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A Group Project - the Cyburbia Culture FAQ

el Guapo

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Get to writing kids. We will compile all of your points/observations and snide remarks and create a Cyburbia Culture FAQ.

A few pointers we should consider IMHO:
Don't mention members by name
Keep it observational
Don't use dated material - Points should stand the test of time.
Use a historical perspective
Stay away from demagoguery or polemics.

Be prepared for your submission to be edited.
B-)
 

Repo Man

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Avatar Theme Weeks - someone recommends a theme for personal avatar themes. Previous themes have run the gamut from college mascots to famous planners to All Things Canadian.

When making a tounge in cheek insult to another group, we always apologize in the same message. For example, When ranting against the French, always add (sorry Frogs) to your message.

Don't expect to find much support when singing the praises of the American Planning Association (APA) or AICP certification.

Cyburbianites are often called upon to showcase their artistic capabilities, some examples: State Quarter Designs and redesigning Planning magazine.
 
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JNA

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some threads are never complete unless there are references to:

beer, women, bicycling,.....
 

Seabishop

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"Killing Kittens" = well, . . . when a young man . . . no, wait . . . when someone . . . hmm. . . just PM Dan. ;)


The day we codify the lingo is the day we never use it again. I don't think repeated jokes are exclusive as long as they're not used to secretly make fun of someone.
 

el Guapo

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Some time soon I'll write the FAQ on Dutch Women's Rugby....ah good times....good times indeed....
(sorry lesbians & Indigo Girls fans)
 

Chet

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The conversation always turns to lesbians or hot girl on girl action.
 

nerudite

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Don't forget the Throbbing Brain of Cyburbia, the Town Next Door and our bizarre relationship with the number 3.
 

Dan

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Another one I just thought of is [state/province] is going to Hell #[number, generally used in the subject line of a message that contains shocking, strange, often planning-related news from that area.

The Town Next Door is a reference to a place was a demographic and planning disaster. The population is dominated by lower income whites of a Confederate cultural orientation, the majority working in the construction, building and mechanical trades, many bearing mullets. Commercial uses are mostly low end, and the very unattractive commercial strip that lead to the town where I worked is dominated by RUGGED! land uses like heavy equipment rental, tractor trailer dealers, compost dealers, diesel engine repair, auto parts stores, gas stations and so on. The majority of buildings are built by The General, signs are huge and poorly maintained, architectural regulations and landscaping are nonexistent, and there is no access management of any sort. The city also has an unusually high amount of tractor trailer and dump truck traffic.

I used to say "the town next door" when referring to planning-related issues that involved the town's blight crossing potentially spreading into the historic small town where I work. The term was used because I didn't want to create friction with the frustrated but hard-working planners in that community. The "Town?" Winter Garden, Florida.

Now, the Town Next Door refers to any city or town that is similar to Winter Garden.

3 was another Winter Garden reference, related to the elaborate Dale Earnhardt shrines often displayed on trucks and property of that city's residents. I was fascinated by the tendancy of Southerners to venerate icons such as Elvis and Dale Earnhardt.

Mechanical commercial is a term I made up, intended to describe commercial districts like SR 50 in Winter Garden; places that are dominated by low-end vehicle-related uses. It's meant as a serious term; something that could be used in staff reports and zoning regulations.

RUGGED! started as something of an inside joke between my circle of friends and I in college. One of my friends had a brother that embodied what would become RUGGED! culture; a rural, beat up pickup truck driving manly man who owned a lot of guns, tools and flannel shirts. One time, she was telling me about how she was out looking at dining room tables with her brother. I said, in a gravelly voice intended to mock her brother, "I can make that table for you at half the price! I'm rugged!" She broke down laughing, didn't stop for about five minutes, and thus RUGGED! was born almost 15 years ago.

The word RUGGED! is almost always presented in uppercase letters, with an exclamation point at the end.
 

Cardinal

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GTC - Guess the City #___. Sometimes there may be an add-on, like "the blonde edition" or "genius edition."

