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Ask the Man Behind the Legend - Cowboy Neal 234

Posted by Roblimo
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After many reader requests, we're finally getting around to interviewing the famed, mysterious CowboyNeal. He's more than a poll response, you know. He's the guy you go to if you have problems with your Slashdot user account -- or if you just generally need a cheerful face on a day you're feeling a little down. But who is the "real" CowboyNeal? Here's your chance to find out. Post questions below. We'll send 10 of the highest-moderated ones to Da Man and run his answers as soon as he gets them back to us.
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Ask the Man Behind the Legend - Cowboy Neal

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    From what I've seen, the cap is 50 even for accounts that existed before the cap. I used to have a couple hundred karma, then for a few weeks there was a phenomenon where it only went down and could never increase, but it stayed around 200. Then one day, I looked, and it had magically changed to 50.

  • by Anonymous Coward
    Sure. go to a search engine. Search on McRotch. Now search on McRotch , but exclude Pat. Notice the difference in results returned? For your ploy to "work" you need to be discredited less easily.

    -vivik
  • by Anonymous Coward
    The name Cowboy Neal comes from a Grateful Dead song, The Other One. It refers to Neal Cassady.
  • I've...taken steps to correct that. I mean, all that removed asbestos has to be dumped somewhere, and what better place then my houe?


    *grin*

  • Nope - I think it was high school.
  • by Octal (310)
    How come you never hang out in #slashdot anymore? You too good for us now? Huh?
  • How about this for an answer: He doesn't, CmdrTaco does.

    And for a replacement question: How come you don't hack the database to win anymore?
  • Dude that's deep....
  • by Enahs (1606)
    What's all this business I hear about hugging?

    Inquiring minds want to know.
  • 1) Potato 2) Napster 3) Why are you? 4) What makes you Tick? 5) CowboyNeil
  • by jd (1658) <[moc.oohay] [ta] [kapimi]> on Monday February 12, 2001 @10:29AM (#437429) Homepage Journal
    I was at 718 when the cap was set. It really irritated me, as it ruined my campaign to get +10 per week. :)

    Seriously, linear karma is stupid. IMHO, we need a 2-D or 3-D karma system, to represent the different types of post and style.

    eg: Someone with +50 might be a very funny poster, but lousy on facts or a troll at times. By having something like +50/-25/+4, with the first being "interesting/informitive", the second being "funny", and the third being "social", that would give you a much better picture of the poster.

  • by MoNickels (1700) on Monday February 12, 2001 @11:04AM (#437430) Homepage
    It was the summer of 1983 and I was on the beach on Majorca, two weeks of holiday in between shuttling tourist groups back and forth from Akron and Paris. That was my cover job, anyway. My real job, the one that bought the house in Majorca, in fact, was mule, hauling meth from the States in boxes marked "feminine napkins" and bringing Chinese "tourists" with fake papers back from Corsica.

    On my last trip, the one before retirement, I was busted. A lanky dude with hair like Kris Kristofferson, what must have been a 15-gallon hat, and dusty iguana-skin boots was sitting there, pants at his ankles, using my beach house toilet and pointing a sawed-off shotgun at me in the doorway.

    "Don't move, dude. And don't drink the water in Guayaquil."

    My question: was that you, Cowboy Neal?

  • Anonymous Coward had over 2000 last time we were told. This has certainly increased.


    --

  • Who is your favourite Shoto?

    * Ken
    * Ryu
    * Satsui no Hadou Mezameta Ryu
    * Akuma
    * Dan Hibiki
    * Makoto
    * Sean
    * CowboyNeal

    --

  • AC posts start at Zero.

    They can be moderated down once before no more negative moderatino can be done.

    They can be moderated up 5 times before no more positive moderation can be done.


