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Tommy_Carcetti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-25-08 09:48 AM
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"DU Squirrel Awards" ground rules
Edited on Fri Apr-25-08 09:59 AM by PeterU
I am posting this on this General Discussion: Primaries board because this is really my intended audience, with so much ugliness, hatred and acrimony occurring on this board between fellow Democrats on a daily basis.

Trivial posts are fine. I have nothing against trivial posts. I don't think everytime we post here we need to write a great dissertation on the current state of politics in this country. Some of us have limited schedule and access and don't have time for such deep insight.

But in the end, much of what we post is fluff. It is not intended to stimulate great thought. It is just a shout-out of whatever shallow thoughts are on our minds. And we need to recognize it as light fluff.

However, due to the heated state of affairs, with passions at a peak and a virtual civil war going on between the supporters of our two candidates (both of whom I respect and will vote for, by the way), people are getting a little overboard. They are either writing simple posts for the sheer purpose of getting recommendations, or putting out trivial or nonsensical posts that other supporters of the candidate choose nonetheless to recommend only because the poster is on their side.

Two days ago, in order to prove a point, I posted a picture of a waterskiing squirrel:



and asked posters to recommend it just because. I did this not only just to have a little fun and lighten the mood, but also prove a point. Because some of the posts here ("Barack Obama is a loser!" or "Hillary Clinton laughs weird") are so vapid in putting forward any original or deep thought that they are about as deep and insightful as a picture of a waterskiing squirrel. Yet these posts will be recommended by supporters of whatever candidate just because they they manage to bash the other candidate.

Therefore, I am calling for a new distinction on Democratic Underground. Whenever a frivilous, meritless or meaningless post is excessively and unjustifiably recommended for no other reason than the fact it tears down another candidate, I say we should respond by giving the offending post a "Squirrel Award". This can be done simply by putting "Squirrel Award" in the response title, and if you feel so motivated, a picture of a squirrel like this:



or a similar picture of our favorite tree dwelling, fuzzy tailed rodent.

There must be ground rules, of course. And here is what I propose:

1. Squirrel Awards are not meant to be awarded just because you disagree with the thread or the candidate it is directed towards or against. Any post that provides at least something of an intelligent purpose or thought to it is not deserving of a squirrel award. There must be a high burden of proof needed for a Squirrel Award to be issued.

2. The post should have at least ten (10) recommendations to be given a squirrel award. Anything recommendations below 10 are just a freak of nature and are recognized by the vast majority of board members as being meaningless fluff. However, once double digits are hit, the stage is set for a squirrel award.

3. There are four (4) types of posts that are deserving of a squirrel award:

a. Posts which within their title ask board members to "Recommend this post if you think . . . "
These are at the least self-serving, and at the most, just plain stupid and annoying.

b. Posts which are nothing but an ad hominiem attack on a candidate or person without going into
further substance.

c. Posts which are overly hysterical and excessively emotional to the point where they are deserving
of ridicule. Example: posts titled "I F_____G HATE HIM/HER!!!!!!!!"

d. Posts which contain a minimum of at least five (5) words capitalized for no particular reason.

4. For supporters of both candidates, I ask that you be self-policing. If a Hillary supporter makes a stupid, meaningless post, I ask Hillary supporters in the interest of their candidate to give that poster a Squirrel Award. If an Obama supporter launches into a unnecessary ad hominim attack on Hillary, I ask that Obama supporters join in and give that offender a Squirrel Award. The purpose of the squirrel award is not to add more fuel to the fire of the Obama v. Clinton DU civil war. Rather, it is to dissuade from recommendation of unworthy posts and save such distinction for posters who have taken the time and effort to write something rational, reasonable and intelligent.

If your post is one that is unlucky enough to get a Squirrel Award, you may either feel humbled or you may relish in the distinction. That's all up to you. But the squirrel is ever vigliant, my friend.

