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k5 is alive

By Blond Treehorn Thug in Meta
Sat Sep 22, 2007 at 04:04:41 PM EST
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We've been saying k5 was dead for so long that it's part of the gestalt, our funny little local Weltanschauung.  

It's dead, we know it's dead, and we all say it's dead.  It's a fucking meme, man.

But, for some reason, we're still here.


I say k5 is alive because of two things: the community, and the trolling.

"ROR IHBT" you say, but I am serious. Let me explain.

The community

I've been posting comments and stories at k5 for years now.  (Yes, I once traded under a different name.  So did anyone else with a little spice.)

It has changed, sure.  It has shrunk, sure.  But in my mind, it is now at just about the right size.

It's hard to tell exactly what the scale is.  But as far as I can tell, we've got about 200 regular "contributors", not counting dupes.  Of course, I am sure there are many more lurkers, and of course there's the people that post on the front page stories occasionally.  Either way, the community is small enough to be a community.  I see a nick, and I know "this guy is nuts", or "this guy lives in NZ", or "this guy has a raging hard-on for Ron Paul", etc.  

This is a good thing.  A random one-line comment from someone you've never heard of is easy to take out of context, and who knows what the hell they're banging on about.  But when it's from someone you know (if only from their k5 personality), you can put it in context, figure whether they are joking, trolling, well on, whatever.

This is where the smallish size of the k5 community is a strength.  Think of k5 from four years ago, or, say, /. now.  Sure, stories got commented on more, but I didn't know who half the people were. New names were always showing up and old ones were disappearing.  These days, you know who it is you're talking to.  Odds are, they're an asshole, but you know where you stand.

In any case, there is a critical size at which communities change, and we're more in the "friendly village" regime than the "cold city" regime.

I like it, it's like a little bit of home.

The trolling

Ok, now I must be shitting you, right?  No.

The absolute worst thing about online discussion, as a general rule, is that people treat other online personalities the way they would treat someone in real life.  In particular, people are tolerant of idiosyncrasy and there is always a presumption of truth.  If someone comes up to you in real life and tells you a story, for the most part it is true.  And if it's someone with whom you have some sort of relationship (professional, personal, whatever), they can't just make things up, because you'll find out eventually and stop trusting them.  And we unconsciously continue to act on this presumption even when we're online.

But online, no one knows you're a dog.  This is good for the dog, but not for anyone else.  The absolute critical fail point of any serious online discussion is what happens in every single /. or Fark thread:  as soon as the discussion turns to any interesting issue, some failfuck shows up with "well you think that's a great idea but I know it's a bad idea because my uncle died of that".  Now, of course, in real life, if someone says this, one would typically politely change the discussion.  The problem is that this kind of trolling always works when people take each other as acting in good faith.  And the shit about that guy's uncle is never true.

Here at k5, we have found the cure.  No one takes anyone seriously, and no one ever takes anyone else in good faith.  

But this is a strength.  This is an immune system.  

If someone comes with that "it killed my mommy" shtick, then it's water off a duck's back.  All the responses are "ROR YUOR MOM'S A WHORE, OR AT LEAST WAS A WHORE ROFL".

And then the serious people can get on with the serious discussion.  We are immune.

All in all, k5 is easily the most intelligent community that I've ever found on the internets.  Horsecock and all.

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k5 is alive | 92 comments (78 topical, 14 editorial, 0 hidden)
+1, Hell yeah. (3.00 / 2) (#2)
by Brogdel on Thu Sep 20, 2007 at 11:16:36 PM EST

I'm drunk, too, but you're right. I've only been here for about a year and a half, but I love it.

Yeah well... (none / 0) (#61)
by wobblywizard on Mon Sep 24, 2007 at 08:57:01 PM EST

I love you! (Or something...)

--
You never win an argument with anyone who fucks you or signs your paychecks. I just smile, bite my lip and sip my drink. --Philalawyer
[ Parent ]

We are part of an intelligent community! (3.00 / 5) (#3)
by United Fools on Fri Sep 21, 2007 at 12:19:57 AM EST

Has our struggle changed the perception about fools?

