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11 September 2002 @ 02:10 am
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I'm having a very Hermione moment. I don't know who started it, but someone began to use the term "ping" to mean that they were sending an instant message to someone else. And then it seemed like everyone was saying it. "Oh, I'll ping X." "Y just pinged me."

This is NOT what ping means. And I can't take it anymore. It's driving me MAD. (allright, MORE mad. Hush.)

For your edifications:

Ping is a basic Internet program that lets you verify that a particular IP address exists and can accept requests. The verb ping means the act of using the ping utility or command. Ping is used diagnostically to ensure that a host computer you are trying to reach is actually operating. If, for example, a user can't ping a host, then the user will be unable to use the File Transfer Protocol (FTP) to send files to that host. Ping can also be used with a host that is operating to see how long it takes to get a response back. Using ping, you can learn the number form of the IP address from the symbolic domain name.

Loosely, ping means "to check for the presence of" another party online. Ping operates by sending a packet to a designated address and waiting for a response. The computer acronym (for Packet Internet or Inter-Network Groper) was contrived to match the submariners' term for the sound of a returned sonar pulse.

It is correct to use the term "ping" when on IRC and you think you are lagged from someone. There, you can use the program to ping that person and see how many seconds seperate you from that individual. In that case, it is proper to say that you pinged someone.

Do I expect y'all to start saying "I messaged X," or "Z messaged me and Y" now? Nope. But I feel better now that I've geeked out and gotten this off my chest. *relieved sigh*

Oh, and...
Which Smallville                                               character are you?

Smallville character are you?

This is really quite accurate. And most likely the reason that I sorta ship Clark/Chloe. *scuffs toe* But Michael is still the best!! It's just that Lex/Chloe doesn't make any sense canonwise. I just don't buy it.

Let me just state for the record that the periodic hysterical declarations of people leaving the fandom only to come back a day or two later are getting really old and tired. You don't like it here? Don't let the door smack you on the arse on the way out. But then don't bloody come back a couple of days later and pretend it's all okay and act like it'll be swept under the rug. This melodramatic bullshit serves only to draw attention to yourselves, and if it's attention you want, why don't you seek a more positive way to get it? Because frankly, this immature crap needs to stop. Maybe I should apologize for expecting more from adults, I don't know. But fuck, I'm just tired of people doing this and putting me and our other mutual friends through an emotional wringer because some people can't deal with their own shit in a mature manner. I'm not perfect nor have I ever claimed to be. But at least you can always count on me being upfront with you, and this is what I've done here. It's my opinion, I own it, so if you want to hate or flame someone, that would be me. But it had to be said.
I feel: annoyedannoyed
hautemonde on September 11th, 2002 12:19 am (UTC)
I haven't decided if I want to ask you if you even know what you're talking about or if you intended it to be that hurtful.
Vicki: My Hermionehermorrine on September 11th, 2002 12:31 am (UTC)
No, it was not intended to be hurtful to anyone who's done what I'm talking about. But if you want to discuss it, I'm certainly willing to listen.
furious georgeweatherby on September 11th, 2002 01:10 am (UTC)
The 'ping' thing has always bothered me as well. The first time someone told me to 'ping' them I just sat there dumbly, wondering how one could ping from AIM.
Vicki: Me and my stickhermorrine on September 11th, 2002 01:13 am (UTC)
I am so glad I was not the only one. It is time for us PUTPPs (People who Use the Term Ping Properly) to unite! *pumps fist*
kissaki on September 11th, 2002 02:25 am (UTC)

I say ping all the time. >:o!!!!!!!

But I also use the word "buzz" and I've also said, "get a hold of me." Ping just seems easier because my sound alerts DO sound like pings!

