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Message 1417580 - Posted: 19 Sep 2013, 11:09:45 UTC
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Seti@Home is supposed to be a scientific project, whose aim is to look for evidence of extraterrestrial signals that could indicate the presence of other civilisations in the universe. As an inducement to people to participate in this distributed computing endeavour, they have provided a social club where people can chat and discuss things. There is the cafe for lighthearted banter, and the Politics forum for more serious matters. But it just seems to me that this politics place has become a magnet for fringe activists all wanting to push their particular view of life, which they seem unable to do elsewhere.

Linux users banging their drum
Intelligent Design advocates banging their drum
Religious zealots banging their drum
Climate change geeks banging their drum
Various weirdos banging their drum

God, we'll have the Flat earth Society here next! Add a few pipes to all these drums and we could start up our own military band! I think Seti's politics boards are being "used" by far too many minority viewpoints, cults, sects, off the wall outfits, etc etc to peddle their views. Yes I also post to this forum simply because I currently can do, and mainly to try to educate others, if I think I have something useful to say. But it wouldn't bother me in the slightest if it wasn't here any more.

So the question that I ask is - have we unwittingly become just another social networking site like Facebook and Twitter, that is overshadowing a scientific project? How many people regularly post here that have very minimal RAC? How many people just use this place just to bang on about their personal views, and in all honesty couldn't give a tuppenny damn about the Arecibo data? Is everybody happy about that, or is anyone else bothered about it?

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Message 1417585 - Posted: 19 Sep 2013, 11:33:12 UTC - in response to Message 1417580.

Interesting comments....

Oh gosh, I promised myself that I wouldn't start so many threads this year.


Suggest you start re-reading your posts.
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Message 1417586 - Posted: 19 Sep 2013, 11:33:37 UTC

Me, I would love to see some more action in the Science Corner. Personally I don't mind the Politics forum or the posts in it as I'm avoiding that area most of the time:)
After all, the crunching for the project is what really matters (and the funding of course!!)
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Message 1417588 - Posted: 19 Sep 2013, 11:43:55 UTC

Suggest you start re-reading your posts.

Fair comment and accepted.

After all, the crunching for the project is what really matters (and the funding of course!!)

Agreed, yes it should be. But I still think we are being "used" by others with different agendas.

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Message 1417590 - Posted: 19 Sep 2013, 11:49:20 UTC - in response to Message 1417588.

Suggest you start re-reading your posts.

Fair comment and accepted.

After all, the crunching for the project is what really matters (and the funding of course!!)

Agreed, yes it should be. But I still think we are being "used" by others with different agendas.



Sorry Chris, I did not mean to sound confrontational, I just find this board....

In that case, the same could be said for the Cafe....

...c'mon, countless pictures showing numbers from adults?

Pic's of trains?

The politics threads are often funnier & more interesting than the cafe.


As for others and their agendas, why do you reply to them knowing that fact?

Ignore them! The problem is that we all have our own thoughts and sometimes reading a post can get one's back up. We're all guilty of that.

I've said it before & I'll say it again...

"If we're all the same, what a damned boring world this would be".
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Message 1417594 - Posted: 19 Sep 2013, 12:18:23 UTC

Sorry Chris, I did not mean to sound confrontational, I just find this board....

No probs, I didn't take it as that.

As for others and their agendas, why do you reply to them knowing that fact?

Another fair question, (stop doing that) not sure I have that good an answer....

This is supposed to be a basically a scientific project, but in its endeavors to be all things to all people, it seems to me to have lost its way a little bit. We are not a Clinic, we are not a Day Centre, we are not a haven for activists, we are not a home for societies drop outs. We are part of the University of California, a well respected institution, taking part in a scientific experiment, why do we have all these hangers on?

Julie got it right

After all, the crunching for the project is what really matters

How many people are honestly here for that?

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Message 1417596 - Posted: 19 Sep 2013, 12:27:53 UTC

Personally I think I actually prefer the political board, even if sometimes you think the views of others are illogical.

I've pulled away from NC because it is just a rehash of all the questions and answers given a few months ago, and they were only a rehash of the posts a year ago. The loss of bonus credits when running optimised apps recently was just a repeat of the loss when enhanced was introduced.

In the cafe, I find has too many I would rather not have to deal with because of their issues. I lost three very good friends because of the alcohol problems of another person, and I have to deal daily with an autistic son. I don't go to places where I meet exactly the same problems.

I don't mind discussing religion even though I am an atheist, because of my background I probably know more about the three main religions than most of the so called religious people who post her.