    --
  • by ragnar (3268) on Monday February 12, 2001 @10:07AM (#437434) Homepage
    I think it would be very cool if all slashdot submissions went into a queue where the community could decide what news should be posted. The community ownership of the news that already exist would only improve in my opinion if you did this, and your moderation/meta-moderation system already seem adequate to accomplish the task. Would you consider opening up /. further with this sort of change?
  • I have to say that CowboyNeal is the single biggest reason that I obsessively check for new Geeks In Space episodes.


    I suppose my question then is : Are you that hyperactive normally, or is that your "GIS Face"? I imagine that being CowboyNeal would be exhausting :)


    ( Hmm, Being CowboyNeal ... I smell sequel! )

  • I'm approximately 125 kg and 180 cm tall. By the pictures on your web site, I see that you and I are of similar stature/proportions.

    Do you have the same problems that I have with:

    • People constantly asking when you're going to lose weight?
    • no appreciable romantic life?
    • people not seeing past the large husky exterior to the real inner you?
    • People assuming because you're fat, you're lazy?

    JonKatz could do a series on big fat guys, and why we don't get the {ladies,men,CowboyNeal} of our dreams. I'm sure it's just as important as the Hellmouth. :-)

  • Being a big guy myself, I have problems find clever t-shirts in my size. So whats a geek to do? Or more exactly whats a Cowboy Neal do?

  • My favorite variation on the classic Konami code was with the Gradius series. In LifeForce/Gradius, up up down down left right left right b a start gave you something like 15 lives if I remember correctly. But when Gradius III for the super nintendo came out, they changed it so that the extra lives code was up up down down L-button R-button L-button R-button B A start. The old code killed you. :)
    • _____

    • ToiletDuk
      Protector of the Wastes
  • It's hardly as one-sided as you make it out to be. In fact, I see it as not being one-sided at all. A good sign that a community is working is that views are expressed and respected regardless of which specific side those views come from or seem to favor. Just because it's microsoft doesn't mean it's worthless. And Linux isn't perfect by any stretch of the imagination, so just because someone is critical of Linux doesn't make their views unfounded.
    • _____

    • ToiletDuk
      Protector of the Wastes
  • No no no, that's all wrong. You need the machine that goes "ping"!
    • _____

    • ToiletDuk
      Protector of the Wastes
  • Moderate this hubristic sucker DOWN, people!
  • by pen (7191)
    Actually, "Pacific Bell DSL Customer Service" is an oxymoron.
  • It would be hard to compute and accurate average. There are many people who only read /. for the articles... (I won't go there.) ...they never post anything. Do you just throw out the 0's?
  • Judging by your the names of your workstations, I see that you're a farily well-read fellow. Who, then, would you rate as your favorite writers and what specific genre do you prefer?

    Also, is Thomas Wolfe or Tom Wolfe the wolfe in question?

  • CowboyNeal, what's your longest uninterupted [sic] hacking binge?
    • I don't write code. I am l4m3
    • Less then 12 Hours
    • 12-24 Hours
    • 25-36 Hours
    • 37-48 Hours
    • More then 48 Hours
    • Lost track a few days ago
    • CowboyNeal
  • by Dino (9081) <jd_dino@@@yahoo...com> on Monday February 12, 2001 @10:05AM (#437446) Homepage
    Simple question.

    What's the best thing that happened to you since Slashdot started? Conversly, what's the worst?
    ---------------------------
  • by chromatic (9471) on Monday February 12, 2001 @10:06AM (#437448) Homepage

    Rob's working on Animefu [animefu.com], Hemos does work on Everything 2 [everything2.com], and Nate's the brains and looks behind Everything In General [everydevel.com].

    What keeps CowboyNeal busy when he's not keeping Slashdot running, or mixing some tasty tunes in his recording studio?

    --

  • by RasputinAXP (12807) on Monday February 12, 2001 @10:07AM (#437451) Homepage Journal
    How confident were you during the Andover buy-out? Was it one of those situations where you felt it was a "good deal" or was it "the only deal"?
    --
  • When you become a famous hip-hop freestyle break-beat scratcher, will you remember slashdot and all of its wonderous trollies?