We are united, we are fools, and we are America!
I hate people who use macs (2.25 / 4) (#5)
by Hiphopopotamus on Fri Sep 21, 2007 at 07:57:04 AM EST


_________________

I'm In LOVE!

CMON JUST BE MAH FREIND ANYWAY?? nt (none / 1) (#10)
by destroyallofit on Fri Sep 21, 2007 at 11:04:28 AM EST



[ Parent ]
It takes a village (3.00 / 10) (#12)
by Sgt York on Fri Sep 21, 2007 at 12:46:29 PM EST

to take a horsecock.

There is a reason for everything. Sometimes, that reason just sucks.

NOT A VILLAGE (3.00 / 6) (#13)
by circletimessquare on Fri Sep 21, 2007 at 01:43:36 PM EST

a small internet-connected community of like minded individuals to take horsecock to death

The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.

[ Parent ]
Jesus (none / 1) (#33)
by Wen Jian on Sat Sep 22, 2007 at 08:15:44 AM EST

What a link.
It was an experiment in lulz. - Rusty
[ Parent ]
Oh. My. Gawd. (3.00 / 3) (#37)
by localroger on Sat Sep 22, 2007 at 01:56:14 PM EST

It's people like this who will mess up the Singularity for sure.

alexboko: I think, how do animals view our behavior?
Sgt York: Opening
[ Parent ]
Best Link Ever (none / 1) (#79)
by ender81b on Fri Sep 28, 2007 at 12:00:13 PM EST

That might be the best link on the internet if it weren't for the whole ain't it cool news problem.

[ Parent ]
yeah aint it cool has horrible layout (none / 0) (#80)
by circletimessquare on Fri Sep 28, 2007 at 12:48:50 PM EST

but that writer of that article, vern, he ranks among my favorite writers on the web, including dan savage (savage love sex advice column)

i have read everything those two guys ever wrote, and eagerly await their next article every week

The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.

[ Parent ]

i am immune (none / 1) (#14)
by circletimessquare on Fri Sep 21, 2007 at 01:44:25 PM EST

to your good natured attitude

The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.

I am immune to your consultations. (3.00 / 4) (#15)
by Sgt York on Fri Sep 21, 2007 at 02:15:20 PM EST

I am quite aware of what I am going through.

There is a reason for everything. Sometimes, that reason just sucks.
[ Parent ]

OK article, could be great (none / 1) (#16)
by mrbastard on Fri Sep 21, 2007 at 03:49:02 PM EST

why bother talking about k5 so much? We know - we're here.

The trolls-as-immune-system thing is quite a nice snappy way of describing something that keeps me coming back to k5, but surely it has wider applications?

Write about the theme in a wider context and your article would suddenly go from something a few k5 users will wistfully ROR over to a larger valid point about the net, social interactions and 'teh human condition'.

And please include at least one dick joke.

"ohmygod I have a boyfriend" - Wen Jian

IAWTP (3.00 / 2) (#24)
by Blond Treehorn Thug on Fri Sep 21, 2007 at 08:43:16 PM EST

There is more to say here along these lines and I thought about it, but I realized that that would be a whole nother article.

And, hey, I wanted this article to be about k5.  I also think it has the right number of dick jokes.

I am amused by the simplicity of this game. Bring me your finest meats and cheeses.
[ Parent ]

A most excellent troll sir (none / 1) (#18)
by Kariik on Fri Sep 21, 2007 at 04:19:44 PM EST

That was beautiful.

Add contentz, ne?

I love you guys. (3.00 / 4) (#19)
by daveybaby on Fri Sep 21, 2007 at 05:39:12 PM EST

Group hug.

As you can tell (3.00 / 3) (#20)
by Strom Thurmond on Fri Sep 21, 2007 at 05:56:02 PM EST

I particularly dislike minorities.

And gays.

And the fucking Belgians.

VEGETARIAN: An Indian word meaning "lousy hunter"

well, nobody likes Brussels right now anyways, but (3.00 / 2) (#26)
by insomnyuk on Fri Sep 21, 2007 at 09:27:21 PM EST

they can brew a mean beer.

Also, this article is crap, k5 is dying, +1fp to push it further into incestuous irrelevance, etc.