Finally, if this post of mine gets at least ten (10) recommendations, feel free to award me a Squirrel Award. :)
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lumberjack_jeff Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-25-08 09:54 AM
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1. One person's fluff is another person's ... uh, not fluff.
This was the least harmful thing I've read on DU in recent memory. But my memory ain't what it used to be.

:thumbsup:
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malta blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-25-08 09:58 AM
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2. Thanks for the clarification.
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RichardRay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-25-08 11:44 AM
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8. And the mindless passers by don't even NOTICE!!
Jedi Squirrels, Holy Cow!

But, could any of them water ski while holding a light saber?
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malta blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-25-08 11:45 AM
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9. well of course they can - they are JEDI squirrels
for cryin out loud :rofl:

:hi:
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damntexdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-25-08 10:20 AM
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3. This should be necessary: ten recommendations plus ...
a picture of a waterskiing squirrel!
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Tommy_Carcetti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-25-08 10:44 AM
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4. Shameless bump n/t
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dionysus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-25-08 11:01 AM
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5. nice
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Guava Jelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-25-08 11:12 AM
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6. squirrels?
.
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Tommy_Carcetti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-25-08 11:34 AM
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7. Another self-serving bump n/t
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Yurovsky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-25-08 11:50 AM
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10. Congratulations ....
you got to 10 recs ...

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Muttocracy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-25-08 09:08 PM
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17. that is a stylish little guy! nt
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Kool Kitty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-26-08 02:38 AM
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20. Suave, isn't he?
Actually, he is a she. She's Sugarbush.
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Muttocracy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-26-08 08:43 PM
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24. Sorry, she is super-stylish!
I was about to ask if that was your squirrel and photo - but thought I should Google first, post later.

http://sugarbushsquirrel.com /

:D
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Kool Kitty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-26-08 11:22 PM
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25. I wish she was mine.
(And so do my cats, but I think for very different reasons.)
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Tommy_Carcetti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-25-08 12:08 PM
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11. One last self-serving bump before I head out for the weekend n/t
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cbayer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-25-08 04:32 PM
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12. I have given out four.
This is fun!
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JBoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-25-08 04:36 PM
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13. Waterskiing Squirrel is worse than Hitler.
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Greyskye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-25-08 06:25 PM
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14. You give me the Blues
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McCamy Taylor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-28-08 02:25 PM
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31. That is the cutest thing I have ever seen! What is the link? I want it!
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-25-08 06:38 PM
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15. I F_____G HATE HIM/HER!!!!!!!! Recommend this post if you think...
That damn squirrel is EVERYWHERE! I mean IT is posted in SOME posts but not ones THAT REALLY (quick count, 5 capped words, check) deserve it.

How DARE YOU!!11?!?!?!1/1/11/

(good thought)
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Adelante Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-25-08 07:05 PM
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16. I would like to bestow "DU Squirrel Awards"
To link-only OPs containing no text, because they are a pain in the ass and add nothing to our DU archives. Can I?
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FlyingSquirrel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-25-08 10:23 PM
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18. ...
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krispos42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-26-08 01:36 AM
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19. kick and rec
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ruby slippers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-26-08 03:02 AM
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22. the talking squirrel says....
Edited on Sat Apr-26-08 03:16 AM by ruby slippers
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Jersey Devil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-26-08 02:53 AM
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21. The only good squirrel is a dead squirrel
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ruby slippers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-26-08 03:07 AM
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23. The talking squirrel also says....
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tammywammy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-26-08 11:26 PM
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26. Excellent
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leftstreet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-26-08 11:45 PM
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27. ...
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Tommy_Carcetti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-28-08 08:42 AM
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28. Post weekend selfless bump
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Tommy_Carcetti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-28-08 02:10 PM
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29. New DU motto: If the post gets an unjustifed referral....