    If you think you know what the hell is going on you're probably full of shit. -- Robert Anton Wilson
  • Which character, if any, in Dragon Ball Z would you want to be?

    If you think you know what the hell is going on you're probably full of shit. -- Robert Anton Wilson
  • Do you get really tired of listening to the WHO after awhile? Have you programmed any backdoors into the MP3/stereo control program to over-ride Taco's requests for more WHO songs?
  • by RobertFisher (21116) on Monday February 12, 2001 @10:05AM (#437459) Homepage Journal
    what your favorite breakfast cereal is.

  • Any thoughts on why Hemos' houses keep burning down?
    -=-
  • by chabotc (22496) <chabotc.gmail@com> on Monday February 12, 2001 @10:11AM (#437461) Homepage
    What poll in which you were an 'option', did you find most amusing/entertaining?

    What was the most depressing?


    -- Chris Chabot
    "I dont suffer from insanity, i enjoy every minute of it!"
  • by Brazilian Geek (25299) on Monday February 12, 2001 @10:08AM (#437462) Journal
    The first one is about Slashdot while the second one is about you.

    1. What was life like with Rob and Jeff in "real life" before Slashdot was aquired by Andover? I'm a Geeks in Space fan and it always sounded like you guys were the best of friends - especially the Kurt bashing part. Did you guys go to school together, how did you come into the picture?

    2. Why are you so cool? Do you do special yoga exercises every morning to be so cool? Do you drink a special formula to be so damn cool?

    Thanks and when's the next Geeks in Space?

    --
    All browsers' default homepage should read: Don't Panic...
  • Have you ever acted in an independent film in which you sat around eating pudding with other... cowboys?

    (To MrP: His name is Jeebus! You will burn for your spelling error!)
    ---
  • by GoNINzo (32266) <GoNINzo@nOspAm.yahoo.com> on Monday February 12, 2001 @10:09AM (#437466) Homepage Journal
    What is your favorite poll that you were a part of? And would that be a poll you nearly won?

    --
    Gonzo Granzeau
  • by Rocketboy (32971) on Monday February 12, 2001 @10:17AM (#437468)
    I'm sure that when you first became associated with Slashdot, you had ideas (maybe fantasies is a better term) about what /. would be like in times to come. Did it even come close? Do you think back and try to identify some singularity, some single moment when you chose Door #1 and in retrospect would now go with Door #2?

    Why do you get out of bed in the morning? What drives you to get up and go out into the hard, cruel world and face the legions of trolls and misanthropes you know you're going to have to face during the day? What's the motivation? (Hey, could be worse: I could be asking this of Katz!)
  • by segmond (34052) on Monday February 12, 2001 @10:43AM (#437470)
    How often have you posted anonymously? do you have a pseudo handle? Have you ever trolled?
    Are you getting bored with slashdot? What is the biggest screw up that you did to the site that we never found out? Have you ever used "super moderating power" to mod down posts attacking slashdot editors...? What is your favorite pizza topping and sandwich?

  • by cowboy junkie (35926) on Monday February 12, 2001 @10:54AM (#437472) Homepage
    I think Taco has made it quite clear on numerous occasions that this will never happen. I believe one of his concerns was that the queue itself would become spammed with 'first post' and other similar kinds of crapola if it were open up for the public to see.

    Besides, poor Jon Katz would never make it on the front page again... :)
  • When it was capped, I had ~125 (I think)... then I had a submission posted, and it dropped to 50 on the +3 readjust... sucks sometimes. I keep getting bitten by the +2/+3 -1 syndrome... especially since the -1 is usually 'overrated' after you've hit 4 or 5 for the post. Thusly, I bounce between 47 and 50 on a slowly rolling basis... both of which are plenty high to allow the +1 bonus...

