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I admit it, I'm biased.

permies.com rocks.

Let's have a little fun AND publicly thank the over 40 volunteers who make permies.com a friendly and incredibly informative place to hang out.

I saw this meme going around the interwebs about how the characters in The Breakfast Club could represent different social media:


(found on reddit for posting here, though not sure if that's the orginal source)

Another meme assigned Pornhub, Facebook, Deviant Art, Twitter, and reddit to the same characters - ha!

It got me to thinking about what character might represent a permies user. My first thought was Joseph's epic picture:


from Casie's permies farmer thread.

What do you think represents permies?

Of course, permies folks are trying to save the world, so they are a type of super hero in overalls (or utilikilts or plaid or skirts...)
   

Sometimes, superheros have dark days, (or dark breakfasts). Though all in all, I think most permies here are aware of the wheaton eco scale and we're all doing what we can, no matter where we are in our own path.



The staff here are superheros in making this an awesome space to hang out. What picture or character would you give them?


 
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You see, I'm trying to respond with a hug gob of positive and humor after some recent examples:
  • Faggots, retards, and volunteer moderators
  • You Deleted My Post

  • Most offensive posts are gone before they are even seen by a majority of users. These were left up just to let folks know some of what goes on behind the curtain.

    If any of you use other social media, here are videos that make fun of less well moderated sites. These crack me up and make me very happy that we don't have this kind of crazy on permies.com!!

    Opinion Rhapsody (a Bohemian Rhapsody Parody by Dustin Ahkuoi) - mostly about FaceBook:

    https://youtu.be/IABRgZH12YA

    And this classic that Burra alerted us to a few years back, 'Thank You Haters' by Clever Pie and Isabel Fay, mostly about YouTube:





     
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    Oh, right!! We have a permies.com action figure, thanks to Nicole!!

    The Official Permies.com Paul Wheaton Action Figure!

    He could even come with a dragon for better superhero adventures!!

    And btw, that's a piece of huckleberry pie near his left foot.

    ~~~~~~

    What other fun do you all have for the superheros here and/or social media comparisons?


     
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    I gotta update that thread! He now comes with a little lightbulb, too!

    (The frost acted like velcro to the lightbulb, creating some fun effects :D)
    mini-paul-has-an-idea-pie-is-good.jpg
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    Breakfast with spiderman is hard.... Who else eats pie, thinks world domination thoughts, and does it all from the top of scaffolding?

     
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    I agree, and mostly it's because of the moderation. I didn't appreciate the way people behaved on FaceBook during the one year I decided to use it, and it didn't help that the year I used was 2016, either, for obvious reasons. And my experience with dating apps has been, I think disturbing is the appropriate word. I did not appreciate the way people spoke to with me on those, mostly because no one spoke with me the way they would in real life. I expect a certain level of formality, or just baseline respect, when interacting with people I have just met. Then, the dynamics change whether friendship develops or doesn't.

    But anyhow, back to topic. On permies.com, I find I can mostly talk with everyone like we're all friends, because that baseline level of respect for others is well-maintained. (It's mostly when things dip far below that threshhold level of respect that I just walk away, because I do find certain types of behavior unexcusable by my standards).

    I think Joseph Lofthouse makes a good representative of the permies community, and I think the overalls person and tree scene is a good depeiction, too.
     
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    I agree with Dave about the picture of Joseph Lofthouse.  It shows so much happiness and joy with life that makes it very appealing.(if you were faking that smile i dont want to know😉)  And those carrots are stunning.  
     
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    I never worry about nastyness here. Nowhere is this well moderated. I do worry about it ending up too nice, now and then...

    Also, I returned to my screen and this thread was open. It was scrolled down until the top half of the 'permies' logo with the apple tree was hidden offscreen. It processed as a totally different image... just about choked and now I can't unsee it.

    You're welcome!
     
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    Dillon Nichols wrote:
    Also, I returned to my screen and this thread was open. It was scrolled down until the top half of the 'permies' logo with the apple tree was hidden offscreen. It processed as a totally different image... just about choked and now I can't unsee it.

    You're welcome!



    Human manure is totally permaculture!
     
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    Dillon Nichols wrote:I never worry about nastyness here. Nowhere is this well moderated. I do worry about it ending up too nice, now and then...

    Also, I returned to my screen and this thread was open. It was scrolled down until the top half of the 'permies' logo with the apple tree was hidden offscreen. It processed as a totally different image... just about choked and now I can't unsee it.

    You're welcome!



    Thats what happened when he stop eating permie and hid face and tried eating junk. His body got really loud, verbal and messy.
     
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    Jocelyn Campbell wrote:I admit it, I'm biased.

    permies.com rocks.

    Let's have a little fun AND publicly thank the over 40 volunteers who make permies.com a friendly and incredibly informative place to hang out.



    Permies rocks!!!

    Permies.com has the best social media experience by far! It's so far ahead from FB et al. I don't even think it can be called a competition.
     
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    I feel fortunate that permies was my very first experience with 'forums'.  We had internet access at home for the first time in 2012 so all online experiences were brand new.  Permies was a comfortable place to post and the discussions were so relevant to my life.

    Later I peeked at other forums and was usually disappointed, mostly because they were no where near as active and some were obviously under moderated....and then  there was reddit!!! I tried to go there a few times but could not ignore the horrible aggressive language that was allowed there....it always felt like a waste of my time to wade through.

    I'm thankful that I had an opportunity to work behind the scenes here as a volunteer (pre gardener) then as a steward for awhile....that gave me an even better perspective about the how and why this forum works so well.  It is not an easy job back there and many put in much effort to keep it clean for everyone.  (my choice to drop out and enjoy the view from out here)

    I love Joseph's photo...wonderful permies representation.

