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Old 27 June 2007, 06:23 PM
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Reading Welcome to the ULMB!

Welcome to the ULMB!

This is our new and improved initiation thread. For those who don't know, the ULMB is the Urban Legends Message Board; it is the online community for the Urban Legends Reference Pages (ULRP or snopes.com). A couple important people you'll see around are our gracious hosts, snopes and Barbara, also known as The Mikkelsons. Four Kitties and I are minions of The Mikkelsons. We do things like fix broken links, delete accidental multiple posts, and answer questions to the best of our ability (though we may direct you to a higher authority).

We members, affectionately known as snopesters, all strenuously attempt to abide by Barbara's Guide to Good Behavior: The primary rule of this board is to behave in a civil manner towards your fellow posters. I'm sure since reading the FAQ is part of the registration process that everyone has already done so; but if you haven't or need a refresher, please do.

This thread is the place to introduce yourselves, say hi, learn the tricks of things like posting, searching, and making links, as well as some board lingo and etiquette. To help everyone learn the ropes, there are five questions at the end of this post for you to answer. These questions are designed to help you learn about this board and how it works and more seasoned members of the board will come along to help point you in the right direction. Participation is completely optional, but please feel free to take advantage of this thread. If you want to know something that isn't covered in the FAQ or hasn't been covered in this thread yet, you are very much encouraged to ask.

(As a note to those more seasoned members, you can post new questions and tasks yourselves, but they must be relevant to learning about participation on this board. The point of this thread is supposed to be help people ease into using this board. I do encourage you to submit question or task ideas to me privately and I will rotate the questions below once a week or so to keep them fresh.)

Wipe your feet, enjoy the boards, and welcome to the community!

Questions (updated 27 June 2007):
  1. What is the first posting guideline?
  2. What are the ages of the youngest, and oldest, registered posters?
  3. Link to at least three threads where the word "sloth" was used.
  4. What is a "bookachow" and how is it properly used?
  5. What is a sock puppet?
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Old 27 June 2007, 07:31 PM
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I'll add a question. Our lovely comunity, like all online comunities sometimes encounters trolls. Upon encountering said under bridge dweller, what is the one thing that our lovely Admins recomend you do?
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Old 27 June 2007, 07:37 PM
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I'll add a question. Our lovely comunity, like all online comunities sometimes encounters trolls. Upon encountering said under bridge dweller, what is the one thing that our lovely Admins recomend you do?
Excellent question. Let's make that Part B, though. Part A: What's a troll?
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Old 27 June 2007, 08:15 PM
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OK, I'll play.

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Welcome to the ULMB!

Questions (updated 27 June 2007):
  1. What is the first posting guideline?

    1) Check the main site at www.snopes.com before posting an inquiry here to ensure that your question hasn't already been answered.

  2. What are the ages of the youngest, and oldest, registered posters?

    The youngest posters are Dtay and Silent-Bob at 13 years of age. The oldest poster is denby13 at 93 years old.

  3. Link to at least three threads where the word "sloth" was used.

    1. Posted by Four Kitties

    2. Posted by Singing in the Drizzle

    3. Posted by Don Enrico

  4. What is a "bookachow" and how is it properly used?

    Bookachow!
    From The ULMB Wikitory
    Bookachow! is a term used to direct members to an earlier thread or an article on snopes.com if what they posted has already been discussed. It was coined in 2000 by Autolycus, who said it sounded like someone instantaneously dashing off and then dashing right back again, information in hand; a cartoon sound.

    "Book" in Bookachow can be changed to another word pertaining to the topic. For example, "Hookachow" can be used when linking someone to the bloody hook legend.

    After threads are chowed, they are usually closed so there are not multiple threads on one subject.

  5. What is a sock puppet?

    sock puppet n. A fake persona used to discuss or comment on oneself or one's work, particularly in an online discussion group or the comments section of a blog. —adj.
    —sock puppeteer n.
    —sock puppetry n.
Ok, let's see how that worked.

MerrySunshine


ETA: How do I get my answers not to be in the quote?

I'll come back later and do the troll questions
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Old 27 June 2007, 08:23 PM
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ETA: How do I get my answers not to be in the quote?
You can end a quote by typing "left bracket" "slash" "QUOTE" "right bracket." You can then open a new quote by doing "left bracket" "QUOTE" "right bracket."
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Old 27 June 2007, 08:36 PM
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You can end a quote by typing "left bracket" "slash" "QUOTE" "right bracket." You can then open a new quote by doing "left bracket" "QUOTE" "right bracket."
Like this, but without the spaces:

[ quote] Quoted text here [ /quote ]

Quote:
Quoted text here
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Old 08 July 2007, 10:31 PM
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It is horribly quiet in here. Someone should go find my whips
Yee-I have returned for moments-Mum
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Old 08 July 2007, 11:13 PM
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Another question:

Acronyms, this time.

What do the acronyms for YOMANK and NFBSK mean? How can NFBSK be used?

Morrigan
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Old 08 July 2007, 11:25 PM
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Someone should go find my whips
Is finding your whips relevant to learning how to use this board and fit into this community?
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Old 10 July 2007, 11:54 PM
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Hello. My name is Robin. I've lurked here for ages, but just recently decided to join.

