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Germany Considers Banning Wild Facebook Parties

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the shut-it-down dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "Wild Facebook parties tend to occur when a Facebook Event invitation to a typical small gathering is mistakenly posted publicly, and then goes viral. This results in injuries and arrests as hundreds or even thousands show up for a party meant for a handful of people. A recent wave of these out-of-control Facebook parties has left German officials and politicians trying to figure how to deal with the trend."

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I always thought... (5, Insightful)

Lord_of_the_nerf (895604) | more than 3 years ago | (#36679262)

....Germany would already have laws in place for out-of-control parties.

Re:I always thought... (1, Troll)

timothy (36799) (2346658) | more than 3 years ago | (#36679276)

I'm going to go ahead and throw a wild party. In MY PANTS!

:)

-timothy

Re:I always thought... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36679416)

Timothy... you're drunk. Stop posting and go sleep it off.

Re:I always thought... (0)

Maxo-Texas (864189) | more than 3 years ago | (#36679900)

Balls.

Re:I always thought... (1)

Maxo-Texas (864189) | more than 3 years ago | (#36702466)

Apparently there are not enough Craig Ferguson fans on slashdot.

Re:I always thought... (0)

c0lo (1497653) | more than 3 years ago | (#36679320)

....Germany would already have laws in place for out-of-control parties.

Huh? Really? [oktoberfest.de]

Re:I always thought... (1)

Spigot the Bear (2318678) | more than 3 years ago | (#36679356)

I don't think that's the kind of "party" he's talking about.

Re:I always thought... (1)

_Sprocket_ (42527) | more than 3 years ago | (#36679674)

Don't be stupid, be a smarty...

Re:I always thought... (1)

Lord_of_the_nerf (895604) | more than 3 years ago | (#36679358)

It's perfectly controlled.

And that wasn't the type of party I meant...

Re:I always thought... (1)

c0lo (1497653) | more than 3 years ago | (#36679614)

It's perfectly controlled.

My bad, a confusion... I intended to make a reference [wikipedia.org] to Love parade 2010 [guardian.co.uk]

And that wasn't the type of party I meant...

I know... just teasing. Even the reference to the too-tightly-controlled Love Parade 2010 doesn't mean I think of Germany as a country were such incidents happens on regular basis and nobody cares.

Re:I always thought... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36679372)

whoosh

Re:I always thought... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36679384)

No, the one with the mustaches and high fives.

Re:I always thought... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36681082)

Ever been there? Is not that much out-of-control. Just big crowds of drunk German guys singing and throwing horrible Mafia jokes at the big crowds of drunk Italian guys busy annoying the big crowds of drunk German girls wearing typical Bavarian dresses. The toilets are quite funny, too.

PS: I am Italian xD

Re:I always thought... (1)

bickerdyke (670000) | more than 3 years ago | (#36687394)

Ah. I was already wondering how you could have missed the crowds of Australians, Japanese, and all other nations :-)

Re:I always thought... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36679392)

Yeah, we do. It's called: Youâ(TM)re not invited, so GTFO or I'm calling the cops, motherfucker!

No idea how these retards fail so hard ad deciding who to let in to their own parties.

I think injury and death is natural selection's perfectly fair and justified punishment for stupidity of that magnitude.
And the government just wants to keep the dumb people instead of letting them die off as they are supposed to, because the stupidity and ignorance of people is the only reason they are in power.

Re:I always thought... (4, Interesting)

BluBrick (1924) | more than 3 years ago | (#36679500)

Godwinned in one post. I'm impressed!

Re:I always thought... (4, Funny)

sco08y (615665) | more than 3 years ago | (#36679540)

Godwinned in one post. I'm impressed!

Heheh, the best was some douche showing off his vast cultural knowledge by linking oktoberfest.

Re:I always thought... (3, Insightful)

stephanruby (542433) | more than 3 years ago | (#36679620)

I agree. They probably do. Any event that has a 10,000 people RSVP'ing to it, would probably require a permit or something, and the appropriate number of porta-potties. Worst case scenario, have the small hosting city ban public parking on the surrounding streets for that day, call in hundreds of private tow trucks, and sell a couple of permits for hot dog vendors and what not.

That's what some cities do here in the US for some football games, and there is great deal of cash that's generated from the towing alone. The city could also temporarily close some streets for non-residents, and direct the traffic to its nearest commercial district instead. Some businesses would probably love the extra traffic (assuming it knew about it ahead of time).

Re:I always thought... (1)

StuckInSyrup (745480) | more than 3 years ago | (#36681516)

Hey, Kim Jong Il, is that you?

