Proposition: That anyone who shows up in some online venue for the first time, collectively addresses the participants in an established conversation as “you folks”, and tells them there’s some point they’ve all missed, will infallibly turn out to be a jerk. Further, his great and brilliant point will either be stupid or elementary.
In a pinch, you can forget the other indicators and just shoot on sight anyone who turns up and collectively addresses the conversation as “you folks”. I don’t know why this class of yoyos feels compelled to say “you folks”, but I’ve been quietly tabulating instances of it here and on Electrolite, and it’s a clear marker for “I am an idiot”.Addenda: In the comments thread, Neil observes that the “you folks” rule:
…seems equally to apply to anyone who uses the phrase “you people” in an opening post. Especially “what you (folks/people) fail to understand is…”Soren deSelby exhibits his own collection of markers, only he’s turned his into art:
I know I won’t be very popular for saying this, butTo which Avram replied,
The emperor’s naked,
and I’m not afraid to point it out.
I know what you’re going to say.
You’re just saying that because
you would say that,
What a … coincidence.Think about it.
Soren — Sorry, I didn’t read that, because I can’t stand exposure to new ideas.Yeah!