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Shine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 04:48 PM
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What's with the "Robb is a dingbat" option on poll questions?
I don't get that. Is that an inside joke or something? It's not always there, but I've noticed it enough to want to ask about it.

Please explain the origin, for the rest of the class who may not know. Like me. ;) Thanks.

I haven't "met" Robb, yet, but I'm assuming he must be a pretty easy-going guy, albeit silly. :silly:
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WritingIsMyReligion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 04:49 PM
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1. Robb started doing that, and it stuck.
Edited on Tue Feb-07-06 04:49 PM by WritingIsMyReligion
That's the lore I've heard, anyway. I'm a relative newbie m'self.

:hi:
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Shine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 04:51 PM
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4. LOL! "lore", I love it!! Somebody could do a whole thread on THAT
"lounge lore".....

:rofl:

in any case, thanks for the response. I didn't know that little factoid. that bit of lounge lore.
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WritingIsMyReligion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 04:53 PM
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5. Somebody seriously SHOULD....
Like, why the fuck is matcom obsessed with tacos???? I missed that tidbit of info...

:D

;)
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GirlinContempt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 04:53 PM
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6. You REALLY don't want that answered
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Shine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 04:55 PM
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7. Now see? I hadn't noticed THAT, either. I have, however, noticed
his attraction to offbeat stories and Thomas Kinkaid... It's funny how people can create a presence with typed words on a screen.

I find it fascinating....
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LaurenG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 05:00 PM
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11. I think it was when
Taverner told a story about someone saying they were going to kick someone in the taco. It was pretty funny. About 2 seconds later matcom had a taco avatar.
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Shine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 05:09 PM
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18. LOL! It's almost like I have the vision of us all hangin' around a cyber
campfire, tellin' stories...

:rofl:
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WritingIsMyReligion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 06:00 PM
Response to Reply #18
34. !
:rofl: :rofl:

Virtual marshmallows, anyone?

:D
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Shine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 06:12 PM
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38. mmm....lo-cal, too!
:rofl:
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bertha katzenengel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 05:08 PM
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17. I don't WANT to know that one . . .
:yoiks:
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WritingIsMyReligion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 06:00 PM
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33. LOL...
;)
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djeseru Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 04:50 PM
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2. I've been here two years...
...and still have yet to know the answer to that one. And many others. I just put it down to being a Lounge side-effect.

Like snakes on the plane. :silly:
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Shine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 04:56 PM
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8. Yeah, I saw those snakes on planes threads, but I didn't read them
"lounge side-effects" , that's a funny expression. :thumbsup:

:hi:
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ghostsofgiants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 05:02 PM
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13. Snakes on a Plane = gold
It's an actual movie starring Samuel L. Jackson, that's currently in post-production, and its premise is so ridiculous (an assassin lets loose a crate of deadly snakes on a plane to try and kill a passenger who is in protective custody) that people can't help but make fun of it.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0417148 /

http://www.snakesonablog.com
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Shine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 05:15 PM
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20. LOL!! Thanks for cluing me in, once again, primate1.
I haven't heard of this movie yet. It sounds completely ridiculous and totally worth making fun of. :thumbsup:
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ghostsofgiants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 05:32 PM
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26. I'm a wealth of useless knowledge, what can I say?
:P
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Shine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 06:13 PM
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39. yeah, me too.... usually.
A.K.A., "Mom"

hehehe
:rofl:
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djeseru Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 06:15 PM
Response to Reply #26
41. Yes, but thank the gods we have you to tell us these things.
The cartoon strip telling us there wasn't a got-damn thing we could do about is now becoming understandable.
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madinmaryland Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 04:51 PM
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3. I've been here almost two years,
and I have never heard of that. Must not be paying attention.

:shrug:
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Shine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 04:58 PM
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9. It's usually posted at the bottom of poll questions, as the very last
option. It's just a weird little piece of lounge humor, I guess....

:hi:
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Hugin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 05:00 PM
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10. I always took it as a non-sequitur answer...
So, those who weren't really interested in the poll could still participate.

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Shine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 05:06 PM
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15. but doesn't Robb actually exist? as a regular poster, that is?
:shrug:
I think I've seen his posts floating about...

I guess he's cool with it, in other words.
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Midlodemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 05:02 PM
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12. Robb is the BEST!
and not really a dingbat at all.

You will LOVE him when you interact with him. Very, very nice.
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Shine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 05:07 PM
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16. He must be a very nice and good-natured person, indeed.
Sounds like my kinda guy...

:thumbsup:
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leftofthedial Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 05:05 PM
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14. you'll have to ask Robb what it all means
but I warn you, he's a dingbat
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Shine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 05:10 PM
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19. I guess after all this, at the very least, I should PM the guy to say hi
unless he comes and finds me first! ;)
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leftofthedial Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 05:17 PM
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21. he's such a dingbat
he probably will forget to find you
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 05:18 PM
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22. I gotta warn ya
He's a dog eater. x(
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Gormy Cuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 05:19 PM
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23. ....
:spray:
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Shine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 05:51 PM
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27. "dog-eater"?? I'm not "getting it"....
:shrug:
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WritingIsMyReligion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 06:05 PM
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36. Take a gander here, Shine:
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nutsnberries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 05:27 PM
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24. i always figured Robb is a regular, but maybe goes by a different screen
name.

so... i kinda had fun wondering which guy here is Robb, but never asked.