Re:I always thought... (1)

ca111a (1078961) | more than 3 years ago | (#36683718)

Not sure towing would work... Germany is more compact/urban, they have real public transportation and use it (unlike us here in the US).

Re:I always thought... (1)

dov_0 (1438253) | more than 3 years ago | (#36680440)

Of the top of my head, I think the Nazi party is the only sort which is banned outright.

Re:I always thought... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36680660)

Which jokers modded this "Insightful"? It's a joke. That means it gets modded "Funny" - or it would on a site not populated by fuckwits.

Re:I always thought... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36680838)

Mods who know how the karma system works often give Insightful/Informative/Interesting mod points to funny posts. You're obviously not one of them, so I'll leave it as an exercise for you to figure out why.

Re:I always thought... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36680908)

No. [youtube.com]

Re:I always thought... (1)

bickerdyke (670000) | more than 3 years ago | (#36687474)

We have.

The statements mentioned here were made by a bunch of politicians who don't know their own laws!

BTW: those - perhaps two - parties that went "viral" mostly went viral because the tabloids reprinted screenshots of the facebook events to make sure anyone and his dog can find them online.

Re:I always thought... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36690914)

Larry Niven already had a suggestion. - "The Last Days of the Permanent Floating Riot Club"

Really? (1)

adversus (1451933) | more than 3 years ago | (#36679264)

What's next? Banning cars to stop drunk driving? Go after the people who create a public disturbance, if necessary.

Re:Really? (2)

phantomfive (622387) | more than 3 years ago | (#36679586)

Aren't there already laws against things like disturbing the peace? Showing up at someone's party and harassing them surely qualifies. If they really try to ban facebook public parties, some group like anonymous will be on top of it.

The tunisians also had a wild party (1)

korgitser (1809018) | more than 3 years ago | (#36679270)

...they called it the Arab spring...

I have a solution (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36679298)

"has left German officials and politicians trying to figure how to deal with the trend."

How about teaching people not to be incompetent with their privacy settings?

Re:I have a solution (2)

http (589131) | more than 3 years ago | (#36680096)

Moron. How about reminding people what every ten year old knows the world over, that not getting an invitation means you're not invited?

Re:I have a solution (1)

TheLink (130905) | more than 3 years ago | (#36682036)

It's called discretion.

But not every 10 year old knows it. Nor many alleged adults either.

Solution (4, Insightful)

SleepyHappyDoc (813919) | more than 3 years ago | (#36679314)

Ban politicians from making ridiculous unenforceable bans.

Re:Solution (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36679362)

I guess I don't understand why the government has any say in how many people gather and throw a party... The last time Germany tried to control an entire sub-group of people it got way out of hand. Of course, they were forcing them into labor camps and gassing part of them, but still.

Re:Solution (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36679378)

That Godwin was a smart guy.

Re:Solution (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 3 years ago | (#36679462)

So you're saying the gap between a user of Facebook and a Brownshirt is very narrow?

Re:Solution (1)

azalin (67640) | more than 3 years ago | (#36680766)

Judging from the average level of common sense and intelligence in both groups, he might be right

Re:Solution (1, Funny)

raddan (519638) | more than 3 years ago | (#36679396)

STACK OVERFLOW ERROR.

Re:Solution (1)

krotkruton (967718) | more than 3 years ago | (#36679474)

What, you don't think drawing a whole bunch of attention to an issue is a good way to deal with it? Now that's crazy talk. If everybody knows about the parties, then of course they'll stop happening; that's common sense.

Re:Solution (1)

antdude (79039) | more than 3 years ago | (#36679634)

Nah, ban humans from Earth. :)

Re:Solution (5, Informative)

Asic Eng (193332) | more than 3 years ago | (#36679898)

This is all part of the German silly season ("Sommerloch") - a period in summer when many political institutions are on vacation, so politicians which would normally be ignored can make it into the news - just because nobody important is active.

The statements in the article were all by conservatives in Germany (CDU + CSU). Given that it's interesting that Dorothee Baer - secretary general of the CSU - has asked that "comments about the Internet should be made only by those who are familiar with it". Sound advice.

And no, Germany is not considering banning facebook parties, this is just an attempt by some politicians to get noticed.

Re:Solution (1)

ArsenneLupin (766289) | more than 3 years ago | (#36680250)

This is all part of the German silly season ("Sommerloch") - a period in summer when many political institutions are on vacation

Yeah, this used to be called "saure Gurken Zeit" [wikipedia.org] , but for some reason this season took place a little bit early [wordpress.com] this year...

