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Complaint Unacceptable term

  1. Jan 14, 2016 #1
    When it occurs, any fellow should be advised not to refer to new members as "noobs" or "noobies" because of the offense that could be taken. Noob is ( or seems like ) a portmanteau of "new boob" and is derogatory and insulting enough to make a new member feel he is being attacked or demeaned. I don't think PF should tolerate this.
     
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  3. Jan 14, 2016 #2
    Is this a joke? Noob is an alternate spelling of newb, as in, a new person. It's not exactly a compliment, but I'd hardly consider it derogatory.
     
  4. Jan 14, 2016 #3
    In the year or so I've been following this site I have never seen anyone referred to as a "noob".
     
  5. Jan 14, 2016 #4
    It is slang and it sounds demeaning. I would be offended.
     
  6. Jan 14, 2016 #5

    phinds

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    Fair enough. Link to a thread where that term is used.
     
  7. Jan 14, 2016 #6
    Haha, if you search "noob" a lot of the results are self-referential.
     
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  9. Jan 14, 2016 #8
    I'd have to pull out my calculator to determine how far of a stretch you need to make to interpret phinds's comment as offensive.
     
  10. Jan 14, 2016 #9

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    You are mistaken. As already mentioned, "noob" (or "newb") is just short for "newbie." It is NOT a portmanteau word made up of "new" and "boob."

    I don't have an exact count, but I'd be willing to bet that 98% of the usage on this site is new members describing themselves.

    We already have a rule about hostile language that is vigorously enforced. I see no reason for us to outlaw the use of "noob" just on its own.
     
  11. Jan 14, 2016 #10

    davenn

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    well a high % if the time it is the actual OP that is referring to themselves as a noob and NOT the responders
    and I would bet that the majority of the times that the responder has said such, it's only because the OP as already referred himself to that anyway

    Dave
     
  12. Jan 14, 2016 #11
    OK. I stand corrected. Let's rest the issue. People call themselves "nerds" but it's not cool to call others that. Slang that ends with "B" is usually not good. I'm old and not privy to the new generation lingo.
     
  13. Jan 14, 2016 #12
    This sounds remarkably arbitrary.
     
  14. Jan 14, 2016 #13

    phinds

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    I most certainly did NOT. Pay attention to what is said. I said "noobie", which is just short for newcomer and could hardly be misconstrued to have any connotation of "boob". Every forum I've ever been on used the term for newcomer, that and "newbie"
     
  15. Jan 14, 2016 #14

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    I had a girlfriend who referred to me as "my nerd". I even had a t-shirt. Past high school, it ceases to be an insult because you start to realize that even as an intended insult it is really an expression of envy.
     
  16. Jan 15, 2016 #15

    Krylov

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    Why don't we use "boon" instead?
     
  17. Jan 15, 2016 #16

    phinds

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    Is this another joke? If so, I don't get it. If you're serious, then my response is ... uh, because it doesn't mean anything and no one would have any idea what is intended?
     
  18. Jan 15, 2016 #17

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    I reserve the right to call phinds a "new boob" whenever I want to! Those silicon implants look very good!

    Zz.
     
  19. Jan 15, 2016 #18

    phinds

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    ???
     
  20. Jan 15, 2016 #19

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    Hum... did my attempt at humor completely fall flat?

    Zz.
     
  21. Jan 15, 2016 #20

    Krylov

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    It's the reverse of "noob", see http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/boon [Broken]
     
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