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[Apr. 6th, 2007|04:07 am]
Tomas Gallucci
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This comes to you from a forum I recently joined. I won't say where for a number of reasons, but this guy really got under my nerves. The site sells DVDs and props and so forth created by an American and incorporated in America. While I suppose my reaction was just that, I find the whole issue on the one hand to be absurd while on the other to be enraging. It is because of the underlying ideology that we are losing the war against illegal immigration in this country.

Original Comment
Please consider the fact that not everyone has English as their first language. Now, please consider that whilst an acronym such as "lol" may seem immediately apparent to you, if we allow that, where do we draw the line?

My Response
I say the line should be drawn at where the communication stops. I suppose you could enforce people to type "While perusing your juvenile comments I observed myself laughing out loud at your ridiculous declaration and impulsively informed you posthaste." I prefer the term "LOL".

Consider for a moment that the products here on this website are created in English, marketed in English, sold in English and regulated in a country who's language is English. Are the products here dubbed and translated into other languages? Is the website available in different languages? Do the forums allow for Unicode?

The point I'm making is that the business here on the forums is conducted in English. If one does not understand the language and the culture, then one can not appreciate that which is written. What do you propose we do about the inconsistencies between British English and American English? Do Brits actually get buy a gallon of gas at a Texaco in Texas?

If this website were based in Japan, written in Japanese and govenered by Japanese, I'd be SOL (that's Shit Out of Luck for those of you who no speakee English so a-good-a).

I suppose that at the end of the day Deoxyribonucleic acid is more apropos, but I prefer the term DNA. My question is this: what do you propose we use in place of GNU given its recursive nature?


[User Picture]From: fabrizzo
2007-04-07 07:50 am (UTC)
I will point out that I've met many Americans who don't know what LOL means. It is internet slang after all. Though, I do completely agree with what you are saying.
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[User Picture]From: fabrizzo
2007-04-07 07:51 am (UTC)
Naturally American speaking Americans that is.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2007-04-07 01:32 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2007-04-07 01:31 pm (UTC)
You're right. It was a bit harsh. But just to play Devil's Advocate and counter your point, if you're posting regularly on a forum, wouldn't you expect people to know what LOL meant or for them to ask?
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2007-04-08 02:42 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2007-04-09 11:39 pm (UTC)
While I get and support your point, my point is that LOL is a common abbreviation. How many times have you and I passed that acronym back and forth? Are you saying that you too are retarded like the kid described in the comic?

I'm not arguing for the forums to open up to the MySpace emo kids; I'm arguing to allow for freedom of speech and freedom of communication. What I was reacting to was how they ban the use of acronyms (except those of their product line, of course) and allow for no adult language. Isn't the whole point of the Internet freedom of expression?

I was over-reacting to a stricter-then-need-be policy. However, they too have a valid point. They have young kids that post to their forums and as such, they are trying to make the community safe and friendly for everyone. I just had to ruffle my feathers and say "I am Tomas, hear me roar!"

Thank you for your attempt at humor.
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[User Picture]From: celtmanx
2007-04-09 07:16 pm (UTC)
English! Que Esta?
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2007-04-09 07:18 pm (UTC)
don't you mean, "Was das Bumsen?"
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[User Picture]From: celtmanx
2007-04-09 07:55 pm (UTC)
So it was a German not a Mexican that did not know what lol was?
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2007-04-09 08:17 pm (UTC)
Well, you're Nazi does a lot of talking for you. He's presence was sorely missed.
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