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Initial post: Dec 7, 2012 4:19:01 PM PST
Suet says:
A couple years ago the Amazons used to wipe people out dozens at a time without a thought. It was scary! Is this the Amazon spring?

Posted on Dec 7, 2012 7:30:43 PM PST
B. A. Dilger says:
I suspect the economy wiped out the last batch of posters. Either that or they went on to greater things in the Internet. This happened on other Amazon Discussion sites too. Maybe the missing posters weren't customers, or Chinese hackers. Then again there seems to be a substantial avatar changeover too, where old posters are new posters with similar expertise. There's always the Grim Reaper waiting in the shadows for mortal man. Mysterious indeed were the purges but the remaining posters find a calmer environment to express opinions and observations--or maybe there's only a dozen of us left in History with many different personas.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2012 7:35:06 PM PST
John M. Lane says:
I'm still at large, Suetonius, despite the terrible internet service out here on the frontier.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2012 7:45:12 PM PST
Suet says:
I heard the Sioux cut the telegraph lines.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2012 8:57:32 PM PST
they do get them occasionally
usually takes a big effort by others
demanding it to happen

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 8, 2012 12:02:16 AM PST
Lientje says:
B. A. Dilger: It could be that a lot of people were embarrassed by the Conservative loss on
election day and either disappeared or returned with a new name.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 8, 2012 5:36:03 PM PST
John M. Lane says:
They only cut the telegraph lines near the fort, Suetonius, and I believe that was because of all the SPAM. Our service is sufficiently bad here, that it wouldn't be noticed.

My wife accuses me of being too much of a Luddite to operate what we have. I'm waiting for one of the grandchildren to come over and give me a tutorial on how this thing works. :(

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 9, 2012 8:46:24 AM PST
Jeff Marzano says:
Suetonius says:

[Is this the Amazon spring ?]

Amazon's policies about these forums is sort of ambiguous to me.

There used to be a link on their web site where you could easily find these discussions. Ever since they removed that link I got the impression that they weren't interested too much in having people go into the forums.

There should at least be an easy way to find them from the Communities section on the amazon web site but as I recall that isn't the case either.

Jeff Marzano

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 9, 2012 9:55:02 AM PST
Suet says:
I enter Politics in the search field (after getting past the Kindle ads), and it brings up a link to the discussion forums.

How much longer that will last, I don't know.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 9, 2012 10:33:16 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 9, 2012 10:34:24 AM PST
bookmark any of them

eg
http://www.amazon.com/forum/history/
then click on your bookmark to get to the forums location at amazon

replace the name with the forum you want

easier just click on any old forum link
and use the links on the left bottom to get a different one

not listed? jsut type in the name instead of the other one

eg
http://www.amazon.com/forum/history/
change it to
http://www.amazon.com/forum/politics/
or
http://www.amazon.com/forum/economics/
or
http://www.amazon.com/forum/writing/
or
.........

Posted on Dec 9, 2012 3:00:36 PM PST
Suet says:
Gee thanks, hoss! They don't make it easy, do they?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 9, 2012 4:58:27 PM PST
Look around, it's obvious they should have eliminated more.

Posted on Dec 9, 2012 5:24:28 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 9, 2012 7:44:15 PM PST
B. A. Dilger says:
Lilyokalani----Very few (but highly creative) posters change the imprint of syntax and word structure that is their on-line identity. I've seen individuals with multiple avatars hold conversations with themselves on a thread. I guess you call it alternative personii or even multiple personalities for those that have numerous Amazon.com accounts. At least that's what other posters have suggested. I also see posters that can't seem to limit 'cut and paste' columns. My very first Discussion contribution was trashed by rude, vandalous, morons that felt a quality thread was over their heads so they would destroy the effort made to bring quality discussions to Amazon. You know the who I mean. Whatever the age group they think they can hide behind masks a anonymity, but they aren't. Their identities are known somewhere on the Internet, and changing the avatar does not change the person.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 9, 2012 8:20:55 PM PST
they dont really make it hard

go to most any book or product
you can find a forum link
go there
and find the rest of them at the bottom of the page

the only trick is finding a rare forum without going to a product first but most have sensible names you can guess
and if you just have a word then google will spot i tfor you

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 9, 2012 11:37:30 PM PST
I think that Amazon had originally intended for Amazon Discussions to be a viable alternative to Facebook. Remember 'Amazon Friends'? I think that these discussions turned out to be more of a liability to Amazon, than anything else.

