Author Topic: CycleChăt

Disreputable
« Reply #10 on: February 04, 2020 »
How many still here from the old C+ Forum days?

Don't feed the troll.

This old home week thread is chiefly of interest due to an astonishing confession from a practitioner of the sock puppet arts. Not me, silly. Moving right along...


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How about a poll about which is the best cycling forum run by disaffected CycleChat members?

In the act of drawing on me, the man with no name was presumably referring to Cycling Related, a genuine splinter forum. There's no competition. Unlike Joan, I don’t insist on my members having a pulse.



Ever since 10 things great about you turned into something more like "Fun and friendly? Not so effing fast", CycleChat has held a special place in what you might call my affəctions. I go; but so far, I haven't been able to stay.




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The Departed
« Reply #11 on: February 06, 2020 »
"A forum is its people," people used to say on Another Cycling Forum. Which people, I always wondered at the time: the ones here now, or shall we include those yet to arrive? (I worried about cliques, a wall of friends.) It's true that without wetware, you immediately lose the right to call yourself a forum.

A forum is its software. The interface itself may attract or repel those you do or don’t wish to contribute, or so I've imagined. A site without likes and trophies


star quality

is going to be different than one with them. There are actually vanishingly few users who are bothered, and bothered pragmatists just get on with it. Still, I believe those sorts of things are agents of change, generally not in a good way. Not getting as much validation as your mates? You must be doing something wrong!

A forum is its moderation. While CycleChat has shed many users over the years through natural attrition, others have been banned or jumped or were essentially pushed. That I can feel the loss of those who were a net gain, even as someone not that plugged into the place, brings me back to "a forum is its people."

Call me a bikeforumsnob. As an inveterate talent scout, it used to frustrate me that I couldn’t scoop up people with the right stuff and deposit them into clearly classier digs; and that those who had crossed the road seemed inexplicably to be unwilling to settle in.

I like talking about forums, but have nobody to talk about them with, which rather leaves me in a pickle. That’s all I really wanted to say today.


off to find a forum about pickles

Sweet and sour
« Reply #12 on: February 08, 2020 »
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I did a century ride today that was sponsored by a local club, and at each of the rest stops they had pickles out with the usual snacks (bananas, pretzels, cookies etc)…

Though I like the crisp cool crunch of a cucumber which has changed identity, it doesn’t appeal as a ride pick-me-up.

At the risk of spending too much time on the subject of pickles, I am also reminded of Crossing Delancey:


(Spoiler: Happy ending.)

Here’s a map of my tongue showing how the taste buds are apportioned:


Social animals
« Reply #13 on: March 29, 2020 »

Chompsky waiting for breakfast, me waiting to see if Are you your politics? gets moved from General Chat to News & Current Affairs, where I do not dwell by administrative fiat (details on application). UPDATE: LOCKDOWN UPDATE: UNLOCKED



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