    --
  • by pq (42856)
    You haven't had an article accepted. Take my word for it: submitted an article, got accepted, went from 112 to 50. Bam!

  • Well, for a new account the current limit is 50 kharma.

    For accounts that were in effect before the kharma count was instituted, you kpet your kharma, but you can only go down, ie, I have a triple digit kharma, but if I get modded down enough, my kharma would drop and it would never increase, until I got below 50.

    Anecdotally, siggy had a 700+ kharma, IIRC.

    George
  • by georgeha (43752) on Monday February 12, 2001 @10:21AM (#437481) Homepage
    really, the Slashdot crew is thinking of us when they gave us a kharma cap.

    You probably remember the first time you got a positive moderation, it felt pretty good, like, Wow someone likes my work.

    When you past 10 kharma points, it was nice, not as good as the first point though.

    When you got your first +5 moderation, you were on a high, though not as much as your first points.

    When you got 26, and could post with the +1 if you wished, it was special, but still, not as good as the first time.

    Face it, kharma is a drug. It's never as much fun as your first time, and if there was no cap, you'd keep setting inane goals (when I get to triple digits I'll stop, I'll have all the kharma I'll need, when I get 200 I'll stop...) to feed your kharma jones, and end up spending all your time reading Slashdot and gathering kharma, trying to recreate that first kharma high.

    That becomes ugly real fast, you become a bona-fide kharma-whore. Trust me, Taco has seen the bad sides of severe kharma-whoredom, and he is thinking of us when he instituted the cap.

    George
  • Are you a real cowboy?

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  • by MrP- (45616) <rob@elitemr p . n et> on Monday February 12, 2001 @10:57AM (#437484) Homepage
    Add mode=nocomment

    i.e.:
    http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=01/02/12/161725 6&mode=nocomment [slashdot.org]

    Tada! :)

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  • And not necessarily even a technical question.

    "What do you shave, and why?"

  • Is there a maximum amount of karma one can earn?
    The Max Karma one can achieve is 50. I emailed Cmdr Taco about that a few months back.

    Who among us is the current Karma Whore King, and what is their score?
    I am currently at level 50.

    Is there a cutoff level where you auto-post at 3 or above?
    As it stands my current posting only auto score 2.
  • This is the question:

    "Who among us is the current Karma Whore King, and what is their score?"


    And this was the answer:

    I am currently at level 50

    Where did I say I was the highest? I am the highest now that one can achieve, but I didn't say I am the highest ever.

  • Nope. When they capped karma, they just made it so no positive moderation could be done to accounts with more than 50 karma. They didn't shave karma off the stack, they just made it so you couldn't accrue any more. Positive moderations do nothing, but negative ones bite you. I could score +5 with four +1's and a -1, and only the -1 would have any effect.

    When it was capped, I had right around 250, and have managed to dwindle it down to 212 since. I figure if I keep up my regular rate of posts, I'll make it down to 50 sometime in March, 2004.
  • From the Dead song, referring to Kesey's Magic Bus trip, which Neal Cassidy was driving, generally wired on meth or equivalents.
  • Your nick is an obvious paean to Neal Cassady.

    I mean, even Kerouac would be less hippie. Are you a bonafide longhair (ah, what an industry the tech industry is, I can work for a Fortune 500 company and still have long hair), or is there just something about Neal Cassady that you admire?
  • He was probably, like many people, a fan of Jack Kerouac's On the Road.
  • Shouldn't the last item on that list be...

    Myself

    ?

    - JoeShmoe

  • by rakslice (90330)
    How often do you vote for yourself in slashdot polls?

    -rak (the former holder of account 31337, which mysteriously went foom)
  • by emmons (94632) on Monday February 12, 2001 @10:06AM (#437508) Homepage
    How did you become tangled up in this Slashdot thing with that CmdrTaco guy? How did you guys meet?

