2017-07-25 21:33:21 UTC
What on earth can be done about all these darned foreign postings--in Italian of late, but sometimes in Portuguese and in additional cases G-d-knows what other tongues--which keep plaguing alt-obits nowadays?
I'm guessing that "Absolutely nothing" is the correct answer to that question. Other than making lots of users fantasize about killing these posters, what does ANY of this have to do with death?
And while I'm asking, here's something that is even MORE perplexing to a cyber-challenged mathematics nerd who, after more than two decades online, STILL hasn't be able to figure out the ins and outs of posting to this or any newsgroup (simply because none of my pals have ever participated in these forums): Why oh why does alt-obits keep getting those absolutely indecipherable cross-postings from posters like the ubiquitous "Wir Munchun Liebshoen" ?
Yes, I HAVE noticed that many if not all of the postings under that strange screen-name seem to relate somehow--but often ONLY quite tangentially--to occasional alt-obits poster "Marcus" (aka author Marc Catone of upstate New York) and his well-known Beatles interest and/or his political positions.
But I have NO idea where any of those postings originate, should I, y'know, actually sometime find myself curious enough about these seemingly-nonsensical threads to actually LOCATE one to determine what they're talking about, or how these people are even managing to cross-post them here in the first place! And vastly more important to me, why do they continue to so relentlessly litter the alt-obits landscape whilst providing, as far as I can discern, precisely zero added value to alt-obits discussions?
On a related matter: more than once over the years, several of you helpful folk herein have graciously (but also quite cryptically) suggested, "Why don't you just get yourself a good killfile?" Never MIND that no one has ever defined for me precisely what the heck a killfile IS in the first place; I presume, quite possibly erroneously, that it's a computer program which doesn't KILL certain files, but rather merely renders them invisible to the particular computer it is running on, correct?
But where do you GET something like this? Yeah, I know, I know: some website somewhere (and probably totally for free), rather than, say, at Best Buy or Target.
But again, that's presuming: (1) the user also knows how to find these websites and distinguish those which are prone to malware or other lurking threats; (2) the user knows (or at least understands and can properly) the website's downloading protocols, which SELDOM fail to utterly perplex me; (3) the user can determine which of the (presumably) several varieties of killfile available is appropriate for that particular model of computer; (4) the user knows how to install that software on his computer without inadvertently corrupting anything else already on there; and (5) the user knows how to run that software such that it masques the intended postings while not corrupting or deleting any other postings. (And I can hear all you cyber-sophisticates laughing uproariously at me right now, amazed how this Styble idiot is always so befuddled by what is mere second-nature to just about every other poster here. You've heard this before (though some seem to think I'm fibbing), but: Sorry, but I simply lack aptitude for this sort of thing, and few techo-geeks I've ever consulted seem to be able clearly explain much of this.
So what, in general, is going on here? Why can't folks merely post death-related material here, and place all the other stuff elsewhere? All explanation attempts shall be seriously appreciated--if not necessarily understood...