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Why do people say "leave your sanity at the door?" This seems like something of a mantra, and I've never figured it out. :confused:
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It makes the fluffy turtles' job easier. Collecting your sanity, that is.

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It is a very pillar of group conformity and hostility on these boards. They seek to create a sense of exclusive fraternity by using phrases and arcane inside jokes that outsiders can not understand. It makes the community openly hostile to new people, so that only the very stubborn and annoying ones end up staying. You should fit right in.

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What lego is trying to say is that it is a gimmick.

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Synergy, et al - "I don't get it."

Argon - "I'm at a loss for words..."
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More like you're a gimmick!

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No way man. That is so uncool. You're the gimmick.

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Synergy, et al - "I don't get it."

Argon - "I'm at a loss for words..."
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This is the internet--everyone's a gimmick. :rolleyes:
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quote:
Originally written by Diprosopus:

This is the internet--everyone's a gimmick. :rolleyes:
Wrong thread.

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Synergy, et al - "I don't get it."

Argon - "I'm at a loss for words..."
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If you want a serious answer, it used to be the motto of the Miscellaneous forum, back when the Miscellaneous forum existed. Now every forum is the Miscellaneous forum.

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quote:
Originally written by Thuryl:

If you want a serious answer, it used to be the motto of the Miscellaneous forum, back when the Miscellaneous forum existed. Now every forum is the Miscellaneous forum.
Considering what the Miscellaneous forum existed for, that is a sad commentary on what the others have become.
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Insanity is often the domain of the... err, creative? I was wondering if there was a deeper meaning, but this community seems to have evolved beyond that. Oh well, it's not immediately amusing anyway. :P
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Tullegolar is quite right, but on the other hand, it's usually only the younger and/or newer members of the community who make a point of telling members newer still to leave their sanity at the door. Group-defining rituals are usually like that: they repel outsiders because they declare who is inside, and vice versa. Our rituals are few and harmless, and if they do make complete newcomers feel out of place, they also make relative newcomers feel at home — and that's a good thing. So it's a trade-off, but I think the balance we're striking is decent enough.

Stubbornness is certainly a survival trait, though. And I'm not sure annoyingness is exactly the good thing, but Tullegolar is onto something here too. Although a certain tendency to resist the community culture does effectively raise the barrier between insider and outsider, once again this cuts both ways. It makes you spend longer as an outsider, but if you persist until you cross the barrier, you are suddenly lodged very firmly as an insider.

We're just another primate clan, here. All the usual hooting, maybe a bit less dungflinging.

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Many thanks, sir. I feel profoundly less lost after having read those paragraphs. :)
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Our rituals are few and harmless
Actually you're not really "in" until Alorael takes a snipe at your head and leaves you either dead or insane, which is where the phrase "leave your sanity at the door" actually originated :D :P

[ Wednesday, February 27, 2008 08:05: Message edited by: The_Other_Guy ]

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sanity is overrated :)
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Read Alex's comics to understand the fluffy turts.

BTW Lego is the tolerated troller here, hes been banned for multiple reasons, many times.

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You're all wrong-- I made up the insanity gag! ;)
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Originally by Student of Trinity:

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...maybe a bit less dungflinging.
Which is quite an accomplishment, really. :P

Dikiyoba.

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Who is Lego? ET?

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Yes. I still like the one that without his ego he would be Emperor Tulllar.
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quote:
Originally written by The_Other_Guy:

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Our rituals are few and harmless
Actually you're not really "in" until Alorael takes a snipe at your head and leaves you either dead or insane, which is where the phrase "leave your sanity at the door" actually originated :D :P

This is an in-joke about a gimmick.

One may refer to our dear Olar as any particular section of his name. Such as, oh, Olar.

—Alorael, who isn't quite sure on what basis Ull has determined that Spiderweb's esprit de boards is an intrinsically bad thing. One, it's not so strong that it drives everyone away. Two, as long as nobody feels alienated when asking for help with games, it's probably not a bad thing. Not everyone needs to like the crowd, but a distinctive flavor is more likely to make people stick around, and sticking around is more likely to sell Jeff's games. These boards are just a collection of gimmicks. A collection of marketing gimmicks.
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quote:
Originally written by Dikiyoba:

Originally by Student of Trinity:

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...maybe a bit less dungflinging.
Which is quite an accomplishment, really. :P

Dikiyoba.

Ah, hell with that! I'm of the opinion there should be more dungflinging!

No wait… that might be a poor idea, on second thoughts. Spam gets messy enough.

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How about crabflinging, then? I heard it's both fun and of educational value for the younger ones.

On a more serious note, the "Leave your sanity at the door" in my opinion also makes it clear to people they shouldn't take matters too seriously on these boards. If you end up in a debate that you take too seriously, others might say: "Hey dude, go back to the front door and now really leave your sanity at the door!" as in "Cool down, don't take it so seriously."

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quote:
Originally written by Thralni:

On a more serious note, the "Leave your sanity at the door" in my opinion also makes it clear to people they shouldn't take matters too seriously on these boards. If you end up in a debate that you take too seriously, others might say: "Hey dude, go back to the front door and now really leave your sanity at the door!" as in "Cool down, don't take it so seriously."
Okay, I support that thinking. It might not have anything to do with the original meaning behind the gimmick, but it certainly applies here. Having looked at some of the threads just now, people really need to take stuff said here with a grain of salt. Picking one's battles, you know?

Then of course there's the whole "lost in translation" thing that's so common over the 'net…

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quote:
Originally written by Xel'Raga:

BTW Lego is the tolerated troller here, hes been banned for multiple reasons, many times.
Times truly are hard if Tully is the tolerated troll. Oh, TM, all is forgiven!!

Edit: I want to stamp this tongue all over this post. :P There.

[ Thursday, February 28, 2008 01:25: Message edited by: The Sisters Cassidy. ]

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So I'm the badguy now, eh? Try to do the people good, show them the error of their ways, and this is the thanks I get?

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