Re:Solution (1)

bfandreas (603438) | more than 3 years ago | (#36680264)

How does this make the front page on ./?
This back bencher initiative is typical politico blathering and wasn't even seriously reported on in the yellow press.
Some fool will suggest that whoever invited via FB should shoulder the cost. Thankfully, this is not how Germany works.

Re:Solution (1)

F-3582 (996772) | more than 3 years ago | (#36680902)

Actually, the tabloids (okay, mostly BILD) did the best they could in order to escalate those parties by supplying Facebook links, date, time and address of some of those parties to their readers. And of course they sent some of their own reporters, too. Servicewüste Deutschland my ass!

Re:Solution (1)

bfandreas (603438) | more than 3 years ago | (#36681128)

They briefly reported on Spiegel Online and nearly immediately filed it under "irrelevant".
Regional backbenchers. Meh!

Re:Solution (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36699780)

The statements in the article were all by conservatives in Germany (CDU + CSU).

Well, last time I checked, "North Rhine-Westphalia’s Interior Minister Ralf Jäger" was in the SPD.

How is this a FB problem? (1)

That Guy From Mrktng (2274712) | more than 3 years ago | (#36679328)

Really, I hate FB as much as the next poster, but how is this a Facebook problem? Didn't happened before Facebook? -- Happens the same here every time a girl meets some random guy thanks to facebook $crime_happens and everyone blames Facebook.

Anyway.. those must be some hardcore parties there (cue references to German porn)

Re:How is this a FB problem? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36679480)

It's a problem that comes from users not understanding the options presented to them in their interface. Facebook needs to clearly warn that pressing the "public" button will publish all the details of your event for everyone to see. Yes, this is ignorance of the users, but it can be fixed easier than educating them would be.

Re:How is this a FB problem? (1)

That Guy From Mrktng (2274712) | more than 3 years ago | (#36699654)

I'm w/ you in this one. When someone ask me to friend.. THERES NO FRIKING "NO/DECLINE" BUTTON, I have to click on "Decide later" and then the option to "I don't know who the hell is this guy" appears. This is from the Facebook's Latin interface. I find FB the most painful and awkward website ever created, And I had myspace and geocities accounts, so I'm experienced in painful web user interfaces.

Re:How is this a FB problem? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36679600)

It is not a FB problem. The idiot politician saw the failed "party" in TV and just uncontrolledly (remember Dr Strangelove?) started to scream "verbieten! verbieten!" without any clue of what he is actually talking about there or what really happened and how. He just instinctively know that if something somwhere happens, and he screams "verbieten!", and make somebody else (FB) responsible to not let it happen again, there might be a way for him to get more popular.

Re:How is this a FB problem? (1)

0100010001010011 (652467) | more than 3 years ago | (#36679754)

Because facebook defaults for privacy are getting more and more open.

Germany could implement a law that by default parties are "Invite only" and "Guests may not invite people."

Re:How is this a FB problem? (1)

wvmarle (1070040) | more than 3 years ago | (#36679810)

Germany could implement a law that by default parties are "Invite only" and "Guests may not invite people."

The sad thing is that laws could be needed for that... while this simply are the only reasonable defaults for an event for publication on a site like Facebook. With making it any more open preferably only possible after posting the event, by having to explicitly change related options. Maybe not convenient, but preventing a lot of trouble.

Re:How is this a FB problem? (1)

AffidavitDonda (1736752) | more than 3 years ago | (#36680068)

Actually you have the option to allow somebody to enter your private property or to send him away (and call the police if he doesn't go). Even if you invited him. The few events I remember where parties really went mad was, when parents let have the kids the house (or where away for other reasons) and the kids simply lost control. Anyway: As pointed out by Asic Eng, around this time of the year we have to cope with less popular politicians using the opportunity to get media attention.

Re:How is this a FB problem? (1)

ArsenneLupin (766289) | more than 3 years ago | (#36680292)

or to send him away

Doesn't help if 5000 people show up. They'll just party outside of the door, drinking their own beer, and inconveniencing the neighbors...

(and call the police if he doesn't go)

And if you don't call police, your neighbors will... which is exactly what happened here, but who'll pay the bill?

Re:How is this a FB problem? (2)

AffidavitDonda (1736752) | more than 3 years ago | (#36680482)

Yes, 5,000 would be a problem. The police wouldn't be prepared for that. They would have to call in reinforcements from other towns first. Even 500 people drunk enough could become dangerous if the situation gets out of control.
The bill in this case would be the taxpayers burden in Germany. That's what we pay taxes for (one reason), the police protecting our health and property. They could try to get some money back from the illegal party goers. At least those who don't follow police orders to leave the place. The police can give this kind of order. In case of public danger they can tell you to leave a certain area.

