Apart from seeing thousands of pieces of material (some funny, some sad and some illegal) each week, including: videos, blogs, stories and pictures, then much of an Admins time is spent trying to keep on top of various community standards which we have to abide by.
This includes trying to ensure that our page, Emergency Services Humour, is one that everyone can enjoy; not just members of the emergency services / NHS.
After all, if you follow our page, then you will get to see a glimpse of the REAL people BEHIND the uniform and not just the ‘vanilla’ image that is portrayed on the many thousands of emergency services related documentaries which you see on TV.
To give you an idea of how many ‘actions’ we process / monitor on an hour-by-hour basis, then we are pleased to present you with this hypothetical scenario using a well-known allegory:
Q: How many people does it take to change a lightbulb on social media?
1 to change the light bulb and to post that the light bulb has been changed.
14 to share similar experiences of changing light bulbs and how the light bulb could have been changed differently.
7 to caution about the dangers of changing light bulbs.
17 purists who use candles and are offended by light bulb discussions.
6 to argue over whether it’s ‘lightbulb’ or ‘light bulb’.
Another 6 to condemn those 6 as stupid.
22 to tell THOSE 6 to stop being jackasses.
2 industry professionals to inform the group that the proper term is ‘lamp’.
15 know-it-alls who claim they were in the industry, and that ‘light bulb’ is perfectly correct.
249 to post meme’s and gif’s.
19 to post that this page is not about light bulbs and to please take this discussion to a light bulb page.
11 to defend the posting to this page saying that we all use light bulbs and therefore the posts are relevant here.
16 to post ‘Following’.
36 to debate which method of changing light bulbs is superior, where to buy the best light bulbs, what brand of light bulbs work best for this technique and what brands are faulty.
7 to ask if the brands of light bulbs used are worth the money.
19 to tell them that if they like the light bulbs, buy them.
5 People to post pics of their own light bulbs.
15 People to post “I can’t see S$%^!” and use their own light bulbs.
7 to post URL’s where one can see examples of different light bulbs.
4 to post that the URL’s were posted incorrectly and then post the corrected URL’s.
13 to comment “Me too”.
5 to post to the page that they will no longer post or are leaving because they cannot handle the $!%cking light bulb controversy.
6 to report the post or PM an admin because someone said “f÷×$”
22 to ask if there is a flounce in progress.
349 to post flounce memes.
4 to say “Didn’t we go through this already a short time ago?”.
13 to say “Do a search on light bulbs before posting questions about light bulbs”.
1 to bring politics into the discussion by adding that (insert politician of choice) isn’t the brightest bulb.
4 more to get into personal attacks over their political views.
5 admins to ban the light bulb posters who took it all too seriously.
1 late arrival to comment on the original post 6 months later and start it all over again.
So there we have it.
Just a typical ‘workflow’ using a hypothetical post about changing a lightbulb.
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