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Things that I think are FUCKING LAME

Things that I think are FUCKING LAME


  • unclever "comment on this" replacements.

  • when people don't put in a decent bio. Or worse, when they say "if you want to know more about me, read my journal." No shit, dumbass. I'm looking at your bio because I don't want to waste my time reading your whole freaking journal, I want a synopsis.

  • when people post song quotes. Bo-ring. I won't say I haven't done it, because I have, but never more than a few lines, and I was probably drunk or some shit.

  • when I make a list like this, and then do something I said was lame, and somebody's like, "hey!" First of all, I didn't say "don't ever do this," that's fucking retarded. Who am I to tell you what to do? I didn't say no one should ever do it ever, I just said that, in my opinion, it's fucking lame. Second of all, I can do whatever the fuck I want to do! It's not annoying to me when I do it.

  • when I make a list like this, and people try to talk me out of my opinions. Dude, I think that what you're doing is fucking lame! So what? What the hell do you care what I think? You really think you're going to JUSTIFY me into thinking "oh wait, that IS cool, I was wrong!"?

  • when people make the title of a movie a link, and it's linked to the page at imdb. Like I can't do that shit myself. If the link points to a site specifically for the movie, though, then that's okay in my book.

  • when people link something, and they don't make it open in a new window.

  • when people say something like "This has really got me thinking lately" and we are forced to CLICK the link in order to know what they're talking about. I think that's rude.

  • when people leave a comment that fucking sucks. I think that crappy, boring comments take away from good, well-written, interesting posts.
    • when people say some shit like "me too lol!" If I tell a story about ripping a hole in the butt of my pants, and then you tell a funny story about when you ripped a hole in the butt of your pants and you were wearing your Care Bears underwear and all the kids made fun of you and you ran crying from school and weren't watching where you were going and fell down a well, then fucking A man, that's great. But if I tell a story about ripping a hole in the butt of my pants and you said "yeah, that happened to me once too! It sucked, I know, right?" then that's fucking lame and a week later, when you're not paying attention, I'm going to DELETE it.

    • when people hit the wrong link to leave a comment, and they end up replying to the original post when their intent was to reply to a specific comment, or vice versa.

  • when people ask questions they could have easily found the answers to, and it's obvious they didn't even make an attempt.

  • when people sign their comments.

  • when people sign their comments AND leave a link to their website.

  • when people use attractive famous people as their icons. WTF? I use smart and/or witty famous people, because I wish I were smart and/or witty, and want my comments to sneakily seem that way without you realizing why. What does "Gwen Stefani" say, though, really? I just don't get it.

  • when people use the lj-user tag, but they don't use the person's username, they screw with the code to put in some other name. I think that the bold and that icon are ugly, and I only use them when I'm speaking very LiveJournal-y.

  • when people are QUITE OBVIOUSLY intentionally putting obscure songs as their "current music". I generally think "current music" is a useless factoid anyway, but for Christ's sake, be fucking honest. Don't type in the fucking B-side to the import single released only on Alpha Centauri just because you think that gives you street cred. It doesn't. It just makes you look pretentious.

  • when people say shit like "I'll be busy all day, I won't be able to post! I'm sorry!" or "I'm sorry I wasn't able to post yesterday, I'll do better today." What? First of all, no one's going to miss you for one fucking DAY, no apology necessary, big guy. Secondly, even if people DID miss you, you'll look MUCH cooler if you act all humble and pretend that you didn't think anyone'd notice. I'm like the least humble person in the universe and even I know that.

  • when people feel like they have to respond to every single comment anyone leaves on their journal. If you have something more to add, or a conversation to continue, or a question to answer, then fine. But you can tell when some people go down the list, answering every fucking thing. I have to read all that now! Don't waste my time!

  • when people don't tell stories often enough.

  • when people put actions in asterisks. *thinks that's fucking lame*. I think that's cheating. Use the language to get your point across, that's what it's here for.

  • fucking anime emoticons, with the fucking whiskers and carrot-eyes. I must admit to using emoticons on occasion; it's tough to get tone across sometimes, in text, particularly when you're saying something short, like a comment. Emoticons in posts usually aren't necessary, though. They shouldn't be, anyhow. Use the language to get your point across, that's what it's here for.