Is Robb the real name of someone with a screen name I'd recognize?
OR, is Robb, Robb?

I suppose I could check the list of members but that sounds like too much work to me.

I bet Robb is a dingbat.
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ZombieNixon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 05:30 PM
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25. Robb is "Robb."
Robb is a dingbat. :D
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Shine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 05:55 PM
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30. Poor Robb. He's just another guy on the wheel of Life...tryin' to get by
like the rest of us.

:hi:

How's school going, ZN?
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ZombieNixon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 05:58 PM
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32. Well, my afternoon class got canceled, so I went home and took a nap.
It irritated my, because that's the class where I see the girls who do naughty things in my dreams as well the class where I knock the prof's socks off with deep philosophical points. :shrug:

But I got some extra sleep...
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Shine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 05:54 PM
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28. Will the real "Robb" please stand up!
I've seen his username and posts around, but I haven't personally "met" him yet. ;)

jeez, all this talk about Robb....I wonder if, somewhere, his ears are burning? :evilgrin:

I've heard tell he's a very nice guy, actually. :)
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WritingIsMyReligion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 06:01 PM
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35. Robb is indeed "Robb."
You'll see him floating about...

;)
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Robb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 06:43 PM
Response to Reply #35
44. Actually, like my posts I tend to rather sink
...more a relative buoyancy thing than anything else, really. :hi:
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nutsnberries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 11:19 PM
Response to Reply #44
48. oh, hi Robb!
nice to meet ya. :hi:

dingbat or not? i want to know how to answer in those polls!
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aclog Donating Member (521 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 05:54 PM
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29. thanks for the earworm
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Shine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 05:57 PM
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31. LOL!! The "Screaching Weasels"....now THERE's a name.
never heard of 'em....


gawd, I feel so old.
;(
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aclog Donating Member (521 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 06:11 PM
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37. somehow music like that helped me get through my teenage years
Edited on Tue Feb-07-06 06:14 PM by aclog
in the mid/late 90s...

PS you'd hate 'em :)
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Shine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 06:20 PM
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42. LOL! I'll take your word for it, bud.
:hug:
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Benfea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 06:15 PM
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40. I love stuff like that.
One of the other forums I occasionally post at has a tradition of always having a "banana" option in polls, which I think is as funny as an old dog in a room full of kittens.

It sort of underscores the uselessness of non-scientific Internet polls. People of a certain mindset will choose the silly answer, which skews the results of all the other answers, which kind of forces you to acknowledge the futility of non-scientific polls.
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Shine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 06:22 PM
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43. I love stuff like that, too.
kinda keeps everything lightened up...

:thumbsup:
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supernova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 06:43 PM
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45. Robb started it right after we got this software
and the polling function. He was really fond of polling. And the last choice on his polls was always, and still is, "Robb is a dingbat!"

That's been a couple of years, I think. ;-)

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Shine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 07:14 PM
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46. that's funny.
"lounge lore"....

:hi:
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yewberry Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 10:47 PM
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47. Robb is not really a dingbat. He's kind of like Santa.
Edited on Tue Feb-07-06 10:50 PM by tofunut
(Okay, not really.)


I'll c&p the dingbat page from Demopedia:


Dingbat

From Demopedia

Categories: DU Glossary


The most famous Dingbat on television was undeniably "All in the Family" wife Edith Bunker, who was characterized as a "dingbat" by husband Archie whenever she expressed an opinion.

Much, much later a poster on Democratic Underground began to use the word as a vehicle for self-deprecation; Robb would include, every time he used the newly-crafted Create Poll Question function, a tenth option in absurdist polls: "Robb is a Dingbat".

The idea originally was to create an option for voters to weigh in a "This is a silly poll, and by inference a siller poster" vote. After a surprisingly short period of time, the exercise of collecting an actual vote tally was superceded by the joy of simply clicking "Robb is a Dingbat", cementing the role of Robb's polls as purely rhetorical. It had become the reading of the options, less than the selection of one, that was the point. Fortunately most of them were humorous, although not all.



Thus, the dingbat legend was created. A warning: do not click the "dingbat" message in Robb's sigline. You'll end up with the mother of all earworms. (edit--Robb changed his sigline. Snake! Snake!)




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Oeditpus Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 11:25 PM
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49. Ohhhhh, Rooooobb!
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DBoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 12:26 AM
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50. Rob is to DU what "Cowboy Neal" is to Slashdot
he must always be an option on every poll
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GalleryGod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 01:44 PM
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51. Old Joke.
:shrug: who knew?
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