Q: How many list subscribers does it take to change a light bulb?
       A: 1,331:

       1 to change the light bulb and to post to the list that
       the light bulb has been changed.

       14 to share similar experiences of changing light bulbs and
       how the light bulb could have been changed differently.

       7 to caution about the dangers of changing light bulbs.

       27 to point out spelling/grammar errors in posts about changing
       light bulbs.

      53 to flame the spell checkers

       156 to write to the list administrator complaining about
       the light bulb discussion and its inappropriateness to this
       mail list.

       41 to correct spelling in the spelling/grammar flames.

       109 to post that this list is not about light bulbs and to please
       take this email exchange to alt.lite.bulb

       203 to demand that cross posting to alt.grammar, alt.spelling
       and alt.punctuation about changing light bulbs be stopped.

       111 to defend the posting to this list saying that we all
       use light bulbs and therefore the posts **are** relevant
       to this mail list.

       306 to debate which method of changing light bulbs is
       superior, where to buy the best light bulbs, what brand of
       light bulbs work best for this technique, and what brands
      are faulty.

       27 to post URLs where one can see examples of different
       light bulbs

       14 to post that the URLs were posted incorrectly, and to
      post corrected URLs.

      3 to post about links they found from the URLs that are
       relevant to this list which makes light bulbs relevant to
       this list.

       33 to summarize all posts to date, then quote them including
       all headers and footers, and then add "Me Too."

       12 to post to the list that they are unsubscribing because
       they cannot handle the light bulb controversy.

       19 to quote the "Me Too's" to say, "Me Three."

       4 to suggest that posters request the light bulb FAQ.

      1 to propose new alt.change.lite.bulb newsgroup.

       47 to say this is just what alt.physic.cold_fusion was
       meant for, leave it here.

       143 votes for alt.lite.bulb.


 I, who should have know better, posted a followup of a few bits I
 thought  were missing from the list

       You forgot a few:

       27 to post in HTML because they are using the IE or Netscape
       that had it turned on by default and are too clueless to

       48 to complain about the HTML posts

       27 to post 'sorry I didn't realize it was on' -- in HTML

       96 to complain about more HTML and post detailed instructions
       on how to change the setting
      58 to mumble something about using a web browser to read mail
       12 MIME posts with useless colors and bolds saying thanks
      for the help with the HTML mail

       1 to post a GIF/JPG of the lightbulb hanging too close to
       their digital camera.

       1 complaint from the guy using /usr/ucb/Mail who wants to
       know what the *@&(%$!@ has been going on

       58 to complain about the binary post

       74 to say they liked the binary and didn't mind it

       1 post about how you can MAKE MONEY FAST!!!!! by selling
       lightbulbs and this report available for only $5.

       1328 to reply to the list with the full spam attached and
       then put 'remove' at the end

       3 to flame the other morons for replying to the spammer
       and CCing the list

       1 from the list admin notifying that the list is looking
       for a bigger server to handle the load

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