Leaving a forum with class

Leaving a forum with class

Joined: November 4th, 2006, 5:18 pm

January 2nd, 2012, 2:26 pm #1

This has nothing to do with Yvonne - it is just something I found in my archives. I hope you get a laugh or two.


When leaving a forum permanently, it is always best to make a dramatic exit post. Remember, when composing the 'exit post', outrage and injured innocence should be constant themes. Try and follow this basic structure.


First a bold and dramatic lead which announces your intentions to deprive the group of your sparkling input. If possible, it should be made clear that the act has been forced upon you by external evil forces. Avoid understatement at all costs when it comes to explaining the impact this has had on your battered psyche.

"I'm outta here!! I'm already on the edge of a nervous breakdown and can no longer take the cruelty of the people on this so called "forum"!! It was clear from the start I didn't fit in!!"


Apologize in a fashion that makes it clear that you are entirely blameless but are merely a simple martyr who is much misunderstood. Have a stab at some blunt sarcasm aimed at one of the blue meanies who drove you out of town.

"I'm sorry that some of the idiots here can't understand that all I want to do is help others and enlighten them to the truth. And I'm sorry to the few nice decent people who have the whole thing spoiled by the actions of the mean and nasty majority here who don't understand what we are saying to them."


Make it clear that the nasty vocal majority really have nothing important to say, care deeply that everyone else will succeed ilife, although some strange predestined force means that you will not be able to share their success.

"Well I hope that you guys all come through despite all the mean negativity we get from some guys round here. I ill just tough it out without you horses arses."


If you are really shameless you might implore others at this point not to try and talk you out of it.

"My mind is made up. I have no choice but to walk from this hell hole of a forum."


Sign off suggesting you are leaving more in sadness than anger while making little effort to hide your white-hot rage.

"Well congratulations you miserable jerks!!! You've got what you wanted - I'm off. And I wish all the rest of you a wonderful life!!!"


Close out with some hugs and cyber tears and don't be seen on this forum for about 48 hours when you announce your return in defiant style citing a sackful of emails begging you to stay, a right to free speech and a new found determination not to let the "few rotten apples" ruin your life - at least until the next time.







"Error does not become Truth because it is widely accepted; Truth does not become error, even when it stands alone"
(Thanks Kristy)
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Joined: May 4th, 2005, 1:31 pm

January 2nd, 2012, 3:53 pm #2

You need to emphasize that you did not decide to return.

Either your "God" commanded you to return, or some anonymous poster or group of posters practically begged you to return!

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Joined: November 4th, 2006, 5:18 pm

January 2nd, 2012, 3:57 pm #3

Where have I heard that before? - hmmmmm.





"Error does not become Truth because it is widely accepted; Truth does not become error, even when it stands alone"
(Thanks Kristy)

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Joined: January 13th, 2010, 2:50 pm

January 2nd, 2012, 5:51 pm #4

This has nothing to do with Yvonne - it is just something I found in my archives. I hope you get a laugh or two.


When leaving a forum permanently, it is always best to make a dramatic exit post. Remember, when composing the 'exit post', outrage and injured innocence should be constant themes. Try and follow this basic structure.


First a bold and dramatic lead which announces your intentions to deprive the group of your sparkling input. If possible, it should be made clear that the act has been forced upon you by external evil forces. Avoid understatement at all costs when it comes to explaining the impact this has had on your battered psyche.

"I'm outta here!! I'm already on the edge of a nervous breakdown and can no longer take the cruelty of the people on this so called "forum"!! It was clear from the start I didn't fit in!!"


Apologize in a fashion that makes it clear that you are entirely blameless but are merely a simple martyr who is much misunderstood. Have a stab at some blunt sarcasm aimed at one of the blue meanies who drove you out of town.

"I'm sorry that some of the idiots here can't understand that all I want to do is help others and enlighten them to the truth. And I'm sorry to the few nice decent people who have the whole thing spoiled by the actions of the mean and nasty majority here who don't understand what we are saying to them."


Make it clear that the nasty vocal majority really have nothing important to say, care deeply that everyone else will succeed ilife, although some strange predestined force means that you will not be able to share their success.

"Well I hope that you guys all come through despite all the mean negativity we get from some guys round here. I ill just tough it out without you horses arses."


If you are really shameless you might implore others at this point not to try and talk you out of it.

"My mind is made up. I have no choice but to walk from this hell hole of a forum."


Sign off suggesting you are leaving more in sadness than anger while making little effort to hide your white-hot rage.

"Well congratulations you miserable jerks!!! You've got what you wanted - I'm off. And I wish all the rest of you a wonderful life!!!"


Close out with some hugs and cyber tears and don't be seen on this forum for about 48 hours when you announce your return in defiant style citing a sackful of emails begging you to stay, a right to free speech and a new found determination not to let the "few rotten apples" ruin your life - at least until the next time.







"Error does not become Truth because it is widely accepted; Truth does not become error, even when it stands alone"
(Thanks Kristy)
All the emotional dependency stuff aside, I find that there is a 'no win' associated with forum participation.

If someone decides to leave a forum and simply walks away, it's probably what most of the posters are explicitly or implicitly expecting. However in the real world, such an exit would be considered very rude. I don't know anyone that simply parts company without bidding folks goodbye and expressing thanks for the gathering.

If someone decides to leave a forum and makes a goodbye post, they will be ridiculed for making the "goodbye cruel forum post" Even if it is sincere and without the emotional drama and angst. And even if it is simply taking a temporary break.

