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Title: What is a "reef tank owner"
Post by: CarbShark on August 16, 2018, 05:43:39 PM
I don't get the reference.


Title: Re: What is a "reef tank owner"
Post by: wastrel on August 16, 2018, 06:02:21 PM
You got here too late.
Title: Re: What is a "reef tank owner"
Post by: HighPockets on August 16, 2018, 06:11:15 PM
Yeah, that's a classic. There was a member that thought that a Reef Tank = chick magnet (I can't remember the name, even thought I should, he was a card.)

Is it time to update some of the special tags? I just rolled through 1984, and forgot to get a screen cap of it.
Title: Re: What is a "reef tank owner"
Post by: wastrel on August 16, 2018, 07:41:30 PM
It was Opcn, and the thread actually still exists, but it is in cold storage.

Here's the relevant quote:

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I think that I am being accused of more youthful ignorance than I am displaying.

I understand that there is a low rate of success for someone in my position.

I was happy just being friends, I am happy just being friends.

In this stalemate where she perceives me as not wanting to be just friends our friendship is likely to fail, a relationship could possibly make it.

I have pursued females in the past and backed off to friends (like so many of you have suggested) and lost them pretty much every time I try, thus far what is being recommended has yielded a 0% success rating.

Some men have been successful moving from a friendship with a disinterested party to a relationship, clearly it is possible.

In this situation my end goal is to still have her talking to me on a regular basis, friendship or relationship, I also want to remain honest because up to this point I have been completely honest.

Member 5091: I am a young man in college with a kick ass reef tank, huge muscular arms, and a rear end that has garnered many a compliment, if I wanted to I could sleep with at least three women before the morning, sex isn't really what I'm after. (huge may have been an overstatement, my biceps are 15.5" and my forearms are 14", not a week goes by that no one compliments me on having really nice arms, girls round here really seem to like guys with big arms)

Immediately followed by:

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reef tank?

And Opcn's explanation:

Quote
Salt water tank with fluorescent corals, and beautiful fish, panty peeler.
Title: Re: What is a "reef tank owner"
Post by: HighPockets on August 16, 2018, 08:27:21 PM
Oh, man. I had forgotten the nuance of the message. THAT is a walk down memory lane. 
Title: Re: What is a "reef tank owner"
Post by: arthwollipot on August 16, 2018, 08:30:07 PM
Interesting. I had assumed that it was something that was talked about on the show a long time ago.
Title: Re: What is a "reef tank owner"
Post by: Captain Video on August 16, 2018, 09:06:01 PM
Funny, for years I thought all those people actually owned reef tanks.

My ex wife told me stories of some putz who used to hit on her using his reef tank as a means to get with her, also wanting to create "new fish" and name them after her.  There cant be anything too that but who knows, maybe I should get one.  >:D
Title: Re: What is a "reef tank owner"
Post by: CarbShark on August 16, 2018, 09:23:10 PM
Funny, for years I thought all those people actually owned reef tanks.

My ex wife told me stories of some putz who used to hit on her using his reef tank as a means to get with her, also wanting to create "new fish" and name them after her.  There cant be anything too that but who knows, maybe I should get one.  >:D
Thanks. Now I want to post more to change my tag :)


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Title: Re: What is a "reef tank owner"
Post by: AQB24712 on August 17, 2018, 03:44:29 PM
Is it time to update some of the special tags?

Not until I get the reef tank I've worked so hard for!

When Henning, Belgarath, 6EQUJ5, and I won Skeptical Trivia at NECSS a few years ago, we were Team Reef Tank.
Title: Re: What is a "reef tank owner"
Post by: HighPockets on August 17, 2018, 05:22:20 PM
Is it time to update some of the special tags?

Not until I get the reef tank I've worked so hard for!

When Henning, Belgarath, 6EQUJ5, and I won Skeptical Trivia at NECSS a few years ago, we were Team Reef Tank.

Well you better step up your game. I hardly ever see posts from you anymore. (I have politics on ignore) Do we need to revive the Forumvision game or start a new one?

I thought there was a post that listed the messages and thresholds for each but I couldn't find it anywhere.
Title: Re: What is a "reef tank owner"
Post by: brilligtove on August 17, 2018, 06:04:08 PM
I thought there was a post that listed the messages and thresholds for each but I couldn't find it anywhere.
I'm curious about the same thing, actually.
Title: Re: What is a "reef tank owner"
Post by: HighPockets on August 24, 2018, 01:30:04 PM
Hmm, I just hit 1999. I was hoping for a "party like..." or a "space..." color me disappointed.
Title: Re: What is a "reef tank owner"
Post by: superdave on August 24, 2018, 02:17:00 PM
It was Opcn, and the thread actually still exists, but it is in cold storage.

