I think what I like the most about datalounge is that it's a great social outlet without the need for commitment, I have my hands full at the moment, so I don't really have time for friends.
The other thing is that I love how everyone on this board are pretty witty and informed. I often learn about interesting things on the DL.
What about you?
I love how I know a little about EVERYTHING after a visit into the DL.
My pussy stinks!
The diverse opinion and civilized dialogue.
I love how it is all about ME!
Not much. I consider it a strange sickness that I keep coming back here.
If pressed, I'd say I like the movie quote threads.
I like how we can all post anonymous and this place doesn't become a virtual-friend circlejerk like so many other boards. And you can say ANYTHING here.
I just spent 5 min giggling at some poster mocking OP's "stretched out pooter and bacteria-laden weiner" in another thread. Those little DL moments don't happen as often as they used to, but they still happen.
I pretty much get all my news from here.
The hook ups are well worth the $18.
Pictures of ripe uncut cock. Gossip on gay (closeted or otherwise) celebrities.
The Datalounge is made up of adults, most of them intelligent, witty and well-informed. The downside is that some are batshit crazy.
Still, where else can you go on the Internet, where there's nobody around but literate adults?
As long as the contrary cunts (both male and female) stay away and don't pick silly fights, I laugh my ass off reading the wit -- and even enjoy the debates. At least until they dissolve into, well, see above.
There is actually a lot to like. I really like to get my news with the gay perspective. Tax Troll, EA and Poll Troll during their seasons are awesome. And I can usually get a laugh along the way too.
I come for the food but stay for the pie.
I see Candy Crowley has weighed in @ R14.
You are all my BFFs. I'm never leaving mother's basement. I have highspeed internet, I have Cable, I have a micro wave, a cupboard, and a fridge loaded with great food & snacks. I have porn, and once a week I can go upstairs and take a shower if I feel like it. This futon is great. It smells like "home." if you know what I mean. The cat takes care of any "uninvited guests." I'm here for you whenever!
Topics I can't read about on any other message board, and the witty posts that make me laugh out loud.
Another thing I love about DL are the historical threads. There are so many posters here who have such knowledge about many different periods of history and I learn a lot. A while back there was a huge thread on WWI and it was fascinating. I honestly learned more about WWI on that thread than I ever learned in a classroom thanks to the posters here who contributed so much information and little-known facts.
For me it's the occasional convulsive, reflexive guffaws I get.
I can be reading along and some wit will post something that causes my laughter to the point of tears.
I always express my appreciation directly to the poster in a subsequent post. It's de rigueur to do so
And from time to time, I am thanked for something I've written that made another DLer laugh.
Now, as the DL cognoscenti know, you never take a bow with another post once thanked. You "de nada" it by ignoring the thanks.
Ha, ha, ha!
I get my news here, too - like today with the Pope story.
I like the mentality, intelligence - and the interests, humor, attitude are similar to mine
[quote]I can be reading along and some wit will post something that causes my laughter to the point of tears.
Me too! This just happened again today, on the Pope thread. One poster wrote that he would become the "Dowager Pope" and imagined him as Lady Violet from Downton Abbey, in a purple frock with matching hat and tossing bon mots at dinner. Another poster wrote that he's resigning because the new Death Star has been completed and is ready for his arrival. Both posts make me spit-take. I love the humor here.
The perpetual feeling that I am in the Telephone video but that Beyonce doesn't rescue me from the prison for bitches.
My virus protection says the DL is full of malware.
Mine only does that only when you start posting R22
Do you remember the title of the WWI thread by any chance, R17?
The Editor is going to be hard for the rest of the month after reading this thread!
The fabulous HISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSing
R23, my browser took me to a different site today when I was on the Datalounge.
I like it because even sociopaths need a place where everybody knows their name.
I'm in a low rent family in flyover country, so this place is my fucking lifeline.
The knowledge level and topic diversity is amazing. I love the recent Everest thread, for example. It really brought out the best of DL: people disagreed without flaming, no lesbian raci$t trolls, great info, book recommendations and a scattering of snideness.
When we do have real gossip here, it is amazing. I'm the director gossip troll, and I've gotten some great tidbits over the years. I wish the good gossip would return, though.
Same here, R8.
Most of the posters are really quite smart, and usually liberal too, thank goodness.
[quote]where else can you go on the Internet, where there's nobody around but literate adults?
You haven't seen the Shakespeare thread yet, have you, R11? But I do agree with you, & that OP is an exception who proves your rule.
I agree with everyone else. The wit, the smarts, the breadth of subjects covered, the smut. This place is fun and informative.
I also like some of the ongoing jokes and referencing of other threads from time to time.
I like discovering "the whole truth" about varying subjects of interest, instead of the "snow job" I've been fed for most of my life. Humor always motivates me to keep reading. Best of all is getting all of my curiosity questions answered.
