questionsdoes it bug you, a little, that ask the community…

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I think it's a little unfair that celebrities get the attention when they die.

As for me, nobody will know I'm gone until the neighbors complain about the awful smell in the neighborhood and the cops investigate and find my dead body in the house. You have to pay to be put into the obituaries so nobody will ever find out.

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I sometimes find it bizarre, but it doesn't bother me a whit. If that's what folks choose to do, it's nothing to me.

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@cengland0: Excellent point! I have a neighbor across the street whose adult son died and I didn't know. They put up this little memorial in the front of their house & that's how I learned of it. When I offered my condolences, I was told they didn't want to spend all the $ it required to put an obit in the paper. Seems pretty unfair, for real.

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@pamfenway: My dad was known all over the world and when he died, he died in my house where he didn't have any local friends. The funeral home offered to have an obituary in whatever paper we wanted in whatever city. For each city's paper, you had to pay the fee. We opted to not have any listed anywhere and instead just called all his friends one at a time and let them know.

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@cengland0: I agree with you, but it doesn't bother me to post it here (especially as I am guilty of posting a few of them).

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@cengland0: Thank you for posting that. I wasn't sure of your real intent before, so it's clarified a lot for me. My sincere condolences.

I hope calling all his friends was cathartic, because it seems it must have been a very heavy task for you.

It makes me wonder, in these days of fewer & fewer newspaper subscriptions, as well as obit costs, if there will not be a trend towards a "bereavement announcement card," that one puts in the mail to friends of the deceased. Maybe that already exists & I'm behind the times, but I'm thinking I don't know if I'd be strong enough to make the phone calls you did.

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It doesn't bother me at all. I spend so much time here on DW that it sometimes seems this is the only way I even hear about celebrity deaths. Since we are encouraged to ask questions, and since so many questions are, well, somewhat inane, these seem to be among the least objectionable (and I do enjoy the video links to old tv shows!).

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I think that Ask the Community has become more of a gossip type feed anyways so I have no problem with the question being asked. Keep in mind, they only get rep if the question is voted on. So someone must find the question interesting if they keep getting voted on. Sure it sucks that celebs are the only ones that get recognized, but no one is going to know dear Aunt Myrtle.

Death sucks either way but being someone that is recognizable speaks to the human bond and puts everyone on the same line for a second, and that is why they get reported and reacted to.

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If it's what you guys want to talk about, it's fine by me. I don't usually have much to add about these sort of topics other than "that sucks". :(

And sometimes I actually find out about big news here first, so that's interesting.

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@pamfenway: Thank you for your kind words. We had advance notice that my dad was dying so we built a list of his friends ahead of time. All his friends were warned to visit him before the ultimate date. Many came but others just couldn't make it in time.

When the day came, my brother came to help with all the details. I hate talking on the phone and he loves to do that so he took on that task of calling everyone while I took care of all the financial details.

You do bring up a good point. Who subscribes to the paper today? I used to get the Sunday paper only for the coupons but then those dwindled down to a point where it wasn't cost effective for that either. So what is the appropriate and best method for notifying people of a deceased friend today?

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When I lose my igoogle page, this may be the only way I find out "who died" and who might still be alive (sometimes it's a little hard to tell). Until there is a new @lichme addendum, against posting obituaries, they are fine with me.

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For my part I find it more useful to have the lesser known deaths posted than the major stars. When Andy Griffith died, for example, I heard about it on all the normal news websites I surf and even on ESPN radio. Contrast that with when Caroline John and Mary Tamm died. Both of those actresses played companions on classic Doctor Who and I didn't get the news about either of them until I logged into the Doctor Who forum site at Gallifreybase.com.

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I suppose I'd say it depends. I'm still a bit in shock that people wouldn't know who Gore Vidal was, and it reminded me that I am old. {As I often say, though, "Any day above ground is a good day."}

I don't think it hurts anything. I like it, myself. While I often see references to people I have never heard of, they often get comments from other people that know them.

I've posted a few of those myself, but it's only when the death shocks me, or when I think it may be of general interest. Some deaths don't make the paper, because they aren't "newsworthy" in the way that Andy Griffith or Gore Vidal were, and yet they may still be of interest to some of the folks here.

I may return to this later. It's an interesting question.

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I don't see it as any different then some of the other things that get posted.

I do agree that some celebs get way to much attention after their death. Michael Jackson was one - just seemed to hear about it forever (to include recent events).

