At 5/28/08 12:51 PM, Coop83 wrote:
At 5/26/08 12:14 PM, gfoxcook wrote:
So worry not, you've got a couple (at least) folks slipping down towards you right now in the 251 spot. Hold on, not all 250 are depositing. #;-}>Yeah, I've reached #251 this very morning and I'm only 10 points behind someone I actually recognise - Zendra. That would be both awesome and a little sad that I've knocked someone such as Zendra out of the top 250 experienced
Oh, I thought you already were at #251, I musta misinterp'ed. #;-}>
Well, it sucks on the one hand if it happens, but at least you'll probably remember who you passed to hit the top 250, as opposed to it being some nameless schmoe.
Alternatively, of course, it could end up that Zendra keeps 10 aheada ya and you end up passing someone else to enter the top 250, right?
At 5/28/08 05:14 PM, Vert wrote:
Actually, and I'm a bit embarassed to admit this, notice how I put a asterisk on the "mother language" part? Well, I was going to add the following phrase at the end of my post which would have cleared up things considerably:
*But, having lived in England for no less than four years, I guess that really isn'y a excuse.
So, yeah. I'm guessing a public humiliation is coming, right?
Not really, seeing as how I already said that SOME (key word) 13 year olds who've lived in America (or England) for all their life display far worse English skillz than most non-native English speakers on this forum, so...
It may have happend, sure, but even then it'll probably have happend, what once? Maybe twice. That's pretty rare in my book. In any case, see below.
I never denied it was rare. #;-}>
So what you're saying is that all ranking up before you get into the top 150 is equally easy... and all ranking up AFTER you get into the top 150 is equally hard?No that's nothing like what I said and I have to be completly honest with you, I have no idea how you infered what I wrote meant that. X_X
I took what you said to the logical extreme. It's a debating... er... punditry technique. #;-}>
Kinda like playing devil's advocate.
It took me a long time to get from #100 to #90.Well, I could be all sarcastic and say something like "You don't say, captain obvious", but I don't want to needles antagonize you.
It took me even longer to get from #90 to #80.
It took me even longer to get from #80 to #70.
And it's taking me even longer to get from #70 to #60.
Are you catching my drift here?
Needlessly antagonising FTW!
It's interesting that your only experience living in an English-speaking nation was in England itself, yet you for some reason learned to spell "ize/ise" words with the far inferior (IMO) z-American spelling, rather than the s-British spelling. Any story behind that?
Me, I love the "ou" instead of "o" and "s" instead of "z" spellings so much more than in informal internet typing, I use the British versions on purpose. If I'm writing in a school or job related context, I write the American way. It's really amazing how I can do all of that with fairly little thought required. #;-}>
One thing I don't agree with the British way, however... is in respect to the pronunciations of words like "schedule" and "aluminum," of which I far prefer the American English versions.
No, but you should realise that what you now consider slow going is going to feel super fast in about a year when you're ranked #75 or so and having a bitch of a time getting just to #74, let alone +4. #;-}>I'm perfectly aware of all you're saying. I honestly feel this isn't an argument, since I agree with pretty much everything you said... I wasn't trying to make a point with my post, I was just trying to point out a fact that I belived was pretty interesting coincidence at the time (and I still do, since, as I said, I've gotten pretty used to slowly ranking up). That's it. Maybe I expressed myself poorly (as usual, <sigh>) for which I apologize, but that's all there is.
In all sincerity, this is all a bit pointless.
What else is new? #;-}>
Seriously, dude. What is life but a series of, it could be claimed, "pointless" discussions.
Vive le communications!
Anyway, if all you were trying to say was that passing four people so quickly is quite unusual for where you are in exp rank, then I would have heartily agreed with you and that woulda been the end of it, but the way you originally said it was far from that, in how I interpreted you:
"Doesn't anyone else find it curious that so many rank gains would occur in such a small time? I'm so used to gaining a rank every few months that to have it all happen so quickly was very strange... I can't even remember when I gained 4 ranks in the space of a month." - Teh Vert
The fact that you used words like "curious" and "strange" and then asked if anyone else found it so, made me perceive you as having a tone of... almost suspicion.... about how such a thing could happen. And so I responded to your question (I hope it wasn't rhetorical #;-}>) by adopting the "skeptical" position, you could say.
If I threw a wet blanket on your party, I do apologise. #;-}>
But you will no doubt remember that when many folks threw a wet blanket on a prior party of yours, I was the only one who said "yeah, I get this Vert guy. He's cool." #;-}>