How is this post helpful in any way, Peter? I know you have a hard-on
for me, and are just itching to get into another pissing match.
Go ahead, I'm not scared in the least. Your lack of wit has already
been demonstrated thoroughly.
Maybe they both were. I mean, if you're going to make the effort to post,
why not consider the fact that the OP might be fairly new to the internet,
and might not be all that familiar with search engines (yes, I know they're
not exactly rocket science, but different people have different levels of
knowledge and experience). Why not actually give a useful answer, such as
"They're both German manufacturers, competing in the so-called 'luxury' end
of the car market, but aside from the German connection, have little in
common", and then mention that answers to straightforward questions like
this can often more easily be found on search engines, rather than just
wasting your own time telling him to look on a search engine, when you could
have spent the same amount of time actually giving him an answer to his
No time like the present to learn - that's my motto. I figure if
someone can find USENET, surely they know how to use a browser.
My answer was useful, and indeed can be used for other questions.
Your piss-take aside, try and expand your mind as to what might
Why are you concerned about my time?
That really wouldn't help him with the next question, though, would
it? I realize that you would rather have everyone spoon-fed, but I
think that is the exact opposite of the spirit of USENET. If people
learn how to find their own answers, then they can in turn help others
find their own answers, or relate their experiences.
Now the question remains as to what exactly your postings are doing to
help anyone, other than just humping my leg because of your hard-on
for me in particular?
You don't know this for sure.
I'll give it a go - anyone got any mind-expanding drugs to assist me in my
Because I'm a very caring person generally. Ask anyone.
Oddly enough, I do agree with this to an extent. But if every time a fairly
commonly asked question came up, and someone then replied with "just look on
google for God's sake, and stop wasting everyone's time", or words to
similar effect or in a similar tone, then that itself would be the exact
opposite of the spirit of usenet. It would discourage people from using
newsgroups if they thought that they were just going to be called a lazy
useless c*** every time they asked a question that happened to have been
Bloody hell, am I actually starting to agree with you? Maybe to an extent,
but everyone's got to start somewhere.
Hard-on for you? Please, give me some credit.
As to what exactly my postings are doing to help anyone, well I've done a
token useful post to this thread, so there :-)
All your circumlocution has ended up here. Which is nice, because it
is here that we finish these issues for good.
1.) Your claim that I was the only one of a certain opinion is dead
wrong. Even a cursory search of a netiquette FAQ shows this to be the
case. But let us just assume for a moment that your claim is not
2.) "...it's mine to do what the hell I like with." This
tightly-held belief, in contravention to majority opinion of USENET
etiquette, mirrors my idea that folks should post whatever they like,
and it is up to others to avoid what they dislike. Like not wasting
bandwidth complaining about that which you cannot change, right? So,
from this, one can either assume that you a world-class hypocrite, or
just a low-grade troll. From your own postings, there can't really be
any other conclusion - well, no *reasonable* alternate conclusion.
Combine this with the hilariously wrong "advice" on how to get 225HP
out of a 1.8T motor, and how that proves my point of looking stuff up
before coming to USENET, and it seems as though you've really got
nothing of value to say.
You have proven my points thrice over, and for that I thank you.
Most sincere regards,
Well yes, let's end this, because it's getting a bit silly :-)
A search of a netiquette FAQ doesn't show anything. That is something very
general indeed. I was talking about a specific situation, in which only you
shared your opinion, and at least 2 or 3 others defended mine. Having said
that, the person who sent me the mail also shared your opinion, so yes, in
that respect, my claim was wrong.
Maybe I am a world-class hypocrite, or a low-grade troll. Maybe I'm just
something in between - a cross between the two. I think we all are from
time to time.
Maybe so, but usenet is *not* just for experts to contribute. If people
without all that much knowledge want to throw a suggestion in, then that's
their right. It's a bit like free speech, except it's the written word
(albeit in electronic form). OTOH, if someone reading that suggestion wants
to politely suggest that the person who wrote it is completely barking up
the wrong tree, then that's their right. OTOH again, if someone reading
that person's post feels the need to be downright rude about it, via private
email or otherwise, then that's their right. In the real world, all of the
above happens. It's called life.
Don't mention it. The pleasure was all mine.
You can spare yourself the Google search, there isn't any relationship between
Audi and BMW. Unless you count that they're both based in Germany, both have
U.S. headquarters, and compete aganist one another. Hope that helps.
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