pinback wrote:I think the time has come for a regime change here at JC.
I don't think the top guy can cut it any longer.
Something horrible must have happened to his brain area.
Planning a coup, eh Ben?
I was involved in one of those, once. There is a humor mailing list at the University of Georgia, and the manager was leaving to go on sabattical for six months to India, meaning he generally wouldn't have Internet connectivity to manage the list.
So he put up a notice asking for volunteers. I think five people volunteered, and what happened is, the other four didn't really bother, so I ended up taking over the list while he was gone.
So I made a whole joke about how I was the "Junta Leader of the Humor List" and pretended to have the typical practices of an unelected dictator. For example, I pointed out that people who wanted to be allowed to post jokes had to take a test (it was basically that you knew how to send a message to the list and how to unsubscribe) OR you could offer kickbacks just like any typical South American Dictator.
I also went onto the list and added my e-mail address as having supervisory priveleges on the list (which makes sense since I have to do work on it) in addition to the original list manager's account. (That way I don't have to keep logging onto his account to do maintenance; I can just e-mail the corrections to the listserv.)
I was sort of humorous some times, when someone sent a really groaner joke, I'd send them a reverse message telling them that their account was being suspended. Not their posting account on the humor list, but because their joke was so bad their e-mail account was being suspended! (Typical act of a power-mad dictator).
The list had two rules: postings to the list had to be some form of humor - jokes, riddles, etc. - and you could only post once per day. Violating the rule was jubject to disciplinary penalties. When someone did, usually I sent them a message informing them to report for summary execution or worse punishment would be imposed (after all, this is a repressive Junta, I have to maintain standards).
So, one time I
made a mistake, in which I had a set of listserv commands to do list maintenance, instead of sending them to the list server, I posted them as a message after I'd already posted a joke that day. Well, I broke the rules, so - the next day - I posted a message asking the readers to come up with appropriate punishments for me to impose upon myself. I then posted the ten funniest penalties (in my opinion) people suggested.
It was fun while it lasted. When the list owner came back, I let him have the list back. That was back around the time you were running the Bull and Finch Pub BBS back in Maryland, Ben.