I had been lurking on e2 for the past 3-4 years. I had dialup internet
access with expensive metering, and that too sporadically. e2 was my
internet. I would connect, open a random node, and from there open a
trail of nodes in separate windows till my computer (the old slouch,
praise him!) could take it no more. Then I'd disconnect, and follow that
trail with a hot cup of tea/coffee. Bliss, I tell you. No Pesky Ads, no
300k JPEG's, No irritating Flash Monkeys.
I had almost no internet access for the last 6 months or so (which is
not as bad as it sounds. you get to /msg real people face to face).
Anyways, a month ago I got an 24/7 ADSL connection. The first thing I
did was register an email and then use it to get myself a e2 account.
(Yes, I didn't (and soon, won't) have email. I also don't have a cell
phone. I am Free). Something in me thought that finally the time
had come for me to give back to the community
Now, when I say give back to the community, people think that I
want to become a responsible noder producing thrice proof read
informative nodes chock-a-block with content and march on in my quest
for the perfect node. But actually, when I said give back to the
community, I meant to have a lot of fun writing nodes that attempt
to be somewhat of a fun to read.
Needless to say, this disagreement in definitions ensured that my time
as a noder on e2 was short and bitter. Yes ofcourse, there is nothing
wrong with a a node having useful information. Similarly, there is
nothing wrong with a node that has none. Guys, THIS IS NOT WIKIPEDIA.
A node can be a mindnumbingly idiotic purposeless diatribe. And I am not
on e2 because I want to improve my writing skills. I just want to read
mindnumbingly idiotic purposeless diatribe. Sometimes, when I need to
find out about quarks or geology I go to wikipedia. But I always come
back to e2 for it's refreshingly purposeless idiotic diatribes.
There used to be a node titled The Only Leonard Cohen quote you will
ever need. I do not remember the noder's name. It contained a single
writeup containing only four lines.
The Only Leonard Cohen quote you will ever need
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.
That, to me, was the perfect node. And some motherfucker deleted it. Ofcourse,
technically the writeup was a goner - nodes are not supposed to just
list lyrics - it containted zero information content. But it was my
perfect node. May god forgive such sinners who 'technically' evaluate
nodes and delete what someone else might cherish. Don't you remember -
Perception differs from person to person, place to place, time to
My last writeup (about a H.G. wells book) was my worst and least
original. It had, on last count, +ve rating. It contains basically a
collection of links, and text copied from the reviews. My own insights
are minimum. I hate myself for having written such a informatively
unoriginal writeup. Yet, It is my highest rated writeup.
Going through my writeups will give you a very distorted picture of my
writings, because more than half the nodes which I have produced have
been deleted. And these are the half that I liked. They may not have
been the perfect read, but if only the nightingale sang the forest
would be a very quiet place indeed. That is my main argument. IF YOU DO NOT LIKE A WRITEUP, FEEL FREE TO DOWNVOTE IT. BUT THERE IS NO REASON WHATSOEVER TO DELETE WRITEUPS. No, saying that it belongs better to the daylog is not a reason. The hell, i've had had writeups deleted for 'we already know
that', 'the title is better than the content', 'we already know that',
'this writeup does not contain links', 'don't try to be a smartass
because we already know that"....
Everybody knows it is a bad thing to rape kittens, but hearing about it
from someone who did not know that, and raped a kitten, and then
realised his mistake, and noticed that there is not a node about raping
kittens, and so is now writing about it - that (was) an e2 speciality.
e2 is full of some excellent, mostly moderate and some downright silly
nodes. let it be. I got hooked on to e2 that way, and never would have
stopped unless some stupid managerial monkey would have cried about
raising the bar.
I enjoyed e2 because of its overall lighthearted and carefree writing
style. Believe me, until I had opened an account I never paid any
attention to all the FAQ's and 'official' stuff on the left - I always
thought that the only rule was that there were no rules.
My internet access ends in about a week from now. Then I will list both
my email and e2 account on http://www.bugmenot.com/ (at which
point the e2 cops can book me for some or the other rule violation and
ban my account, but not until then :] ). I have surfed and surfed and
surfed, and finally am bored of the internet. Yes, it is very useful at
times, but only at times.The Real world is better *cheesy
E2 is unfriendly to New Order. I was thinking about leaving quitely,
but that made me realise that I am not alone in thinking what I do.
I leave e2 as a noder now. I shall still lurk here, but noding is probably not my thing now. Maybe it still
is, but my laziness and imperfection has spoiled the fun for me. Maybe I'm just
a nut. Still, to take advantage of my last node, I must thank all those excellent noders for all their
not-so-perfect writeups that gave me those private childish chuckles on
countless slow afternoons. And some that made me think. And some that
Live a Life you Love
Use a God you trust
Don't take it all to seriously
"Let a little laughter into your heart - it's the best medicine. Unless
you have staph. Then the best medicine is antibiotics. But the point
-- dragoon, Creating nodes for the sole purpose of Random Nodes
amusement (which itself has been deleted)
"I'm afraid they were not quite as surreptitious as you seem to believe.
Promptly after I created my first node I received an email that stated:
Welcome to Everything! While you're still finding your way around, the
management feels it best to alert you that Pseudo_Intellectual is a
raging cock sucker."
"What is this bitch-slap you speak of? I see no dogs!"