I was one that didn't agree with you, but I sure thought you were, and are, a fine fellow.

Thanks Old regular for getting this going.

-- gilda (jess@listbot.com), March 03, 2000.

Count me in. I am glad this is here.

Now let's get ready to rumblllllllllle!

-- FutureShock (gray@matter.think), March 03, 2000.

Regular,you are anything but....So organized,almost like Kansas(reality). Thanks.

-- capnfun (capnfun1@excite.com), March 03, 2000.

Testing, wondering why my replies keep ending up at the top of the thread.

This appears to be part of the features of the software. Posts made by whoever is designated as the administrator of the site will automatically appear at the top of the list of answers. I saw it on the old TimeBomb. Try typing in a different email address.

-- (hmm@hmm.hmm), March 03, 2000.

Mr/Ms Old TB, I kinda anwered your question about posting order. See your post at top of page. Good Luck!

-- Name (changer@hobby.co.), March 03, 2000.

Thanks Hmmm and everyone. It works.

Now please go forth and tell the good news about this forum! ;-)

-- Old TB2K forum regular (freespeech@yahoo.com), March 03, 2000.

This place seems fine to me. But I do hope I won't be discouraged from disagreeing with people. After all, if there were a better opinion than mine I would hold it [grin]. I'm trying to talk a lot of people into coming here, and my mailbox is overflowing right now. But I'll try to come out of my shell and say a few words now and then.

Some people seem very unhappy with the thought police.

-- Flint (flintc@mindspring.com), March 03, 2000.


There was an outcry at your being banned from Ed's new forum, along with others dissenting people who followed the rules.

I want to be clear that my only intent with this "spinoff" forum is to allow every side to speak out. This is NOT a "Polly" nor a "Doomer" forum. As administrator, I will let anyone speak up for what they believe in and want to contribute regarding Y2K (and other topics, since anything seem to have a connection to Y2K in some way.)

But, (there's always a but), I'll keep an eye on Netiquette, and try to be fair to everyone. I was very vocal against moderation on Ed's original forum when the issue of moderation came about.

So please everyone, let us start on a clean slate. Everyone is forgiven for their past "sins". Let us not repeat the errors of Ed's old forum so we can give this new one a chance at freedom of speech and freeflow of information. Lets use civility as much as possible.

-- Old TB2K forum regular (freespeech@yahoo.com), March 03, 2000.

Confessions are so good for the soul department

For the past 20 months my many alter egos and I have been regulars at the TB2000 forum. When a subject was within my scope of knowledge I would respond in hopefully an intelligent manner. For the most part however, I found myself venting my anger at the morons and idiots that seemed to be controlling the bulk of the posts. This of course garnered much love for my various handles but it seemed necessary to oppose the stench coming from the likes of Hawk, AisAsia, etc. Although it was not a high priority, weaning myself off that site was becoming somewhat important.

Thankfully, that decision has been taken out of my hands and it is time to move along. I appreciate the efforts of whoever has put this forum together and Ill lurk around and see who lands here. Hopefully, the new mutant nesting place will keep them contained and free up the good folks to gather here. I predict that Ed Yourdon will quickly grow weary of his new houseguests and that place will crumble around his latest thought for profit scheme.

-- Sifting (through@the.rubble), March 03, 2000.

Who knows -- maybe even diEtER will show up eventually. (Is that good or bad?)

-- I'm Here, I'm There (I'm Everywhere@so.beware), March 03, 2000.

...oh, and thank you for setting this, Old Regular. Best of luck. (Phil Greenspun's format does tend to make you feel comfortable, doesn't it?)

-- I'm Here, I'm There (I'm Everywhere@so.beware), March 03, 2000.

yahoo! Thanks man. Uncensored? No dipshits like Diane? Pro can stay?

too damn kule for words.

-- Xdoomer now (doomerstomper@usa.net), March 03, 2000.

I'm still looking for KOS. That mud wrestler many times, had me ROTFLMAO!

-- Still (w@iting.com), March 03, 2000.

Old TB, you have made a lot of people very happy by starting up this forum as a continuation of TB. I am also very pleased to that is uncensored.

This site will be my new Y2K home.

-- Malcolm Taylor (taylorm@es.co.nz), March 03, 2000.

Thanks Old forum regular! I hope this forum works! I'm still trying to get over the shock of the move to the new board on EZboard. I'm extremely disappointed with Ed and his decisions to ban and censor so heavily.

And the look of the board! sheesh, those icon's make me dizzy!

-- Chris (@#$%@pond.com), March 03, 2000.

"After all, if there were a better opinion than mine I would hold it [grin]."

I like that Flint! LOL

-- Debra (???@???.com), March 03, 2000.

I can't stop laughing. This is the best thing I think I've ever seen. I would really like to know just what Mr. Yourdon's role has been in all this, however. I can't escape the feeling that we've been manipulated, but I don't mind. I'm going to live here and go next door to learn how to make those neat pictures and see if that board picks up on things we miss as far as important items. Like having a colorful neighbor that you want to hang around with and be friends but would really not marry.

-- charlie (cml@workmail.com), March 03, 2000.

Count me in, and thanks for the forum. Looking forward to exploring all manner of doomdom. (Sorry, the concept of doom is still very entertaining to me. While I never really expect it, I never tire of talking about it. I guess it's the same with being obsessed with death, even when you're perfectly healthy)

-- kritter (kritter@adelphia.net), March 03, 2000.