---
"There is only one honest impulse at the bottom of Puritanism, and that is the impulse to punish the man with a superior capacity for happiness." - H.L. Mencken
[ Parent ]

From Brussels with love (none / 0) (#54)
by Lemming on Mon Sep 24, 2007 at 06:03:10 AM EST

And the fucking Belgians.

The day when we will take over is near.  I'll remember your name.

[ Parent ]

ror (none / 0) (#65)
by Blond Treehorn Thug on Tue Sep 25, 2007 at 09:43:30 AM EST

The Belgians taking out Strom Thurmond, that would be a sight.

I am amused by the simplicity of this game. Bring me your finest meats and cheeses.
[ Parent ]
+1 FP TL;DR (1.50 / 2) (#21)
by Phssthpok on Fri Sep 21, 2007 at 06:33:36 PM EST


____________

affective flattening has caused me to kill 11,357 people

Wow, this honestly doesn't suck. (2.50 / 2) (#22)
by Josh Smith II on Fri Sep 21, 2007 at 08:00:55 PM EST

I think I'll give you SP when it goes to vote. I hate seeing meta shit on the front page.

-- Josh Smith recommends you take a hulver hike.
when i first came here (3.00 / 6) (#27)
by nononoitaintmebabe on Fri Sep 21, 2007 at 09:42:01 PM EST

it was by accident.  and so i thought "hmm, what have we here?"  
and after a couple of years now- i still don't really know.  what we have here.
and perhaps that's the hook for me.  i still don't know what exactly this is.  

COMMUNITY CIRCLEJERK FTW (3.00 / 14) (#28)
by NoControl on Fri Sep 21, 2007 at 10:20:43 PM EST

HANDLING COCKS IN BOTH HANDS, STICKY AND KINDA CONFUSED

But really, a very good post. +1FP (FP FP FP FP FP)

+1; Good point. (none / 1) (#29)
by TrumanTxapote on Fri Sep 21, 2007 at 10:49:28 PM EST

I definitely agree with the immune system thing. That's the most important lesson I ever learned from my experience in Internet communities.

When there is no more room in hell (3.00 / 12) (#30)
by BottleRocket on Fri Sep 21, 2007 at 11:49:03 PM EST

The dead will walk teh intrawebs

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Yeah! (none / 0) (#49)
by Blond Treehorn Thug on Sun Sep 23, 2007 at 05:13:14 PM EST

Wait, what?

I am amused by the simplicity of this game. Bring me your finest meats and cheeses.
[ Parent ]
'Most intelligent' ?!? (3.00 / 3) (#31)
by shm on Sat Sep 22, 2007 at 12:24:46 AM EST

Oh, yeah, we drove away Baldy and HHD.

we applaud this lvl. of metawankery (none / 1) (#35)
by nostalgiphile on Sat Sep 22, 2007 at 01:23:20 PM EST

And would say something more substantive if I weren't concerned about it appearing I was actually participating in this lvl. of metawankery...But yeah, anyways, K5 is Dead, Long Live!

"Depending on your perspective you are an optimist or a pessimist[,] and a hopeless one too." --trhurler
Was it good for you too? $ (2.25 / 4) (#38)
by localroger on Sat Sep 22, 2007 at 01:57:50 PM EST



alexboko: I think, how do animals view our behavior?
Sgt York: Opening
never could get behind that horsecock meme (3.00 / 4) (#39)
by horseskin spacesuit on Sat Sep 22, 2007 at 06:56:43 PM EST

that's when k5 died in my mind



This is quite literally the only computer I'm capable of not being offended by. ~ balsamic vinigga
You may be right (none / 0) (#40)
by harrystottle on Sat Sep 22, 2007 at 08:55:11 PM EST

it might all be down to size...