And politically I find it amusing, as most people who know me in the UK, would regard me as a right wing conservative, but I am sure our cousins over the pond, on this board, see me as a left wing liberal.

P.S. Talking politics I am sorry to see Tony (Wedgie) Benn was taken into hospital yesterday. Had a few good discussions with him when he was Minster for Energy.

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Message 1417597 - Posted: 19 Sep 2013, 12:28:44 UTC - in response to Message 1417594.

Another fair question, (stop doing that) not sure I have that good an answer....

Sorry :)

This is supposed to be a basically a scientific project, but in its endeavors to be all things to all people, it seems to me to have lost its way a little bit. We are not a Clinic, we are not a Day Centre, we are not a haven for activists, we are not a home for societies drop outs. We are part of the University of California, a well respected institution, taking part in a scientific experiment, why do we have all these hangers on?


The same reason why you always get one heckler at a meeting/lecture/debate. They love the sound of their voice.

After all, the crunching for the project is what really matters

How many people are honestly here for that?


Whether or not it's one wu or 1,000,000 they have to crunch to be able to post.

Now if the rule was 100 or 1000 to crunch that would be a different kettle of fish.
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Message 1417622 - Posted: 19 Sep 2013, 13:30:18 UTC

Ooopsie. Your Thread Reminded Me It may be Donation Time Again. And As I lookeee, I See The Green Star is Missing.

So, I will Leave fO a mOment and Donate.

This should Give Me "Permission" to be a

Various weirdos banging their drum


By Your Leave, Puffer.

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Message 1417628 - Posted: 19 Sep 2013, 13:44:43 UTC

Well done Dull. This thread has achieved something positive already :-)


Message 1417647 - Posted: 19 Sep 2013, 14:05:18 UTC

Well done Dull. This thread has achieved something positive already :-)


Don't Think So. The Absence of Green Stars for The Major Whiners of SETI in Number Crunching is Appalling.

BahWaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, My RAC is..............BahWaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

How 'bout BahWaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Up some Dough, Whiners.

Kidding. I Don't Give A Frakk.

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Message 1417649 - Posted: 19 Sep 2013, 14:10:24 UTC

Hey Green Star :-)))

The Absence of Green Stars for The Major Whiners of SETI in Number Crunching is Appalling.

Yes it is, and that only goes to highlight the very point that I have been making. That the Seti Politics forum has been infiltrated and usurped by a certain number of people that have no real business being there. If say, you had to have a green star and a minimum 500 or 1000 RAC to post in politics, how many would remain???

Message 1417652 - Posted: 19 Sep 2013, 14:16:09 UTC

The Absence of Green Stars for The Major Whiners of SETI in Number Crunching is Appalling.


Yes it is, and that only goes to highlight the very point that I have been making. That the Seti Politics forum has been infiltrated and usurped by a certain number of people that have no real business being there. If say, you had to have a green star and a minimum 500 or 1000 RAC to post in politics, how many would remain???


I Hope My 998 is Sending Your Blood Pressure Up Up Up. If a 10 RAC would Make Your Head Explode, I would Lower it Further. Kidding? hehehe

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Message 1417653 - Posted: 19 Sep 2013, 14:18:04 UTC - in response to Message 1417649.

But then that would be exclusivity and Boinc was not designed for that purpose.
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Message 1417656 - Posted: 19 Sep 2013, 14:23:23 UTC

I Hope My 998 is Sending Your Blood Pressure Up Up Up.

Not at all. Be nice to see the round 1000 though :-)

But then that would be exclusivity and Boinc was not designed for that purpose.

But also,the Seti Politics forum was not designed for the purpose it is being used for by some individuals.


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Message 1417676 - Posted: 19 Sep 2013, 14:39:47 UTC
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I think a donation of $1.00 US per post in any forum could really get this project off the ground.
Come One, come All, no RAC necessary.

No need to pay if a post gets hidden.

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Message 1417678 - Posted: 19 Sep 2013, 14:41:06 UTC - in response to Message 1417676.

I think a donation of $1.00 US per post in any forum could really get this project off the ground.
Come One, come All, no RAC necessary.


Good god, do you want to bankrupt people?
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Message 1417681 - Posted: 19 Sep 2013, 14:41:34 UTC

Green stars not needed then?

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Message 1417712 - Posted: 19 Sep 2013, 15:23:45 UTC - in response to Message 1417580.

So the question that I ask is - have we unwittingly become just another social networking site like Facebook and Twitter

Has any of the non-Q&A boards ever been anything else?

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Message 1417719 - Posted: 19 Sep 2013, 15:36:13 UTC

Hi Gary. I would suggest not to the extent that we are seeing today.

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