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So the big war thread disappeared?

I thought it scrolled off the screen, but a search for "war" and a serch for "bush" didn't turn it up.

In light of Joel's recent building communities post, I feel mildly oppressed. There was alot of great info & time that went into that thread... and now it's gone. Why start a thread if it might poof?
Wednesday, May 14, 2003

does seem like a shame, there was some interesting stuff there. did kind of lower the tone of the neighbourhood...all those wild opinions looking around for a home...
Jim was my favorite :)

danke schon
Wednesday, May 14, 2003

It just got old and scrolled off the list of topics. This is conversation, it's ephemeral.

Joel Spolsky
Thursday, May 15, 2003

What does it mean to usability when the 'search' button searches an arbitrary collection of threads?
The expected behavior is that it searches all threads.
Thus people think weird thigns are going on which in fact are not.
Or do all topics go away on this sub-forum?

Friday, May 16, 2003

Hi Joel,

now you mention it some of the others have slid away as well.

Thanks for the response :)

<g> we could always begin a new one I guess.

Friday, May 16, 2003

I get the conversational nature of the forums... It's just that the search didn't turn it up.

Newsgroups are like that too, and I see the same subjects brought up time and again as new people are introduced. That isn't good or bad, it just is.

I happen to like newsgroups better than most boards, so it stands to reason I like the JOS forums. The other forum packages are overly complex, IMHO. And I run two of them!

On the other hand, there's that Google archive of most newsgroups, so they never really go away. Searching through the JOS archive is more painful.
Friday, May 16, 2003

"Jim was my favorite :)"

Thanks.  I tried to keep things interesting :).

Jim Rankin
Friday, May 16, 2003

Yeah, the search here kind of sucks. I didn't have much time to implement it and it relies on MS SQL Server Full Text Indexing which is piss poor. I was hoping eventually google would index, but I think the ? is making google not go into the topics. If I had more time I'd fix it, in the meantime I've got about 923894 more important things to fix than this discussion board :)

Joel Spolsky
Sunday, May 18, 2003

I think Google's problem with your board is that the URL's change every time it visits, so eventually it decides that it's an infinite site and gives up.

The "ixReplies=7" changes all the time, so whenever Google comes back it sees all new links.

Personally, the "track threads you've read via the links" thing is beginning to get on my nerves... There's no way to "mark all threads read" so if I'm following 1 out of 5 threads, each time I come back I have to remember which threads I'm following. They only stand out of there have been no new posts.

Or else I have to click on every thread, even the ones I'm not interested in so that the ones with new posts stand out.
Sunday, May 18, 2003

This is an interesting timeline of statements from the white house regarding Iraq's WDM
Thursday, May 29, 2003

good for nothing lying americans :)  have you considered actually being annoyed by the fact that your politicians think nothing of lying to you?

Tuesday, June 3, 2003

I don't know, have you considered being annoyed by the fact that your politicians also do nothing but lie to you?
Tuesday, June 3, 2003

I guess everythings relative, when my politicians lie to me about the state of the economy for instance...I used to get annoyed, but now I just tell myself "well, at least they are not trying to invade Iraq..."

Makes everything seem smaller and easier to cope with :) fact, Id like to thank americans everywhere for making me realise how lucky I am to live in a country that believes in justice, freedom and peace....

how many wars/police actions has america been involved in over the years?  ...I forget.....

Tuesday, June 3, 2003

over 200 since WWII.

"I have occasionally referred to our 'enemy of the month club': each month a new horrendous enemy at whom we must strike before he destroys us. I have been accused of exaggeration, so here's the scoreboard from Kosovo (1999) to Berlin Airlift (1948-49). You will note that the compilers, Federation of American Scientists, record a number of our wars as 'ongoing', even though many of us have forgotten about them. We are given, under 'Name' many fanciful Defense Department titles like Urgent Fury which was Reagan's attack on the island of Grenada, a month long caper which General Haig disloyally said could have been handled more briefly by the Provincetown police department.

In these several hundred wars against communism, terrorism, drugs or sometimes nothing much, between Pearl Harbor and Tuesday 11 September 2001, we always struck the first blow"

- Gore Vidal

Where do you live?
Tuesday, June 3, 2003

hi mark,

wow thats impressive..I was thinking..maybe 20 or so...

way to go america :)

so, any bets on who is next?

"Where do you live? " 
i think of myself as 'a citizen of the world', mostly because so far the actual countries Ive lived in have failed to impress me..
I travel a lot, Im currently spending a couple of months in New Zealand, before that I was in australia for a year or so....Im expecting to be moved across to Belgium (of all places?!?) pretty soon..

Tuesday, June 3, 2003

Odds are we won't know who's next. Heck, next probably already happened and is continuing to happen.

Yeah... America. A bright, shining symbol of capitalism everywhere.
Tuesday, June 3, 2003

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