1098-01 (8kgeg dist, 3.1 mean)
The Internet Oracle has pondered your question deeply.
Your question was:
And in response, thus spake the Oracle:
> Before you answer, a list of things to remember:
> Don't assume that by insults, you can make your answer funny; insults
> are almost never funny on their own.
> Remember to make sure you're not using Microsoft Outlook, as it _will_
> make you look like an idiot. I don't care if it came with your
> computer, try to use something that actually sends what you write.
> Don't respond with some variant of "I don't know". When combined with
> Outlook, this is the #1 bane of supplicants everywhere.
> If you don't have a funny response, let the question fall back in the
> queue. You'll be less likely to be flamed by a priest.
> Don't include the text of the question. It never helps, as in both the
> digests and the response sent to the supplicant, the question _is_
> If you see the same question you responded to twice, it usually means
> that the supplicant found your response unfunny.
> Avoid stealing from other sources. Parody and pastiche are okay, but
> stealing outright is considered bad form for an incarnation.
> Don't feel required to write a response, even if you're seeing "The
> Oracle's queue is getting rather full".
> This has been a public service announcement.
} Oh, marvellous, witty supplicant, I am responding to you using Mutt
} 0.95.4i, a text-only mailer whose configuration file syntax makes small
} children and executives shriek. I know exactly what you mean. If I
} didn't have a funny response, I wouldn't be replying to you. I won't
} repeat your question, because I'm sure you remember it, and you would
} hardly be so absent-minded as to ask your old Oracle the same question
} twice. I just searched DejaNews for this answer and didn't find it
} anywhere, so I'm quite certain that it's original. It's no problem
} writing a response--I don't mind at all.
} You owe the Oracle a perfect score of 5.0, evidently.