Here's the relevant quote:

Quote
I think that I am being accused of more youthful ignorance than I am displaying.

I understand that there is a low rate of success for someone in my position.

I was happy just being friends, I am happy just being friends.

In this stalemate where she perceives me as not wanting to be just friends our friendship is likely to fail, a relationship could possibly make it.

I have pursued females in the past and backed off to friends (like so many of you have suggested) and lost them pretty much every time I try, thus far what is being recommended has yielded a 0% success rating.

Some men have been successful moving from a friendship with a disinterested party to a relationship, clearly it is possible.

In this situation my end goal is to still have her talking to me on a regular basis, friendship or relationship, I also want to remain honest because up to this point I have been completely honest.

Member 5091: I am a young man in college with a kick ass reef tank, huge muscular arms, and a rear end that has garnered many a compliment, if I wanted to I could sleep with at least three women before the morning, sex isn't really what I'm after. (huge may have been an overstatement, my biceps are 15.5" and my forearms are 14", not a week goes by that no one compliments me on having really nice arms, girls round here really seem to like guys with big arms)

Immediately followed by:

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reef tank?

And Opcn's explanation:

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Salt water tank with fluorescent corals, and beautiful fish, panty peeler.

Reading this is proof that yes, this forum has improved with regards to the sexism thing.  Whether it was by enough is up to debate, but improved, yes.
Title: Re: What is a "reef tank owner"
Post by: The Latinist on August 24, 2018, 06:21:35 PM
The quote above is actually only a small taste of the thread.  It’s really quite remarkable, and a shame that most can’t see it.
Title: Re: What is a "reef tank owner"
Post by: brilligtove on August 24, 2018, 06:29:45 PM
Hmm, I just hit 1999. I was hoping for a "party like..." or a "space..." color me disappointed.

You're one shy of a space oddessy now, baby.
Title: Re: What is a "reef tank owner"
Post by: Rai on October 17, 2018, 02:33:52 PM
Reading this is proof that yes, this forum has improved with regards to the sexism thing.  Whether it was by enough is up to debate, but improved, yes.

We used to have a boobs (or tits? can't recall) thread...
Title: Re: What is a "reef tank owner"
Post by: stands2reason on October 17, 2018, 05:36:30 PM
Yeah, that's a classic. There was a member that thought that a Reef Tank = chick magnet (I can't remember the name, even thought I should, he was a card.)

Is it time to update some of the special tags? I just rolled through 1984, and forgot to get a screen cap of it.

Wait until you get to 2001: An SGU Odyssey...
Title: Re: What is a "reef tank owner"
Post by: arthwollipot on October 18, 2018, 12:56:24 AM
Reading this is proof that yes, this forum has improved with regards to the sexism thing.  Whether it was by enough is up to debate, but improved, yes.

We used to have a boobs (or tits? can't recall) thread...

I remember a very heated discussion about the Explicit section in which people vehemently defended their desire to post nude images.
Title: Re: What is a "reef tank owner"
Post by: CarbShark on October 30, 2018, 12:25:07 AM
Finally, I have matriculated from Reef Tank Owner.

Title: Re: What is a "reef tank owner"
Post by: Eternally Learning on October 30, 2018, 02:13:16 AM
Reading this is proof that yes, this forum has improved with regards to the sexism thing.  Whether it was by enough is up to debate, but improved, yes.

We used to have a boobs (or tits? can't recall) thread...

I remember a very heated discussion about the Explicit section in which people vehemently defended their desire to post nude images.

To be perfectly fair to the other side (of which I was not a member), the argument was less "but I want moar bewbs!" and more, "this place should not curtail the free expression of its members when that speech does no harm, and nude photos aren't harmful."  I believe the main line of argumentation that carried the day was that there may be nothing inherently wrong with consensual photos of nude women posted to titillate other members, but that the conversation around it was very off-putting to many female members and would-be members too.  Not trying to reopen the discussion, just wanted to clarify that the argument was slightly more elevated than some wanting nudes and some not.
Title: Re: What is a "reef tank owner"
Post by: arthwollipot on October 30, 2018, 02:22:02 AM
Reading this is proof that yes, this forum has improved with regards to the sexism thing.  Whether it was by enough is up to debate, but improved, yes.