Mostly harmless
K5 pagerank (none / 0) (#41)
by localroger on Sat Sep 22, 2007 at 10:21:19 PM EST

As I write this, this story is on page 4 of the Google returns for "localroger" based presumably on the "Oh. My. Gawd." comment below.

alexboko: I think, how do animals view our behavior?
Sgt York: Opening
ROR (none / 0) (#42)
by Blond Treehorn Thug on Sat Sep 22, 2007 at 10:47:01 PM EST

Actually, I just did a Google image search for "Blond Treehorn Thug" and instead of a single picture of the dude you'd expect to come up, it's all obviously k5 shit, like some pictures of horse cocks, and that incredibly awesome Steve Walsh album cover Egil posted a while back.

I looked more carefully, and it seems that whenever Google grabbed some of these pages, I happened to be one of the recently logged in users, and my name is on the userlist.  

ZOMG GOGGLE == BIG BORTHER

I am amused by the simplicity of this game. Bring me your finest meats and cheeses.
[ Parent ]

K5 has been perpetually dying (none / 1) (#43)
by Scrymarch on Sun Sep 23, 2007 at 12:55:46 AM EST

... in a vaguely similar way to the perpetual death of cinema. Pete Bradshaw points out a parallel opinion to yours this week:

I can only say I prefer the wisdom of the Chicago Reader critic Jonathan Rosenbaum, the first chapter of whose revolutionary 2000 book Movie Wars, "Is the Cinema Really Dead?", argues that death-of-cinema pronouncements are a recurring valedictory mode among the mandarinate, characterised by exhaustion, defeatism and historical naivety about the mixed way canonical classics were themselves actually received in the press when they were first shown.


Perpetually dying (3.00 / 2) (#57)
by rusty on Mon Sep 24, 2007 at 11:59:24 AM EST

...is a state more commonly known as "being alive." That's why I've always encouraged "K5 is dying." As long as we're still dying, we're still alive.

____
Not the real rusty
[ Parent ]
10 Enlightenment Points for rusty. $ (none / 0) (#72)
by Zombie Gautama Buddha on Wed Sep 26, 2007 at 10:00:14 AM EST



[ Parent ]
Woo hoo (none / 0) (#74)
by rusty on Thu Sep 27, 2007 at 09:18:04 AM EST

only 90 more and I get a free carton of Marlboro Reds. Sweet.

____
Not the real rusty
[ Parent ]
Presume (none / 0) (#44)
by ShiftyStoner on Sun Sep 23, 2007 at 02:25:45 AM EST

I except BS for truth here more than I ever have in real life. Or I used to, I just don't care enough anymore. Because as you say, people here are intelligent.

It took me being called a troll for a good while before I actually didn't give a flying fuck what anyone had to say here. Like a weak or something.

Eventually I became dull and somewhere decided to use it as a dump site for my emotional whoring.

Back when it was alive the pretentiousness of the site somehow sucked me in. It was sooo god damned pretentious. It made me want to be pretentious to. Were as anywhere else in the real world or online I already didn't give a fuck. So much ego.

Most importantly they have always put up with my shit. My shit gets me noticed rather than isolated.

Didn't take long for me to become another comment whore. Needing all the attention I could get.  

I've repeated crap I've read here possibly forgetting were the hell I got it from. Constructed all sorts of thoughts off of pure bullshit that can take me a month to go, oh, holy shit, I believe that shit just because some dick wad from that dick wad site said it sooo enthusiastically. Household crap inside my head.

Turns out, no harm done, it was only propaganda, not outright bullshit.

I've used this place to figure out who I am. I've used it to feed my ego. I've used it mostly to simply releave painful boredom. I've used it to expose myself. I've used it to piss people off, to confuse people, to annoy people.

Turns out I've turned into a rather pathetic individual, it still surprises me. As apposed to at least believing I was kewl.

On some level I always have to take it seriously, still. This place. Because for me, this place after these few years has actually been a big part of my life. All that I have read here, all the I have either learned here or as a result of coming here. I've learned allot. Otherwise id have had virtually no mind feeding human interaction over the course of my entire life. (A year or two can seem like an eternity, sometimes I forget who I've lost).

I can always look back and see were I have come from. In turn, anger annoy and confuse myself. Look back at momentary thoughts that I at the moment took seriously and otherwise would have never manifested or remembered.

I've mostly stopped giving any real concern for this place. Mostly stopped participating.
Maybe I take for granted that I will always be here. I can always come and look at myself. Past the BS I've presented a lot of myself here over the ages.

