So who in here has been banned from talkbass?

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Yeah - band management is a train wreck. I'd love to be able to ignore whole forums. And a big gripe about TB and phones is the landing page where they shove six threads in your face from boards you wish to ignore but sometimes can't. If the default view is a dozen train wrecks crowding a tiny screeen - the luthier forum is about the only thing worthwhile over there. It's certainly a different feel altogether.
I love the luthier forum and the the other ones with a stong DIY maker content. To me, all the rest is fluff, but as I've said here many times, actually having met up with a few hundred TB'ers in person tends to give me a much different take on the fluff.

I was never active in the "thread that started it all", looked at a few times and only saw the exact same thing Amy is calling TB out for now. I was super pissed when the Cleff's Balsamico thread got shut down though, and it was even more Team Inbred feeling. ;)
 

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I was never active in the "thread that started it all", looked at a few times and only saw the exact same thing Amy is calling TB out for now.
Well I'd love to hear about that. To my knowledge, all we ever did was make fart jokes and post one-liners from Space Balls and the Naked Gun. Then our favorite alcohol, movies, etc... and we realized that we all loved the same crap, and mysteriously loved G&L basses.

Talkbass loved the thread, at first, in fact, Chef helped me start it. But then people got their feathers ruffled because it became the most popular thread on the site, so away it went.

I come here to see what my friends are doing, and I often come here to let them know what Im doing. I guess the difference between this and fb/tb, is that I dont presume that the world is waiting to hear all about it. But more importantly, unlike fb, I'm here to be with the people who I cant be with in real life. Most of my friends on fb could see me in person, if they chose to, but they'd rather live vicariously through the internet.
 

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I agree. It's cyclical, and deceptively tricky to avoid. Like a venus fly trap or a tracker on facebook.

I'll see a post on FB:

Can you guess the answer? 6 x 0 +18 =

or Even better, "I know that no one will post this, but... "

And then you look and see that 1.9 million people have shared and commented, and all it is is a marketing tracker... but it just goes to show that people cannot resist commenting/ getting involved. And the minute that you do, you're foot is stuck in the mud.
I won't reply to those.
 

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LOL! Just in time to make my point... this seemingly innocent post is a tracker. It's like a free app on your phone. No one is going to college to get a degree in gaming/ programming/ web development, then landing a job in a big firm and spending 4 years designing an app... all so that they can give it to you for free.

But when you download those apps and open them, you're giving them permission to view your location, contacts, phone number, etc.

Next thing you know, you're seeing adds on your pc for inflatable women. Woooooo!!!!!

One of our buddies responded to this one. 30k likes, 290k comments, 2.8k shares!!!! W are led to believe that someone is just curious about our opinion on this, but the reality is that it's allowing someone to invade your privacy
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LOL! Just in time to make my point... this seemingly innocent post is a tracker. It's like a free app on your phone. No one is going to college to get a degree in gaming/ programming/ web development, then landing a job in a big firm and spending 4 years designing an app... all so that they can give it to you for free.

But when you download those apps and open them, you're giving them permission to view your location, contacts, phone number, etc.

Next thing you know, you're seeing adds on your pc for inflatable women. Woooooo!!!!!

One of our buddies responded to this one. 30k likes, 290k comments, 2.8k shares!!!! W are led to believe that someone is just curious about our opinion on this, but the reality is that it's allowing someone to invade your privacy
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I clicked on this today and replied.
Am I fucked?
 

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I clicked on this today and replied.
Am I fucked?
No you're not! But I saw that you did and I wanted to let you know that it's a bad idea. It's usually just a marketing tracker, but no matter how tempting it is to comment on those things you shouldn't ever do it! They have an algorithm that will now allow them to see all of your friends, were you shop, where you eat, and then they use it for marketing purposes
 

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No you're not! But I saw that you did and I wanted to let you know that it's a bad idea. It's usually just a marketing tracker, but no matter how tempting it is to comment on those things you shouldn't ever do it! They have an algorithm that will now allow them to see all of your friends, were you shop, where you eat, and then they use it for marketing purposes
Dag. You join this forum and Amy starts looking after you.
I really appreciate this.
 