We used to have a boobs (or tits? can't recall) thread...

I remember a very heated discussion about the Explicit section in which people vehemently defended their desire to post nude images.

To be perfectly fair to the other side (of which I was not a member), the argument was less "but I want moar bewbs!" and more, "this place should not curtail the free expression of its members when that speech does no harm, and nude photos aren't harmful."  I believe the main line of argumentation that carried the day was that there may be nothing inherently wrong with consensual photos of nude women posted to titillate other members, but that the conversation around it was very off-putting to many female members and would-be members too.  Not trying to reopen the discussion, just wanted to clarify that the argument was slightly more elevated than some wanting nudes and some not.

Fair enough - you appear to remember it a bit differently than I do, but that's okay. Different perspectives and all that. I bugged out of the conversation pretty early.
Title: Re: What is a "reef tank owner"
Post by: Calinthalus on October 30, 2018, 07:55:01 AM
If I recall correctly, wasn't there also a push to have beefcake pictures as well...to sort of counterballance the boobs?


I was fine with the boobs forum being there, because it was all adult and consensual, but to be honest it didn't make much sense.  There are plenty of porn sites all over the internet, why bother cultivating one here?  I didn't really frequent it, but I did make jokes about its very existence.
Title: Re: What is a "reef tank owner"
Post by: superdave on October 30, 2018, 08:35:41 AM
I think the prevaling thought was while there is nothing wrong with legal nudes, they don't have much to do with science, skepticism, or the podcast to which this forum is associated with.
Title: Re: What is a "reef tank owner"
Post by: Rai on October 30, 2018, 09:45:26 AM
The objectification of women is the last thing the already oppressively male-dominated sceptical scene needs to embrace. Getting rid of that shite was a very good decision.
Title: Re: What is a "reef tank owner"
Post by: CarbShark on November 24, 2018, 02:58:44 PM
Finally, I have matriculated from Reef Tank Owner.

That was only temporary.
Title: Re: What is a "reef tank owner"
Post by: Beleth on March 24, 2019, 04:20:12 PM
I think the prevaling thought was while there is nothing wrong with legal nudes, they don't have much to do with science, skepticism, or the podcast to which this forum is associated with.

More or less. They didn't fit in with the Intent of the forum because n00dz don't lead to intellectually challenging discussion. "Look at the cans on that broad" isn't a reply terribly overburdened with intellectuality.

We tried numerous ways to keep them around. None of them worked to the mods' satisfaction. Plus there's plenty of free sites elsewhere to get pr0n at. We didn't need to be another one.
Title: Re: What is a "reef tank owner"
Post by: Eternally Learning on March 24, 2019, 07:13:24 PM
Oh hey; I just noticed I achieved "Reef Tank Owner" status recently.  Now I understand why all the panties around me have been dropping suddenly.
Title: Re: What is a "reef tank owner"
Post by: wastrel on March 25, 2019, 03:46:54 AM
Oh hey; I just noticed I achieved "Reef Tank Owner" status recently.  Now I understand why all the panties around me have been dropping suddenly.

Not just dropping, peeling.
Title: Re: What is a "reef tank owner"
Post by: CarbShark on March 25, 2019, 11:06:55 AM
Well, enjoy that status while it lasts.

Once you go beyond Reef Tank Owner you won’t see that at all.


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Title: Re: What is a "reef tank owner"
Post by: daniel1948 on April 24, 2019, 07:38:02 PM
I just noticed that my tag now says "Hasn't Reef Tank Owner."

I'm pretty sure I know how that happened. At one time my tag was "Stopped going outside." As a lover of the outdoors, I complained, and some thoughtful mod changed it to "Hasn't stopped going outside." Apparently that was accomplished just by adding "Hasn't" in front of the tag, and when the site changed it to "Reef tank owner" the "Hasn't" remained.

I want my tag to say "I'd rather be paddling." I've seen that on license plate holders around here. And FWIW, I don't own a reef tank but there are reefs within minutes of my house.

I get it that "Reef tank" was a joke here a few decades ago. But even after reading this thread it's pretty flat for me. I could own the biggest reef tank there is and drive a Bugatti and I still wouldn't get to first base with women. With the implication of "panty peeler," putting "Reef tank owner" under my name is kind of rubbing salt into the wound.
Title: Re: What is a "reef tank owner"
Post by: Calinthalus on April 24, 2019, 08:45:54 PM
In honesty, I always read the "reef tank owner" as ironically mocking the idea of it being a panty peeler.  I've had very limited success at peeling panties myself.  Honestly, I don't know what peels panties, maybe reef tanks will do it.
Title: Re: What is a "reef tank owner"
Post by: Belgarath on April 24, 2019, 10:19:40 PM
It was mocking the idea that a person could actually think such a thing would work. 