But the main point here is, that the call for a new law is just utter nonsense. We have enough laws to cope with such situations. There where illegal parties long before facebook and nobody asked for new laws. If such events didn't run out of control, nobody cared. If they did, most likely somebody called the police and they handled the situation depending on actual events and based on existing laws.

Yes, how terrible... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36679338)

... People hanging out. Oh the horror. Please gov'ment... save us.

This isn't a new trend... (0)

MrKevvy (85565) | more than 3 years ago | (#36679414)

About eighty years ago there was another rogue party in Germany also caused by a book that went viral and got out of control. Most of the whole county ended up joining and it caused a lot of arrests and damage, even some deaths too. About time they did something about it.

The Parties all have a Special Guest... (1)

CohibaVancouver (864662) | more than 3 years ago | (#36679440)

Germans LOVE David Hasselhoff.

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The real question is (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36679468)

Why does anyone even go to these parties? Isn't it common sense that 800 people can't all be in a small residential home all at once?

Re:The real question is (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36679558)

You mean it's not common sense to atom smash the undesired partygoers with a drawbridge?

Re:The real question is (1)

KDR_11k (778916) | more than 3 years ago | (#36679866)

People don't think much. Especially when they're promised free alcohol.

Re:The real question is (1)

Golden_Rider (137548) | more than 3 years ago | (#36681560)

They did not seriously want to participate in the "original" party. They went there because they thought it would be fun to have an unorganized party with 10.000 people. I guess kids these days would say "we did it for the lulz".

Re:The real question is (1)

bickerdyke (670000) | more than 3 years ago | (#36687636)

We had the police pull out 300 people out of the house I used to live in back at university... (30. 11. 2003)

Party host should be responsible (1)

SlightOverdose (689181) | more than 3 years ago | (#36679472)

It's no different from slapping "Open Party" banners on signposts and having 5,000 people turn up - I'm pretty sure the police would hold you responsible for the turnout and any resulting carnage.

As such, why not make the host responsible for posting an open party invite? A few hefty fines for likely convince people to make events private unless they really mean it.

Facebook should also do more to encourage private events... but that's another story.

Re:Party host should be responsible (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36679656)

BAN SIGNPOSTS

Re:Party host should be responsible (1)

0100010001010011 (652467) | more than 3 years ago | (#36679762)

Closer to making 20 invites at your local Copy Shop and accidentally leaving the master on the machine when some stranger stumbles upon it takes it and makes 100,000 copies.

At least with facebook they can be forced to change the default settings.

Re:Party host should be responsible (1)

SlightOverdose (689181) | more than 3 years ago | (#36679796)

Not really. An open facebook invite could show up in anybodies feed, and most people take "Open Invitation" to mean "I can go if I want".

A lot of people actually organize open parties like this intentionally, and so a lot of people assume an open invitation is designed to handle larger numbers of people.

Re:Party host should be responsible (1)

Rob the Bold (788862) | more than 3 years ago | (#36681654)

Closer to making 20 invites at your local Copy Shop and accidentally leaving the master on the machine when some stranger stumbles upon it takes it and makes 100,000 copies.

Even better, a copy machine that makes 20 invite copies for you, then another 100,000 copies that it gives out one-by-one to all subsequent customers. Unless, of course, you knew that you now needed to turn off that particular copy machine "give-everybody-a-copy" feature.

Re:Party host should be responsible (1)

smurfsurf (892933) | more than 3 years ago | (#36680872)

In that particular case some weeks ago, the girl noticed her mistake, closed the post and cancel her party. People found it "funny" to show up regardless. Her parents had to hire private security for their home, massive police presence to close the street and control the hundreds that came (even from far away).

Some further notes:

1) The police is opposing the "ban it" back-seat politicians, they say it is not feasible.

2) The boulevard press jumped on the bandwagon and accelerated events by persistent reporting (look at that, massive party) even after the cancellation. Afterwards they fueled it some more (already there are new parties on facebook, see here and here, we wonder how big these get). And that is the despicable part to me, not the poor girl that made the mistake and corrected it.

Obligatory comment (1)

girlintraining (1395911) | more than 3 years ago | (#36679632)

Dear German Authorities,

Send a bill for damages and legal costs to anyone too stupid to figure out how to set their event privacy settings to something other than 'everyone'. After the first few college kids see their lives vaporize into a black sucking hole of wage garnishments and crappy housing options, they'll cry and moan about it on facebook, thus solving your problem. That's how we do it here, and it's worked out pretty well for us so far.