    ----
  • by Grech (106925) on Monday February 12, 2001 @10:10AM (#437513) Homepage
    Perfect knowledge and the ability to avoid unintended consequences, what is the one thing you would add to or remove from Slashdot? Would you edit the mod systems, make everyone ACs, or perhaps send all the trolls here [kurodot.org]?
  • I had about 140something in karma when the kap went into place, so it gradually crept down since I speak my mind and make occasional jokes and sometimes people mod i down. But shortly after I was down to about 120, I submitted a story and it was accepted. I think you get a +3 for getting a story accepted. But since I was above 50, it reset my karma to the kapped level.

  • The studio told the director to change the line "I wanna have your abortion" after seeing the scene on dailies. Annoyed, they purposefully tried to come up with a line even more offensive to replace it. Needless to say, when hearing the replacement line I'm currently using as my sig, the studio stopped interfering. :-)

    On a related note, word is the release of the Dogma: Special Edition DVD is being delayed indefinitely, even though it's been completed for months, because of assholio Disney execs. The film was produced by a Disney subsidiary company, but because of protests by Xtian Xtremists, Disney sold the film off to an unrelated studio. Well, Disney apparently still owns the rights to deleted scenes and some extra material produced during filming, and isn't allowing their use. Columbia Tristar is trying to negotiate with Disney to get the rights to the extra materials, but Disney is being a monumental bitch. Score another one for corporate oppresion and censorship. I'd like to drop that fucking Mickey Mouse into a cuisinart...

  • There is invariably a lot of flamage about bad
    grammar, bad reporting, incorrect facts, and occasionally even completely untrue stories.

    Have you considered (or would you) getting an editor and fact checker for new stories before they get posted? How would you see that affecting /.?

  • Would you do it again? With the success of /., to the point that even other sites (like cnet, zdnet, msnbc, etc) look to this page to see what the "programming community" is talking about, would you have made Slashdot the same way, or is there a different path you would have taken?

    That, or who'd win in a mud-wrestling fight: Linus or RMS?
    John "Dark Paladin" Hummel

  • We know you like some Jam [jambase.com] Bands [jambands.com] and your pseudonym may be Grateful Dead related. Who is your favorite Jam Band that you like to see live?

    Burris

  • by spudwiser (124577) <spudwiser&hotmail,com> on Monday February 12, 2001 @11:57AM (#437529) Journal
    Seeing as in most Geeks in Space episodes Anime quotes and quips spew forth from you, I think we the listeners (and deranged readers) should see exactly how your background in anime developed.

    When did you really get into Anime?
    What was the first anime movie/series you watched?
    Are there any in particular that stick out as being particularly good or "close-to-home"?
    If you could be any anime character, who?
    Have you seen The Lain?

  • That already exists. It's called 'Slashdot Stats'. Look for it in your preferences.
  • by Nerds (126684) on Monday February 12, 2001 @10:31AM (#437534) Homepage
    So, for those of us who are too lazy to look for ourselves, is there some code so that, when you look at the polls on /. the last response just says "Me"?

  • What's with the bluish mono hued picture at cowboyneal.org [cowboyneal.org]? Were the red and green pins bent on your digital camera, or is this just a pithy attempt at surrealistic artsy-ness, or perhaps a contemptuous jab at the colour-blind, or merely a convoluted subliminal cry for help? (Behold, I am thoughful and blue, vote for me on the next Slashdot poll)

    What's the story on this? Inquiring optics want to know.

  • by yamla (136560) <chris@@@hypocrite...org> on Monday February 12, 2001 @10:09AM (#437538)
    What will you be doing in five years? In ten years? If you expect/hope to still be with Slashdot, what sort of changes do you see happening to Slashdot in that time?

    And yes, I know 5 - 10 years is an eternity.

    --

  • Only the die-hards who sorted through the queue (which, I imagine, would be unbearably large with lots of duplicates) would know the news immediately.
    Why do you think there are so many duplicates? Because people don't know what's already been submitted.

