Thursday, September 8, 2011

Online forums are awesome.

Being lonely, by myself, and alone as usual, I found myself browsing pinkbike. Again.

Being an idiot, as usual, I clicked on this Eurobike story about Mavic's new MTB footwear in the hope that there might be an exciting new product. Their new road shoes look pretty good, so I thought, "hey, maybe their mountain bike shoes will look decent, too."

I was wrong. They don't look decent.





Instead of shooting for "good" or "decent" or even "not visually offensive" in their first big foray into the MTB shoe market, Mavic decided to go for a vomit inducing fusion of Euro/storm trooper/old-people-velcro-shoe styles.












After briefly perusing the article, I turned to the most valuable resource that Pinkbike offers: user input, aka comments.



The first comment on the article was from "PedalShopLLC," who contributed this gem to the conversation,

"Don't care for laces. Like the tread on that Switchback. I'd rock the Alpine shoe --- would prefer something in your basic black though. white's a little flashy."



Which earned this less grammatically correct but much more awesome response:

"who cares what you like" -motoracer432


Whoever you are, thank you, motoracer432. Even without a question mark, "who cares what you like" is probably the best question ever. The best part of the question is that it's not a question at all; it's a statement. It's a statement that no, sorry, nobody else cares about what you think.

Seriously though, what sort of immature, self-absorbed, attention-starved egotist needs to be heard so badly that they will voice their thoughts online in some stupid quasi-public forum that no one reads?




"who cares what you think" is such a good question that it should become an auto-reply whenever anyone posts a comment on Pinkbike, or any other forum ever. It's so good that it should be IN ALL CAPS, TOO. Here are some examples of what the new and improved Pinkbike comment section could look like, using actual comments from the online intellectual metropolis that is Pinkbike:



On Pedals:

Burgtec penthouse flats best pedal ever imo and come in crazy colours -swifty17uk

AUTO-REPLY: WHO CARES WHAT YOU LIKE





On Head Angles:


yea, my faith with 203mm forks has about a 66degree head angle, which is the same as the team dh, plus its newer. they end up as a good race bike thts pretty light 2:D -tommybananajohnson

AUTO-REPLY: WHO CARES WHAT YOU LIKE




On Tires:



"Michelin tires are the best that I have had at least for DH best 4x tire ever is the Maxxis Bling-Blings 2.35 Lopes edition those tires rail hard pack dirt like no other"
-dyalnger9

AUTO-REPLY: WHO CARES WHAT YOU LIKE p.s. Brian Lopes sucks





Anyway, thanks for reading the Team Robot blog.

AUTO-REPLY: WHO CARES WHAT YOU LIKE

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