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[IP] Poking Fun at Cyberspace

How Many Mail List Subscribers 
 Does It Take to Change a Light Bulb?

 This humorous piece pokes fun at many of the interpersonal and group dynamics
typical of a mailing list. The author of this piece is unknown. 
 How many mail list subscribers does it take to change a light bulb? 
 Answer: 1,331 
 1 to change the light bulb and to post to the mail list that the light bulb
has been changed 
 14 to share similar experiences of changing light bulbs and how the light
bulb could have been changed differently 
 7 to caution about the dangers of changing light bulbs 
 27 to point out spelling/grammar errors in posts about changing light bulbs 
 53 to flame the spell checkers 
 41 to correct spelling in the spelling/grammar flames 
 156 to write to the list administrator complaining about the light bulb
discussion and its inappropriateness to this mail list 
 109 to post that this list is not about light bulbs and to please take this
email exchange to another list 
 203 to demand that cross posting to other lists about changing light bulbs be
 111 to defend the posting to this list saying that we all use light bulbs and
therefore the posts *are* relevant to this mail list 
 3 to post about links they found from the URLs that are relevant to this list
which makes light bulbs relevant to this list 
 306 to debate which method of changing light bulbs is superior, where to buy
the best light bulbs, what brand of light bulbs work best for this technique,
and what brands are faulty 
 27 to post URLs where one can see examples of different light bulbs 
 14 to post that the URLs were posted incorrectly, and to post corrected URLs 
 33 to concatenate all posts to date, then quote them including all headers
and footers, and then add "Me Too." 
 12 to post to the list that they are unsubscribing because they cannot handle
the light bulb controversey 
 19 to quote the "Me Too's" to say, "Me Three." 
 4 to suggest that posters request the light bulb FAQ 
 48 to propose new change.lite.bulb newsgroup 
 47 to say there is already an alt.light.bulb newsgroup 
 143 to ask if anyone ever did change the lightbulb 
      Debbie A.
'Life is a grindstone. Whether it grinds you down or polishes you up depends
on what you're made of"

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