OP, it is not the "datalounge." It is the "DataLounge."
What I like most about it is the opportunity to correct your terrible English every time you post.
The format. I wish DL would sell their message board template to other sites. It really easy the perfect setup.
I like that the rays of sunshine and fun are occasionally worth the massive amount of sheer cunt floating around this place.
Bitchy banter about social mores. Tipping at a cash bar, bringing wine for the host, making my daughter give up a can of frosting. Some of my hardest laughs.
I think what I like most about DL, is the way we all treat each other with respect, whether we love Madonna or think GaGa and Janet are washed up old hags, or whether Streisand is the most beautiful songbird when compared to seedy tarts like Adele and Rihanna, or our agreement that caftans and earrings are far more preferable than virtually any other kind of vestment.
Where else am I going to find people who want to psychoanalyze Lisa Whelchel with me? It's not like I have Mindy Cohn's phone number.
Until finding this place in 2003, I had no idea that I hated woman, gay men, lesbians, straight men, my in laws, god, country, the universe, Lena Dunham, sex, my boss, James Joyce, iguanas, frosting, fatties, the flyovers, Los Angeles, London, bottoms, total tops, Broadway threads, open relationships, monogamous relationships, pills, straight actors who are hot, gay actors who are out, every single last designer on Project Runway, Project Runway, Norwegian Catholics, Jewish Levinsons, the state of art, movies, politics, literature, all sports except naked rugby, and, last but not least, my ugly, arrogant, tedious, sorry, self-loathing self.
I don't know how I got through life before 2003.
the variety of discussions - I like that in one thread I can discuss serious foreign policy issues, then in the next thread discuss my favorite movie for wardrobe. At most places, and with most people, my interest in clothes, movies and music would mark me as shallow and not worthy of discussing serious matters. Here I can opine about the morality of drone use and slam J.Lo's appearance at the Grammies without anyone thinking that a strange combination of interests.
The buffet and the floor show.
I like being able to ask a question about any subject. People respond with serious answers quickly.
I like that I'm here.
[quote]I get my news here, too - like today with the Pope story.
I'm the OP of the "Breaking! Pope has resigned!" thread. I posted it yesterday morning at 4am as I was having my morning coffee, just as I noticed the news was breaking on Twitter. It hadn't hit the US mainstream news outlets. Sharing and reading breaking news is one of the reasons I enjoy this site.
I discovered the DataLounge at the height of the Dialing the Phone With a Pencil thread, and try as I may, to stay away.
I always end up coming back
I like the diversity of interesting topics, the wit, pathos, and the glimpses into the lives of others.
I like the fact that even though we just ended a 24 hour lockdown of DL, people return to bring it to life again.
as I've said before, that Margarine Fountain thread got me through a rough patch, made me cackle each time I read it -- and I've been here ever since. A friend was going through bad time recently, I took her to Margarine Fountain and, sure enough, she was giggling the whole time too.
So DL definitely has its place and I appreciate it.
I don't even think it was as funny as margarine fountain or Michfest but one of the first things I saw on here was a Melissa Gilbert thread and of course it was veering off topic and someone said, "Well I think Melissa is the prettiest girl in the whole family!" and then there was a post that said, "Well, you're wrong." and it was signed 'Sara gilbert, raving beauty' Fuck I laughed so hard and still think about that all the time when someone says something I disagree with...well, you're wrong.
It's entertaining, especially when there is nothing on TV or I don't feel like reading a book. I like the seeming freedom of speech, I have said things here I wouldn't say to people in conversation. I like the generally politically liberal frame of mind here but, this being a gay site it's more to be expected; a freeper, teabagger or other republican type is soon put in their place here.
1) The format is perfect. I was glad when pictures under thread titles disappeared almost as soon as they'd arrived. Content is King (or Queen), and is easily colourful enough.
2) Content is always surprising. I can never tell whether a sincere thread query will result in five pages of detailed sympathetic advice, or sociopathic savagery.
3) The age range. I love the cultural reach and perspective of Eldergays, and don't find that term pejorative. Gaylings vs Eldergays can get (yes) old, but at best it adds to the energy of pointless bitchery.
4) Wit and erudition. I disagree with a recent post that said the quality of DL has declined. Press the right button, and the knowledge flows. It's often worn lightly, and I've learned a lot.
5) All the above and more makes DL unique. I've yet to find anywhere else that comes close - and when it's unavailable I miss it. The fix is in.
The anonymity and not having to create some shitty profile just to occasionally chime in
[quote]The format is perfect. I was glad when pictures under thread titles disappeared almost as soon as they'd arrived.
Am I the only person to still have the pictures under the thread titles? I hate it. I wish they would fix it for me, too.
I like DL's tough love brigade. Every time someone comes to us for advice or with a real problem, we attack them smack them ridicule them and mock them. It's fun.
