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Changing Light Bulbs on the Internet

Q:   How many internet mail list subscribers does it take to change a light bulb?

A: 1,222

1 to change the light bulb and to post to the mail list that the light bulb has been changed;

28 to share similar experiences of changing light bulbs and explain how the light bulb could have been changed differently;

14 to caution about the dangers of changing light bulbs;

149 to write to the list administrator about the light bulb discussion and its inappropriateness to this mail list;

111 to post that this list is not about light bulbs and to please take this email exchange to litebulb-list;

112 to defend the posting to this list saying that we all use light bulbs and therefore the posts are relevant to this mail list;

309 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;

26 to post URLs where one can see examples of different light bulbs;

15 to post that the URLs were posted incorrectly and then post the corrected URLs;

4 to post about links they found from the URLs that are relevant to this list which makes light bulbs relevant to this list;

32 to link all posts to date, then quote them including all headers and footers and then add "Me too";

13 to post to the list that they are unsubscribing because they cannot handle the light bulb controversy;

18 to quote the "Me too's" to say "Me three";

5 to suggest that posters request the light bulb FAQ;

43 to ask "What is a FAQ?";

6 to ask "Didn't we go through this a short time ago on Usenet?";

141 to ask "What's Usenet?";

9 to argue whether it's "lightbulb" or "light bulb";

Another 9 to condemn those 9 as anal-retentive;

177 to demand that cross posting to illuminati-l about changing light bulbs be stopped.


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