Archive for February, 2008

This post is to respond to the first & only comment I have received so far from a fellow YAPPER within this forum.

This Yapper gave me an idea to find out how many anonymous stalkers each YAPPER has.

It isn’t much but it is a step, now what I really want to know is why they are stalking in the first place.

But anyway the Q goes on as follows:

For all Regular YAPpers only, Why do you YAP (pls. see details)?

In as much YAP stalkers do not want to come out in the open in YAP, I would like to ask regular YAPpers or anybody who YAPs to answer the Q above to get a rough estimate as to how many anonymous YAP stalkers they have?

And then any stalker who want to stay anonymous can TD their answer while their fans & supporters can TU them.

The idea is for any stalker who wants to remain anonymous & at the same time wanting to voice out their like or dislike for a particular YAPPER can do so anonymously by TDing (thumbing down) a YAPPERs anwer.
A fan on the otherhand can TU (thumb up) their idol’s answer.
This is not a scientific approach I know, but at least it is a way for anonymous stalkers to stay anonymous & at the same time it is a convenient way for them to air their piece.
I hope that will be a start of series of experiments within YAP to show how all YAPPERs can exist together within this tiny space in YA that we call our home away from home.
Thanks guys & gals. And thanks Madame Prez for the idea, I hope it works & I hope it wouldn’t get reported by a stalker, otherwise this first experiment will fail.
ADDITIONAL:
Of course this experiment failed-it was bound to, but the idea of an open YAP forum has not failed as we continue to see more & more YAPpers putting in their comments.
So I invite all YAPpers to join in.
And I continue to extend an invitation to YAP stalkers & reporters but until now nobody wants to come out & say something to represent their cloak & dagger group.
And that to me is hard to understand as I do not see why anybody wouldn’t want to air their side.

Milestone

Posted: February 22, 2008 in Uncategorized

Do you believe in milestones? As in an important event in one’s life?

I wanted to ask this Q in YAP but in doing so I know that YA needs to subtract 5 points and I do not want that to happen because, today can be considered a milestone in my YAP life, if not my second YAP Life.

And this is because today, I have reached 1,000 points. Yahoo!

And although this is the second time I have done it, for as you well know my first account got unceremoniously suspended and because I did not appeal it on time, I lost all hope of a recovery–so I had to start at zero; and in doing so, to me this is still an achievement.

Although I know that if you look at the YAP Leader Board I posted in yesterday’s blog, you can see Top Gun YAPPERs with 20,000+ points, 30,000+ points, and those are just amazing feats which to me are just mind-boggling.

Anyway, I still consider reaching 1 thousand points in YA a milestone, for just a few weeks ago I have already given up on being a YAPPER. But as you all know I was gone for about a month & now I am back.

So see you all in YAP & here in Yahoo 360.

Although, I am still waiting for any Paparazzi to respond or leave a comment in any of the blog postings & just air their side of the story. As we all know that we can discuss anything in here without fear & worry.

Lastly, you all know, all other types of YAPPERs are also welcome here.

As I have mentioned previously, there are several types of YAPPERs,

  • the Top Guns
  • the TCs
  • the Regulars
  • the Occasionals
  • the Visitors

The Top Guns are usually those that can be found in the YAP Top Ten Leader Board, and usually they are also TCs or Top Contributor Badge Holders.

Below we can have a closer look at the present YAP Leader Board (YAPs Who’s Who)

Top Answerers in Philippines (As of today):

1. agua ♥ dulce TC- Philippines
Member since: February 24, 2007
Total points: 27,958 (Level 7)

2. Felicity

Member since: March 28, 2007
Total points: 35,310 (Level 7)

3. jan-na~♥~

Member since: March 16, 2007
Total points: 14,903 (Level 6)

4. Ŗode|ette TC- Philippines
Member since: December 17, 2006
Total points: 13,136 (Level 6)

5. Bopols on leave TC- Philippines
Member since: June 28, 2007
Total points: 11,951 (Level 6)

6. doyin

Member since: September 20, 2006
Total points: 12,462 (Level 6)

7. battgirl TC- Philippines
Member since: January 19, 2007
Total points: 14,144 (Level 6)

8. sweetwater TC- Philippines, Mathematics
Member since: April 02, 2007
Total points: 13,307 (Level 6)

9. kahlan nynaeve TC- Philippines
Member since: July 11, 2007
Total points: 8,141 (Level 5)

10. Aref H4 TC- Philippines
Member since: July 18, 2007
Total points: 9,873 (Level 5)

But before I forget there is also another type of YAPPER but they are virtual unknowns, although they are just as popular if not more popular than any of the Top Guns. But infamous is a better term.