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Title: Re: What is a "reef tank owner"
Post by: The Latinist on April 24, 2019, 11:00:43 PM
Daniel, you can set your own personal text in your profile; it will appear under your avatar.  The post count titles are not individualized.
Title: Re: What is a "reef tank owner"
Post by: daniel1948 on April 25, 2019, 01:39:00 PM
Daniel, you can set your own personal text in your profile; it will appear under your avatar.  The post count titles are not individualized.

Okay. I see you've changed "Hasn't a reef tank owner" to "Isn't a reef tank owner."  Guess that'll have to do.
Title: Re: What is a "reef tank owner"
Post by: Morvis13 on April 25, 2019, 03:45:10 PM
There is nothing greater than Planetary Skeptic. :) :(
Title: Re: What is a "reef tank owner"
Post by: daniel1948 on April 25, 2019, 04:57:16 PM
There's no Galactic Skeptic or Universe Skeptic?
Title: Re: What is a "reef tank owner"
Post by: Belgarath on April 26, 2019, 08:20:42 AM
There's no Galactic Skeptic or Universe Skeptic?

Both of those actually exist..... >:D
Title: Re: What is a "reef tank owner"
Post by: Morvis13 on April 26, 2019, 09:09:39 AM
There's no Galactic Skeptic or Universe Skeptic?

Both of those actually exist..... >:D

Guess I just have to post more.
Title: Re: What is a "reef tank owner"
Post by: Belgarath on April 26, 2019, 12:27:06 PM
There's no Galactic Skeptic or Universe Skeptic?

Both of those actually exist..... >:D

Guess I just have to post more.

Guess so :)

Title: Re: What is a "reef tank owner"
Post by: stands2reason on May 05, 2019, 09:37:47 PM
I think the prevaling thought was while there is nothing wrong with legal nudes, they don't have much to do with science, skepticism, or the podcast to which this forum is associated with.

More or less. They didn't fit in with the Intent of the forum because n00dz don't lead to intellectually challenging discussion. "Look at the cans on that broad" isn't a reply terribly overburdened with intellectuality.

We tried numerous ways to keep them around. None of them worked to the mods' satisfaction. Plus there's plenty of free sites elsewhere to get pr0n at. We didn't need to be another one.

(https://i.imgur.com/Sh3YUQp_d.jpg?maxwidth=640&shape=thumb&fidelity=medium)
Title: Re: What is a "reef tank owner"
Post by: Eternally Learning on May 09, 2019, 02:08:07 AM
If reef tanks had wheels...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNOroOT_0xc&feature=youtu.be
Title: Re: What is a "reef tank owner"
Post by: stands2reason on May 09, 2019, 10:59:51 AM
If reef tanks had wheels...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNOroOT_0xc&feature=youtu.be

You're not allowed to post videos of motorcycles unless they're speeding...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gttUqUzH-jE
Title: Re: What is a "reef tank owner"
Post by: brilligtove on May 09, 2019, 01:21:32 PM
That was nuts.
Title: Re: What is a "reef tank owner"
Post by: stands2reason on May 09, 2019, 02:42:21 PM
That was nuts.

That's typically how I drive a motorcycle—when I'm playing Grand Theft Auto.
Title: Re: What is a "reef tank owner"
Post by: Belgarath on May 09, 2019, 03:09:23 PM
That video can be described as 'If Trump were a motorcycle'

- Utter disregard for other people's lives
- Utter disregard for any norm or law
- Complete and total narcissism
Title: Re: What is a "reef tank owner"
Post by: Eternally Learning on May 09, 2019, 04:11:10 PM
Yeah, this is why in my area, we don't even bother chasing crotch rockets; too dangerous, too maneuverable, too fast to really catch, and even if you do catch up your only real option is to pretty much attempt to murder them in order to stop them at all. Unless there's some underlying far more serious crime or they are actively trying to harm others, it's usually not worth it. I've actually had two experiences where a bike speeding wrecked after only a brief pursuit because they thought they still needed to run. Both were fatal crashes. One of em, the family tried to sue the state police for endangering their kid...
Title: Re: What is a "reef tank owner"
Post by: wastrel on May 09, 2019, 04:34:29 PM
They have a license plate, right?  What good does running do if the police can just show up at their house later?
Title: Re: What is a "reef tank owner"
Post by: Eternally Learning on May 09, 2019, 05:41:47 PM
They have a license plate, right?  What good does running do if the police can just show up at their house later?

