"What Is Posted on DU Doesn't Stay on DU"
WILLIAM RIVERS PITT learned it the hard way. When you post in DUmmieland it lasts forever unto the end of time. And Pitt's profane post about how much he hates both ObamaCare and Obama will is permanently set in internet stone. Even worse, his post was repeated far and wide throughout the Web. It is going to be interesting to see if Pitt ever crawls back into DUmmieland begging forgiveness for his heresy. In fact, I wonder if he ever comes back to DUmmieland again. For that matter Pitt hasn't even posted at TruthOut so maybe he will get off the grid entirely and spend the rest of his life chopping wood in the New Hampshire woods. In any event, it was the Pitt fallout that inspired this DUmmie THREAD, "What Is Posted on DU Doesn't Stay on DU." It is a warning from DUmmie Mineralman (with Pitt in mind) that OTHERS are reading DUmmie posts. Yes, DUmmie MineralMan, the comedy gold nuggets often end up in places like...the DUmmie FUnnies. So let us now watch DUmmie Mineralman warn his fellow DUmmies about making fools of themselves in Bolshevik Red while the commentary of your humble correspondent, sending a search party out for Wee Willie, is in the [brackets].
What Is Posted on DU Doesn't Stay on DU.
[Correct, DUmmie MineralMan. It ends up in the DUmmie FUnnies.]
That's something a lot of us don't think about much. But, when you post something on DU, it's searchable on Google, and Google likes DU a lot. If you start a thread on DU in GD or any other public forum, you can search for your thread title a few minutes later and, if you put the title in quotation marks, it will be the top result in the search results page.
[Hmmm...Let's see if you are correct. I'll google What I've learned about the Affordable Care Act and, yes there it is!]
That's because Google constantly watches DU and ranks things posted here pretty highly. We're a popular website.
[A wonderful source for comedic entertainment.]
If you post something that is unique or emphatically worded in the body of a thread, that will also show up in a Google search, if you use those unique keywords.
[Are "24 business hours" unique keywords?]
Sometimes, if you type something extraordinary and if you are well-known outside of DU, that extraordinary thing will be found and posted on many other websites. Once that happens, what you wrote has the potential to go viral, if it is extraordinary enough or if you're well-known enough. Most DUers aren't well-known, but what they post here can still be found on Google.
[Yup! Wee Willie is infamous outside of DUmmieland but Temporary SockPuppet? Not so well known.]
You can see this for yourself. Just Google your own screen name. You'll find all sorts of things you wrote on DU in the search results, unless your screen name is very common. If you post a lot on DU, lots of results will show up. Usually, some of what you wrote will show up as well. If it's unusual, striking, or out of the ordinary, it's sure to show up.
[Google your own screen name, DUmmie MineralMan and you will find out you ended up in the DUmmie FUnnies. Hee! Hee!]
All of this is to suggest that thinking about what you post on DU is worth doing a little. It will be searchable and connected to your screen name for a long, long time. In some cases, it may appear on other websites, including some websites you may not particularly care for or that don't represent your views. That's more likely, of course, if you're a well-known poster on DU. Then, it might show up on websites that dislike DU and what it represents very much. It could even go viral in ways you won't like.
[Such as in the DUmmie FUnnies. Hello DUmmie MineralMan? Has WILLIAM RIVERS PITT been found yet?]
It's good to consider what you write here and to think before clicking the "Post" button. Once you do, Google will find it and so can anyone else. It can be embarrassing at times, as I have learned myself. Being embarrassed by one's own words isn't much fun, which I've also learned. From learning that, I've learned to reread what I've written before posting it on DU.
[It will take only 10 microseconds for DUmmie MineralMan to embarrass himself.]
If you want to see how it works, go to Google and search for this, including the quotation marks: MineralMan "Paul Ryan is an absolute Poopy-Head."
["F*ck you, Mr. President, you piece of shit used-car salesman."]
Wait a few minutes from the time I posted this thread, and you should find it right away.
[We call it instant comedy. And now on to the other self-embarrassing DUmmies...]
All kidding aside, llmart is so remote from my real name that at least no one that I know in my real life would have any idea it's me.
[Tell that to DUmmie DainBramaged, DUmmie llmart. And while you're at it, please tell him to go up into the rafters of Gearhart Chevrolet and return the TV remote.]
freerepublic took my post from over a year ago about my fiance leaving me and made fun of it...really??????? Now I really, really, really, hate those fuckers. They need to get real lives. Quickly.
[Sorry we overlooked you in the DUFUs, DUmmie blueamy66, but on the plus side we did CATCH DUmmie darkangel218 dumping her RW boyfriend.]
Yes, that happens a lot. Sites that post negative things about DU often quote DUers. That's how things spread around the Internet. It can be very unpleasant.
[Yes, it can be very unpleasant but also very FUnnie, DUmmie MineralMan.]
Karma is a bitch. They will get theirs.
[Enjoy the Karmatic Kickback, DUmmie blueamy66.]
My own posts get spread around a lot For the life of me, I don't understand why.
[Is that you, DUmmie DainBramaged?]
A couple conservative groups monitor our board closely including this thread
[Gee, I wonder who that would be?]
I checked, and yes, one of them is mocking this thread, even as it continues. Funny, isn't it?
[Make it two of them since the DUmmie FUnnies is about to join with the Conservative Cave in the FUn.]
I'd imagine that Will is aware of this, that he has zero problem letting others outside DU know his opinions, and accepts that as part and parcel of his craft. I think Will realizes he's not anonymous, and doesn't mind others reading his opinion pieces... regardless of whether those pieces raise the hackles of the dogmatic mind, or simply gets forgotten as quickly as its read.
[Yes, Will is well aware of the hazards of Web post infamy. He will explain it all to you in just 24 business hours.]
Yes. I'd be surprised if he isn't. He's a very smart person. This was not directed at him.
[Don't be a fibber, DUmmie MineralMan. You had WILLIAM RIVERS PITT at the top of your mind when posting this warning thread.]
Conservative Cave is our stalker, it seems.
[Sniff! And no kind words for the DUmmie FUnnes?]