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It seems that more and more, VMF'ers are assuming aliases (chevy lover, Kia rules, etc) to stir people up and get the flames going here. It's not as prevalent since we moved from the old forum, but it's still here. Which makes me ask..

Why?

I'm as into fun as the next guy, and I can take a joke and give it back, but I see absolutely no purpose to these types of posts. I'm sure they're fun for the person in disguise who watches everyone else getting pissed, but they've really made some people so mad that they've not come back. Maybe that's a good thing, since we have so many posters now, but who knows what piece of collective knowlege might be leaving.

If I'm out of line here, then so be it, but I think that if we want to have fun with each other then lets use our recognized names...

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Joe, you should've seen the chat room tonight...what a wild time...

Midlife, TFOB and I were scheming to try and expose bishir using one of his aliases....

If you want, I can PM you the chat...it's still going on as a I write this, much more sedately...mostly discussing Bob's prospective Shelby

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But I think that that was part of the fun...trying to guess who did it. I'm cool with it as long as they eventually come out and admit who they are.
 

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When I have done my Little pranks, "Cleanair"
It is done with fun, But I also do it to get people to think about the issues that are a concern to the Hobby. You get the quick response, Get out go, hug a tree, and some I will not repeat:(, but I love to see when some one puts alot of though into a response that defends the Hobby in a rational way.
So in closing, I put alot of thought into what I do "prank wise"
to get people to think, why they do what they do. If they can figure that out, then they can do it better.

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Joe:
Most of the perpetrators of that sort of stuff mean no harm, but your are right, some folks take it way too seriously (not realizing it is a joke) and get upset.

The fact is, we are a thoughtful group in general, and take our cars (and a lot of other things) pretty seriously. Our resident pranksters exploit that from time to time and things have gotten a little out of hand on occasion. But they do make you think...

Bishir's "KIARules" was so outrageous that I never took it seriously - but a few of us might have. TFOB's 'CleanAir' charade, I think, was taken to heart by a number of people. He's a good guy (as are 99% of us here) and meant no harm, but it did ruffle a few feathers.

What I found even more rancorous and divisive were the exchanges during the presidential campaign. I found out early on that regardless of your position, you were bound to p*ss somebody off by stating it - so I, learned quickly to avoid it. I think certain topics - politics, religion, race and culture are just too sensitive for this kind of forum. The imposters - I'm just not sure. They can be done in a light-hearted manner and amuse, rather than inflame - but it's a thin line that can easily be crossed.

Thanks for raising the issue. I, for one, am glad we are such a passionate group, but we have to be careful to avoid our passion becoming anger. Very few 'sticks in the mud' at VMF!


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The chat room is here....look for the chat link at the top of the page....you'll need AOL Instant Messanger installed on your computer to use it

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Anyone, I repeat, anyone, who took the KiaRules thing seriously has a problem. It should not have taken the average person any amount of time to figure out that it was a joke.

I will agree that some people got really pi**ed, even in that instance. Actually, it bothered me to see some of the rather nasty comments that were made. But I just attributed those comments to the people that I wouldn't have anything to do with anyway. There are always going to be some characters that are overly foul in their response to such things. The vehemence with which some of these responses are written, is not an indicator of a sensible person. Responses such as "If I new who you were I'd kick your stupid ass", are not made by a person that I would wish to know.

On a different note, you have to realize that the jesters must use an alias in order to pull the prank. It's not
like they're really doing this with some vile, evil thought in mind.

So, I say....You go Bish, TFOB....get em!

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I agree it can be a distraction, but I think if tastefully done it can still be funny and useful. As said, the Kia post was written so no one would take it seriously if they really thought about it. I'm actually only responsible for a small precentage of the recent pranks, but due to my 'status' I'm getting blamed for all of the pranks. See Pat's post above.....

I too always admit to a prank, and I try not to let it get out of hand. I can only hope others do the same. I'm talking to you Mysterious poster /forums/images/icons/smile.gif.

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