And to this last group I gave the name Paparazzi*. If only all of them can come out of the open & reveal themselves & stop being closet queens, then we can have a TOP TEN PAPARAZZI LEADER BOARD, besides what is YAP going to be without them.

It just seems that all of them are all shy to reveal themselves.

They know that they cannot reveal themselves in YAP but they can come out of the open in here, I just don’t know why they wouldn’t want to & give their side of the story.

I am still waiting…

* Paparazzi is a term I coined & explained fully in earlier postings. But this type is not the same as a Troll**. Although it can & may include Trolls, Gremlins or whatever name they go by. Paparazzis are specifically YAPPERS who go about checking up on any YAPPER & read all their Q & As, maybe thumbing down (TDing) many or all them. But their main interest is to just report any & all YA violations.

**Trolls are all around us too, but I have not included them on the list because to be one is against YA Guidelines.

The Paparazzis Are So Predictable

Posted: February 19, 2008 in Uncategorized

If you are a regular at YAP you would know that there are Paparazzis patrolling it’s dark streets and alleys, just waiting to prey on any unsuspecting YAPPER.

And as expected, I get my 3rd Q in a row reported.

And again, apparently for chatting… chatting my behind. Now who ever was reporting me is officially on YA’s radar.

For you see, we set up this sting, wherein we were waiting for this 3rd report.

And as you all know, I normally ask about one Q a week,

so first week, reported for chatting.

2nd week, reported for chatting.

3rd week, again reported for chatting.

And now they struck out.

YA now knows of this stalking activity, especially in YAP.

I am happy now. But I am still waiting for a reply… how long must I wait to get a paparazzi’s side on all this.

Peace!

888

Posted: February 16, 2008 in Uncategorized

I was at YAP just now and I noticed that my total points was 888.

I am not a numerologist but I was sure it meant something.

I just do not know what? LOL

Anyway, I tried to google it & this is what I got

It was a year a long, long time ago, exactly 1120 years ago. (or HISTORY)

It is a common winning casino combination, and the name of a popular gambling website. (OPPORTUNITY)

It is another toll-free area code besides 800. (FREE)

It is a model of a fantasy phone concept for a Nokia cell phone. (a DREAM)

And it is a Ducati motorcycle among others. (need for SPEED)

So what do you think it means?

Anyway, I just wanted to share this & break away from talking about “chatting”.

But I am still waiting.

Peace out.

How Long Must I Wait?

Posted: February 16, 2008 in Uncategorized

I asked a question in YAP & the questions went like this:

1. Do you know that “chatting” is a YA violation?

2. Do you know that any question you can ask in YAP can be reported as a violation because of “chatting”?

3. Do you know that because we cannot go into a detailed discussion of anything especially “chatting” in YA, we can discuss it in another Yahoo forum such as in Yahoo 360?

4. Do you want to discuss this type of violation in my Yahoo 360 Page?

And as of this writing, I have received great answers, & one that I would want to note below. But because we cannot discuss anything in YA, I will start a discussion here in 360.

Here is one of the answers:

“Yes I suppose any question can be reported under pretext of chatting, but Yahoo will be the judge, not the users. I think it’s intentional that there’s no rigid definition of “chatting” – for latitude, to allow for flexibility in interpretation.”

That is a great answer, & indeed it is this unlimited flexibility of interpretation of the term “chatting”, which is being abused is the reason why I have been reported three times now.

And as I see it, any kind of question can be reported as chatting, and even adding one detail to your question, would in fact be interpreted as “chatting” and be a violation. So how can one be really safe to ask something, anything?

I am Still Waiting

Posted: February 15, 2008 in Uncategorized

With regards to my last blog post, I am still waiting for a reply from the Paparazzi or Paparazzis who have reported three of my questions, two of which were my most recent questions apparently for “chatting”.

Of course those three qs were unceremoniously deleted, but even if the innocent answerers were all one in saying, that this is all just too ridiculous.

So, today I am still saying to the unamed, hiding-under- the-covers Paparazzis to just comment and tell your side of the story. And so I say again I am still waiting, and I am here, out in the open, I have nothing to hide.

Anyway, I am feeling a little patriotic today, and I do not know why. Maybe because I am confident of why I am a regular YAPPER in the first place. And I have always been transparent & what you see is what you get. I do not need to hide for I have nothing to hide.