Instead of discussing products that Amazon sells, we mostly tormented each other. And we frequently went a bit far. Let's face it; we're basically a liability to Amazon.

Posted on Dec 10, 2012 5:05:23 AM PST
B. A. Dilger says:
I've made fun of the 'global village' phrase since it became popular because now neighbors you would rather not have moved in next door to you. The potential that mass society is...has become a cesspool of despair. You keep your children away from this 'village'. Or should. Which is a shame about our Amazon world, with all the petty neighborhood small talk mixed in with The Great Ideas which I've acquired on this site. Some of you might not have heard but my city originated a program to arrest kids who abuse the Internet to attack teachers and related school personnel. What next? "Hall monitors" on Internet discussion sites to watch for truancy? The global village concept is looking like a slice of real life to those of us that realize the potential it has become--just NIMBY, folks.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 10, 2012 6:26:24 AM PST
anne says:
<Instead of discussing products that Amazon sells . . . >

We're supposed to be talking about shopping? lol

<. . . we tormented each other . . .>

Is that why Amazon came up with the 'ignore this customer' button?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 10, 2012 8:06:19 AM PST
Suet says:
"they do get them occasionally"

They used to get them in hecatombs, hoss, and they didn't need any prompting.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 10, 2012 8:18:00 AM PST
i think amazon was overwhelmed by teh sheer volume of posts that need censoring and the number of people who fell to the level of all the other people and decided they could not ban most everybody without hurting sales too

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 10, 2012 8:42:07 AM PST
Jeff Marzano says:
Kenyon says:

[I think that these discussions turned out to be more of a liability to Amazon, than anything else.]

Probably. Resources are required to monitor and maintain these forums.

I would be concerned about running any type of social networking site nowadays. What would happen for example if someone tells another person to commit suicide in a forum and they do ? Law suits probably.

Overall I find the discussions in these forums to be better than any others I have found on the internet. Many of the posters are knowledgeable about various subjects. Perhaps the reason is they have read many of the books on amazon.

I enjoy writing book reviews on amazon as way to share ideas. I guess for me these forums are like an extension of that.

There's at least one famous person I know of who comes into the forums which is Anne Rice.

Well we'll see what happens and whether these forums get shut down at some point.

In the mean time I may get kicked off.

Jeff Marzano

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 10, 2012 8:46:58 AM PST
Jeff Marzano says:
B. A. Dilger says:

[Some of you might not have heard but my city originated a program to arrest kids who abuse the Internet to attack teachers and related school personnel.]

It's a crime to threaten people on the internet I think, at least in some forms.

There's been some unfortunate cases where girls for example sent their friends nude photographs of themselves and those pictures found their way to the internet. Once they get out on the net I guess they have the potential to go global. So the audience goes from a few individuals to literally billions of people.

There's been some cases of what I guess they call cyber bullying on some of the social networking sites which also lead to various tragedies.

Jeff Marzano

Posted on Dec 10, 2012 11:47:25 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 10, 2012 12:11:34 PM PST
Suet says:
Has anyone been sued for libel on the internet? It seems to be a free-for-all.

For example, 9/11 "truthers" think nothing of naming the people they say were behind the 9/11 attacks - accusing certain citizens (not all of them public officials) of mass murder and treason. Is this covered by the First Amendment?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 10, 2012 1:36:29 PM PST
John M. Lane says:
I think the 9/11 "truthers" have a defense, Suetonius. They're mentally incompetent and unable to form criminal intent, so they can't be charged.

They should, however, be required to post in crayon.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 10, 2012 2:24:30 PM PST
Jeff Marzano says:
Suetonius says:

[Has anyone been sued for libel on the internet ?]

I think it's against the law to for example send someone and email and tell them that you are going to harm them.

Whether a message on Facebook or even in these forums would constitute the same sort of threat I don't know.

But I think I heard that things people have said on Facebook have been used in court as evidence like during a divorce.

Jeff Marzano
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