After discovering the news on TB2K about Flint's banning, and picking my jaw off the floor, I wish to declare:

I am shocked and astonished that Flint was deliberately banned from Ed's new forum.

Those who cited Flint's "anthill" quote in support of the ban are clearly taking it the wrong way. This is a prime example of the sort of misunderstanding, all-too-common on the Internet unfortunately, that can occur when text is unaccompanied by the voice inflections, body language, and other context in which we normally interpret spoken words. I am grieved by the number of posters who, apparently unfamiliar with Flint's typical TB2K postings, are being misled into an unfairly negative opinion of him. I ask that both they and others, such as the sysops who should know better, who were offended by the "anthill" remark reconsider that they may have misinterpreted it.

-- No Spam Please (nos_pam_please@hotmail.com), March 03, 2000.

I agree with you No Spam. I've been on the internet for over 10 years, and I've learned a lot about people psychology (call it net-psychology) over the years. And I've seen too often what moderation does to a forum. No one is above abuse of power, our egos are just too strong and it takes over even if unconsciously.

Un-moderated forums are hard to get used to, the flamings tend to get out of hand too often, but if you've been around the net long enough you'll develop a thick flameproof-hide and learn to ignore the offenders. The internet and un-moderated forums are our only hope to guard against brainwashings, thought police, and for the pursuit of truth. It is hard to listen to opposite views as our own, but not doing it is letting ourselves be "sheeples" and manipulated.

-- Chris (@#$%@pond.com), March 03, 2000.

Yahoo, Thank you, Thank you for getting this site going again!!! After 2 days I was giving up hope. Sent an email to Greenspun today hoping to restart this forum. This is the REAL spirit of this site. Hopefully everyone will broadcast consistantly over at Yourdon's site to let everyone be aware this site is up and running. hopefully will get back to normal and as a group work everything out. This place feels like home on a cold winter's day

-- (dorado@doco.com), March 03, 2000.

Hello everyone, good to see this here.


-- Someone (ChimingIn@twocents.cam), March 03, 2000.

hey kritter -- would that make you a doomerchondriac? LOL! You know, I didn't realize how brain washed I was and how MANIPULATING the Yourdanites were, until the pollies starting coming forth and crying censorship. You are right, Chris. Let us never become sheeple in the what's happening now (or I should say the "coming real soon!) doomer pit again.

checks and balances can never survive when you're manipulated by censorship. Hey- hasn't THAT been their cry? "THEY are not telling us the truth. Listen to US".

many thanks for this forum!

-- Xdoomer now --> (doomerstomper@usa.net), March 03, 2000.

There is now a link to this forum on the OLD forum, posted as a final thread, for those who can't access ezboard. If the old sysops are kind enough to let it remain there..that might help some strays come this way too.

-- kritter (kritter@adelphia.net), March 04, 2000.

PS...Xdoomer...Doomerchondriac..I LIKE THAT! :-)

-- kritter (kritter@adelphia.net), March 04, 2000.

Thank you! I am Very Grateful for this new forum. Was very sad when the old Time Bomb went away. It was a breath of fresh air.

-- Very (Grateful@still.here), March 04, 2000.

Aw shoot. There I went again. I got so excited about seeing a familiar format and so many 'family' names that I went & opened a new thread before I read through the posts. (cha-grin!)

When I followed the thread from ezboard, I felt much like I did when the old TB2K went under at the end of last year. RELIEF!!!

As for censorship on the forum, isn't that what the left-mouse button is for? Reading offensive writing is not compulsory, is it? Don't we all have free will? As long as it doesn't enable or cause the exploitation of the helpless (children, for example) why would we want anyone to judge what should be available to us?

Just wondering, and really glad to be here!

-- Arewyn (artemis31@msn.com), March 04, 2000.

Just went to the old TB2K and found the link to here. Man, was I happy. I hate the EZboard even though I could register and use it. Glad to see a lot of the old crowd is here. Thanks, Old regular!

-- canthappen (n@ysayer.com), March 04, 2000.

I sure like like this format. Had a hard time with that EZBoard. Nothing easy about it. Thanks

-- Bill (sticky@2side.tape), March 04, 2000.

Thank you, regular.

Flint, I have no problem with your expressing disagreement, so long as you have no problem with my expressing meta-disagreement. 8^)

-- David L (bumpkin@dnet.net), March 04, 2000.

Cookies? I don't need no steenkeen cookies!!! Nor passwords nor moderators nor waiting 20 seconds to open a 2 line post. I had never particularly liked Greenspun's protocol until I went back to typical Usenet style on EZ.

I never weighed in on the censorship issue, but after having seen the draconian example of moderation displayed on the new EZ2K forum, I'm appalled and saddened. The spammers may have beaten Yourdon's crew---chasing them off Phil's board. But, in the long run, it is we who have won---those of us who cherish the right to speak our minds as we see fit, and accept the responsibility to do so civilly if not always elegantly.

After having been personally spammed from the old TB2K, I'm delighted to be able to return to using my real alias and Email address.


"Shams and delusions are esteemed for soundest truths, while reality is fabulous.... By closing the eyes and slumbering, and consenting to be deceived by shows, men establish and confirm their daily life of routine and habit everywhere, which still is built on purely illusory foundations." --- Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862

-- (Hallyx@aol.com), March 05, 2000.

To the top with a thought.....

"Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people." --author unknown

-- time (wait@and.see), March 05, 2000.

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