  • icons that have letters that blink in succession. Doesn't it bother you that your icon looks like everybody else's?

  • icons that are blurry, because they've been resized sloppily. I don't know anything about graphics editors either, asswipe. Ask questions and click a lot of buttons and LEARN. Also, here's a tip: the Sharpen tool. Or filter, or whatever the fuck it is. See? I don't fucking know. But I know how to USE it.

  • when people talk about their fucking DAY. What the hell do I care? Tell a fucking story, dammit.

  • I'm TOTALLY not done, but it's time to go home.
  • Comments

    ( 28 comments — Leave a comment )
    slickninja
    Aug. 7th, 2002 02:15 pm (UTC)
    I think it's lame when people post a really long entry, and don't use lj cut-text. I also think it's lame when people post a really long entry without using lj cut-text, twice!

    Ha ha, I'm just joking with you.

    But if I were your paid therapist, I would tell you to stop reading lj, because it seems to stress you out too much, and be a source of anger.
    taumeson
    Aug. 7th, 2002 02:33 pm (UTC)
    yeah that sucks, i mean, totally, right?
    taumeson
    Aug. 7th, 2002 02:36 pm (UTC)
    OR, honestly I'd have to agree with you about the lj-cut deal...i mean, anybody could accidently double post, especially today when the servers have been shitty...but i mean, there's a fucking REASON for lj-cut, and it's because sometimes you might have a lot of shit in your post, so have some respect and don't force people to read it unless they want to.

    so question...why have a journal at all if you're not going to talk about your day? you don't always need to come up with something witty or something to entertain others...i mean, it's a diary for fuck sakes.

    i dunno, i'm tolerant of all of these various foibles, because it adds some character to a person's journal.
    littlewashu
    Aug. 7th, 2002 02:56 pm (UTC)
    Actually, that's another thing that bothers me: when people have a really good story, but they freaking lj-cut it and I have to click every time. I like to read things over and over again. People should give themselves more credit.

    I'm actually going to lj-cut this now, because I didn't realize it was going to be SO huge (it wouldn't post from work, but then I guess it did). But only because it's bullets. I don't think people should lj-cut long stories, just things that make the page require side-scrolling. Besides that, man, t'row it up there! I'll just jet by if I don't want to read it again. I don't see what the big deal is. I love seeing paragraph after paragraph, because I only have writers I enjoy on my Friends list, so I know it's paragraph after paragraph of pure genius. Like, this one time, both quba and prettykate went freaking LJ cut crazy for two days, and I was like, "why?" They were writing some really, really good stuff, but I only read it a few times, because it wasn't on my page all day.

    so question...why have a journal at all if you're not going to talk about your day? you don't always need to come up with something witty or something to entertain others...i mean, it's a diary for fuck sakes.

    But see, this is sort of related to bullet #4 . . . you can do whatever the hell you want, I'm just saying that's not what *I* want to read. I don't come here to read other people's mundane, day-to-day goings-on, I come here to be entertained. I never said that anyone "needed to come up with something witty" etc etc. I said that I was BORED when they didn't. I know that most people use LiveJournal as an actual journal -- that's great. I just don't have any interest in reading those people.

    Actually, nah, I won't cut this. Maybe I will. I'll decide tomorrow.
    slickninja
    Aug. 7th, 2002 03:17 pm (UTC)
    Re:
    I used to feel the same way, about demanding that everyone's journal be interesting or exciting, but after I began to think of these people as actual friends, I stopped caring. I find most aspects of my friends' lives interesting, although what they type may be mundane to a stranger, I still like hearing about it.
    littlewashu
    Aug. 7th, 2002 03:20 pm (UTC)
    Hmm. Me too, I guess. But in order for me to stay interested long enough for me to begin thinking of them that way, they have to be entertaining. IT'S A CATCH-22.
    littlewashu
    Aug. 7th, 2002 03:01 pm (UTC)
    Yeah, it's funny how I'll be not angry or upset or anything at all, but then LiveJournal brings out the rage. But I'm still not angry or upset, it just SOUNDS that way.