R58 It sounds like you need to adjust the settings which are on the top left hand side of the page. I am posting from a phone so can't tell you exactly but go into settings and uncheck show images or something like that.
If I do that, R60, then the images won't show inside of the thread, either. I don't want to open each image when I'm scrolling down through a thread of lovely guys in speedos.
I just don't want them on my front page anymore. I wish they would fix it.
Before joining the DL I had no idea you could have so much fun randomly hating everything.
I like that the threads about cities/countries/quality of life always bring out a good mix of very knowledgeable, well-informed posters and people who are entertainingly clueless.
R64, I saw that guy at a Coffee Bean in LA a month or two ago. I literally started LMAO in line. Everyone thought I was insane. It was worth it.
I love the wit. It's one of the few places on the net pretty regularly makes me pee my pants laughing.
I also like the photos of hawt mins.
DL gives me great comfort in knowing these posters are all behind their computers and not loose on the street
I love everything about DL. Everything except Prime Time. And I hate it that I can't start a thread, even tho every single time I have asked my fellow DLers have started a thread for me. It saddens me to know I will never be able to call myself OP.
Yes, you say, pay the damned $18. But then the children will not have milk, and my rent will go unpaid, and we will not be able to eat, or watch a movie, or do any of the nicer things I have come to expect in life.
Muffy has invted me to tea. so adeui for now!
I hope DL never changes and we can all be here just like this forever! Merry Christmas everyone of us!
I come for the medical advice.
posters like R67 = one of the reasons I keep coming back to the DL
I love that--once the control freaks and hall monitors have turned the site into a wasteland of 24/7 PT, pay-to-post, and trolldar--you can at least use the site as an SEO tool to boost blog hits.
I also love that you can easily connect with a VPN and continue to post after being banned, thus pissing off the control freaks even more.
That's about it.
Love and smooches!
I love when threads get heated and go on for dozens or even hundreds of posts over the most insane minutiae, like the "It's a Living/Making a Living" thread, which eventually spun off "Barrie Youngfellow here."
I like poking the Janbot with a stick.
[quote] A while back there was a huge thread on WWI and it was fascinating. I honestly learned more about WWI on that thread than I ever learned in a classroom thanks to the posters here who contributed so much information and little-known facts.
As much as some posters bitch about eldergays, I'm glad that we have a lot of those kinds of discussions here.
We have a few people in every category who know a lot about their subject - it's very informative.
Also, I love knowing what Constance McCashin is eating. She never noms on the same snack twice!
What I like most:
That I laugh out loud at least once a day while reading the posts here.
Discussions about news events, pop culture, and true crimes
Breaking celeb gossip. Discussion about scandals as they are occurring in the news. I loved the Mel Gibson rants that were posted daily, for example.
Personal advice threads about relationships, cooking, physical ailments, work woes, family conflicts, travel, etc.
The more creative EST's, usually about some absurd hook up (ie. hot blatino twins) . It's fun to play along and I can't stand the hall monitors who screech over them.
References to inside DL jokes/memes or cross references to existing threads within new ones.
At first I was repulsed of course. I soon joined in because I had no idea how much fun it is to bash and taunt and bitch. Love being a vicious cunt and calling out all the other cunts and mocking anything and everything of human value.
It's like a reality show we can all be part of.
Why the fuck did you ask BITCH?
I love that we can sign our posts in the 'by:' line, and when a poster signs it using some celebrity's name or Neely O'Hara or whoever along with the post itself, it can be hilarious.
[quote]I have my hands full at the moment, so I don't really have time for friends.
This is euphemistic speech for "I have no friends".
Kinda like the gay-rumored celebrities who proclaim they're "too busy for dating".
'My friends category is full'
[quote]cross references to existing threads within new ones.
I love that, like when Fonzie was on Laverne & Shirley!
You should NOT be getting your news on DL if you want to find out the truth. Go with PBS News Hour, BBC and/or the NY Times.
DL can be very funny, every now and then someone knows what they are talking about- historial threads, music, film careers etc.
But for the most part it's a free for all with way too many nasty angry prejudiced posters. I have cut way back on my time and no longer use my "nom de plume" because the blow-back (all nonsense) was just too unpleasant after a while. Very very few indentified posters keep doing so for very long... Blue Agave (did I get that right), Voice of the Night, Kirker, etc.
r83= famous cunt PPSM
[quote] The format. I wish DL would sell their message board template to other sites. It really easy the perfect setup.
Agreed. Everything else seems ugly and primitive.
I like that it's ephemeral, that it's anonymous, that the posts are mostly self-policed (wading through a bit of insanity or venom or both sometimes is time and again outweighed by the kindness or knowledge or wit of strangers factor.
