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Is it just me getting tetchy/hormonal, or is that sentence really, really annoying?

Do querists care about the first answer, or do they want a right answer? Do respondents care whether they are first, or whether they are right?

If this forum is to improve, it could do with Sift itself taking a lead on standards. Imh*o.

*hormonal or otherwise.

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Stepurhan
By stepurhan
24th Feb 2021 08:41

First! (this is also a pop culture thing)

I think of it as just a little encouragement. Some people prefer to sit back and see what others say before weighing in. Some people think they are right, but are wary of posting in case they are ridiculed for being wrong. Some people do actually like being first. I just see this as AW trying to encourage the first two on this list.

But I agree that no OP should take the first answer as gospel automatically, nor should first post be seen as an accolade.

Except in this case where it clearly proves I am magnificent.

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By tom123
24th Feb 2021 08:42

Just me that thinks "Keith Chegwin"..

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Stepurhan
By stepurhan
24th Feb 2021 10:58

Tax Draggers Plays Pop!

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By tom123
24th Feb 2021 08:43

Oh, and TD you really do need to give yourself an avatar!

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paddle steamer
By DJKL
24th Feb 2021 10:08

Here are some non scary photos of the Soup Dragon from the Clangers or there is always Smaug from The Hobbit if you want to go celebrity dragon.

https://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images;_ylt=AwrE1xjXJDZgsDoArlBXN...

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By Tax Dragon
24th Feb 2021 11:10

Awesome! Why did Mum never get me onto these?!

https://youtu.be/oIw7E-q-flc
https://youtu.be/VIsDU-GlZDA

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By DJKL
24th Feb 2021 11:46

Could be an age thing.

They were released to tv circa 1970 when I was no doubt far older than their then target audience, then again with initially only two TV channels to watch when returning from school I would likely have watched anything (Lets watch the Test Card), in fact I already had, "Watch with Mother" inc "Bill & Ben" and "Andy Pandy", after them anything was an improvement.

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By Tax Dragon
24th Feb 2021 12:46

Anything? I've had to look up the Keith Chegwin references above. I've found... https://youtu.be/X4TmQxLjELI

I ask again, anything?!

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By DJKL
24th Feb 2021 14:00

By the time that really came out I was spending all my spare time in pubs, per wiki it started a few days before my eighteenth birthday.

The kids show I liked from that sort of period (well you have to do something whilst at university) was this:

https://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video;_ylt=AwrC5pa7WzZgFGkAqQ_7w8Q...

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By gainsborough
24th Feb 2021 15:04

Danger Mouse was my favourite, closely followed by Scooby Doo (obvs), Wacky Races and Dogtanian - classics.

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Scooby
By gainsborough
24th Feb 2021 13:17

Fantastic! Drinking soup whilst watching Soup Dragon from clip one - very relaxing :).

Must be an age thing - my husband was gobsmacked that I had never heard of the Clangers when he mentioned them a couple of years ago - I think I missed out by about 5 years.

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John Stokdyk, AccountingWEB head of insight
By John Stokdyk
24th Feb 2021 15:08

Thanks for raising this point, TD. Changing a few words on a page is something that may not require an engineering change order and full executive clearance, so we've got some hope that we can grant your wish.

Richard Hattersly has mentioned the issue to our tech team. If they're ready to do an edit, do you have any preferred way to invite contributions from other members?

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By Tax Dragon
24th Feb 2021 15:39

John, I was placated by stepurhan's response. I read things through dragon eyes; my curious lenses lend me a certain... how did Justin put it?... "quaint obtuseness" in how I read things. I wouldn't suggest you change things unless others have the same issues as me (the OP has a couple of likes, so maybe I'm not totally alone, but it's hardly a tsunami!)

More importantly, how is the "saddos" forum that Arthur Putey mooted at 12:24 on 11th Feb coming along?

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A Putey FACA
By Arthur Putey
24th Feb 2021 16:29

Maybe it can have its own "be the first to say something no one gives a toss about" message!

If you ever ventured on the old BBC "Have Your Say" before they added nested replies, the first to comment meaningfully generally got the most votes up or down.

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By Tax Dragon
24th Feb 2021 17:16

Arthur Putey wrote:

Maybe it can have its own "be the first to say something no one gives a toss about" message!

