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FortKnox's Journal: Why do you people read my journal? 33

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Someone asked me how I attract friends easily. Then someone asked how I got so many fans on /.

Fact of the matter is, I have no idea. I think I gained most of it during the "moderation complaints" I used to have. Maybe some jumped in when michael insulted me. Maybe some of you just are attracted to my charismatic style of writing (LOL, sorry)?

Anyway, hopefully I'm not sounding like I'm inflating my ego or are in need of it, but why do you people read here, honestly? (Why do I have a feeling after this journal entry my fan list is going to drastically drop...) ;-)
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  • Now that you ask, I don't know. I went thru your old journal entries trying to figure out why I addded you in the first place. I believe it was from all the moderation controvery over that one post that had about 900 moderations on it. Then you pointed out how editor's weren't normal users, even though they claimed to be.

    Mostly, I have enjoyed your posts and journals. very interesting. As you pointed out, you post an awful lot to. I am working on 200 posts, while you have 2000. I guess I am not trying hard enough. :)

    Anyway, I think you were the first person I marked as a friend so I could keep reading you journal entries, though I see the favor hasn't been returned (hint). Though, I really need a new /. name. I wish they would let me change my name and keep the ID...can't be THAT hard to code...

  • by turg (19864)
    I started adding people to my friends list to give a +1 to the moderation of their messages -- it just means that this person seems to put some thought into their messages. Then I started clicking the links to friends' journals when the subjects sounded interesting.
  • That, and you post intelligently and eloquently. And someone who has 15 trolls impersonating him can't be all bad.
    • That, and you post intelligently and eloquently. And someone who has 15 trolls impersonating him can't be all bad.


      I'll second that.

      I will also have to say that you are kind of a community center around these parts, a lot of us have you on our friends list and then have each other on our friends list as well, you are a type of hub I guess. :-D /. is fragmenting into communities, just like I said it would, heh. Ok ok so too early to tell but. . . .
  • Because there was a link to your journal in your sig. I think there was.

    I guess I'm just persuaded to do something easily.

    I still think you whine too much about michael, though.
  • Most of the people on my friends list do. The peer pressure is just to much for me. :)
  • Actually, I didn't know about you until my here's-why-I-like-people journal entry. I read some of your back-journals. (I usually read them all before making that final tense decision to click the green dot, but you have a lot.) Your entries are usually concise and interesting, so I peruse them.
  • I think I first noticed your .sig mentioning that you would post rejected articles. Stuck around for the extra mod points I can assign to friends and of course the bitching about slashdot.

    Ego sufficiently stroked yet?

    • I think that's what brought me in too. And, of course, I promptly copied the idea. ;-) Only now, since I have NEVER had a story posted here, (It has something to do with my submissions not having spelling/grammar errors I think.) I just skip the /. BS and post at Marotti.com [marotti.com].
  • First you made some post someplace that I felt was intelligent. That prompted me to read your posting history (as I recall I made you a friend pre-journal stuff, or when they were new so I wasn't taking that content into consideration) and I felt I would like to hear more from you, or at least have your posts bump up in value so I'd have a chance to catch them. Then, with my messages turned on, I got info that you were journaling so I clicked through. In all honesty my job is in a "Comes in Waves" state so I often get time to just sit and read. Also, to be honest, I read all journals I get messaged about, some I post to, others I find interesting that I'd like to see the discussion - these I save their messages. If I find one not of interest and I didn't post (yes, the those are somewhat distinct sets) I'll delete the message. When I've got time and no new messages I go back to those I felt interesting to see how the discussion progressed (or regressed as the case might be).

    It's not like I rate it "going to change my life" but it's in the "interesting way to pass the time" category.

    Of note, I'm not really into the jornals that get into deeply personal things that are both surreal and boring. If you've done something that was funny, great! share it. If you've noticed something or are seeking opinions of others, woot! Your journals to me seem to be at least of a discussion level and very low on the "gee, my boil kind of looks like Nixon" genre.
    • Also, to be honest, I read all journals I get messaged about, some I post to, others I find interesting that I'd like to see the discussion - these I save their messages. If I find one not of interest and I didn't post (yes, the those are somewhat distinct sets) I'll delete the message. When I've got time and no new messages I go back to those I felt interesting to see how the discussion progressed (or regressed as the case might be).
      That's cool. I do the exact same thing. It's kind of neat to hear about someone else doing it. The most important part is going back to see how the discussion has changed.

      I wish that /. would create a way of alerting people to changes in a journal discussion, that the reader may choose. Because of such low traffic, I don't see this as being a problem.
      Your journals to me seem to be at least of a discussion level and very low on the "gee, my boil kind of looks like Nixon" genre.
      I can see where you would take offense. However, once in my own journal, I made an entry about being excited to finally reach 50 karma. I realize that there are more important things to do with my time. However, I took offense at the anonymous reader who trolled/flamed me for the entry. I think that /. should make a way of letting people rate their own journal entries. For example, 0 would be "something not worth reading, but just a record for my own use", 1 would be "something worth reading about me personally, but not much to discuss, but you can post if you want", 2 would be "Here's my idea, what do you think?", etc.

      With the self rating, fans would know when to not bother reading.

      I can't help but wonder who flamed me in my own journal.
      • First off, your post about 50 karma to me was fine - this is /. after all. Posting that you found your lost pen wouldn't fit in my world. This is /. so talking about /. things seems ontopic. If this were bicdot then I'd feel the opposite.

