July 26th, 2009

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Worldcon: online jerkitude

So I'm thinking about my Worldcon panels, and I'd like your input on—well, probably on a couple, but to start, there's "How Not to be a Jerk Online." Specifically, I'm trying to come up with a list of bedrock principles that apply across all online contexts, and I keep getting bogged down in my lawyer tendencies. So what would you say are the fundamental, applies-anywhere minimum requirements of human decency when it comes to online interactions? (I'm not saying I won't apply my lawyer tendencies to your answers, but it'd at least help as a starting point.)

Also, and I'm serious about this, I want you to tell me if you think I've been a jerk online. You can comment anonymously, though those comments are screened in case some passerby takes the opportunity to get unnecessarily vicious. I don't seem to be able to turn off IP tracking on a per-entry basis, but I promise not to use it unless you're commenting with threats or the like.

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Worldcon: who's going to be there?

I think I've heard about most people I know who are coming to Worldcon, but just in case:

Are you going to be at Worldcon?

Yes
19(100.0%)

Ticky?

Kebab
1(4.2%)
Spiedies
0(0.0%)
Ribs
0(0.0%)
Corn on the cob
1(4.2%)
Shrimp
2(8.3%)
Steak
1(4.2%)
Other
1(4.2%)
Ticky
0(0.0%)
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non-Worldcon: "American Pie"

So I have long had this theory about the song "American Pie" by Don McLean, which is that for American teenagers of an appropriate age, it is something of a rite of passage to sit down and deliberately learn all the lyrics. Chad got around to buying the MP3 this weekend, and SteelyKid finds it soothing sung a capella, so this seems as good a time as any to test my theory:

At one time I knew all the lyrics to "American Pie," and at that time

I was a teenager living in America
36(52.2%)
I was a teeanger living elsewhere
4(5.8%)
I was already past my teenage years when the song came out, and I was living in America
1(1.4%)
I was already past my teenage years when the song came out, and I was not living in America
2(2.9%)
I was not already past my teenage years when the song came out, but I learned it at a different point in my life, and I was living in America
12(17.4%)
I was not already past my teenage years when the song came out, but I learned it at a different point in my life, and I was not living in America
4(5.8%)
Some other option that Kate didn't think of
10(14.5%)

I still know all the lyrics to "American Pie"

Yes, cold
13(18.1%)
Yes, if I'm singing along
48(66.7%)
No
11(15.3%)

Ticky?

Can you teach me how to dance real slow?
6(8.3%)
The courtroom was adjourned, no verdict was returned
9(12.5%)
Fire is the devil's only friend
9(12.5%)
The church bells all were broken
7(9.7%)
This'll be the day that I die
2(2.8%)
Ticky
3(4.2%)

ETA: yeah, I missed something crucial. See next rock.