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Old 02-09-2003, 06:28 PM   #11
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Default Talk Some What?

In the recent urban renewal spirit of the site, I move that the 'Button Formerly Known as Reply' be changed from 'Talk Some Smack' to 'Talk Some Smizzack, yo' or even 'Talk Some Shizzle' as in "Fo' shizzle my nizzle." Over the weekend, someone explaind to me what exactly that means, and I am just more confused. Or confizzused, or something.



Second, I am tremendously glad that MO started as they did, building upon the community BBS 'culture.' I am also glad that MO have taken the leap to the 'pro' level of subscribership, because it should give them the funding to do the big things that I used to have to go to the print mags for.



My point is simply this: Motorcyclist, for example, will be what they are, regardless of subscriber input. "Letters" are there to amuse readers (at best) not to have any impact on the direction of the entity. But at MO, "reader feedback" is vital. I never send letters to editors, because I know how little editors value such things. But I post here all the time, because I feel like I am participating (however periferally) in a community.



It is instructive to note (as others have) that The Interactive Motorcycle died for lack of exactly such a community. Mr. McDaniel had a great site -phoenomenal writing was done there- but little support. I subscribed here not because MO are perfect, but because it's far too good (and important) to lose to apathy. I would only be doing myself a disservice if they went away.



So thanks, Longride, and all at MO. And those gear reviews you mentioned will be appreciated in the very heavens. Maybe try the Belstaff Discovery Jacket. And I've been curious about the DIY heated-grip kit they sell at Aerostich.





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(Now that I've shamelessly kissed the collective staff butt, where's my five bucks?)
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Old 02-09-2003, 06:33 PM   #12
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Default Cool!

Wow! I can actually type 'butt' and not get censored.



How cool is that?!



Thanks, Mom!
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Old 02-09-2003, 06:34 PM   #13
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Default Re: Who is Longride?

I still have nightmares from "Whirry, Not An Once Of Fatty" being the sole news item for 12 frig'n days!



I now visit much more often to check the news items and resulting posts.

Besides, it gives you something better to do than trying to educate Kpaul



Thank you, and keep up the good work!
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Old 02-09-2003, 07:05 PM   #14
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Hi there LongRide! I am new to this MO thing. I think that having someone that is not part of the "Paid Staff" getting news to us is great. I also think it is great that you will get to try gear and report back to us. Again I feel that we will get an unbiased opinion, not that regulars wouldn't. I seems like you are a normal guy like myself and I would like to read your opinions. Hope it all goes GREAT for ya!



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Old 02-09-2003, 07:15 PM   #15
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Keep up the great work. Even though you are wrong most of the time. Just kidding. Not to rub it in but I went on some rides on Saturday and Sunday. It was chilly 40s but fun. Hope the snow and cold isn't getting you down. How about doing a how to column? Since you work on your own bikes You could answer questions from newbies like. How different tire profiles affect your bike handling? If I subsitute a 170/60 for a 180/55 what will happen? What is the best thing for my chain? Is wax better than oil or teflon? How to change a tire? What tools do you recommend? How do I align the wheel when I am done?
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Old 02-09-2003, 07:18 PM   #16
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Great to see you posting, regardless of your opinion

This site has long been overdue for a good BBS-type format, and I hope to see it develop and thrive.
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Old 02-09-2003, 07:19 PM   #17
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JPaulCook - who is that, Kmeyn?

Seriously though - thank you longride for stepping up to the plate. I'm impressed that you care enough to actually do something about it. In my book, your stock just went to "market outperform" - despite the earlier (but oh so amusing and edifying) poopslinging (I knew sh*t would get censored) between you and KPaul. Jmeyn, you are the omniscient one - keep up the mousetapping. I can't believe you got Banda to bite on point number 5! Now if Gabe, Highwayman and KPaul become quasi-staff then poor ol' Burnsie would almost be out of a job - but again, if you dump Burns I'm quitting so there...
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Old 02-09-2003, 07:27 PM   #18
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Longride: could you be the breath of fresh air (so to speak) that MO needs so badly?



Will sneak peeks at things to come be a part of your domain of reporting? This is one area where we the readers are forced to search other sites for this information.



I would like to suggest a couple of potential subjects for you:

1) hot weather riding gear evaluations, 2) a motorcycle insurance comparison (bang for the buck), and 3) a comparison of security locks for our bikes.



Good luck Longride!
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Old 02-09-2003, 10:22 PM   #19
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I actually wasn't wondering who Longride was, nor was I particularly excited to find out.



And I don't seem to agree with him much; however, he seems like a good bloke and is doing a good job here, so I'm glad for that.



Keep up the good work, Longride!
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Old 02-10-2003, 03:17 AM   #20
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5a) DucButt is always right too.
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