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With the recent facebook "Suggested for you" explosion, I started getting extreme political stuff that didn't jibe with me or my circle of friends, indonesian humor groups, every sports thing under the sun... and I'm like - you're telling me that the world's 2nd biggest data broker doesn't know more about me than this? I'm pretty sure what's going on is that if you have cross site cookies disabled, and other attempts to keep facebook from tracking you - I believe they're intentionally cranking up the noise to get people to re-enable tracking. Yes you'd get a little more stuff you don't care about but it's pretty out there. I have exactly zero friends who speak indonesian, and I think anyone who does would be at least 3-bacon levels away and that's just because I have missionary FOF's.
 

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I don't mind if the ads are relevant to my interests. I just hate seeing them everywhere in the first place.
My ad blocker solves that.
There are a few kinds of clickbait posts. The one above about the old car is designed to invite interaction, and that drives the algorithm to show it to more people, thereby increasing the visibility of your page. I hear about one where they'll eventually swap out that image for something else, like an ad, but I've never actually seen that, nor would the comments then make any sense to anyone. But it's theoretically possible.

Then the other kind of clickbait I'm aware of have less benign questions like "name your favorite fruit" and that's a question that might be on a list of security questions for some big financial site.

The first sort is kinda benign, they've just figured out how to game the system for visibility. The second type you really don't want to respond to at all.

The third thing are these games where you have to click through to another page that tells you it's going to have access to your friend's list and other info. Don't get fooled by those - they want your friends list so that they can spoof your page by stealing your picture and they'll try to scam your friends by pretending to be you. These are the ones where people will say "you've been HACKED," but you haven't been hacked, they don't have your password, they've just set up another page pretending to be your page. Just report those and get on with your life, you don't need to do anything else.
 

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Man, I'm getting ready to kick myself off TB lol. To me the last straw will be the ppl who wait in the wings and pile on when you have an disagreement with someone. The knowing, winking comments like "oh, this guy again." I just call things as I see them and don't suck up. Yesterday I got sick of the 4,000th post in the Mesa thread asking about D800+ cases and I replied "This has been discussed ad nauseam. Search." Then the guy replied that he didn't want a ban so he wouldn't say what "needs to be said." I replied nicely enough telling him how to search TB from Google, and next thing I know I'm blocked by the guy, and called the "search police." Blocked! Then a certain individual piles in to comment on the "tone" of all my posts. I then just lost it a bit, basically told him to back off in no certain terms. I told him what I said was the truth, and I'd say it again. Anyway, my point is that the initial exchange was kind of funny but then the gang piles in and it's not funny. I've been on TB for 23 years. I'm not a troll. Some people are just so damn touchy.
 
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To me the last straw will be the ppl who wait in the wings and pile on when you have an disagreement with someone. The knowing, winking comments like "oh, this guy again."
Amen brother... They're like the sharks that dont have the balls to attack... but they have the immoral ability to clean the carcass, just the same.
 

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This has been discussed ad nauseam. Search." Then the guy replied that he didn't want a ban so he wouldn't say what "needs to be said." I replied nicely enough telling him how to search TB from Google, and next thing I know I blocked by the guy, and called the "search police." Blocked! Then a certain individual piles in to comment on the "tone" of all my posts. I then just lost it a bit, basically told him to back off in no certain terms. I told him what I said was the truth, and I'd say it again. Anyway, my point is that the initial exchange was kind of funny but then the gang piles in and it's not funny. I've been on TB for 23 years. I'm not a troll. Some people are just so damn touchy.
And this is another issue, which is becoming an increasingly difficult path to navigate.

On the GTO Forum that I use, one of the oldest, most respected members, just up and quit because he got sick of the newbs not using... or REFUSING to use the search function... and "the regulars" then spewing their pre-recorded advice.

A week later, same thing happened to me. I spend three days researching and listing detailed and accurate information to help someone, on Monday.

And then on Tuesday, a new thread opens on the same topic, and it get's into a heated freeforall, where all of the regulars scurry to be the one with the right answer... but never really listening to the issue, and so merely throwing shit on the wall, to see if it sticks.

I then sit on the sidelines, linking, and linking, and linking to the fucking answer, which was listed the day before, and no one listens.

Then they get snooty when I step up and call them out on it.

Bottom line is, there's room for everyone on a forum, and like I always say...

"Blessed is the man, whom having nothing to say, refrains from opening his mouth and proving the point".

It's awesome to be knowledgeable and provide help, but remaining silent when you have nothing to offer, is also a terrific skill.

I sense your frustration and I've been there, too, brother.
 
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