NationStates Jolt Archive

Posting while under the influence

25-06-2008, 00:32
There're a lot of myths surrounding the idea of posting to forums having imbued a large quantity of alcohol. The first, which is entirely accurate, is the idea that posting about the myths surrounding posting while under the influence of drink seems like a very good idea. However! There are others that are worth addressing, that I feel a lot more open to dealing with now that I'm a little past my tolerance level.

1) Typographical errors. people dontLWAYS type lim,e this when trunk. Okay, admittedly, that was a genuine, albeit slaphazard, attempt at forming a coherent sentence regarding the common perception of how drunkenness is generally portrayed through a textual medium. But the thing to bear in mind is that when slightly intoxicated, one is also not only slightly prone to error but also intensely aware of when such error is an impediment to one's intended goal. In other words, if I cock up the way I'm typing, I'm aware of that, and correcting it becomes incredibly important. So, with the exception of that which is made to further a point, I'm actually careful to go back and clean up what I've just written.

2) Coherency of thought. I'm entirely aware of what I've been taught regarding the importance of flow in dialogue. See? Sentences and everything. Lawl. Yes, sentence fragments are rife, but this is how I'd write regardless of my degree of intake. At least, it's how I think I write. I could be entirely mistaken on that front, though I'm sure others could back me up on this front.

3) Ability to moderate. You know, just because I've had a bit doesn't mean I'm going to accuse GWB of having totally destroyed the civilised world, Communism of being the saviour of all mankind or of the Machines being entirely justified in enslaving humanity to serve its own diabolical needs. (All be the fact that it's now obvious that I disagree with Bush's political agenda, am somewhat socialist and actually rather like technology) I am entirely aware of the fact that there are contrary and valid points to any stance I might posess, and a few drinks isn't going to change that awareness. I'd state them, as you should know I can, but that would be a different topic of discussion, wouldn't it?

4) Tendency to drift into tangents. Alas, this is entirely true. However, it's also very useful when it comes to conversation! Sure, this is a forum, and we have different threads for discussing different topics, but in a spoken dialogue system, it doesn't work like that. You don't split from your circle of chat each time you want to talk about something different - the topic naturally progresses according to the spuriously connected anecdotes that people can drop into conversation. And this is a good thing!

5) Confidence. How confident am I that what I talk about is correct? Not even in the slightest. Am I more inclined to talk about it regardless? Of course. Alcohol does not improve your confidence levels - it simply annihilates the need to be confident. Disinhibition has nothing whatsoever to do with self-esteem, and being Slightly Jolly, I can say that without hesitation, even if I am distinctly aware of having no way whatsoever (even rhetorically) of backing this assertion up.

6) Reduced articulation. Fortunately, this attribute is indubitably verifiable codswallop. One's ability to extrapolate linguistic constructs appropriate to circumstance remains entirely inviolable, albeit reduced to exhibitionism.

7) Increased aggression. Look, I've had a few, I'm not going to pick a fight now that I know that I'm in no place to win. I am, however, right, and I would thank you to appreciate that. :p

9) Innumeracy.

So, for fear of having this emerge as a blog post, how many of you have tried posting while a little intoxicated? Would you say that the prejudices surrounding internet-alcohol combinations are justified, or are they largely fiction? Should people be allowed near a keyboard, or should our laptops have built-in breathalyzers to prevent us making fools of ourselves?

*Will indubitably regret posting this in the morning*
Call to power
25-06-2008, 00:36

this pattern seems to increase with the alcohol in my body
25-06-2008, 00:37
Guess I can add

10) rambling on and on and on and...

to my list. :D

Oh, and

11) keeping a rigid eye on a post I thought was a good idea at the time.
25-06-2008, 00:44
It's happy times posting when pissed off your face. I'm normally pretty good at just ignoring and/or insulting the other side in an argument. Being drunk helps that :D
25-06-2008, 00:56
It's happy times posting when pissed off your face. I'm normally pretty good at just ignoring and/or insulting the other side in an argument. Being drunk helps that :D

We can see that.
25-06-2008, 01:39
*tag to post here next time I am inebriated*
Mad hatters in jeans
25-06-2008, 01:48
I don't post when i'm drunk, i hear people can take that sort of thing the wrong way, far too easy an excuse.
for example, you email a friend and tell them what a nasty person you think they are, in fact you're only joking being drunk.
They find out, you tell them you're drunk they can either;
believe you and carry on as normal
or say you used that as in excuse for being a horrible person

Therefore posting or emailing while drunk is best to be avoided.
that is unless you have anything interesting to say.
La Habana Cuba
25-06-2008, 04:15
Once I was posting drunk on the forums, and admitted it. A fellow poster posted back to me. Hey Dude friends dont let friends Post drunk.

Brutland and Norden
25-06-2008, 12:12
i do not drink alcohol.
25-06-2008, 15:57
Most of those points seemed to be related to having consumed a little bit of alcohol, and not to being really, properly drunk. I mean, too drunk to drive, maybe, but not too drunk to make a valid point, or post, or what have you.

If I were really drunk, you wouldn't be able to understand any of these words. Or I'd honestly believe that I could send Dra-pol's secret police around to your house to ask how you know about the secret of the world outside NS. As it happens, I've just been at the pub for three or four hours, and am only drunk enough to... bother posting in this thread.

I do kinda agree with point 5, though.

Still, most of them are, "tipsy" not, "bladdered", though I suppose either qualifies in some degree, in reference to the title.

Now I'm going to bed.

I don't need water, your face needs water!
Heikoku 2
25-06-2008, 16:13
I don't dsinfgk. But I think drinking. It makes post less cojrtenyt...
Call to power
25-06-2008, 16:18
there is something in the tap water at my town during this moment and so all I have drunk today is alcohol :)

its always fun seeing the barmaid trying to cover up how little alcohol she has put in your drink without using ice cubes :p

i do not drink alcohol.

you should try it, its lovely :cool:
25-06-2008, 16:38
While I agree that the consumtion of alchohol does not exactly change the way you write a sentence or a post I must say that it does at least make said post more interesting...when I drink and post I usually have to end the post with some witty nonsence that leaves the other party wondering whether im a beligerant idiot or some sort of geinus......and thats about when I stopped thinking, ummm now im just kinda going with what pops in my mind....what are your thoughts on other influences, im quite partial to smoking ;)