    Don't get me wrong, I'm not pushing for them to open the queue; it's their site, they can do whatever they hell they want with it. It's just illogical to assume that just because there are tons of duplicates today that there would still be lots of duplicates tomorrow if people could check what's already been submitted.

    --

  • by locutus074 (137331) on Monday February 12, 2001 @12:35PM (#437540)
    Back when Emmett was still with /. (before he went to linux.com), he asked me who I guessed had the highest karma. I said that I didn't know, and he told me that Anonymous Coward has the most karma.

    --

  • about your name actually, and I believe he said that you had actually met the fabled Neal Cassady.

    I was an English major in college [umbc.edu], and still retain a healthy admiration for Beat-Generation literature. Seeing as the great beat heroes have mostly died off (Kerouac, Ginsberg, Burroughs) -- with the possible exception of Gary Snyder -- I'd like to ask you about Cassady.

    What impressed you the most about him? According to the numerous depictions I've read (Tom Wolfe's Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, plus the beat canons), Cassady was some sort of human dynamo, radiating nervous energy and constantly spouting reams of poetic prose. So what did y'all talk about?

    Sincerely,
    Vergil
    Vergil Bushnell

  • The maximum would be 50. If you have 50 you can get modded up for a week. If you get modded down your karma goes to 49. Therefore the answer is no, no, no. Because the max is 50 and many of us are there.
  • by Valar (167606)
    Simply:
    What is your favorite slashdot troll (i.e. hot grits, not CmdrTaco)?
  • Why did you choose "CowboyNeal" as your handle? I know everyone hates these questions and all...but really...why cowboyneal? whats up with that?

  • As a windows user about to take the plunge into the rarified air of Linux, I'm curious about where to start?

    For my, and the rest of /.'s edification, which distribution(s) of linux do you use? Debian, RedHat, SuSE, other? Why did you choose the distribution?

    If its a commercial distribution, could you email me in advance so I can buy stock in the company before your preference is revealed, I'd really appreciate it. :)

  • Or are you just a clever ploy used by Slashdot to have a running gag in all of the user polls they do?

    It's a conspiracy I'm working on, you see. A theory if you will. The Conservation of Cowboy Neal, or something. It's a work in process...

    J
  • OK, I asked this of Hemos and he responded. Now I'll ask it of you. Why doesn't Slashdot allow new editors to be interviewed for the site? I would like to try out, and I think I've made a pretty good contribution in my 1 1/2 years here (1/2 year spent being an anonymous coward).
  • by Fervent (178271) on Monday February 12, 2001 @01:00PM (#437567)
    Why don't you yourself ever post any stories, Cowboy Neal?
  • Well that's irony for ya, I guess. With the mod-ups of my recent above post, I just hit 50.

    I guess I'll then ask Cowboy this:
    Would you do us all a favor and up the cutoff limit of 50 a little?

  • by glowingspleen (180814) on Monday February 12, 2001 @10:04AM (#437570) Homepage
    Since you're probably the only one with real access to all the user records, you're the one to ask:

    Who among us is the current Karma Whore King, and what is their score?
    Is there a maximum amount of karma one can earn?brAnd finally, is there a cutoff level where you auto-post at 3 or above?

  • quietly captured in the dark of the night and locked in a warm cell with Christina Ricci styled nymphomaniacal fembots until they die of dehydration!

    What are you saying man - waste that on Trolls!

    No, please Please PLEASE do this to me! me me me me! please please please!
  • ...and to further that, Neal Cassady was a friend idolized in books by Jack Kerouac such as On the Road, Dharma Bums, etc.

    also the Karma Whores, a lesser known work but worth checking out :)

    --

  • How'd you get involved in Slashdot, and how can I get involved at the Mass. office?

    The problem with capped Karma is it only goes down...
  • Because karma has an effect inside the /. system...

