HUMOR - Internet Mailing List Demographics

John Blanco-Losada (
Thu, 17 Apr 97 10:36:19 -0400

Not sure if this is entirely on-topic, but given the "nitpickiness" of
some of the recent discussions here the following at least rang some
bells with me. Enjoy, and I apologize in advance to any of you who have
already seen this.

>>> Q: How many internet mail list subscribers does it take
>>> to change a light bulb?
>>> A: 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
>>> 156 to write to the list administrator complaining about
>>> the light bulb discussion and its inappropriateness
>>> to this mail list.
>>> 41 to correct spelling in the spelling/grammar flames.
>>> 109 to post that this list is not about light bulbs and
>>> to please take this email exchange to alt.lite.bulb
>>> 203 to demand that cross posting to alt.grammar,
>>> alt.spelling and alt.punctuation about changing
>>> light bulbs be stopped.
>>> 111 to defend the posting to this list saying that we
>>> are all use light bulbs and therefore the posts
>>> **are** relevant to this mail 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.
>>> 3 to post about links they found from the URLs that
>>> are relevant to this list which makes light bulbs
>>> relevant to this list.
>>> 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.
>>> 1 to propose new alt.change.lite.bulb newsgroup.
>>> 47 to say this is just what alt.physic.cold_fusion
>>> was meant for, leave it here.
>>> 143 votes for alt.lite.bulb.

John Blanco-Losada "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." - M. Gandhi