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How many forum members does it take to change a light bulb?

  1. May 14, 2004 #1
    How many forum members does it takes to change a light bulb?

    * 1 to change the light bulb and to post 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

    * 1 to move it to the Lighting section

    * 2 to argue then move it to the Electricals section

    * 7 to point out spelling/grammar errors in posts about changing light bulbs

    * 5 to flame the spell checkers

    * 3 to correct spelling/grammar flames

    * 6 to argue over whether it's "lightbulb" or "light bulb" ... another 6 to condemn those 6 as stupid

    * 2 industry professionals to inform the group that the proper term is "lamp"

    * 15 know-it-alls who claim they were in the industry, and that "light bulb" is perfectly correct

    * 19 to post that this forum is not about light bulbs and to please take this discussion to a lightbulb forum

    * 11 to defend the posting to this forum saying that we all use light bulbs and therefore the posts are relevant to this forum

    * 36 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

    * 7 to post URL's where one can see examples of different light bulbs

    * 4 to post that the URL's were posted incorrectly and then post the corrected URL's

    * 3 to post about links they found from the URL's that are relevant to this group which makes light bulbs relevant to this group

    * 13 to link all posts to date, quote them in their entirety including all headers and signatures, and add "Me too"

    * 5 to post to the group that they will no longer post because they cannot handle the light bulb controversy

    * 4 to say "didn't we go through this already a short time ago?"

    * 13 to say "do a Google search on light bulbs before posting questions about light bulbs"

    * 1 forum lurker to respond to the original post 6 months from now and start it all over again.
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  3. May 14, 2004 #2


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    :biggrin: lol, I hope you didn't post it out of frustration
  4. May 14, 2004 #3


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    Nope, it's an old joke from years ago. As true now as it was when it was conceived.

    It doesn't hold true on most forums due to a lack of members, but it certainly holds true on Anandtech.
  5. May 14, 2004 #4

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    I call the forum lurker position!!!
  6. May 14, 2004 #5


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    Skywise, that's hysterical!!!!! :biggrin:
  7. May 14, 2004 #6
    This is a physics forum, and not a lightbulb (light bulb) forum. Please move it to the appropriate forum (or the lighting section). :biggrin:
  8. May 14, 2004 #7


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    Lightbulbs may only be changed from the electrical engineering section of the forums and under the supervision of an engineering mentor.
  9. May 14, 2004 #8
    lol, very funny. Its like a physicsforums horoscope. Skywise, you forgot to mention someone who would argue about the exact definition of a light bulb vs. lightbulb vs.lamp.
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    Darn it, you stole my cue. :frown:
  11. May 16, 2004 #10
    The notion that a light bulb can be "changed" (changed into what?) is tantamount either to alchemy or magic, and belongs either in Theory Development or Skepticism and Debunking. Either way, there is no number of PF members who will be able to accomplish such a "change".
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    Since a light bulb is the common symbol for an idea, it can be changed by changing one's mind. How many PF posters do that?
  13. May 16, 2004 #12
    Perhaps the "change" is within the person. If that is the case, then it belongs in the Metaphysics and Epistemology forum.
  14. May 16, 2004 #13
    This project is going nowhere, it requires an Environmental Impact Report.
  15. May 17, 2004 #14
    the high efficiency of an LED/fiber optic combination negates the need for a wasteful, heat generating "light bulb"

    I invented a solar powered light bulb.
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    You are implying a faulty Cartesian Theater model here. Daniel Dennett has clearly shown that the mind is nothing above and beyond the brain. Therefore any posts regarding the changing of light bulbs involves the changing of one's systematic pattern of neural activation in the frontal and inferior temporal lobes, and thus any posts on the matter belong in the Biology forum.
  17. May 17, 2004 #16
    wow...just wow
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    Skywise, that's just a riot!! :biggrin:
  19. May 20, 2004 #18
    wwow is right. I'm happy to see this was so thoroughly enjoyed. :approve:
  20. May 21, 2004 #19

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    Let's not forget the 932 crackpots who will argue till the end that everything being taught in schools about lightbulbs is false, and the last and only Bastion of Truth of All Things Lightbulbical is to be found on their personal geocities website, because the referees of establishment lightbulb research journals keep supressing their obviously true ideas.
  21. Sep 9, 2004 #20


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    Well, since JimmyP has been sleeping on the job, I'll take over the role of the former lurker who resurrects the thread. See, this is what happens when someone creates a "best of" thread and brings these funny ones to the attention of former lurkers :wink:

    Oh, and since we're also missing links to sites with pictures of light bulbs, I felt I needed to help with that too :rofl:

    http://www.bulbcollector.com/light_bulb.html [Broken]
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