I can always look and go, someone has heard me somewhere. For however small and trivial it may be, someone has heard me. My anger, my pain, my bazaar attempts at humor. I have had many laughs here. It's been highly entertaining, it's been somewhat guiltily influential on my life. Even though it's mostly just been annoying and a question of why the hell do I spend so much time here. I've grown a different understanding of people. There are people like me out there.

For some reason, I don't see them around me, when they are. But I see them here, and that I don't like them. I don't like people like me. Like you, people in general. Unless at a distance, in which case, if I don't have to see their face or deal with their presence they can actually be rather lovable. I'm going a little over the top here, but so did you.    

Were was I? Oh yeah, I thought this was a Diary.
( @ )'( @ ) The broad masses of a population are more amenable to the appeal of rhetoric than to any other force. - Adolf Hitler

Engrish prease. (none / 0) (#77)
by FreakWent on Fri Sep 28, 2007 at 01:12:31 AM EST

bazaar humour is a joke about a market.

bizarre humour is something weird and funny.

Stop smoking so much weed and you'll be happier.

[ Parent ]

Halfway back (none / 0) (#45)
by johnny on Sun Sep 23, 2007 at 09:58:18 AM EST

Tex Bigballs is gone, but K5 won't really be back until imrdkl once again rules the submit queue.

yr frn,
jrs
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I still miss imrdkl (none / 1) (#56)
by rusty on Mon Sep 24, 2007 at 11:56:50 AM EST

I do.

____
Not the real rusty
[ Parent ]
Nope -- still dead. (3.00 / 2) (#46)
by pb on Sun Sep 23, 2007 at 11:31:21 AM EST

How do I know?  Well, this story made it FP, for one....
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"See what the drooling, ravening, flesh-eating hordes^W^W^W^WKuro5hin.org readers have to say."
-- pwhysall
holee shit (none / 1) (#47)
by Kasreyn on Sun Sep 23, 2007 at 03:51:49 PM EST

you still exist.


"Extenuating circumstance to be mentioned on Judgement Day:
We never asked to be born in the first place."

R.I.P. Kurt. You will be missed.
[ Parent ]
Hey pb, what's up? (none / 1) (#82)
by ODiV on Mon Oct 01, 2007 at 03:20:00 PM EST

Thanks for all your hard work on the blue.

[ Parent ]
I've been trying (none / 1) (#48)
by Kasreyn on Sun Sep 23, 2007 at 03:55:53 PM EST

but honestly can't remember how long I've been here. Must be at least five years. Of course, since people are so into dupe accounts, for all I know all of you are just MisterQueue. I may still be the n00biest of them all.

Can anyone with a uid closely approximating mine tell me when they signed up? I'd appreciate it. Comment history doesn't go back far enough for me to check that way.


"Extenuating circumstance to be mentioned on Judgement Day:
We never asked to be born in the first place."

R.I.P. Kurt. You will be missed.
As far as I can tell... (none / 0) (#50)
by Blond Treehorn Thug on Sun Sep 23, 2007 at 05:22:59 PM EST

your first comment was this.

LOL N00B

I am amused by the simplicity of this game. Bring me your finest meats and cheeses.
[ Parent ]

*blush* (none / 0) (#86)
by Kasreyn on Wed Oct 10, 2007 at 10:22:59 AM EST

yeah, that looks about right... What can I say, I was still all idealistic and such.


"Extenuating circumstance to be mentioned on Judgement Day:
We never asked to be born in the first place."

R.I.P. Kurt. You will be missed.
[ Parent ]
I can only give you a minimum time (none / 0) (#55)
by rusty on Mon Sep 24, 2007 at 11:56:20 AM EST

But you've been here since before June 03 2001. That's the first day accounts tracked their signup date, so there's a lot of accounts that retroactively appear to have started that day. You signed up before then, but I can't tell you how much before.

____
Not the real rusty
[ Parent ]
Couldn't tell ya. (none / 0) (#59)
by Dr Caleb on Mon Sep 24, 2007 at 03:52:20 PM EST

But I've been here since '99 at least.  Probably earlier.
Vive Le Canada - For Canadians who give a shit about their country.

