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Scary RFD People?

April 10, 2010 Leave a comment

My friend at work told me that he’s afraid of the RFD Forums because it’s full of people like me.

o.o

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Avatar Changes

March 21, 2010 Leave a comment

About 50% of the time I use a new avatar on RFD, it’s because I decided while drinking that it would be funny.

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Sending Congratulatory Messages For Post Thresholds

March 7, 2010 Leave a comment

For a long time now I’ve sent people ‘congratulatory’ messages when they reach post thresholds on the RFD forums of 3000, 4000, 8000, 10,000, etc.

It’s gotten to the point that I don’t always remember which people I congratulated and for which threshold, so now I have a spreadsheet.

Thus this pre-emptive action should help me avoid embarrassment at my own hands.

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Official Sports Of RFD

February 28, 2010 Leave a comment

For approaching five years now I’ve been reaching and watching RFD… I think this community has several official sports:

  • Income Tax Returns
  • Price Matching
  • Boosting Your Credit Score
  • Trolling
  • Troll Hunting
  • Posting Funny Macro-Pictures

I’ll add more as I think of them…

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Avatars – An Era Has Ended

January 4, 2010 Leave a comment

After ten different Asian Soup Avatars, I made and uploaded an avatar featuring Shrimp Har Gow Dumplings.

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New Rule Proposal For Pointless Threads

January 4, 2010 Leave a comment

With the rash of TFSA posts appearing now that 2010 has rolled around, I propose the following new Forum Rule:

People who post threads asking questions that could easily have been been answered through the forum search or Google should be banned from posting until they are the first to alert on three other threads that have the same deficiency.

The alerts should appear in a special “validate this alert” forum where regular users can vote on whether or not it’s a valid alert for this topic. That data could be then recycled to automate the banning of other users who violated this rule.

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Life Online

December 30, 2009 Leave a comment

It can be amusing and interesting to follow users’ thread-posting histories on RFD.

For example, I looked up one user who posted this frantic thread asking for recommendations on lawyers after she got arrested and charged with Impaired Driving. After getting lambasted on the forums, she went mostly silent, and then eight months later posted a For-Sale thread for her car because of “moving to downtown don’t drive anymore.”

Amusing in some ways, I guess. I PM’d her, asking what happened, and she didn’t respond.

Just a little slice of life.

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Crime and Safety in Toronto

December 29, 2009 Leave a comment

Despite the various rambling threads about safety in Toronto, the fact is that all kinds of things go down in this city.

Earlier this month, my cousin was actually car-jacked in Toronto by a gun-toting crack-smoker who forced him to drive around for an hour and make Interac purchases so he could get the Interac cash-back money.

Scary stuff.

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The Unwritten Rules of RFD (Now In Written Format)

December 28, 2009 5 comments

I believe that these are the unwritten rules of RFD, now in writing. Feel free to comment if I missed something.

1. Don’t blog in the Off-Topic Forum. Get a blog.

2. According to many horror stories, never let Canadian Tire touch your car, unless you enjoy patronizing “mechanics” who create more problems than they solve.

3. Do not expect to actually receive the cheque for your Mail-In-Rebate at TigerDirect.

4. Avoid Bell Canada like the plague! I think they are the worst company in Canada, and many voices across the forum concur. You could not pay me to use Bell Canada’s services. Teksavvy is the smart alternative.  (Honourable mentions for the Worst Company in Canada are: Rogers, Canadian Tire, The Brick, Future Shop, ICICI Bank, UPS.)

5. Never ship from other countries into Canada using UPS Ground, as their excessive brokerage fees are not included. UPS Express does not have this problem. (Update: See my post on international shipping.)

6. If you are a female, you are best advised that you do not reveal your sex because of the vast hordes of horny virgin males who think they’re going to get some if they hang out for long enough behind a computer screen. They will stalk and taunt you every time you come online.

7. Threads discussing sexy lesbians are permitted, especially if pictures are posted. But don’t post threads acknowledging that gay men exist, as those will be locked due to rules prohibiting sexual discussions.

8. Most “Days of Deals” and weekly sales have lately become quite dissappointing and usually not worth waiting for.

9. Don’t shop at Canada Computers unless you are familiar with how they operate and they kind of market to which they cater. See here and here for more information. Also, be SURE to read their return policy because it is atypical.

Financial Etiquette For The Forums and For Life:

  • Except in case of emergency, never use Interac debit, except at your own bank’s ATM. It opens you up to many potential fraud problems. If you come in and complain about how you have no money while the bank “investigates” the fraud, we will laugh at you.
  • Credit card offers with extremely low balance transfer rates are trying to trick you. The fine print most likely says that payments will go against the balance earning the lowest interest. Therefore, if you did a $9,000 balance transfer at 0% and then made a $200 purchase, that $200 purchase would sit there earning 19% interest until you paid off the entire $9000! (Note: This may change under new credit card legislation.)
  • All the cool kids use TD Canada Trust and eschew RBC Royal Bank.
  • RFD is really not about saving money. It is about gaining social status through the most daring and time-wasting price-matches, posting pics of your credit cards, and finding reasons to impulse purchase on things that you would not have bought to begin with. RFD MOTTO: Buy first, think later!
  • If you try to post your Tangerine Orange Key number in hopes of getting the cash referral bonus, you look really stupid because a) This is against the Official rules of RFD, and b) You obviously never did a successful referral because they ask the new client for more information about you than your Orange Key number.

The Following Things Are Allowed, But Will Kill Your Forum Karma and Generally Put a “Kick Me” Sign On Your Back:

  • Making posts asking questions that could have easily have been answered by phoning the company in question or using Google
  • Advocating that North American automobiles are superior to German or Japanese automobiles.
  • Starting a thread asking which Winter Tires are best. This topic has been discussed to death many many times. Use the Search or Tag Search.
  • Asking if you can get away with using just two Winter Tires; This can be hazardous to your health! It’s all or nothing.
  • Asking how to get out of tickets or fines you received after you did something that endangered other people’s lives.
  • Asking forum members for CarFax or CarProof reports. (CarFax no longer offers unlimited accounts, and CarProof never offered it. Every report costs money.)
  • Feeding the trolls.

Beware The Following Troll Topics! Some people post threads about these topics just to create discord and get people angry:

  • Why should I tip service workers when they are already paid to do their job?
  • Saying “Happy Holidays” versus “Merry Christmas”
  • Advocating that North American cars are better in terms of quality and gas mileage than Japanese cars.
  • Someone pretends to be a woman who is asking “heartfelt” questions about her relationship with her boyfriend. (Any thread in Off-Topic from a new poster who claims to be a woman, and the fact that that “she” is a woman is important to the question, should be taken with a grain of salt.)
  • Questions from “new members” about how to get out of fines due to lack of auto insurance, insurance fraud types of activities, or impaired driving.
  • Questions from “gay  guys” who need help coming out, relating with their family, etc.
  • Questions relating to dating people from specific ethnic groups, particularly Asians.
  • More to come …
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