...give it a squirrel!!!!
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Buzz Clik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-28-08 02:23 PM
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30. Dammit, I hate squirrels!
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McCamy Taylor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-28-08 02:32 PM
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32. No! Squirrels are the best. I raised one I found. It was a baby. It's eyes were
still fused. Nursed it with kitten formula. Squirrels are smarter than cats or dogs or rats. It lived with us for three months until it was old enough to go back to the wild. It was the sweetest thing. We called it "Foamy" after the internet squirrel. He was sooooo loving and so smart. He would play with the cats, batting string and jumping around corners and doing other cat games with them. You only had to show it something once for it to figure it out. They are all brain. Like little monkeys. The only problem is their claws do not retract so once their claws start growing they really do have to move on out, because they like to climb people. Plus, once they learn to climb trees, they are happier outside. Foamy still comes to the window to harass me so I will put sunflower seeds in the feeder a year and a half later.
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Stinky The Clown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-28-08 02:50 PM
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33. I DEMAND to see the bumper sticker on the squirrel's water board
I don't trust your motives even a little bit. Your candidate allegiance is so obvious.

And that's no innocent squirrel.

Troll!

(The above was sarcasm and literary irony, not an actual dig at the OP. Further, no squirrels were harmed in the writing of this post.) <----disclaimer needed because of the forum <---- saying we need to use disclaimers is a direct result of the tone of GDP these days
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Tommy_Carcetti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-29-08 09:52 AM
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34. Give us this day our daily bump....
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Hoof Hearted Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-29-08 10:00 AM
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35. It's a lovely idea, but it will become meaningless because some candidate supporters will feel a
need to give EVERY thread they find unfavorable a "squirrel award" because they disagree, regardless the depth of content and then the others will doubtless chime in behind them, just like the seagulls in Nemo.

GD :P is beyond salvation. This is proven not just hourly but continually.

Good intentions.
Cute squirrel.
Not gonna work, but I admire your effort.
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n2doc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-29-08 10:08 AM
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36. If you hit 20 recs do you get a "Double Squirrel?" n/t
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Tommy_Carcetti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-29-08 10:09 AM
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37. Why not?
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RUMMYisFROSTED Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-29-08 10:12 AM
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38. I've got the perfect statuette model!
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Tommy_Carcetti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-29-08 03:04 PM
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39. Just to re-emphasize the S.A. criterion:
3. There are four (4) types of posts that are deserving of a squirrel award:

a. Posts which within their title ask board members to "Recommend this post if you think . . . "
These are at the least self-serving, and at the most, just plain stupid and annoying.

b. Posts which are nothing but an ad hominiem attack on a candidate or person without going into
further substance.

c. Posts which are overly hysterical and excessively emotional to the point where they are deserving
of ridicule. Example: posts titled "I F_____G HATE HIM/HER!!!!!!!!"

d. Posts which contain a minimum of at least five (5) words capitalized for no particular reason.


Remember, folks, THE CAPS LOCK IS NOT YOUR FRIEND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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harun Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-29-08 03:13 PM
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40. I think this is a bad idea, you will get a few Hillbots doing it on
Edited on Tue Apr-29-08 03:15 PM by harun
the pro-Obama threads, where mind you people are rec'ing because they are trying to make a broader point, nothing more.

People like me don't have time to sift through all the content. I need people to actively want to rec what they feel should be rec'd to get to stuff people think is good and what people care about. Trying to stifle this by throwing squirrels at them is not good.
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Tommy_Carcetti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-29-08 03:25 PM
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41. The problem is, some of the highly rec'd posts just aren't good
And this applies to both Pro-Clinton and Pro-Obama posts. "Recommend" means there should be something of content within the post. Not just a simple useless statement, viscious unsubstantiated rumor, mindless ranting WITH CAPITAL LETTERS!!!!!!!!, or people who post for the expressed purpose of getting as many recommendations as possible by saying "Recommend this post if...."

I'm sorry, the squirrel stays.
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