There is no K5 cabal.
[ Parent ]

More like 2000 or 2001 (none / 0) (#67)
by alevin on Tue Sep 25, 2007 at 07:25:22 PM EST

2003 was when A Proud American was around and UIDs were in the 30k range IIRC. Most probably you were around a few years before that.
--
alevin
[ Parent ]
the lowest uid thread... (none / 0) (#90)
by aidoneus on Thu Nov 08, 2007 at 09:53:59 AM EST

Must have been Fall of 1999, maybe the Spring of 2000.  I wish I knew exactly when, but it looks like all my old stories and comments have been lost.  Then again, my uid is an order of magnitude lower.

[ Parent ]
Dammit. (none / 1) (#51)
by caine on Sun Sep 23, 2007 at 05:33:15 PM EST

Now you made me log into my account.

--

re: Dammit. (none / 1) (#52)
by nevyn on Sun Sep 23, 2007 at 09:09:21 PM EST

That's nothing he made me post!

[ Parent ]
I've been on dying forums before. (none / 0) (#53)
by Pentashagon on Sun Sep 23, 2007 at 11:52:14 PM EST

Eventually the hosting dries up and everyone moves on.

If k5 disappeared tomorrow, would anyone actually try to do anything to keep the spirit alive or stay in contact with any of the other users?

If not, k5 is really nothing more than a semi-popular street corner that a few people gather at. Someday Walmart will tear out the whole street and build yet another super store, and the people who hung out there will go do other things.


war5aw.org (none / 1) (#63)
by spooked on Mon Sep 24, 2007 at 09:41:27 PM EST



Seriously.
[ Parent ]
Well, I went there. (none / 0) (#66)
by Blond Treehorn Thug on Tue Sep 25, 2007 at 09:45:36 AM EST

And you have intrigued me, sir.

I am amused by the simplicity of this game. Bring me your finest meats and cheeses.
[ Parent ]
This place is a whorehouse (none / 0) (#58)
by 7h3647h32in6 on Mon Sep 24, 2007 at 01:35:51 PM EST

...at least, it WAS a whorehouse ROFL

Nah, this place is too cool to die.

K5 is a whorehouse. (3.00 / 3) (#62)
by TDS on Mon Sep 24, 2007 at 09:21:48 PM EST

Really.

And when we die, we will die with our hands unbound. This is why we fight.
[ Parent ]
2 German words in the first sentence? (none / 0) (#60)
by HyperMediocrity on Mon Sep 24, 2007 at 04:35:45 PM EST

Heavy man, heavy!

Nicht so schwere als diene Mutter! (3.00 / 2) (#73)
by Wen Jian on Thu Sep 27, 2007 at 05:16:01 AM EST


It was an experiment in lulz. - Rusty
[ Parent ]
ooooh, gebrannt! (3.00 / 2) (#81)
by HyperMediocrity on Fri Sep 28, 2007 at 05:08:04 PM EST



[ Parent ]
Not sure I really understand (none / 0) (#64)
by the77x42 on Mon Sep 24, 2007 at 11:49:33 PM EST

Here at k5, we have found the cure.  No one takes anyone seriously, and no one ever takes anyone else in good faith.  

But this is a strength.  This is an immune system.

Or is it more like the United Nations?


"We're not here to educate. We're here to point and laugh." - creature
"You have some pretty stupid ideas." - indubitable ‮

Why I keep returning to K5.. (none / 1) (#68)
by Kiyooka on Wed Sep 26, 2007 at 02:25:25 AM EST

I joined K5 a few years ago, and this is the first comment since I joined!

Although I surf /., digg, fark, and reddit more than I come here, I always end up coming back to check things out. For me there's a couple of reasons. I agree with the first two, but there's also a third. Anyway, here they are:

  1. The community. You guys talk like you're all roommates, so it's really cool. I feel like I'm not walking onto a stage or soapbox if I post a comment--I feel more like I'm sitting down on a huge couch in a corner where a bunch of people are having conversations about things they naturally find interesting (whatever it may be).  I don't know how to express how grateful it feels to come back here after a few years of massive change in my life and see the same people here. It's a trollish community, but it's still a collection of people hurtling through time, but hurtling through it together, and that's just so beautiful and so damn cool on some levels that there's not much you can say about that.

