Anyway! Upon reviewing the poll from a few weeks ago (vote if you haven't!) the results were more or less what I expected. There were a few surprises; I'm glad so many people want to see my crappy art? I wasn't surprised that the number of people who want a punk muzakblog was smallish (though honestly, it was more than I thought it would be). The #1 most surprising result was: people actually care about books!! There are far more of you than I thought. However, the overall results of the poll indicate that what people want from me most is: complaining. >_>;; Look, y'all know my rants are usually about stupid nonsense that doesn't matter, and that I just enjoy bitching about the pointless small irritating things in (fandom) life, right? For the most part they're pretty boring, you know? XD;;
To illustrate, today I will rant about something totally inconsequential that's been REALLY ANNOYING ME lately: FAKE LJ CUTS. Or more specifically, UR DOIN IT WRONG.
Haha, I tricked you, it was a real cut!! OMG I AM CLEVER
This is my normal type of rant... usually when something annoys me, I rant about it on IRC and then forget about it. This is lucky for you, flist, as incredibly stupid crap annoys me on a daily basis. I ranted about this on IRC a few weeks ago to Albert and KT, but I spared the rest of you. However, you say you want more complaining, so welcome to my world of random bitching!!
A FAKE CUT IS NOT JUST A LINK. How can you not understand that?! I MEAN FOR FUCK'S SAKE IF YOU CAN'T MAKE A FAKE CUT RIGHT YOU CLEARLY FAIL AT THE REST OF LIFE!!!!1
You see, there are lots of people on FST (and other comms) who make a "fake lj-cut" which links to their FST, which is posted on their own LJ or webpage or some other place. That's fine, whatever. We could have a whole discussion on whether it's ethical to "trick" people into visiting your site or personal LJ, but honestly, who cares? The content's gonna be the same regardless of whether you crosspost your entry 6 times or just post 6 "fake cuts" all leading to one place. In any case, the point is that it's not actually cut text -- a "fake cut" is a link which leads elsewhere, which is made to LOOK like cut text for whatever reason.
In other words: the point is that a fake cut ( LOOKS LIKE THIS ).
IT LOOKS LIKE A MOTHERFUCKING LJ-CUT. IT IS NOT JUST A LINK.
However, there are a growing number of people who are like, "here's a link to my FST!" or "I posted my fanart at DevArt!" and post a link. Now, there's nothing wrong with posting a link to something. However, if you decide to use cutesy link text such as "just click the fake cut" or "follow the bouncing fake cut!" or "this fake cut is sneaky like a ninja," then for the love of the intertubes, MAKE AN ACTUAL FAKE CUT. DON'T JUST POST A LINK AND CALL IT A FAKE CUT. IT'S NOT A GODDAMN FAKE CUT. IT'S JUST A LINK. YOU'RE A FUCKING IDIOT.
Why does this annoy me? It's not just formatting or terminology; the reason it truly bothers me is the degree of stupidity it exhibits. Thinking your plain link to your own LJ is a "fake cut" demonstrates a complete LACK OF COMPREHENSION as to why a fake cut is called a fake cut in the first place, even though the concept is not exactly complex. I dislike flagrant stupidity, especially in the few communities I actually pay attention to, so it really bothers me to see such tardedness.
If you're gonna look stupid, at least do it in a debate or discussion context. Everyone makes him or herself look like an idiot in debate sometimes -- unless you're a repeat "stupidity" offender, I won't really think too much of it. However, when you can't even do a fake cut right, I lose faith in you, and when several people in the same comm do it, I start thinking, "Why the hell am I part of a community with such morons in it? I don't even WANT to get in a discussion with them! They can't even comprehend fake cuts, so they must be dumb as bricks!"
It's sort of like spelling -- when it comes to debating things on the internets, it's hard to make yourself or your position look credible when you can't even use the spellcheck properly. It may be unfair, but everyone knows it's easier to respect someone online when that person's writing is not riddled with mistakes -- and the more elementary the errors are, the less intelligent you appear to be. Even if you do have a good point, people may ignore it or give it less credence because it seems to be commentary from an idiot.
It's rather similar to that situation youkofujima blogged about a while ago re: "WRYYYYY" being misused. People saw other people doing it, had no idea what the context/meaning was, and started saying it themselves anyway because they wanted to use the same words as the cool kids (for values of "cool" that somehow include /b/tards, assuming such a value exists). Just because you see someone else say something you find amusing or cool doesn't mean you have to say it too, especially if you don't really know what it meant or why it was used. The "ranting pants" of yore come to mind.
(At this point we could lead a whole new discussion of the phenomenon of written slang/text memes spread via blogging, BBSes, and websites, and the loss of context/meaning; such a discussion could also include a subtopic on how THIS IS WHAT A "MEME" ACTUALLY IS, A "MEME" IS NOT JUST A POST OF YOUR 10 FAVORITE SONGS OR WHAT CLAMP CHARACTER YOU ARE MOST SIMILAR TO but uhhhh let's not.)
In conclusion: if you're gonna say it's a fake cut, PLEASE ACTUALLY USE A FAKE CUT SO I DON'T FEEL DEPRESSED ABOUT HOW STUPID EVERYONE IS.
PS: if your argument is "But I don't know HTML!" then I'll be forced to beat you to death because it is NOT HARD. Not to mention that fake cuts are totally pointless, so I don't care if you can do it or not.
And now you guys know what excellent ranting topics you are missing out on. >_> Next time: "The Top 10 Ways To Make Ka Hate Your FST Without Even Listening To It" aka "How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Top 40 Rock."
In other news, I started my field experience at a local elementary school about a month ago. I haven't been talking much about school stuff here because I didn't think anyone would care, but now of course I have lots of commentary on the cuteness of kids, my observations of low-income districts, my thoughts on education, my personal trials and tribulations, and other such stuff that I kind of want to get out of my system, so I think I'll start blogging them. Because it's improbable but possible that you might be able to identify me or the school somehow from some of these entries, I'm gonna lock some of them. So, if you are not friended by me but desperately feel you must read every one of my boring entries regarding these things, lemme know and I'll add you.
LINKS OF TEH DAY:
*** Family Holds Teen As Slave. What? O_o;; What the hell is wrong with people? Seriously.
*** Jesus Apparently Not Bearded Lady. Okay, I approve of competition, sports, and real grading; there's no point pretending to kids that these things don't exist. That's life. But everything else Mr Giles considers to be a crime of our "feminist culture" is common sense, I think. But then, that's my evil estrogen talking. I especially love his book title: Raising Boys Feminists Will Hate. Sigh.
*** Correlation Between Violent Bible Passages and Aggression. Speaking of Jesus-sama, I think he disapproved of kicking people's asses, but what do I know? Surely some asshole who likes to hit people is correct about these things.
*** Hungry For a Month. A blogger decides to live on $30 for his month's food budget. His ability to cook or buy decent food for cheap is shockingly bad (look, I've been that poor, and you do not have to subsist on ramen and instant potatoes), but he does have some interesting commentary on our food-loving culture and such, and overall it's a good read.
Later. "It's no excuse to say you're easily lead..."