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Opinionated hosehead crashes into Apnea Board
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As a new CPAP user, I've been reading this forum for a month, so I have a backlog of posts I want to make. My first post I tried to make a technical, point by point response to a thread that was collecting more heat than light. Here I encountered one of my writing blocks, which seemed perfect for a signature, "If I post quickly, I'm likely to say something stupid, if I wait till I can't say something stupid, I may never post. If you are reading this I hope that I''ve achieved the right trade-off between signal and noise." But as part of this forum's anti-spam rules, new users can't have signatures. Its a little known fact that it's not clear how many posts it will take to be allowed a signature.
On my third attempted post, I was trying to answer my own question, "How does an experienced programmer contribute to SleepyHead?" Since this information largely exists, but is poorly organized, my post contained lots of links to apneaboard.com and sourceforge.com . But when I saved it as a draft, I was informed that I can't post external links until I've had 8 posts. So I created this thread to spam my way to 8 posts and a signature.
I am contemplating my plan:

  1. post "Hello world." five more times (but be forever known as a spammer),
  2. comment on my own posts,
  3. work off that portion of my backlog, that doesn't require hyperlinks and can't possibly offend anyone (oops: too late),
  4. post some social fluff, like normal people:
    a) I didn't sleep in my sleep study,
    b) Insurance sucks,
    c) my arguments with my sleep doctor,
    d) what my wife thinks of my apnea,
    e) what the hell do my SleepyHead graphs mean anyway?
  5. Ask for help with my congestion and my blankety-blank masks.
  6. A statistical analysis (exploratory data analysis, regressions, MANOVA, PCA) of my
    a) cpap data,
    b) oximeter data,
    c) sleep study data.


What do you think I should do?
What do you think I will do?

I wait with impatience and frustration, and if I complain enough I'll make it to 8 posts soon.
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#2
(12-03-2015, 06:17 PM)GregLawson Wrote: As a new CPAP user, I've been reading this forum for a month,

I wait with impatience and frustration, and if I complain enough I'll make it to 8 posts soon.

We have been here about the same amount of time. I hope you reach your goal.
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#3
Well, you could help me come up with a good pet name for my mask. I used to call it an "Elephant Trunk". Now, I'm using DreamWear which has hose connection on top of the head.
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#4
The forum has a lot of variety, from off-topic, to product reviews, to discussion of problems, successes and I guess, difficulty posting. You should be able to find enough there to make meaningful contributions without being accused of spamming. Maybe even discuss your own journey into CPAP. I'm sure as an engineer you have come up with some unique modifications.
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(12-03-2015, 07:33 PM)GPSMapNut Wrote: Well, you could help me come up with a good pet name for my mask. I used to call it an "Elephant Trunk". Now, I'm using DreamWear which has hose connection on top of the head.
Google "The Snorks"

Big Grin
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#6
Welcome, very insightful on your list of points, generated a smile here.
I hear there is an IRC channel for sleephead development, saw it list someplace.
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#7
Hi GregLawson,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
Much success to you with your CPAP therapy.
trish6hundred
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#8
Welcome

Seems lots of refugees from the tech world have apnea, you should feel right at home here after we let you off your leash Bigwink
The transition from "new member" to "member" is what you are looking for to post links, and although it really is a huge pain for your first couple of days it keeps TONS of spam off the forum. The forum police are all volunteer, so it is a tradeoff. I hope you stick around.
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Tongue Suck Technique for prevention of mouth breathing:
  • Place your tongue behind your front teeth on the roof of your mouth
  • let your tongue fill the space between the upper molars
  • gently suck to form a light vacuum
Practising during the day can help you to keep it at night

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#9
Thank you for your posts. By your example you have shown another answer to the dilemma addressed in my propose signature, fast, vague (and short!) responses can be used as an alternative to my framing of fast and stupid responses. I've long had a visceral dislike of vague writing, but you've shown me that they can be kind and thoughtful (at least as openings for deeper conversations).
Of course short, vague posts will get me to my goal of 8 posts faster.
I have an irrational fondness for this forum, perhaps it will pass in time. Maybe it's the relative lack of trolls. And that can't be coincidental, it must be those saintly volunteer moderators. How much do I exaggerate for humorous effect, how much do I speak the truth? Another signal to noise issue to ponder.
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(12-04-2015, 01:34 AM)DariaVader Wrote: Welcome

Seems lots of refugees from the tech world have apnea, you should feel right at home here after we let you off your leash Bigwink
Or is it that techies already deeply steeped in online culture gravitate to well run boards about their other interests. Pondering the correlation versus causation dilemma.

Wow, look, this is my fifth post,closing in on eight. Give a techie a numerical goal and off they go: Vision of happy, yappy dog chasing colored numerals down the street.
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