  2. The quality trolling. The only guys I really remember right now is circletimessquare, whom I've respected for his troll-fu backed with a solid insightful mind. But yeah, the trolling is first-rate, and I love how no idiocy escapes the idiot-grater.

  3. The funky articles. I mean, you guys have tech news, opinions, stories, but also things like how to make good pasta. It's like K5's a place for interesting and intelligent people living IN the world, rather than those trying to escape it through hobbyies. Idunno, someone smarter than me articulate this...

Err, yeah that's all I can think of. K5 is here, and I hope here to stay! Thanks guys for creating one of the best places on the web! And I'm sure I'm not the only person who's been lurking for years!

K5 - not like the others (none / 1) (#69)
by Saggi on Wed Sep 26, 2007 at 06:35:53 AM EST

I usually come back here from time to time. Why? It's simply because the articles are unique. On other sites you may find common news on various subjects, but here on K5 you find some really weird stuff. Articles on subject you newer would have looked on for by your self... but still interesting.

It's really a good way to gain access to some new ideas and thoughts.

-:) Oh no, not again.
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Yes (none / 0) (#70)
by Zombie Gautama Buddha on Wed Sep 26, 2007 at 09:37:34 AM EST

When they start charging admission fees for the insane asylum, only the truly insane end up staying once all the bums have left.

There seems to be a lot of us.

Wow (3.00 / 2) (#75)
by Ta bu shi da yu on Thu Sep 27, 2007 at 10:52:20 AM EST

So let me get this straight. An insular community that trolls each other is what has made Kuro5hin great?

Things really have gone downhill!

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GREAT TO SEE YUO BACK TA (none / 1) (#78)
by Blond Treehorn Thug on Fri Sep 28, 2007 at 10:35:56 AM EST

BUT STOP WASTING YUOR TIME HERE

GO DO SOMETHING USEFUL LIKE EDIT WIKIPEDIA

ror

I am amused by the simplicity of this game. Bring me your finest meats and cheeses.
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wow. gone for months... (none / 0) (#76)
by CodeWright on Thu Sep 27, 2007 at 05:32:56 PM EST

...and when i come back, the metawanking is just as strong as ever. *sigh* good ole k5.

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terry schiavo was dying too (none / 0) (#83)
by sllort on Tue Oct 02, 2007 at 01:22:27 AM EST


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Sceptisism (none / 0) (#84)
by SlashDread on Wed Oct 03, 2007 at 07:10:02 AM EST

"Is the default position for a scientist."

Mohinder, Heroes.

I love it (none / 0) (#85)
by fluxrad on Wed Oct 03, 2007 at 05:05:27 PM EST

The title of your story reminded me of Ze Frank's "holes in food" episode.

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You sound like (none / 0) (#87)
by idiot boy on Sat Oct 13, 2007 at 04:07:55 AM EST

Someone talking about Husi two years ago.

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Science is a way of trying not to fool yourself
Husi (none / 0) (#92)
by Pu55y Di5apline on Wed Nov 14, 2007 at 01:36:42 PM EST

hasn't yet gone through the "everyone is acting like adolescent boys" phase...yet.

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Wow - you're right (none / 1) (#88)
by GlennC on Sun Oct 21, 2007 at 06:57:54 PM EST

I can't remember the last time I was on K5.  Fortunately, I still have the e-mail account I used to register the account, so I could get back on.

That's all...you may now continue your navel-gazing.

See you in another couple of years.

That's my take on it. Take it for what you think it's worth.

K5 may be alive... (none / 0) (#89)
by Pnarp on Sat Nov 03, 2007 at 11:34:45 PM EST

...but the garden gnomes are all dead.

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'Sorry, I can't seem to find that user' (none / 0) (#91)
by aphasia on Thu Nov 08, 2007 at 09:58:23 AM EST

Ha... what's this 'we' stuff?

"You have *huge* brass balls. Tex would be jealous." --ti dave

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