I like that I regularly get called out on my shit on DL. People never do that to me in real life. Too polite? Scared of me? I don't know. I have changed/tempered my opinions on 'some' things as a result of intelligent debate here on DL.
[quote]PBS News Hour, BBC and/or the NY Times
All the celebrities that post here.
You never really see that anywhere else.
And they're so honest too.
The other gays.
The wonderful fruit flavors, WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
Tutti fruiti, OH rootie!
R86 -- agreed
I've asked for advice here on occasion, receiving replies that were not what I wanted to hear, but honest takes on a situation.
The rampant, unfiltered mental illness routinely displayed. It makes me feel grounded, centered and normal.
- diversity of opinions that I don't get in every day life
- even though there's a lot of venom, at least one person will usually take the time to give an honest, genuine answer to questions for advice, even if they are clumsily worded and seem sort of pathetic
See what I mean? re: R87.
Where do you get your news? The NY Post, ABC, FOX, NBC, The Inquirer, Datalounge?
UK Guardian and International Spiegel, r83 r94
The anonymity is really what makes this place what it is. It seems like on just about every other message board, you end up with one or more cliques of old timers making every thread all about them and their inside jokes.
Here everyone is on equal footing, plus you don't have people attacking you for things you said in other threads based on totally unrelated things you say in another thread because you're tied to a username. We have troll-dar for pinpointing the real loons who are just spewing their shit all over the place and I think that's quite enough.
What R73 said about the JANBOT. It is more fun than pulling the wings off of a fly.
I love Dionne Warwick here.
The DW threads have approached the best of old Datalounge...some really inspired (if batshit crazy) fun on those threads from some funny, imaginative bitches.
This place isn't as fun as it used to be. Boring topics get way too many replies, the good ones go nowhere. And the psychotic fangurls ruining just about any thread on a celebrity.
I'm loving Lipstick Alley as of lately. Lots of great (current) gossip and more peaceful, yet hilarious discussions. DL has been horrible when it comes to posting breaking news in the last year.
I like the Janbot. It's crazy, but you can hold a conversation with it.
By contrast, the Madonna troll is utterly tiresome and bitter. It posts the exact same speech in every single thread, practically word for word. I feel it should be DL's version of the Julia Sugarbaker "Night the lights went out" speech. It matches it in terms of the over the top hysteria and ridiculousness.
Screw your faint praise, R98.
Any divine diva known to the world as an icon of cool sophistication who can also at present pass for Eddie "Rochester" Anderson at the Goodwill is a talent of the extremest diversitudity.
And if you sent me some money in Brasil the way I have demanded instead of slinking around on that free pass known as "I can't afford $18 a year much less pay the world-class talent slumming here," MAYBE I would be a little more entertaining.
The address appears numerous times in various places. Also, I do take credit cards.
And just so you know, Miss Anna Mae Bullock at R98 (thought you could slip by in-cog-neato, did you?), we are all aware that you had plenty of money left to pay me in that Swiss account after you had Ike belatedly iced. Those two Grammys found up his ass rather gave it away. They put your name on the damned things, you know. But with the second-grade Nutbush education of yours, maybe you don't know.
Celebrities don't post here.
Whachu talkin' bout Wilis?
I came here for the waters.
Where to start? The wit, the badinage, the erudition, the intellect, the Broadway thread! OP on the Bway thread!, the various screen names (Bengali in Platforms, AYB, Torta, Shinjuku Baby, et al.), the breaking news topics, great gossip, the closeted gay famous actor topics,
The Grammar Troll(s)! (who will doubtless weight in that I have too long a sentence above, hee-hee!)
The amusing snark but also the endearing occasional "kindness of strangers", as was evinced by the Sick Person named Robin thread (my computer has been down for c. 4 weeks; I hope it hasn't been proven that Robin didn't exist or something; I would be devastated),
The threads about kitties and doggies! More, please!
The holiday threads about Xmas potluck/fraus/cubefrauen; my GOD: I have never laughed so loud.
Basically, DL in general and all the posters. Having had to move 7 times in the last 3 years, ending up in butt-fuck northern NY state 1/2 a mile from my hated high school, disabled now, can't afford a car in this hick town of 2,000:
No theater movies, shows, concerts, city life that I had in SF for 20+ years anymore BUT:
I still have the DL - and love you guys (and gals) more than ever!
(And not feeling TOO sorry about being disabled; would suck to be in the work force these days, but I do feel guilty.) Which reminds me: love the job-finding threads; love them for the honesty of the posters.
AND the political threads: this is probably one of the few forums where the truth is being spoken.
LEGALIZE MARRIAGE IN CALIFORNIA!!
"The Grammar Troll(s)! (who will doubtless weight in"
That's "weigh in", dear.
Obviously you were misinformed, R104.
Yes, R107, this DL. We're in the desert.
And yet, R104, I can tell this is not the start of a beautiful friendship.