Dan mentioned it in passing, but... the Mullet.

Muggie.
 

el Guapo

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Let us not forget the act of forcing hot and cold fluids rapidly through our sinus cavities upon reading something funny. I believe PlannerGirl refers to that as Snarfing?
 
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The Neverending Threads are fairly self-explanatory.

Also, when a new thread is similar to or an offshoot of another thread, the title usually includes "as inspired by...."
 

Chet

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ROTFLMAO!

I just realized I spawned 3 of these

1. "why [blank] is going to hell#"

2. Sorry [defamed group]

3. Throbbing brain of Cyburbia

:)

But I guess thats to be expected as I approach the 5000 Clube!
 

Chet

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Zoning Goddess said:
Death matches.
Okay that's four that are Chet's creation! LOL

(although throbbing brain is a rip-off of our local radio morning show)
 

PlannerGirl

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"throbbing brain..."

We turn anything innocent into a come on line and tease eachother

if someone gets out of line once in a while someone sends them to me for a "spank"

hehe
 

SGB

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Anyone recall the origins of "Everything goes better with monkeys?"
 
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SGB

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Originally posted by Name removed to protect the guilty

"You're a human chaotic good planning director, with 150 gold, five torches, a waterskin, a blue shirt and a pair of khaki pants with an armor class of +1, a 6+3 red pen, a potion of coffee and a scroll of zoning."
We often joke about blue shirts and khaki pants being the requisite planner uniform. Contrary to popular opinion, not all planners are "fashion-challenged."

We are also known for obscure references to games and computer related stuff that are considered "geeky" by many.
 

SkeLeton

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What about the CFFL? Anybody cares to explain a bit?
Beyond the fact that's football fans heaven.. I don't have a clue :p
 

giff57

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SkeLeton said:
What about the CFFL? Anybody cares to explain a bit?
Beyond the fact that's football fans heaven.. I don't have a clue :p
That would be the Cyburbia Fantasy Football League. Do a google search for fantasy footbal, it probably would explain it better than I can but.

Each fantasy coach selects a team of all star players. The players actual stats are used to calculate scores each week. The top teams go into play offs the last few weeks of the football season, winner gets bragging rights for the entire year as Cyburbia Champion
 

Chet

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Unfamiliar topics are rebutted with "What is this [topic] you speak of..."

I beleive El Guapo originated that one.
 

PlannerGirl

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there is a general feeling of...how should I say this...dislike for some of the actions of the APA (mainly the cover of the mag) and much chatter about the (non)value of the AICP exam.
 

pandersen

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Most folks round these parts are real animal lovers and either have had or currnetly own a dog/cat or two.

As is apparent from my first observation, we sometimes adopt colourful dialects to connote a particular feeling, attiture or place of origin - damn, don't he sound all "learned up" all of a sudden.

We "rant" therefore we are!

We are an opinionated bunch, but because of the positions we hold we are often forced to use Cyburbia as "cut rate" therapy in order to avoid the onset of insanity until retirement.

From what I've observed here over the past several years, planners have common hobbies with a unique twist.

Probably the best couple of examples of this phenomenon that I can think of were the following:

A female contributor who enjoyed gardening as a hobby - common enough hobby I agree, but she gave each of the weeds she "pulled" the name of a difficult client/developer.

A male contributor who like to rebuild old tube radios but often intentionally shocked himself just to get a cheap buzz.

Many who post on Cyburbia start out as "lurkers" but come out of hybernation once they are convinced the "forcefield" of anonymity meet and exceed building/zoning code requirements.
 

mendelman

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Cyburbia culture

I think a new cyburbism has been created in the last couple months.

As inspired by the Bravo! show "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy". The name is modified for thread headings.

As in: Planner Eye for the Developer Guy (el Guapo), Auto Eye for the Family Guy (SGB).

Here is the format:

_____ Eye for the _____ Guy.
 

Richmond Jake

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As inspired by Downtown:

Seeing Snatch the ability to see only the best characteristics and qualities in any person, event, item or anything else whatsoever or part thereof, not withstanding apparent blemishes, flaws, defects, imperfections, and infidelities in said person, event, item or anything else whatsoever or part thereof.
 

