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Eddie_T

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Hey, I took no offence, sometimes written words seem offensive when orally delivery would not be. Plus this thread is fair game for attacks.

I'll give an example with respect to me. I almost posted my grounded conductor comment on @zannej's wiring thread but since it was intended to attract comment I offered it as a stand alone topic. Grounding can be misunderstood so is an important topic. By not hijacking the other thread it can have a life of its own, or not.
 

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What is the meaning and word origin of “empty hat” postings?
Is this online slang?
Please fill in the blanks, thank you.
Not all of us are social media nuts who absorb this stuff easily.
 

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What is the meaning and word origin of “empty hat” postings?
Thank you for asking the question Jeff, as I'm wondering the same...

To be honest when I first opened this thread I thought this was going to be about whether or not to put caps on posts (e.g., on a fence). Silly me...
 

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I never heard the term either but figured from context clues it must mean something like "discussion that is just causal/for fun, not related to the dedicated topic". Like what you'd get around the water cooler at work.
 

Jeff Handy

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Yes, I also assumed it meant a fluff post or non serious post.
But I have never heard that slang term, and it has no hits on Google.
Maybe it is too new, like a recent thing from TikTok or whatever?
 

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I may have coined it, it just seemed like a natural extension of "empty suit".
 

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