    I'll send you a check in the morning.
    misterscarecrow
    Aug. 7th, 2002 02:17 pm (UTC)
    My opinions on this are as follows:

    I like it when people make the name of a movie a link to the IMDb entry. That saves me having to open a new browser window, type in www.imdb.com and then type the name of the movie. It is a time-saving feature for me. I usually go check out what the IMDb has to say about a movie anyway, so why not take advantage of the fact that they did it for me?

    Secondly, I don't think everyone should have their pages open in a new window. You're a big girl - hold down the shift key when you click the link. Last time I checked you have two hands.

    Thirdly - sometimes I don't want to tell no damned stories.
    misterscarecrow
    Aug. 7th, 2002 02:19 pm (UTC)
    Oh, also, I TOTALLY agree with you on the whole "signing your name to an LJ comment and / or leaving a link to your site" thing. When I saw Dwayne Ferguson do it the other day I wanted to scream at him and rip his head off and put it somewhere interesting, like in a volcano, or on the beach at Acapulco, or maybe just in a bigass jar of peanut butter.

    --Mister ScareCrow
    http://www.slickninja.com/posse/klo
    littlewashu
    Aug. 7th, 2002 03:11 pm (UTC)
    My left hand is busy holding up my chin. I have a heavy head.

    Ha, no, but the only reason the other-window thing bothers me is because I've become spoiled. The SNUP is all hooked up, and a lot of my buddies use the client and so it's real easy to make shit open in a new window, so I get tricked into just clicking shit. I'm trying to get back into the habit of right-clicking links. But then I won't know who's cool and forward-thinking and who's not!
    misterscarecrow
    Aug. 7th, 2002 03:14 pm (UTC)
    Awesome. I totally understand how the SNUP could spoil you - I think it's a great idea, the little box and all. Perhaps the entire internet should be like that. Also, I TOLD A STORY ARE YOU HAPPY NOW GOD I SWEAR YOU ARE SO HIGH-MAINTENANCE and stuff.

    Man, I loves me some little washu when she gets all ... righteous about stuff.
    empress_mars
    Aug. 7th, 2002 02:39 pm (UTC)
    I definitely think I'm guilty of about half of those things at one time or another. I don't have a bio or any stories. Man my LJ must suck to you, but you do have a point with a lot of those things.
    littlewashu
    Aug. 7th, 2002 03:00 pm (UTC)
    Oh yeah, dude, like all of my "Friends" are guilty of at least a few of these. So am I. Shit like this doesn't bother me when I already like the person, tho'. Especially that "bio" crap, I already know who you (and Manning and Jon) are. And . . . you do too tell stories! They're short, but that doesn't make them not stories.
    snowman
    Aug. 7th, 2002 05:12 pm (UTC)
    I predict that you'd also think it was fucking lame if someone replied to this post and weirdly apologized for doing some of these things, right? Agreed on that one.

    On a different note, I don't know how to make my links open in a new window. Also, I think you're wrong about the imdb thing. You want people to save you time by having their links magically open in a new window for you, but then when they save you time by linking right to imdb, you say you can do that shit yourself! Maybe YOU are the one who's lame! No, not really.

    Hey, A-freaking-MEN to the eighth thing on your list. I think that is backwards and retarded and those people should be drowned like kittens.

    Oh, and can I submit something to your list? How about, "When people who know each other in real life have weird altercations on LiveJournal and it affects their real life friendship." In most cases, this is beyond lame. I mean, right?
    counterfeitfake
    Aug. 7th, 2002 05:38 pm (UTC)
    I also find the complaint about linking to the IMDB to be pretty contradictory.

    I think that people getting in altercations on livejournal that affect their real life relationship might be partially because people act differently on LJ than they do in real life. Sometimes people's online persona is way more irritating than their real life persona. For example, I almost never just haul off and bitch people out in real life, but it's kind of fun to do on the internet. Or, [current music: something you don't have].

    However, people can get in fights over any medium, right? I mean, an altercation through the phone is still an altercation between two people, as is an altercation on the internet. LJ is just another way to communicate, and if people can't figure out how to use it effectively or constructively or some shit, then I really believe it's their problem. I don't want someone to run with this into another "livejournal is evil it destroyed my life" rant.