SkeLeton

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Tutorial on how to post images from the Cyburbia Gallery

For the many people out there having problems with posting the images uploaded in the gallery, I'll do a simple tutorial. (I had posted it somewhere before, but I'll put it here for easy access)

Step 1: After uploading the image that you want to attach, you want to attach said image on your post you have to do some minor tweakings.

The link you grab from an image in the gallery should look something like this: http://www.cyburbia.org/gallery/data/500/1192juan-med.jpg?5644
You take out this link by right clicking on the image and going to properties, and copy the link shown.

For the image to work properly, you need to take out the ?XXXX (XXXX being any combination of numbers) from the link.

A working image link should look like this:
http://www.cyburbia.org/gallery/data/500/1192juan-med.jpg

For the image to show on the post rather than just a link, you put the tags. [b][u]REMEMBER[/u]: All tags must end with a /, like [/color]. [u]ALSO[/u], tags don't work with spaces in betweeen[/b]

Finally, the product of said tags and link should be this:
[img]http://www.cyburbia.org/gallery/data/500/1192juan-med.jpg

awwww :-}

For other vB code questions please view the following link: http://www.cyburbia.org/forums/misc.php?s=&action=bbcode
 

Chet

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We can now add "LaCrosse" to the list of slang, in reference to self gratification / masterbation.
 

mendelman

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Puposely misspelled words

Lae = ale

Pron = porn

Brian = brain

This is for those of us that spend waaaaaay too much time on cyburbia!
 

Wannaplan?

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You can say "bitch," "piss," and "shit," but not:

[blur=3]dildo[/blur]

Go figure!
 

giff57

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Wanigas? said:
You can say [blur=3]"bitch," "piss," and "shit," [/blur] but not:
[blur=3]dildo[/blur]

Go figure!
Well we would like it if you didn't use those words either. The Mods have noticed a distinct turn toward the crude dark side as of late. It is tough to keep things civil without over-moderating. Let's keep it professional outside the FAC, and try to keep it somewhat respectable in the FAC. We are not trying to kill the fun, just trying to maintain some order.
 

NHPlanner

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giff57 said:
Well we would like it if you didn't use those words either. The Mods have noticed a distinct turn toward the crude dark side as of late. It is tough to keep things civil without over-moderating. Let's keep it professional outside the FAC, and try to keep it somewhat respectable in the FAC. We are not trying to kill the fun, just trying to maintain some order.
giff beat me to a reply, but is right on the mark. We don't want to, as mods, have to be put in the position to have to start modifying or deleting posts, but will, if we think it's necessary to ensure the continued vitality of the forums as a planning profession resource.
 

Wannaplan?

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Post Padding

Get to a 1,000 posts, create a new thread, and make a big deal out of it. All of your Cyburbian friends will love it too because they can then pad their posts.
 

Jeff

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mendelman said:
Puposely misspelled words

Lae = ale

Pron = porn

Brian = brain

This is for those of us that spend waaaaaay too much time on cyburbia!
What are these purposely misspelled words of which you speak?

Did I miss something?
 

Dan

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I introduce ... Sam's Law

As a Cyburbia Forums thread grows longer, the probability that Wal-Mart will be mentioned approaches one.
 

Dan

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Here's my definition of a blueshirt

A serious planner's planner, the type of person who pays their APA dues on time, saves back issues of Planning magazine, follows legislative alerts, and wouldn't think of becoming a Cyburbia Forums member because they think it's not as serious as a listserv.
Town Next Door ... seems like the context is getting blurred, and that the term is now being used to describe any town next door, instead of a place where those of a Confederate cultural orientation live and work.
 

boiker

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revisiting

Some posters (me for one) occasionally make futile attempts to resurrect old threads.

We also have to make up for being chronically away from cyburbia for over a year.

*cough* wal-mart *cough* :-D
 
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