The Strange Tyranny of the Green Box

Discussion in 'Himalayan Imports' started by munk, Jan 30, 2005.

  1. munk


    Mar 22, 2002
    I'm the last to know. Green boxes. I saw there was something going on in the right hand corner of the post screen but paid no attention.
    There has been talk about them, and still I hadn't a clue. But I'm the guy who had to drive to Reno so Bill could explain what the refresh button was at the top of the screen. My desktop is littered with debris. Some of it is actually legal contract. I'm certainly not an organizational man, as many of my friends know.

    My own green box is more of a green plant. You see, sometimes it gets water and grows, and other times it's pretty dry in the desert and it shrinks. Well, plants probably recede, like a vine, rather than shrink, like an ego.

    Yeah, there was some green stuff up there, I knew that for sure.

    You'd think it a wonderful invention to make us nicer to each other. And it could.

    Or we could live in fear. Of shrinkage, for instance, or NO GROWTH AT ALL. I understand there is a minus color possibility- the dread Red. I may have a chance for that someday. Actually, we need to get more boxes, many more, and stop poofing around with single digits. We need the same arrangement as the light bars on a power amplifier. Now that would really tell us and all the world how we were doing.

    It may be a diabolical invention. Bring back Jr High School; we miss it after all. Who'd have guessed? You can elevate your friends and demote your enemies. And you can even do it annonomously. He he. You could get friends to help. We could have rat packs, Jocks, socio's, stoners and nerds all over again.

    When I think of all the great posts, some that have brought tears to my eyes, and many more laughter, and I've not rewarded nor 'punished', anyone.

    I don't even know how long the green plants have been there, holding on to the corner of my screen.

    I probably owe a lot of plants to you guys.

  2. Dave Rishar

    Dave Rishar

    Oct 25, 2004
    Okay, I'll be the first to ask...what are the mysterious Green Boxes and how do they work?
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  3. hollowdweller


    Sep 22, 2003
    I never use them either. So I'm doing my part to keep us all neutral ;)
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  4. Daniel Koster

    Daniel Koster Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2001
    reputation points...

    if you agree/disagree with a certain post, click on the "balance" next to the "red triangle".

    You can approve/disapprove and then add your own comments.

    the recipient will know that you made the comment, but will not know who did it....unless you sign your name, of course. ;)

    some folks really get into it....some don't...

    To see your points, click on "user cp" at the top left of your screen and scroll all the way to the bottom. Enjoy!
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  5. munk


    Mar 22, 2002
    Dan just explained it pretty well, Satori. Yvsa kept talking about it and I finally emailed him and asked him what was going on.

    You'd think, wouldn't you, that if you liked someone's post you could post to that effect, and if you disagreed you could say so without violence? Would that be a bold step, to use these other, more sophisticated symbols we call words?

    But what the hay- I like green plants.

    Thank God they didn't give us smiley faces- the inhouse suicide rate would climb.

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  6. ArchAngel


    Feb 13, 2000
    Never paid much attention to them actually. I have never given or gotten a point that I can tell.
    I attempt to treat all persons well and that is enough for me. Also, I prefer to avoid all of these arguments about lifes trials in general, even when something said offends me. Easier to keep my mouth shut I guess. :)
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  7. raghorn


    Feb 23, 2002
    I make a point of giving away as many rep points per day as the system will allow. Chiclets for everyone!!
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  8. 45-70


    Jul 10, 2003
    I sprayed and now I don't have a houseplant here a the cantina.

    Thank God for preventive medicine (herbicides).
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  9. munk


    Mar 22, 2002
    You didn't spray enough, I see a little cactus popping up in the corner of your post.

  10. 45-70


    Jul 10, 2003

    It's mold. I scraped it off my boxers.
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  11. Dave Rishar

    Dave Rishar

    Oct 25, 2004

    The reputation points thing, I mean...not the boxer mold.
  12. Svashtar

    Svashtar Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 28, 2003

    !!! Live and learn! One year here and I never had figured that out until you explained it just now. Thanks for the education.

  13. Bill Martino

    Bill Martino

    Mar 5, 1999
    Jackpot today. The second time I don't know what anybody is talking about. Whatever ancient sage who wrote down for posterity that "ignorance is bliss" line certainly knew what he was talking about.
  14. Snoopy

    Snoopy Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 11, 1999
    Darn Bill, we need to get you up to speed on the rep point thing. :) With 33,000 posts you have the ability to really water the green plant (or take someone quickly into the red).

    What the heck, more points for everyone!
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  15. munk


    Mar 22, 2002
    Dang, Bill, are you serious? You remember how you showed me where the refresh button was on your computer screen? I had no idea. You were sick, and eventually actually had to get up and point it out to me with your finger practically on the screen! People, I always am behind.

    You can give someone 'points' by clicking on a little emblem in the corner of the screen. This accumulates later as the green boxes in the corner of your post screen.

    As you can see, YVSA and JOSH are approaching GOD HEAD.

    Edit: I guess I'd better write more clearly in the future, that must be it; as I'm not going to become any more visible than I already am, which is plain for anyone to see. I've told this story several times now, yet am drawn back to it. When Bill was sick I came to see him. Though sick, he still had the kindness and energy to push out of his chair and show a clod like me where the refresh button was on the computer. I just couldn't see it, and did not know what a refresh button was. I've always been blind and clumsy with certain things. That Bill could instruct me without a hint of rebuke or vexation was the point of my story. I was surprised to see Bill did not know of the Green Squares, which reminded me of all this. Yet someone saw fit to do what Bill did not- to rebuke me for my insensitivity, last night giving me a Red Square for this post.

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  16. Yvsa


    May 18, 1999
    Not hardly my friend. Ren The Devil's Trail Boss has 4 or 5 chicklets and some 350+ rep points IIRC. Bastid and a few others are approaching the same if they haven't already made it yet.:D
    What's nice is that the more points you have the more it boosts or detracts the rep points you give.:D :cool: :D
    I give and I get and I give and I have them taken away. If you take them serious it would be bad for your health.:rolleyes: :rolleyes:
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  17. Bamboo


    Dec 16, 2004
    Like a whole new world opening up you had no idea existed....

    My boss won't be pleased to know about this ... the UBDOTD are enough already.... "Hey, Ken, why are you always refreshing the computer screen during lunch?" Oh, no reason boss, no reason.

    ~ B
  18. 45-70


    Jul 10, 2003


    Just think one day we'll be able to say "I knew Yvsa back when he was just and NDN with a roto thingy, and look at him now!!"
  19. Daniel Koster

    Daniel Koster Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2001
    gets better....ever noticed the little "red/orange" box next to the Time/Date stamp of some posts...? blue box for others?

    The red/orange is a "new post" since you last looked at the thread.

    Yes, I know....if you're looking at this thread, you pretty much know what the newer posts are...:rolleyes:....maybe it's helpful, though, for the gigantic threads a mile long so you can "find where you left off"....
  20. Kismet

    Kismet Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 30, 2002
    We gotta vote AND get time-stamped now? :grumpy:

    All those thingies...I just walk past like they were snakes in the woods. If they don't bother me, I don't bother them.

    Now, I have a sense of obligation...which I am happily going to ignore.

    Next thing you know there'll be a "Miss Congeniality" award.

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