On Thu, 15 May 2003 23:00:58 +0200, Mees Roelofs
>John Williams schrijft:
>>>Lesson number one. Never read anything by Col or Imanutta.
>>Better still, *plonk* them permanently. Talking of which, Morrissey
>>has emerged from the yellow card I gave him, I notice. Behaving
>>himself so far...
>Marking entire threads as read on the mere subject. 90% of the
>threads, most of them SH ones, fall out in this way (even though I
>admit having a full-time job changes your group behavior too). Then
>one has to hope that NH threads aren't being flamed by the likes
Natural NH restraint in the face of severe provocation, old boy...
>My view of the trend of turning into a NZ group: where are the days
>that Dejanews listed RSRU as 'British Rugby'? I think there have
>always been many posters here from the nations doing fine. They have
>come and left with the rise and fall of their nations. On the European
>front, the Welsh and Scottish posters have largely disappeared; the
>Irish are only appearing now.
I look at wales.sport.rugby-union. It's incredible, not a single post
since the end of March. I'm tempted to post a test just to see if
there's anyone else still reading it, but it would be a crime to break
such an impressive, spontaneous silence.
>Among the SANZAR nations, there were many South African posters around
>1998, when Nick Mallett was on his 17-game streak. Then the Aussies
>came in. With NZ always being (close to the) top, we've always seen a
>lot of Kiwis here. The difference between, say, 1998 and now is that
>we have Kiwis posting in incredibly large volumes. People able to post
>25 times a day (per head) about Rubix being a journeyman.
Yes, it's quite hard work at times, but it's always worth reading some
posters, and to be fair quite a few posts are dead on topic and
interesting. What does get a bit irrelevant for someone not watching
the games is the sheer repetitiveness of some of the topics, though I
guess that's inevitable when the NZ team selection is so open at the
moment. To be honest, I think it's been comparatively quiet this SH
season so far. It's very seldom there are close to 100 posts in a day
(maybe that's my filters bringing the number down), whereas in
previous years 100 seems to have been a daily minimum.
Perhaps that's just my impression and things will pick up in the 3Ns.
Personally I won't mind that, as I expect to watch much more of the
coming internationals than I've managed of the S12 (not a minute
watched so far - there's just too much rugby around to catch it all at
The big test for me will be the WC. I couldn't take the pace for the
whole tournament here in 99, though 95 was very different and much
more interesting as RSR was new to me then.