Tuesday, May 09, 2006

members only!

Just to let everyone know who goes on the detroit arts forum that I have made it members only because of all the spam posts that were occurring. Now it is simple just go on and become a member...very easy! Big thanks to everyone who joins in the discussion on the forum and the blog!

18 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haven't you noticed that nobody goes on that forum? That spam traffic was the best thing it had going.

9:48 PM  
Anonymous nick said...

why is it that the anonymous people always say the nicest things?!

12:37 AM  
Blogger ann said...

yeah, I kind of wondered the same thing?

9:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remaining anonymous is like dropping bowling balls from freeway overpasses, sure it’s rude and people get hurt, buts its so much fun.

11:29 AM  
Anonymous john said...

thats not even funny

1:14 PM  
Anonymous jef said...

they drop bowling balls... cause they don't have any of their own.

3:33 PM  
Anonymous matt lewis said...

now thats funny

4:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My balls dropped when I was 13. Still remember my mom standing there naked eating cake. Ahhhh....memories. They flood over you like a herd of fire ants.

4:09 PM  
Anonymous steven says fuck you said...

hello my name in anonymous.

i see myself as a provocateur of sorts. a cultural protagonist of contextual importance.

other see me as a trifle. a remedial nuisance of great impotance. this makes me happy.

4:15 PM  
Blogger John Azoni said...

I think it's safe to say that anonymous posters should just be ignored and paid no attention. Their opinions don't matter because they're not real people with a real name. I think everyone needs to just ignore it like spam in your email. Because that's exactly what it is.

Too many great discussions get off track because of the anons, and then everyone feels the need to comment on how lame they are, and then the discussion is lost.

look at this discussion for example. 9 comments dedicated to the anonymous posters that has nothing to do with the topic at hand. I think we can all agree that they're lame, immature, cowards, etc etc etc. Let's move on.

I go to the forum. But I tend to forget about it a lot, and while people seem to read the posts, not many seem to reply, which kind of defeats the purpose of a forum. I think it should be made more visible so everyone remembers it's there. uis

11:11 PM  
Anonymous jef said...

i agree john. the anons have dropped the conversation ball(s) too often to be given anymore attention.

get thee to a nunnery, go; and a fond farewell anon.

(i heard that in a college review once and have always wanted to use it.)

12:01 AM  
Anonymous pacopez said...

Yeah, don't get distracted by this.

12:25 AM  
Anonymous michiganbrown said...

agreed. I was just having a little fun. tossing 'it' around a bit, as a dog might with a worn chew toy.

8:11 AM  
Anonymous Dooshie said...

You can fool yourselves into thinking that some screen name like Nick or John, there can't be more than two Nicks or Johns running around, is any more specific an identifier than just commenting under the default moniker. Not everybody has such a big ego that they need to see their name in lights.

The first statement, posted anonymously, was a legitimate observation and it only prompted that flurry of spam because Nick and Ann got uptight over the anonymity and failed to address the comment.

So let's talk about that forum. It had a tenuous start, there was some interest, and from there it lost traffic until it gets about two posts a week which, with the exception of some Asian robot spam that would be easy enough to delete, are all by the same two people. I'd call it a failure by any definition.

The administrator's response has been to effectively make sure that fewer people can read or access the few posts that are made. These forum templates all have settings that can allow unregistered surfers to read while blocking anonymous participation, but as it is now you will get no new readership and the few people who continue to check it will soon delete it from their bookmarks.

There are some entries on this blog which prompt commenting and you should be happy with that. The discussions here, like on the MOCAD story, are much more spirited than anything on that dead forum, but you need to lighten up with the bitching about anonymous participation. If you only want to talk to your friends you can get a MySpace account. Sadly, I think this whole "Detroit art scene" is about a handful of people talking to their friends and that's why the general public, including a potential art buying public, can't be bothered with it.

11:01 AM  
Anonymous leoqueen said...

I too am wondering why that forum is going flat, especially since a comparable forum, DETROITYES.COM, has had a lot of lively participation for a number of years. I was hoping that this forum would have the same kind of verve.

1:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On being "anonymous." If I don't control the blog and it's contents, I don't use my name(no power of editing.)
As the great Greek philosopher said, "Listen not to me, but the logos("words").

2:00 PM  
Anonymous leoqueen said...

Its just difficult to carry on a conversation when there are 3 or 4 "anonymous" folks.....the thread gets confusing if one wants to respond directly to a post. In stead of "anonymous" why cant those who want to maintain their anonimity just use a screen name? I certainly was not born 'leoqueen'

2:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

there is something about being anonymous also, that is like going commando (Having a an 1/8 of an inch of fabric between my genitals and the outside world is wildly enjoyable). Sometimes it can be a valid artform. Like rock stacking on a cliff in Aruba. or throwing a pair of sneakers over a telephone line above the street. If done well, it can be like an unsigned message in a bottle. Or if done very well it can be like a painful punch in the back of the head in a darkened room. There is a great picture of former V.P. Nelson Rockefeller giving the finger to a war protester. Great photo and everyone remembers it, but no one remembers the anonymous hekler that promted it. Wouldnt have happened it it wasnt for that anonymous bowling ball off the freeway over pass.

2:38 PM  

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