*goes into Hermione Granger mode*

1. The first posting guideline is "Check the main site at www.snopes.com before posting an inquiry here to ensure that your question hasn't already been answered."

2. The oldest registered member is 13, since you must be that age or older to join the fourm. My computer isn't letting me search by age, so I can't tell you the oldest.

3. Three topics with the word "sloth"
One


Two

Three

4. "Bookachow!" is a word used to redirect members to another topic or page on Snopes.com about the same topic.

5. In internet lingo, a "sock puppet" is an account used by someone with another account, in order to talk to his or herself, spamming the boards.

Trolls, people who only join fourms to incite arguments, should be ignored and reported to the admins as soon as possible.

YOMANK (you owe me a new keyboard) is used when one finds something funny and spews a drink onto their hardware.

NFBSK means "not for British School Kids) and is used to denote possible inappropriate content.

(I know that all of these have been answered already but I swear I looked them up myself.)

Last edited by Robin Dragonryder; 10 July 2007 at 11:57 PM. Reason: ...and the EDIT button is used to correct typoes >.<
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Old 11 July 2007, 12:12 AM
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Smarty Pants!
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Old 23 July 2007, 07:04 AM
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Well the questions have been answered but here are my quoting abilities:
Quote:
Trolls, people who only join fourms to incite arguments, should be ignored and reported to the admins as soon as possible.

YOMANK (you owe me a new keyboard) is used when one finds something funny and spews a drink onto their hardware.

NFBSK means "not for British School Kids) and is used to denote possible inappropriate content.
And linking:

sloth thread

yay! that's actually the first time I've done either of them.
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Old 23 July 2007, 08:47 PM
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Ok, I have a question. I have seen posts that are a quote within a quote. When I have quoted someone who quoted someone else, the only portion quoted for me is who I quoted. Does that even make a little bit of sense? Anyway, how do I get the quote within a quote?

MerrySunshine
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Old 23 July 2007, 08:49 PM
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Oh, and by the way, welcome to the boards, Gem!

MerrySunshine
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Old 23 July 2007, 09:09 PM
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Ok, I have a question. I have seen posts that are a quote within a quote. When I have quoted someone who quoted someone else, the only portion quoted for me is who I quoted. Does that even make a little bit of sense? Anyway, how do I get the quote within a quote?

MerrySunshine
Okay, let's say that once I've finished typing this, I want to make another post in which I quote this post in its entirety. As you say, hitting quote will only give me the most recent part (ie this text, but not your words above). The answer follows in my next post....
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Old 15 August 2007, 02:09 PM
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Welcome to the ULMB!

Questions (updated 27 June 2007):
  1. What is the first posting guideline?
  2. What are the ages of the youngest, and oldest, registered posters?
  3. Link to at least three threads where the word "sloth" was used.
  4. What is a "bookachow" and how is it properly used?
  5. What is a sock puppet?
Hi everybody! I have been lurking here for some time, and I decided that it was time to introduce myself! Lets see, I am 33, married to the lovely Mrs. Centex, and we have one little texling, we also have 2 dogs.

I enjoy spending time with my family and outdoors--hunting, fishing and camping out, as well as Dutch oven cooking

I work for a fairly large non-profit. I consider myself fairly conservative, especially on fiscal matters. I am conservative-libertarian on social issues. I try to be open minded; I may not agree with you, but I will try to give you the benefit of dicusssion. I also think it is important to remember that behind the screen names and message boards there are real people.

I can't think of anything else about me at the moment so, on to the questions!!

1. Do a search, there is a chance that it has already been discussed.
2. 13 and 93
3. Here, Here and here.
4. Bookachow is the noise a lightning fast snopes superhero goes to retreive something that has already been discussed. It is a link to the previous, with the name _____ a-chow.
5. A sock puppet is an alter-ego that you create to have a conversation with yourself . Seriously, they are used to stir up trouble. They are dscouraged or against the rules here as well as on most boards that I am aware of.

Alright. Do I pass? does someone send me a certificate? Do I get a toaster? (or is that a different initiation? )
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Old 16 August 2007, 04:02 PM
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Ah. The super secret questions now.

1. In what direction does North Valley Mills run?
2. What is a gownless evening strap and who wears it?
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Old 16 August 2007, 05:26 PM
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Ah. The super secret questions now.

1. In what direction does North Valley Mills run?
2. What is a gownless evening strap and who wears it?

1. Almost due west (just slightly north of west)
2. I have no idea... I have only lived here for 3 years--Do I fail?
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Old 16 August 2007, 06:51 PM
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Nah, no failing. It was an attempt to see if you went to school where I did. A gownless evening strap is the preferred attire at the NoZe annual pink tea.

I always found it amusing that the ONE street in Waco that runs a true direction, east and west, is named NORTH Valley Mills.
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Old 16 August 2007, 06:54 PM
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I always found it amusing that the ONE street in Waco that runs a true direction, east and west, is named NORTH Valley Mills.
Doesn't I-35 pretty much run North/South through Waco? Does that count?

Meh, after a few hours at George's, they all run pretty crooked.
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