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Facebook question [Jul. 19th, 2007|08:07 pm]
Douglas Spencer
Facebook wants to know how I know each of my friends. None of the choices they offer come remotely close to the truth in most cases, so either I skip that step or I attempt to provide them with some (entirely misleading) approximation.

Poll #1024492 For Facebook Purposes...

... how shall I say that I know you?

Lived together
0(0.0%)
Worked together
0(0.0%)
From an organization [sic] or team
5(16.7%)
Took a course together
1(3.3%)
From a summer / study abroad program
0(0.0%)
Went to school together
0(0.0%)
Traveled together
0(0.0%)
In my family
1(3.3%)
Through a friend
4(13.3%)
Through Facebook
0(0.0%)
Met randomly
10(33.3%)
We hooked up
0(0.0%)
We dated
0(0.0%)
"I don't even know this person"
1(3.3%)
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[User Picture]From: frandowdsofa
2007-07-19 07:33 pm (UTC)
I often choose the org/team thing, then it lets you specify, and you can put fandom or something similar. But I have taken to skipping it mostly.
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[User Picture]From: missfairchild
2007-07-19 07:54 pm (UTC)
One would think that a "skip this step" option would be sufficient.
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[User Picture]From: missfairchild
2007-07-19 10:06 pm (UTC)
Oh, it has that very option.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2007-07-19 10:13 pm (UTC)
... as I mentioned in the top-level post.
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[User Picture]From: missfairchild
2007-07-19 07:48 pm (UTC)
Or you could, y'know, just skip that step.

*rolls eyes*
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[User Picture]From: djelibeybi
2007-07-19 07:51 pm (UTC)
Entirely misleading!
I stems from my recent habit of creating ever more misleading excuses for my broken wrist. Today, I fell off my horse, did it playing on the neighbour's skateboard or got it slammed in the car door. Tomorrow, it will be different.

This is fun!
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[User Picture]From: johncoxon
2007-07-19 10:35 pm (UTC)
I put the organization one and then put "SF fandom".
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[User Picture]From: johncoxon
2007-07-19 10:40 pm (UTC)
The '[sic]' doesn't belong there.

The Oxford English Dictionary defines all words ending in -ize thusly, with a note to the effect that it is now common for them to be spelt -ise. As 'organization' is derived from the word 'organize', the spelling is correct in both American and British English.

I always use the -ize spelling, by the way! :)
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2007-07-19 11:41 pm (UTC)
Ah, yes, the OED, which documents current usage and wisely leaves the making of value judgments to people like me.
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[User Picture]From: johncoxon
2007-07-19 11:44 pm (UTC)
I'm not saying that it documents current usage, but it's untrue that -ize is an incorrect spelling - that's all.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2007-07-19 11:51 pm (UTC)
The "[sic]" doesn't mean that what I'm quoting is spelt incorrectly, although that's it's "current usage" -- it actually means "this is their spelling, not mine, don't assume that I would spell it this way". It's the Latin for "thus", and I'm using it as such. In my young day I'd have been penalised for spelling words with "-ize". You young people, you live in such a permissive world...
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[User Picture]From: johncoxon
2007-07-19 11:59 pm (UTC)
See, it's only recently that I started spelling it -ize again. I've just always preferred that version.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2007-07-20 12:04 am (UTC)
Ah, well. If I have to quote you when you're doing that, it'll make me "[sic]".
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[User Picture]From: johncoxon
2007-07-20 12:07 am (UTC)
I was about to express doubt over that pun being intentional, but since it's you, I will assume that it is! I'm assuming, also, that I'll see you tomorrow?
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2007-07-20 12:09 am (UTC)
I should be arriving at the hotel sometime early-mid-afternoon. I will have to disappear on another project sometime between three and four, but from not-long-after-six I'll be doing computer setup in the fan lounge.
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[User Picture]From: johncoxon
2007-07-20 12:12 am (UTC)
hawkida and I will be there before noon, so we will see you as your arrive, I hope. :)
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[User Picture]From: cpt_buggernuts
2007-07-19 11:31 pm (UTC)
If I can't think of anything 'funny' I've put organisation/team - fandom for all the fannish people.

I did put that I'd hooked up with ang_grrr at fist, but then paniced that I'd crossed the line between jocular and creepy and changed it.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2007-07-19 11:40 pm (UTC)
If you'd done it at first, then it would have been creepy. But since you did it at fist, you're solidly back into jocular territory.
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[User Picture]From: cpt_buggernuts
2007-07-20 12:30 am (UTC)
I may have had a one or two ales, officer...
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[User Picture]From: bibliofile
2007-07-19 11:44 pm (UTC)
What, no "other interwebs/social networking site" option? They must think they're the only one.

You can always blame surliminal, as she's the one who gave me the code.
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[User Picture]From: cyka
2007-07-20 12:57 am (UTC)
i always choose the 'met randomly' option and write silly things.
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[User Picture]From: perlmonger
2007-07-20 07:25 am (UTC)
met randomly through a friend (purple_peril) from an organisation (LJ, and fandom)
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[User Picture]From: seph_hazard
2007-07-20 08:02 am (UTC)
I know you through flick: having arrived in my various social circles the way I did is v useful as I can usually just say I met people through flick!
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[User Picture]From: i_ate_my_crusts
2007-07-20 10:14 am (UTC)
organisation or team -- worldcon newsletter :D
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