Is that what you'd want?! Shouldn't it instead direct people who want to say things of no consequence and absent any tax or accounting content to this forum? But you're right... we need some slogans. This'll be easy for someone with your talents to improve upon: Saddos - where professionals go to build up a head of steam; Aweb - where they go to let it off.

I have enjoyed learning about children's TV I missed out on. https://www.youtube.com/user/dangermouse - it's brilliant! It's right that it makes me laugh, yes?

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By DJKL
24th Feb 2021 17:37

Is that a remake? For me it has to be original DM. (Terry Scott/David Jason)

What other things did you miss within your deprived childhood, you'll next be saying you did not watch the original, shaky scenery, "HHGTTG" (though of course the radio series was better) and never watched "Tinker Tailor" and "Smiley's People" with Alec Guiness.(Always disappointed they did not do "The Honourable Schoolboy" to complete the Karla Trilogy)

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By gainsborough
24th Feb 2021 17:46

Definitely original DM, especially as Alexander A seems to be everywhere these days.

I had the DM lunchbox and flask...bright orange, picture of a sandwich with an old-fashioned bomb in it and DM and Penfold looking alarmed...fond memories!

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By Tax Dragon
24th Feb 2021 21:26

I think it's more a tribute than a remake. The originals are on that site too. I watched one about a custard-eating alien.

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Scooby
By gainsborough
25th Feb 2021 09:32

Sounds like I'll be watching YouTube a lot this weekend!

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By Tax Dragon
26th Feb 2021 16:36

Have a good weekend! :-)

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Stepurhan
By stepurhan
25th Feb 2021 12:49

Classic DM is legendary (I have the complete series on DVD) but I think the new version is decent. Maintains the essential spirit of the original with a modern feel.

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By Arthur Putey
25th Feb 2021 16:03

I have no idea where I got it from but something made me think about social media for accountants, and whether Sift should commission a set of emojis for us, and update the site to allow their use. It should include some generic emojis of course, especially the "walnut whip" one.

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By Arthur Putey
25th Feb 2021 16:07

Tax Dragon wrote:

Is that what you'd want?! Shouldn't it instead direct people who want to say things of no consequence and absent any tax or accounting content to this forum?


For your benefit I think it should say "No general comments please" [insert emoji here]
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By Tax Dragon
26th Feb 2021 10:30

Arthur Putey wrote:

For your benefit I think it should say "No general comments please" [insert emoji here]

You remembered! Aw, shucks x

But let me restate: general comments are fine. My proposition is that general observations do not always provide the best answer to a specific circumstance. (I don't actually regard that as revolutionary or controversial. A general observation is not a universal truth; that's why, for instance, "it depends" is such a common tax answer.)

Ergo, what I have objected to in the past is when Joe Bloggs posts a question (which is about his specific situation) and it is 'answered' with generalities. I agree that it's not unlikely that sometimes this will satisfy. Statistics says it might even be right more often than it's wrong. But that's not how tax advisors work. We consider (the) specifics. So the standard Aweb response grates, TBH. (And there are times when I think it actually does do more harm than good.)

But, as Joe Bloggs will stay on Aweb and not join Saddos, the issue will not arise there. And "No general comments please" [insert emoji here] can stay unsaid.

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By Arthur Putey
26th Feb 2021 12:51

Ah, you are distinguishing tax advisors from the rest of the profession. Is Saddos only for them? If so I will have to stay here. Which wouldn't be so bad if they allowed me to have my own problem page. "Ask Arthur - Accountancy Agony Aunt. Amortisation wearing you down? Anxious over whether you should declare what you took home from the stationery cupboard as a Benefit in Kind? Agonising over what shade of grey your next suit should be? Help is at hand, [be the first to] Ask Arthur!"

[PS - Its "Tax Adviser" isn't it? Well it is on the magazine.]

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By Tax Dragon
26th Feb 2021 13:05

Joe Bloggs asks tax questions. About his (friend's) specific tax situation. You've seen them. You've responded to them. (You told him about Tom, Dick and Harry.)

I wasn't excluding anybody from being able to answer (tax advisor is small t, small a). Should you wish to exclude yourself, that's a matter for you.

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By Arthur Putey
26th Feb 2021 17:32

Well as Groucho Marx said ......

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By Tax Dragon
26th Feb 2021 18:59

I've had to look up Keith Chegwin and Danger Mouse. You think I know Groucho?!

(I quite like:
Who are you going to believe, me or your own eyes?
I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.
And
Patience is the art of finding something else to do.

But it's not The Clangers.)

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