You know you're addicted to when

When you can quote exactly what was said in topics from at least 6 months ago (maybe longer for some of you!) in the most current topic…

When you can keep up with a topic that lasts for at least 2 months and keep going back for more!

When you log onto the internet and check your PM box here before checking your mailbox on your e-mail account.

By the way, formosa, my name is Imani OU. Not I’m an IOU.

When you go to work EARLY just so you can check for replies on your own time and not the companies time.

Damn…I was just thinking about doing that this morning, and then decided that it wasn’t worth the effort of waking up on time so I came in 15 minutes late. Force of habit, ya know…


Sorry about that. What I was trying to write last night was “when you know your keyboard is broken becasue you spilt beer all over it, but you still try to post”, but I couldn’t because my keyboard was broken because … um, I think I’ll stop there. :blush:


When you post just because it’s your 200th post…oh yeah :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: 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When long-term posters start posting under a different name and you figure out who they are from what they write (or at least you think you’ve figured out :blush: )


…when you tell someone you’re going to add him/her to your ignore list if he/she doesn’t stop bothering you.

…when you meet Forumosa posters in real life and complain that they have been “poorly adapted from the forum”.

[ul][li]When you use Posts since last visit as your browser’s home page. [/li]
[li]When you start looking to post things mainly to push your total toward the 1,000 mark.[/li][/ul]

don’t hold back, iris! Do tell!

Anybody with more than “100 posts” within a year next to their handle probably has some compulsive message board posting problem, and other anti-social tendencies as well. The above posts sound a lot like symptoms of addiction in general, like losing sleep over tit-for-tat posts and procrastinating at your job, love life, etc. because you want to see how people responded to your posts. Maybe some of you find it really difficult to relate to people in person and a message board makes you feel like an important part of some special “community” when you’re handle shows up on almost every topic searched.

Whenever I try to get info on any message forum I get frustrated because I have to wade through all the little inside-jokes and one-upsmanships, inane and/or irrelevent one-line comments people make just to keep their posting count active, not to mention the countless resident wise-guys always trying to come up with punchlines, never offering anything useful. Then there are the attacks on what the forum addicts call “newbies” because they post some question you’ve seen a million times. It’s lame. Nevertheless, I can occassionally get good advice/answers and do my best to give back occassionally. But I always wonder about the people behind the most pervasive handles, especially when it’s like (“user active since 1999”, “5,432 posts”).

… When you cancel your Internet service to stop but find yourself going to the Internet cafe “just to check email” and you end up posting for hours on end. :blush:

Apologies to the Eagles

This was a dark desert island… my excitement had died
Though my partner wanted me to stay, I was ready to fly
In my search for assistance, I found a promising ‘site’
Another of those phpBB’s
Why don’t I give it a try?

So many moderators!
I asked, “what is this shit?”
But I was thinking to myself,
“This could be Heaven or this could be Tealit”
Here they answer my questions and keep posting away
100,000 up’n down the screen,
I looked and read them say…

Welcome to our website: For-rum-mosa
Such a lovely place
Easy interface
Topics galore at the website: For-rum-mosa
Any time of year, you can find it here

My mind is Guanxi-twisted, my visits never end
I know a lot of pretty avatars… that I call friends
Now I lurk in the daytime, sweet summer sweat
Some posts I remember, some posts I forget

So I emailed the Maoman,
‘Please allow me to whine’
He wrote, ‘We have been a community here since nineteen ninety-nine’
And still those posters are posting from far away,
Now I’m up in the middle of the night
Just to read them say…

Welcome to our website For-rum-mosa
It’s a quiet place
Snazzy interface
We’re livin’ it up at the website called Forumosa
What a nice surprise… now I’m localized!

Decisions are not secret -
I think that’s really nice!
In Taiwan we’re just living here… of our own device.
Inside the Star Chamber,
They gather for the ban
Debating from varied points of view,
Should we keep or kill the man?

One more thing I remember:
Forumosa’s Happy Hour
You have to guess the day of the week
and where it’ll be in town
“Relax,” says the Sandman,
“You are programmed to receive…
You can logout any time you like,
but you will never leave!”

Hey Ed, that’s good!
But now I’ve got the tune stuck in my head. Thanks a lot.

Maybe we can sing it together at happy hour? :s

[quote=“ed”]Apologies to the Eagles
So many moderators!
I asked, “what is this shit?”
And I was thinking to myself,
‘This could be Heaven or this could be Tealit’

You can logout any time you like,
but you will never leave!"[/quote]

BWAH! That is all :laughing:

That’s great…well done…

Didn’t Bu Lai do something similar awhile ago? To the same song too. Did you know that Ed? Weird science man.

How’d I get in that song?

Thanks for the heads up, Stewart. I missed that one: [ … 523#108523](Songs that remind you of everyday life in Taiwan

Bassman, you can change it to Sandman or Maoman. I originally tried to fit in BigFluffyMatthew, but no dice