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I find it far less annoying than the Community Deals page serving as a popularity tracker for movies and television shows. I'm just over all the DVD, Blu-ray and instant video posts that have nothing to do with a great deal on the purchase of a movie AND more to do with the popularity of a movie. I mean how many times can the price on Animal House, Caddyshack, Aliens, Terminator, etc. drop in a given time period? But we all still keep voting for the movie and not the deal! And I'm the first to admit that I am guilty of voting on them. But I am also proud to say that I rarely post movies just for the sake of the movie.

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I don't mind the death announcements at all. In fact, I really enjoy them since I've never heard of the people half the time. I prefer the less famous folks. A lot of people have lead interesting lives, but I don't have time to read all of Wikipedia, so it's cool to get highlights and celebrate someone's passing by taking a moment to enrich my life with the story of their's. With that said, the pace at which obituaries are being posted now is good, any more and it might be tough to take. (Don't die so much people!)

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@hossdawg97: There's a small cadre of Who fans here on Deals. They will never turn their noses up at any Who info, just so you know.

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Nah, they don't bother me greatly. I just click and go on.

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They don't bother me too much, but I do think they are a last semblance of the ask a question for rep sort. Folks have caught on that no one wants to downvote a thread about a dead person. /meh

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I don't mind not one bit. I come here to catch up on all of my news and current events. You all are like little news vomiting machines. Luv it!

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@meh3884: If you want to down vote something, down vote it. Doesn't have to be a sign of disrespect for the question, the topic, or the poster... could just be "BOO I DO NOT WANT THIS PERSON TO BE DEAD" sadness too. (I think voting would be more effective if people voted on what they truly thought, without fear of 'vote shaming'.)

Back on topic, since you all know what I think I will say the ATC area is pretty dominated by whatever you all want to talk about at any given point in time. Which is also to say, seems like a trend that'll pass.

Frankly I'd like some crossword puzzles and games with my news and obits (but if you want sports come to sport.woot, it gets lonely)! Let's get on that! ;)

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If I hear about a very famous person dying and don't see it on this board, I have been known to just post it. So often I cannot get to the newspaper until later in the day, and I do get a lot of information about a whole lot of things on these threads!

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about as much as asking a question about the questions, I guess...

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@inkycatz: Hm, think you may have misunderstood my statement. Personally, I downvote whenever I really feel like I need to, which isn't all that often. But my statement was in general about the community - the obituary questions are not downvoted very often. Like you said, they are a bit of a fad around here over the last several months. First person to ask the question wins, kind of like the woot off and BOC threads we see every month.

Again, they don't bother me a lot nor do I tend to downvote them, but I don't think they are really great questions. Just news stories phrased into a question. Then again, I keep up on current news so...yes, almost always I have already heard that so and so died :)

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@meh3884: Oh ok. :)

Now who's working on a good crossword for me? :D

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I don't care much for the "Did you know XYZ died?" questions. Yes, I knew.. from the news.. which I don't get from Woot.

I'd probably care less if the questions were like "What was your favorite movie/song/book/play by XYZ?"

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@kmeltzer: Great constructive idea to promote interaction! UPVOTE FOR YOU.

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@inkycatz: Thanks. You offset the downvote ;-)

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@jimmyd103: this is a very good point. And it's a catch 22 because you feel the urge to vote for it, because it will get more votes and help your reputation...I'm still trying to fight the urge to do things solely for rep-building...

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It REALLY bothers me and I'm glad you said something, dmaz. I was just about to post a similar question last night--not about celeb deaths specifically, but about all of the nonsense questions that have been asked lately. I think it's safe to say most Wooters have enough internet savvy to read the latest headlines for themselves. Copying and pasting MSN's homepage articles in the form of discussion questions not only seems redundant, but cheapens the board. Some examples that have made me furious include:

-Did you see (insert name) died?
-What color are your eyes?
-If I throw the word "Woot" into my question, will that make it seem relevant?
-Are you watching (insert TV show or movie title)?
-What is your favorite food?
-How many fingers am I holding up?

Obviously, some of these are a facetious stab at the more lame questions of the bunch, but are not too far off from actual posts. I downvote these so hard, I've almost sprained my finger.

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I'm all for someone asking a broad question if they have a genuine interest in the subject, like a recent movie or popular trend, but most of the time the additional comments left by the poster come across as pandering. I'd be inclined to go the hypocritical route and post about a celeb death if it was someone I followed, but I'd also say something to that effect in my initial post and the topic would be geared toward other fans, not the general community who may not even know who "X" was.