    Also, HEY JUSTIN THAT OPINION YOU'RE EXPRESSING HERE ON LIVEJOURNAL IS COMPLETE BULLSHIT AND AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED WE AREN'T FRIENDS ANYMORE ON THE INTERNET OR IN REAL LIFE EITHER AND YOU ARE A BITCH.
    lastsonkrypton
    Aug. 8th, 2002 04:25 pm (UTC)
    I think that people getting in altercations on livejournal that affect their real life relationship might be partially because people act differently on LJ than they do in real life. Sometimes people's online persona is way more irritating than their real life persona. For example, I almost never just haul off and bitch people out in real life, but it's kind of fun to do on the internet. Or, [current music: something you don't have].

    In theory, I agree with this, except for the fact that the only times someone I know offline has done or said something on LJ that pissed me off when I was talking with them later, they weren't being any different on LJ than they are offline. In fact, that's precisely what pissed me off at the time.

    Then again, I usually take into account that many people behave differently online or offline, so that may have a lot to do with it.
    littlewashu
    Aug. 8th, 2002 04:59 pm (UTC)
    Well, okay, let me explain my logic regarding why I don't like links to IMDb, but I want links to open in a new window. Not that I need to justify myself, but we're all friends here -- well, not ALL of us, but you know.

    Okay, so when someone links something, I feel that information should be useful. Also, I'm frustrated when I can't get a general idea of to what they're linking just by rolling over the link and looking in that thing down there. The Command Strip, or whatever the hell it's called. And the IMDb pages have all numbers and stuff in them, so they're useless if you're making a mysterious link. And if you're just linking the title of a movie . . .

    I think I figured out why it bothers me. If I'm unfamiliar with a movie, IMDb isn't really going to be much help. It's good for a lot of things, but for me, it's not good to get acquainted with a movie. A movie's site can be, but just facts like that . . . rarely useful. It doesn't put it in any kind of context. The only thing it has are reviews/synopses, but they're written by common idjits. And how about a very familiar movie, like, say, The Princess Bride. Why would I need to look at the stats for The Princess Bride? How does that aid in my understanding of someone's post? It doesn't.

    In my opinion, when you're writing a journal entry, you link up to things with which people might be unfamiliar. You send them someplace where they can get more information, so that they'll have better context for your story, so that they'll understand you better. I don't think that IMDb is helpful in this instance. It's great when you can't remember where you saw an actor before; it's great when you can't remember the name of a movie that had two specific actors in it. It's not that great when you're trying to get a feel for a film. So unlike the new-window thing, I don't think that a direct link to IMDb is helpful.

    I'm not trying to get any of you to agree with me, I'm just explaining where I'm coming from.

    Oh, and after the href, in the same brackets, you type target=new, and that'll get you all fixed up. But don't go changin' just for me, sweetie.
    techsmurf
    Aug. 7th, 2002 06:52 pm (UTC)
    What about when anonymous poster sign? If they don't, they're just another nameless blur in your journal... Of course, you could just block anonymous posters- Oops, I'm going off into a pointless rant, better stop.
    misterscarecrow
    Aug. 8th, 2002 03:51 pm (UTC)
    I bet it's your portrait she's talking about when she mentions "icons that are blurry".

    Just thought I'd let you know.
    littlewashu
    Aug. 8th, 2002 03:57 pm (UTC)
    Naw, it's not. I was thinking more along the line of Cale's on the SNUP.
    illscientist
    Aug. 7th, 2002 07:38 pm (UTC)
    oh man! somethingfuckinglame.com isn't taken!
    ex_abescott501
    Aug. 7th, 2002 07:40 pm (UTC)
    LOL ME 2.
    jazzmonkey
    Aug. 7th, 2002 10:12 pm (UTC)
    OMFG!!
    I'm guilty! Guilty! Of at least 3 of those things! But hey, I listen to obscure music because I like obscure music. Fuck street cred, who cares in the first place? Also, ppl hoo spel like their IMing N their typin skilz r kompleet shit.
    king_kai
    Aug. 8th, 2002 07:56 am (UTC)
    ?
    man, if i were you, i would totally hate livejournal.
    whosaidilied
    Aug. 8th, 2002 11:57 am (UTC)
    NOTHING pisses me off like anime emoticons. GOOD G-D they piss me off. I can't decide if it's just because they're really annoying or because I can't tell what the fuck they are half the time. Probably both.