Vicki: Well....hermorrine on September 11th, 2002 11:16 am (UTC)
We know you do. We love you anyway. But don't be too surprised if there's an intervention at some point.
chiriko on September 11th, 2002 05:23 am (UTC)
i'd think by becoming online slang, no matter how small the group that uses it, the word "ping" has taken on an extra definition than the one stated above... so people can use the term in that context since it now also means something else to them. i mean, the word "cool" didn't always mean "great," but it started somehow and took on the extra definition.

haha, i don't know why i care enough to say that, because i rarely if ever use the word ping instead of IM. oh well! it's early and i'm up and there's nothing else to do.
Vicki: Can't fight the R/Hhermorrine on September 11th, 2002 11:19 am (UTC)
Oh, I don't disagree with you at all. Words change meaning and get used for different things all the time. But I'm just an old internet fogey and this one bugged me. That's all. I'm a geek.

closed: ah-ha. so not amused.andrush on September 11th, 2002 05:55 am (UTC)
/ctcp ping Morri

bwahahaha I FEEL YOUR PAIN! Stupid people! *glares at them, because they are so easily offended*

Oooo only 1 sec! We are so close! *clings*
Vicki: Happy Happy!hermorrine on September 11th, 2002 11:20 am (UTC)
Ping me again baby! *moans*

That's what she said.: Am evil. >:D<altricial on September 11th, 2002 08:31 am (UTC)

The ping thing has always bothered me too, I usually say IM unless I'm talking to Alex, I think that nerd started the ping thing :))
Vicki: Me and my stickhermorrine on September 11th, 2002 11:21 am (UTC)
She is not the only one. But I wouldn't be surprised if she started it. Wasn't she the one who started t00b??
That's what she said.altricial on September 11th, 2002 11:35 am (UTC)
Yes she was! *cracks up*
Añejo / Lenaanejo on September 11th, 2002 08:37 am (UTC)
But no, pinging somebody isn't having a conversation with them. Pinging them is saying 'Oi, are you alive?'
Vicki: Me and my stickhermorrine on September 11th, 2002 10:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I got my definition from elsewhere, but I think they say about the same thing. :)
FAR EVILER: khavibhanesidhe on September 11th, 2002 09:40 am (UTC)
Am I evil if I kinda slightly completely agree ?_?

Not that I'm anything but non-bias, of course.
Vicki: My Hermionehermorrine on September 11th, 2002 11:22 am (UTC)
*huggles the long-absent Sidhe*
instructor of the immobile arts: clexphotoingridmatthews on September 11th, 2002 11:19 am (UTC)
Let me just state for the record that the periodic hysterical declarations of people leaving the fandom only to come back a day or two later are getting really old and tired.

Unfortunately, most of us do it at least once in our young fannish life and regret it about an hour later when we realize that we'd really, really, *really*, miss being part of the scene. Hence the oblivious waltz back into the door a week or so later, hoping everyone forgot we ever left (hey, we feel better, so shouldn't they?) but of course, no one ever does. People rarely forget being made to feel awful and guilty and rotten that they were so mean or neglectful to someone we thought was truly hurt and not just having a momentary hissy-fit.

In fact, that pisses most of us off. Mightily.

That's why it's smart not only to never make those final declarations of departure, even if you are positive you mean it this time. It's also smart to ignore these declarations as best we can. If someone posts some long obituary for themselves, telling all you bastards how they're NEVER coming back to this sadistic hole of cruelty, spare them a shrug and move to business as usual.

They'll be back and you won't have wasted any of your blood pressure pills.
Vicki: don't shag??hermorrine on September 11th, 2002 11:32 am (UTC)
Oh, believe me, I've ignored these declarations time and time again, and often from the same people. I have no problem with people leaving the fandom - ultimately, everyone needs to do what's best for them. I might be sad to see them go (and there are certainly a few people like that who I miss), but no quarrel there. And I really wouldn't mind if someone left once and came back, because everyone makes mistakes and I really am the forgiving type, although I suppose you wouldn't know that from this post. This is really directed at those people who seem to do this on a regular basis, as a cry for attention maybe? I honestly don't know. I had one person do it again last night (in private chat, not LJ), and it was like the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back. And I'm not one to bite my tongue after a certain point. Whether that's a good or a bad thing, I don't know.