Hard to find the graceful sanity between those two expectations.
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Joined: May 4th, 2005, 1:31 pm

January 2nd, 2012, 8:45 pm #5

I understand what you are saying about real life, but I don't think the analogy works.

Maybe there is a time when it would be appropriate to say goodbye. A sad and fond farewell, perhaps. I don't think it is appropriate to take shots in a farewell. I've seen that, along with the "don't bother to respond I won't be back" routine.

I've left forums, not so much explicitly as just lost interest and felt no need for fond farewells.

I know where you are coming from, because your farewell would most likely get ignored by me. ROFL.

Happy New Year. 2012. Where does time go?


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Joined: January 13th, 2010, 2:50 pm

January 2nd, 2012, 10:06 pm #6

That you'd ignore an "exit post"... bwahahahaha!

I agree. The idea of "leaving in a huff" and including some "venting of frustration" in a farewell post has never led to any positive result; and is categorically just a bad idea. It seems that "making a quiet and inconspicuous exit" is likely the best approach for forums. Not necessarily because it's a good method, but rather it seems to be the least bad.

I simply dislike decisions based on evaluating options based on the "least bad". Sometimes, there simply isn't an alternative, though. I'm not without hope, however. Eventually, someone, some day, on some forum, will make a positive "farewell my friends" post to "be the exception the proves the rule".
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Joined: November 4th, 2006, 5:18 pm

January 2nd, 2012, 10:56 pm #7

I understand what you are saying about real life, but I don't think the analogy works.

Maybe there is a time when it would be appropriate to say goodbye. A sad and fond farewell, perhaps. I don't think it is appropriate to take shots in a farewell. I've seen that, along with the "don't bother to respond I won't be back" routine.

I've left forums, not so much explicitly as just lost interest and felt no need for fond farewells.

I know where you are coming from, because your farewell would most likely get ignored by me. ROFL.

Happy New Year. 2012. Where does time go?

Just because you know you're paranoid
doesn't mean someone ISN'T following you

Happy New year - gotta love our hockey players!





"Error does not become Truth because it is widely accepted; Truth does not become error, even when it stands alone"
(Thanks Kristy)
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Joined: June 18th, 2006, 11:38 pm

January 3rd, 2012, 2:40 am #8

This has nothing to do with Yvonne - it is just something I found in my archives. I hope you get a laugh or two.


When leaving a forum permanently, it is always best to make a dramatic exit post. Remember, when composing the 'exit post', outrage and injured innocence should be constant themes. Try and follow this basic structure.


First a bold and dramatic lead which announces your intentions to deprive the group of your sparkling input. If possible, it should be made clear that the act has been forced upon you by external evil forces. Avoid understatement at all costs when it comes to explaining the impact this has had on your battered psyche.

"I'm outta here!! I'm already on the edge of a nervous breakdown and can no longer take the cruelty of the people on this so called "forum"!! It was clear from the start I didn't fit in!!"


Apologize in a fashion that makes it clear that you are entirely blameless but are merely a simple martyr who is much misunderstood. Have a stab at some blunt sarcasm aimed at one of the blue meanies who drove you out of town.

"I'm sorry that some of the idiots here can't understand that all I want to do is help others and enlighten them to the truth. And I'm sorry to the few nice decent people who have the whole thing spoiled by the actions of the mean and nasty majority here who don't understand what we are saying to them."


Make it clear that the nasty vocal majority really have nothing important to say, care deeply that everyone else will succeed ilife, although some strange predestined force means that you will not be able to share their success.

"Well I hope that you guys all come through despite all the mean negativity we get from some guys round here. I ill just tough it out without you horses arses."


If you are really shameless you might implore others at this point not to try and talk you out of it.

"My mind is made up. I have no choice but to walk from this hell hole of a forum."


Sign off suggesting you are leaving more in sadness than anger while making little effort to hide your white-hot rage.

"Well congratulations you miserable jerks!!! You've got what you wanted - I'm off. And I wish all the rest of you a wonderful life!!!"


Close out with some hugs and cyber tears and don't be seen on this forum for about 48 hours when you announce your return in defiant style citing a sackful of emails begging you to stay, a right to free speech and a new found determination not to let the "few rotten apples" ruin your life - at least until the next time.







"Error does not become Truth because it is widely accepted; Truth does not become error, even when it stands alone"
(Thanks Kristy)
usually come back in time, so why make an I'm leaving post at all.

Acomtha
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Joined: March 8th, 2007, 6:53 am

January 3rd, 2012, 3:48 am #9

Just because you know you're paranoid
doesn't mean someone ISN'T following you

Happy New year - gotta love our hockey players!





"Error does not become Truth because it is widely accepted; Truth does not become error, even when it stands alone"
(Thanks Kristy)
while everyone else is trying to act so highbrow.....

well done...

now leave the forums will you???

(grin)
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Joined: March 8th, 2007, 6:53 am

January 3rd, 2012, 3:53 am #10

usually come back in time, so why make an I'm leaving post at all.

Acomtha
about WHO posts wuch things....i can say that if jack or nucc posted one of these....a far different response from noob etc....you would see....

so again....it all comes down to a popularity contest...which it shouldn't.....

i truly believe when people have to announce their departure....they are doing so to elicit a response from others....attention seeking at its worst.....

and what is allegedly 'rude' in real life has no meaning on anonymous forums imv....

this is all very very very silly imv. and i like Yvonne...but it is what it is. i have the same sentiment for ANY goodbye cruel forum rant.
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