The police need to know whonto charge and if they have a full helmet on, it can be hard to prove who was driving in court.  Hell, I was in traffic court once and saw like 6 bikers' cases get thrown out because while they were all identified as being part of a pack of bikes that were swerving, speeding, doing wheelies and doing stoppies, the cop couldn't say for sure which person did which misdemeanor.
Title: Re: What is a "reef tank owner"
Post by: arthwollipot on May 09, 2019, 09:48:48 PM
They have a license plate, right?  What good does running do if the police can just show up at their house later?

The police need to know whonto charge and if they have a full helmet on, it can be hard to prove who was driving in court.  Hell, I was in traffic court once and saw like 6 bikers' cases get thrown out because while they were all identified as being part of a pack of bikes that were swerving, speeding, doing wheelies and doing stoppies, the cop couldn't say for sure which person did which misdemeanor.

Seems to me that someone who felt that they really needed to get somewhere very fast could avoid being charged by reporting their bike stolen before setting out. And then maybe wearing a different helmet from the one they usually wear. It would probably be best to ditch the helmet when they got to their destination. Even if they have photo evidence, that person could say "yeah, that's not me".
Title: Re: What is a "reef tank owner"
Post by: Eternally Learning on May 09, 2019, 11:23:10 PM
They have a license plate, right?  What good does running do if the police can just show up at their house later?

The police need to know whonto charge and if they have a full helmet on, it can be hard to prove who was driving in court.  Hell, I was in traffic court once and saw like 6 bikers' cases get thrown out because while they were all identified as being part of a pack of bikes that were swerving, speeding, doing wheelies and doing stoppies, the cop couldn't say for sure which person did which misdemeanor.

Seems to me that someone who felt that they really needed to get somewhere very fast could avoid being charged by reporting their bike stolen before setting out. And then maybe wearing a different helmet from the one they usually wear. It would probably be best to ditch the helmet when they got to their destination. Even if they have photo evidence, that person could say "yeah, that's not me".

That happened to me once when I was working.  There was an accident in my county and the trooper responded.  By the time they got there, the at fault driver had abandoned their vehicle and somehow gotten a ride from the scene.  40ish minutes after the call for the accident came out, I got a delayed hit that the at fault vehicle had just been reported stolen.  There are apparently a TON of games that people with no sense of shame or conscience know how to play very well. 
Title: Re: What is a "reef tank owner"
Post by: daniel1948 on May 10, 2019, 11:29:04 AM
Occasionally I see people driving recklessly. I don't think I see motorcycles doing it any more often than cars. Police should, and do, stop them when they can.
Title: Re: What is a "reef tank owner"
Post by: CarbShark on May 10, 2019, 01:03:55 PM
From the time I was a teenager I personally knew more people who died in motorcycle accidents than all other causes combined. That was the reason I got rid of mine at 16. (That’s no longer the case, as I got older other causes become a lot more common)

One of the motorcycle deaths was a friend, sort of, who died being pursued by police and they reported speeds over 90mph. This reminded me of him. 


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Title: Re: What is a "reef tank owner"
Post by: Calinthalus on May 10, 2019, 01:29:48 PM
It's weird how life goes isn't it.  Of all of the people I've been close to in my life in my age group who are no longer here, the number one cause of death is suicide.  I don't actually know anyone who was killed on a motorcycle.  I had a cousin that died on one when I was young, my father blamed it on him not wearing a helmet so we always wore helmets in my house (father and grandfather were members of the same MC, father also raced dirt bikes in the late 60s before I came along).
Title: Re: What is a "reef tank owner"
Post by: amysrevenge on May 10, 2019, 03:03:42 PM
we always wore helmets in my house

Not to trivialize your loss, but this out of context amuses me.
Title: Re: What is a "reef tank owner"
Post by: Calinthalus on May 10, 2019, 03:07:42 PM
we always wore helmets in my house

Not to trivialize your loss, but this out of context amuses me.
Now that I read it out of context, it amuses me as well :)


Thanks.


Title: Re: What is a "reef tank owner"
Post by: Beleth on May 11, 2019, 12:13:25 PM
There's no Galactic Skeptic or Universe Skeptic?

Both of those actually exist..... >:D

I planned for the long term!