    I also like the farmer and tree but noticed the image shifting long ago...correct that it's impossible to 'unsee'

    scrolled down until the top half of the 'permies' logo with the apple tree was hidden offscreen. It processed as a totally different image... just about choked and now I can't unsee it.









     
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    I eschewed much of social media from the outset. I use instagram a bit now, but I am mostly a content consumer.

    So I was making all my newbie mistakes here on permies, where they wouldn't just disappear, but would haunt me until I fixed things, usually with an apology for hot-headedness (Fred, if you're reading this, I am still sorry).

    This site and it's fora are more of an interactive experience. You don't just post a bunch of selfies with your hugelbeets or garden harvests and walk away. There are conversations and interactions beyond liking something. That interaction essentially forces people to be real, and post with a modicum of responsibility, as though any of the people that we interact with, on any given day, could knock on our doors and take us to task for some flip comment.

    Not only are there the publishing standards to keep us civil, we can't really remain anonymous in the same way that we can on those giant social media platforms. Even if the profiles we use don't employ our real names, our interactions aren't useful to us if we aren't genuine.

    So thank you to Paul, and to all who volunteer, and all who create content on this site, giving us something to discuss. These are the things that make permies great.

    -CK
     
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    I've just started getting more involved with permies recently, but I've been reading on here for a while, and it is by far the best social media experience I've seen.

    It's such a great place to share and learn about permaculture, but also extends to encompass general life issues as well. Everyone is so kind and even differences of opinion are shared politely and with respect to others (which I'm sure is largely due to the wonderful moderation ).

    A big thanks to everyone who makes this such a great place! Plus, we have our own action figure, how cool is that!
     
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    Nicole Alderman wrote:I gotta update that thread! He now comes with a little lightbulb, too!

    (The frost acted like velcro to the lightbulb, creating some fun effects :D)



    HA HA HA!!! a Frosted Mini-Wheaton!!!
     
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    About a month and a half ago I was tired of all the "drama" in my life, for the lack of a better term.

    There was fighting on Facebook, at church, on other forums, and especially with doctors regarding me being sick. I was not mad at anyone, but to cope I just said to heck with everything and really retreated. None of that stuff, including Permies Forums.

    Specifically I was not mad at anyone at Permies, yet I never felt like I was a Permie. I have farmed all my life, but it has always been conventionally. I know from my familiy we cannot keep doing what we have always done (we are down to 1 of the 6 farms in the family), yet it is hard to let go of experience and what your grandfather told you. I alwas struggled with what to apply, and what not too in the way of permie practices, and I probably always will.

    But just before Christmas, Permies members had collected $1500, with personal, hand written notes from (3) members expressing concern and love. It was incredibly touching; a Permie way of saying, "you are different, we know you struggle, but we accept you anyway."

    Acceptence into a pretty cool gild is...welll...priceless. Thank You Guys! (Hugs)

     
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    I think the little P symbol in the overall bib would make an awesome knitting pattern or a quilt block!
     
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    Dillon Nichols wrote:

    Also, I returned to my screen and this thread was open. It was scrolled down until the top half of the 'permies' logo with the apple tree was hidden offscreen. It processed as a totally different image... just about choked and now I can't unsee it.

    You're welcome!



    Tee heeeee!
     
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    Steve Thorn wrote:...it is by far the best social media experience I've seen.

    It's such a great place to share and learn about permaculture, but also extends to encompass general life issues as well. Everyone is so kind and even differences of opinion are shared politely and with respect to others (which I'm sure is largely due to the wonderful moderation ).

    A big thanks to everyone who makes this such a great place! Plus, we have our own action figure, how cool is that!




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    To that I would add, like Steve said:

    PERMIES: Great place to share, learn, and everyone is so kind! Oh, and have a donut!

    Thanks, everyone for making permies the best social media!
     
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    This is the only social media I am on and I never considered it social media.  I feel like it's my people.  It's a community.

     
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    Permies.com is my online happy place. It is social media-like; it only lacks 'status update feeds' and 'friending,' but all that doesn't really detract too much from the experience.
     
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    Anne Miller wrote:
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    We need to add permies to it!
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    Permies: The place to learn how to grow all the ingredients for donuts, and how to make a stove to cook them on!
    Permies: The place to learn how to grow all the ingredients for donuts, and how to make a stove to cook them on!
     
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    Apparently FB, WhatsApp and Instagram went down today - can’t say I noticed.
     
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    Jocelyn Campbell wrote:You see, I'm trying to respond with a hug gob of positive and humor after some recent examples:

  • Faggots, retards, and volunteer moderators
  • You Deleted My Post

  • Most offensive posts are gone before they are even seen by a majority of users. These were left up just to let folks know some of what goes on behind the curtain.

    If any of you use other social media, here are videos that make fun of less well moderated sites. These crack me up and make me very happy that we don't have this kind of crazy on permies.com!!

    Opinion Rhapsody (a Bohemian Rhapsody Parody by Dustin Ahkuoi) - mostly about FaceBook:

    https://youtu.be/IABRgZH12YA

    And this classic that Burra alerted us to a few years back, 'Thank You Haters' by Clever Pie and Isabel Fay, mostly about YouTube:




    I have a meeting right now with raven, and she is insisting that I watch this video again.
     
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    I was very grateful for the Permies user experience after being lashed out at by a hoard of trolls on Reddit.

    THANK YOU PERMIES!
     
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    Ashley Cottonwood wrote:I was very grateful for the Permies user experience after being lashed out at by a hoard of trolls on Reddit.

    THANK YOU PERMIES!


    Hmmm... maybe the *real* reason Paul wears those big coveralls is to hide the giant troll deleter he has stashed close at hand for instant use!

    Yes, permies is the closest I get to social media and I'm happy not to have to deal with all the stress of other options.
     
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