And because first & foremost, I am just so homesick sometimes, I want to drop everything and take the next flight home. But then I can’t and so I do the next best thing, I go to YAP to get a real hands-on feel of what’s going on in the country and share any knowledge I do have. And secondly, I just want to project a positive image for our country, and you can say that I am being a patriot. Not by painting the Philippines as some too-good to-be-true place, but to tell the truth in a positive way.

But on the other hand, I cannot say the same thing about our YAP Paparazzis who abuse YAs violation reporting guidelines. And in any case I just can’t help but compare them to the 1940s group more commonly known as the Makapili.

And for those that aren’t familiar with this group, you can say that they are the complete opposite of the Katipunan of the 1890s. And if you want a stronger description, the Makapilis were Filipino collaborators of the Axis Fascists–or those who collaborated with the forces who enslaved, slaughtered and raped our countrymen in World War II.

And what comes to my mind at this time is those old local war movies, where these Makapilis would wear bags (bayong) over their heads with only two small holes for them to see through and they would normally be portrayed as “traitors” who would point out Filipino freedom fighters who were made to stand in line in front of the Imperialist Forces who have invaded the country. And of course Makapilis cover their faces and mask who they are.

Needless to say, most if not all of those hapless fellow countrymen that they had singled out would probably be tortured to try to get any information from them and to make them turn their fellow comrades in. And of course it wouldn’t get past me for them to be killed without getting a fair trial and even if they are innocent.

Anyway, I just hope that our YAP Paparazzis are not modern-day Makapilis and more so they are not their direct descendants.

So here you go, I will dare you again, come out into the open, take the “bayong” out of your head or leave them on. BUT just tell your side of the story.

Peace!

Makapili (excerpt from malaya.com.ph)

On December 7, 1944, it was reported that a new body called the Makabayang Katipunan ng Pilipino {Makapili} will be formed. To be led by Artemio Ricarte, a veteran fighter for independence, Benigno Ramos, former head of the Ganap Party, and Pio Duran, a member of the National Assembly, the Makapili aimed to cooperate in the maintenance of peace and order and to make common cause with other Asiatic nations in crushing their common enemy, the United States and Great Britain, to extend positive collaboration to the Imperial Japanese armed forces, and to propagate the significance and aims of the Greater East Asia War among the people. [“Three patriots lead in new movement to defend freedom,” The Tribune, December 7, 1944, p. 1]

It was further reported that President Jose P. Laurel consented to assume the post of the honorary highest adviser and that General Tomoyuki Yamashita, the highest commander of the Japanese Army in the Philippines, encouraged the Makapili leaders when they sought the General���s understanding during their visit on November 23, 1944. [“Yamashita backs organization of Makapili,” The Tribune, December 7, 1944, p. 1]

On the third anniversary of the outbreak of the Pacific War, the Makapili was formally inaugurated at an official ceremony held in front of the Legislative Building in Manila where Laurel extolled the Nippon Empire. In this occasion, Benigno Ramos was named the Tandis {executive general} of the Makapili and General Yamashita delivered his first public speech wherein he expressed his deep feelings for the Greater East Asia War. On the same day, Tokyo announced that the Special Attack Squadrons {kamikazes} of both the Japanese Army and Navy, along with regular air forces, blasted 21 more American ships in the Philippines. [The Tribune, December 9, 1944, p. 1]

Was the Makapili a patriotic organization? It “owed allegiance not to the Republic but to the Japanese military.” [Teodoro A. Agoncillo. “The Burden of Proof: The Vargas-Laurel Collaboration Case.” Mandaluyong: The University of the Philippines Press for the U.P. Jorge B. Vargas Filipiniana Research Center, 1984, p. 71]

The Supreme Court has described the Makapili as an organization “under the sponsorship, direction and supervision of the Japanese Army; that it was a body of men recruited and armed chiefly for the purpose of warfare and placed itself at the enemy; that it received military training and instruction from Japanese military personnel and was equipped by the invaders for combat; that Filipinos joined that association and rendered service in furtherance of the above objectives, fighting side by side with the Japanese, commandeering supplies for the latter, and in many instances excelling their overlords in the commission of atrocities against their own countrymen in a campaign to suppress what they and the Japanese regarded as subversive acts.” [People vs. Alitagtag, 45 Off. Gaz., 715]

The Makapili of the 1940s was the complete opposite of the Katipunan of the 1890s and the native collaborators of the Axis fascists were the antitheses of the Bonifacio leadership template.