    ALSO if someone uses the word "cuz" more than twice in one entry I drop them from my list. I'm fickle like that.

    Your post made me laugh out loud. AND I love the yippie dog icon.
    lastsonkrypton
    Aug. 8th, 2002 04:45 pm (UTC)
    when people link something, and they don't make it open in a new window.

    How do you do that, anyway? I'd rather do that, but I honestly don't know how. And is SNUP the client that had the whole "I use and support," etc. campaign going on? I couldn't seem to get it to work, so I'm back to LJ's Client for Windows or whatever the hell you call it. Is there some way to use it (the one I have) to reply to posts? I haven't found one, and the FAQ didn't offer much help, so I'm back to HTML encoding by hand in replies. Do you think it's lame when people ask you a bunch of questions in fast succession?

    when people say shit like "I'll be busy all day, I won't be able to post! I'm sorry!" or "I'm sorry I wasn't able to post yesterday, I'll do better today." What? First of all, no one's going to miss you for one fucking DAY, no apology necessary, big guy. Secondly, even if people DID miss you, you'll look MUCH cooler if you act all humble and pretend that you didn't think anyone'd notice. I'm like the least humble person in the universe and even I know that.

    Not only do I second this, I'll go a few better: Apologizing for not doing, writing or whatever (almost) anything for which you're not being paid is really fucking lame. And if you apologize for not doing something for which you are getting paid, it's really fucking unprofessional.

    I mean, when I post someone's birthday greeting a week late (as I'm about to do in the next couple days), sure, I'll apologize, because that's something time-sensitive I'm doing for someone I know. And if I say to a friend or someone I know, "I'll do [fill in the blank]," and I do it late or not at all, I'll apologize then. But when nobody asked me to, or if they did, they're not someone I know, well... fuck you. I'm not going to feel bad for not having done it on time. I'm bad enough at doing the things I should to do on time, you want me to post an entry to an LJ I got basically to kill time at work in the first place on a deadline? You want me to follow deadlines, start paying me.

    In fact, the ex-artist on that Internet comic strip of mine kept doing that on the site: apologizing for tardiness or broken links. And as bad as it would have been if these apologies were signed, they weren't, so it could've been me or Neal saying it. And I kept telling him, "Stop that, we don't apologize, I'll delete anything put up that's an apology for anything, blah blah blah." Four hundred fucking times I told him that shit. And on the day he finally quit (because I'd informed him I could and would fire him), the first incident in what became a long string that ended with his quitting was me going to the site that day, and I'll be goddamned if the first thing on the site was, "Sorry the links aren't working." KNOCK THAT SHIT OFF, YOU STUPID MOTHERFUCKER!!!!! How many times do I have to tell you? So I bitched him out, and after he took it down, he said, "OK, I took it down, seems like a lot of bitching over a little thing."

    I swear to Christ, I should've killed him when I had a chance.

    If a link is broken or something's up late or something doesn't look right, fix it. Then say, "Hey, I've fixed this and this and this." Otherwise, shut the fuck up. I don't wanna hear your excuses, and I don't wanna hear apologies for not doing something I had no right to demand you do in the first place.
    littlewashu
    Aug. 12th, 2002 06:22 am (UTC)
    How do you do that, anyway? I'd rather do that, but I honestly don't know how.

    Type "target=new" (no quotes, of course) in the same brackets as the href.

    And is SNUP the client ...

    Ha, no. SNUP is Slick Ninja's Undead Posse. On her BBS, when you make an href, it automatically shows a little "X" that you can click, which will open the link in a new window.

    The client is Semagic. You can get it at ljwin32_sema, he just released a new version on Thursday.

    And as for all the apology thing . . . yes. I'm more offended by the idea that people are so presumptious as to assume that their postings will make or break someone's day. I think it's arrogant to assume that anyone CARES. Which sort of fits in to what you're saying.
    guardianknight
    Aug. 12th, 2002 06:28 pm (UTC)
    you must really despise my journal...
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