So here I was waiting to get on the servers the other day. I knew there was a lot of traffic on the Buzz due to some recent postings, but I thought I had enough savvy to navigate the higher than usual activity.
I can't always hit my back button quick enough, but I don't have to bail and do a hard restart very often.
So after waiting for hours to get enough bandwidth ( off the neighbors unprotected wireless network) to join in I finally launched. I thought I was just surfing through some normal threads with some higher than usual post counts, when I dropped into this one that threw me.
I started getting sucked in and I didn't hit my back button quick enough.
So now I am about 12 or 13 pages into this thing and on my own, unable to get to the back button. I am hitting the key that makes the wild eep noise on but no one is listening to me. Finally I just hold the thing down, eep, eep, eep, eep, eep, eep, eep, eep, eep, eep. And nothing......everyone just surfs on by. ( My wife walks into the room and asks WTF I am doing however )
I finally grab onto a strong post and disconnect myself, my overheated laptop and my external hard drive off the interweb. Thank God there was this nice lady with a 900 number who gave me directions to a nice place to cool down and dry off a bit. She did want my credit card number, but I think that was just to verify my identity.
So as soon as I can I go straight to the D.R.I.P. ( Defenders of Rational Internet Protection ) website and launch a complaint. The first DRIP officer I PMed was really nice. (Seems like he had the same problem on a TGR thread about Jesse James and barely made it ok too.) He referred me to an ICANN site that may be able to shut this thing down. And when I was IMing them the details of the thread - THEY TERMINATED MY CONNECTION.
I used to think the internet was a safe place to wring out my personal laundry as it were, I no longer think it is a safe place and I may quit posting to forums all together.
You cannot trust people on the internet anymore. I know have grave fear of the forums on the buzz. In case all the whining has made you want to see more I am posting a link to my website for my gallery
I don't have the online shopping cart active yet, but you can paypal me money and I will send you whatever river picture that I am trying to get rid of that day.
All of you buzzards, this activity should be regulated, there should be a law about hijacking desperately serious newbie surfers when they get over their head.
Thanks for letting me spew.