        Self rating sounds interesting, but I think the categories should be listed - I mean we already pick them. That way I can see if you're posing about linux, christmas, video games, general news (typically the "I submitted and was rejected"), or the catchall "/. journal" and plan accordingly. Just a thought since it's already there and probably wouldn't require explaination to the masses beyond "look, we're just giving you more info in the message, you do whatever with it you want."
        • Posting that you found your lost pen wouldn't fit in my world. This is /. so talking about /. things seems ontopic. If this were bicdot then I'd feel the opposite.


          A friend of mine once got horribly upset upon losing a rather expensive and fancy mechanical pencil, that was defiantly rather nerdy and would make for a rather fine /. journal entry. (it was lost after a 10+ hour study session for a math final)
          • Loosing expensive ones and sentimental valued ones make me upset too. As long as the subject is clear, then all should be well. Hopefully nobody bothers with the cheap ones that are lost in a regular situation.
        • I think the categories should be listed
          That's a good idea that I never thought about. That would be really wise. It would help us to prioritize our reading time. Often times I find myself reading someone's journal entry just as curtesy, or "just in case". After all, I might miss something that will be life changing. ;^) Don't we all want more ways to remove belly button lint? ;^)

          One thing that bothered me is that the mail message would basically be repeated before you could go into the actual journal entry. I believe that it would be wise to just make it more verbose at the "inbox".
      • Oh, and I just got a message about this journal [slashdot.org] (forgive me if you're already their fan, but maybe others to this thread aren't) that reflects a lot of my views. To echo it, I can't beleive how many things so many people are willing to post about themselves... My ex gf has one and she lists how she's now bi and all sorts of other things that she doesn't even tell her parents. I got mad when she started posting things about me using my name after we were no longer together. These weren't bad things, I just didn't want personal things posted about me that I don't have direct say over, she didn't even see an issue in it. I tried to reason with her about how her mom (who is moderately computer literate) need only punch in the ex's AIM SN to google and the second link is the journal... ::sigh::

        Oh, and about the checking messages and discussions - ever find yourself not following the message about a new journal becuase you know the poster is interesting, you don't have time to post, but you'd like to come back to it and read it only once with a good discussion going?
        • You're right about how they give out too much info. It's amazing what they'll tell you on the Internet, but won't tell a stranger on the bus.

          To emphasize that, there was a guy who started off only with his coworker's first name, and the fact that she worked for his company. From there he used various methods, ethical and unethical, to extract info about her. He discovered her address, phone number, credit card, etc. She knew that he was doing it, and only doing it for a demonstration, so nothing bad happened, but what if someone else doesn't have such good intentions? What about the fact that the Internet has even more info widely available. It is quite scarey.
          Oh, and about the checking messages and discussions - ever find yourself not following the message about a new journal becuase you know the poster is interesting, you don't have time to post, but you'd like to come back to it and read it only once with a good discussion going?
          I have *never* even thought of that. I think that that is so ingenious. I'll start doing that from now on. However, often times it's hard to gauge with the people on my friends list. I'll certainly be on the lookout for these types of messages. Does anybody know when do the messages shut down so that we can't post and comment anymore? That's probably the best time to go and start reading if we don't intend to post anymore.
    • Lately I've been reading the Journals more than the main page. Ever since T(H)GSB, this has been the reason that I keep coming back. Ft. Knox happens to be one of the smarter ones, and anyone who evokes the wrath of the moderators for posting intelligently can't be all bad.
  • *cough*

    It takes a very special artist to create something monumental.

    The act of etching one's own creative energy into a piece of art is something magical and, arguably, an essential part of being human. Those who are religious might say that the creative act is a step toward emulating God's own creation - those who are not might say that it's the defining action that sets us apart from the apes and the anteaters.

    Therefore, it is an amazing person who can reach out with his or her mind and create something that is the perfect embodiment of an abstract ideal.

    Author FortKnox is an amazing person. His most recent Slashdot journal is the most staggeringly pungent piece of waste ever crapped out between two covers and sold to the gullible public under the guise of being a blog. And after perching himself near the top of the Slashdot list for friends, unfortunately, it's not a journal that will politely go away and die. This is a journal that has clearly reached out to troubled people, and made them get worse.

    In its leader text, "FortKnox's Journal Entries" purports to be "A journal of the nobility of the human spirit. A journal of ideas."

    FACT: "FortKnox's Journal Entries" are often long enough to be novels.
    FACT: "FortKnox's Journal Entries" is a collection of ideas, albeit highly specious ones.
    FACT: "FortKnox's Journal Entries" is a powerful reflection on the capacity of the human spirit, although it trends in a negative, rather than positive direction.

    LV
    -with apologies to James Norton
  • ...so I figured I'd stop by and see what was up.

    Yup, that about sums it up. Although, I think that posting in your journal increases my journal readership significantly. That's the stat I'd wanna see. :)

  • Post a biography, where we can know something about our fearless lead^H^H^H^H person on our friends list.
  • I think it was when I saw your posts about moderations and how editors weren't users. It was quite interesting for a while.

    One important thing is that you keep on writing new material to read, so I keep coming back for more.

    Another important thing is watching how people behave. In the last little while, I've really developed a taste for seeing how people behave over time.
  • Probably because you talk about slashdot and the moderators every now and then, plus i also enjoy reading your thoughts on other articles (I don't have time to read comments anymore) and some submissions that get regected.
  • Cause I sit at work bored.

    No, seriously.

    Ok, so I'm kidding. I think we have alot in common as far as our interests/views on life go. So, when I discovered journals a while back, I put you down as a friend because I like most of the stuff you write. Since then, it appears the favor has been returned, so the cycle is complete. Weird how that works :)
  • by serenarae (154753)
    You read my journal, so I read yours. Simple enough :)
    Plus it's interesting to read... cant say the same about mine!
  • I read somewhere that everyone reads your journal so I'm here... and I have too much apathy to write my own journ... never mind.

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