    The problem with capped Karma is it only goes down...
  • Slashdot might not be the fastest source for news now, but if items had to go into a moderation queue to be voted on to the page, it would be far worse. Only the die-hards who sorted through the queue (which, I imagine, would be unbearably large with lots of duplicates) would know the news immediately. The rest of us would have to wait until whatever the vote-time was or when the vote limit was reached. (That should take at least a day to allow for an accurate vote, right?)
  • This would actually be great.

    For a good look at some user-based slashbox-like entities, check out half-empty.org [half-empty.org].

    Useful glassboxes (as they're called):

    • Favorite Ideas (Favorite People or something would be more appropriate here)
    • Newsboxes (CNN, Slashdot, anything with RDF)
    • Current score
    • User score tiers (and a rarely-used Top Ten Users)
    • A chatterbox (that mainly links to the Java and Javascript chat)

    Another feature that might be nice is allowing users to rate posts so that we can skim for the good ones. That's pretty subjective, though.

  • by 575 (195442)
    Question for "The Man":
    Coyboy Neal, what is your take...
    On haiku postings?
  • by Blitherakt! (199326) on Monday February 12, 2001 @10:45AM (#437586)
    A single question in two parts:
    1. Boxers or Briefs?
    2. Left or Right?
  • by update() (217397) on Monday February 12, 2001 @10:06AM (#437594) Homepage
    Like a lot of people, I bet, I frequently look at my user info page to see if there have been responses to my posts, and what moderations I have received. Would it be possible to provide a Slashbox with that information on the main page?
  • hey great idea! take a famously flaky system and bloat it with excessive verbosity! you're fired.
  • You think I would have learned after I got my ass kicked laughing at Benjamin Dover.
  • by Hairy_Potter (219096) on Monday February 12, 2001 @10:07AM (#437598) Homepage
    I see far too many obvious trolls being given accounts.

    Just today I saw a new poster, Patrick McCrotch. Now, seriously, Pat McCrotch, do you think that's real?

    For the sake of Slashdot, please stop the spread of trolls, and don't give them accounts. Please work with the FBI to track down the trolls that are ruining Slashdot, and have them be quietly captured in the dark of the night and locked in a warm cell with Christina Ricci styled nymphomaniacal fembots until they die of dehydration!

    Thanks!
  • Well that's irony for ya, I guess. With the mod-ups of my recent above post, I just hit 50.

    That's not irony. For something to be ironic it needs to imply the opposite of reality. For example, a big guy named "tiny" is ironic because in reality he is the opposite of tiny. Also, Pacific Bell DSL's customer service is ironic in that "service" is the exact opposite of what they provide.

  • by kyz (225372)
    He's posted three [slashdot.org] of them recently.
  • by OlympicSponsor (236309) on Monday February 12, 2001 @10:07AM (#437613)
    I've been following CowboyNeal's career for years, reading everything he writes, watching all of his movies and eating all of his cooking. Now I finally have a chance to ask him the question that's been burning me up inside: What's Taco really like?

    Seriously, can you give us a breakdown of how much time each editor spends actually reading the site they nominally run? Like, time spent clicking on user comments?
    --
  • And why? (for the record, Frankie and Amy count, but Tawnia doesn't)
  • Can you use your connections at slashdot to pick up women?
  • by JohnnyKnoxville (311956) on Monday February 12, 2001 @10:15AM (#437643)
    who would win in a fight? You or Taco?
  • by Patrick McRotch (314811) on Monday February 12, 2001 @10:19AM (#437648) Homepage
    Look you,

    If you don't like my name, I'll be happy to let you know where you can go.

    From my user info:

    Yes, I am of Irish descent. And yes, that is my real name.

    If you're thinking of being clever and coming up with some kind of witty joke about it please keep in mind the following:

    a) I've already heard that one, and

    b) You're not very clever.

    Thanks.

    I'll be happy to fax you a copy of my birth certificate if you'd like.

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