Sincerely,

Some Bitchy American

Re:Obligatory comment (5, Insightful)

wvmarle (1070040) | more than 3 years ago | (#36679852)

I just checked myself: Facebook by default enables the "Anyone can view and RSVP (public event)" option. That should be disabled by default. It is easy enough to forget to untick that one... type your birthday invitation, when you're done mum calls "dinner's ready!", quickly finish up, click "post", off to dinner.

It's just plainly ridiculous that an event is public by default. And I'm sure that's a major part of the cause of these unintended mass parties. Now if Facebook becomes more sensible in these matters, then I'm all for your ideas. Until then, Facebook is definitely one to carry part of the blame.

Indeed (2)

Kupfernigk (1190345) | more than 3 years ago | (#36680806)

How hard would it be for Facebook to do some elementary background check on a submission, and put up a warning for any public event of the "Do you really mean to do that" variety? For all the bloviating above, the moral of this story is that Facebook actually has some piss-poor programming practices. It's only beginners who don't validate and sanity check user input. Who is reviewing this stuff at Facebook? Anyone over 30?

Re:Obligatory comment (1)

bickerdyke (670000) | more than 3 years ago | (#36687690)

I just checked myself: Facebook by default enables the "Anyone can view and RSVP (public event)" option. That should be disabled by default. It is easy enough to forget to untick that one... type your birthday invitation, when you're done mum calls "dinner's ready!", quickly finish up, click "post", off to dinner.

That's why I use email for my birthday party invitations.

And the best thing about that: I can even invite people who are NOT signed up to facebook! And even better: It even works when they have another email provider than the one I use! Can you imagine that? That's so AMAZING, I'm sure email is going to be the Next Big Thing! (Joking aside: that could be the best feature in google+)

party poopers (1)

Gravis Zero (934156) | more than 3 years ago | (#36679678)

they're just mad because they never get invited.

Umm, isn't Facebook actually the problem here? (1)

AthanasiusKircher (1333179) | more than 3 years ago | (#36679722)

This seems to be a symptom of Facebook's lax security policies, more than anything else. By default, just about anything you ever post or do on Facebook should be restricted to authorized people (e.g., friends or even smaller groups). Posting something that is visible to the internet or to large numbers of people should be difficult unless you've explicitly tailored your settings to be more public than the defaults.

But, of course, Facebook wants everything to be as public as possible.

Politicians in TFA are proposing things like "internet drivers licenses." What about just saying -- Facebook, put in reasonable privacy protections and reasonable defaults, or get the f*** out of our country?

Re:Umm, isn't Facebook actually the problem here? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36680326)

But, of course, Facebook wants everything to be as public as possible.

Almost, but not so public that a Joe Random Internetviewer who doesn't have fecesbook account wouldn't have an incentive to get one.

sooo... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36679820)

They're going to ban people from mistakenly posting something public?

I am glad I do not live in Germany (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36679908)

This is more about smart people who are well meaning that go to far to protect other people. That is the slippery slope folks. The only human behavior you can know is that of yourself and any opinion as to how others will behave is a comment on yourself - that is unless you are a scientist. Are legislature full of dumbass neighbors? I think it is time to revoke Jesus thinking and attack neighbors that would create legislation to control neighbors. If people mistakenly post their party publicly, that is too bad. Laws ain't going to fix mistakes.

Re: I am glad I do not live in Germany (1)

nedlohs (1335013) | more than 3 years ago | (#36682652)

because where you live there aren't any marginal politicians who will say crazy shit just to get in the papers.

Nothing to do with facebook parties (2, Informative)

mseeger (40923) | more than 3 years ago | (#36680144)

This has nothing to do with facebook parties. There is an ongoing conflict between the current political caste and the internet community. Since the politicians managed to antagonize nearly all net activists with a law about net blocks (which never went into effect), the net has now become a dangerous mine field for politicians.

A net initiative toppled lately several high ranking politicians who have been discovered to have cut&pasted their PHD thesis. Among them was the secretary of defense who was a media darling and earmarked to become the next conservative chancellor (candidate).

Facebook parties are no real problem (i heard about 4 instances which became problematic in the last 24 months, about half of them have been unintentionally). So such a law will have no effect, especially since current laws already cover the area.

But it is a great opportunity for politicians to designate the internet as source of evil and to demonstrate their boldness by stepping forward and putting an end to it.

CU, Martin

Re:Nothing to do with facebook parties (1)

royallthefourth (1564389) | more than 3 years ago | (#36681414)

Since the politicians managed to antagonize nearly all net activists

Now they really need to watch out! Somebody might start an online petition

Re:Nothing to do with facebook parties (1)

mseeger (40923) | more than 3 years ago | (#36681814)

Has already been done. It was the petition with the most signatories in german history. The politicians didn't get it anyway.

It is possibe in Germany to have an online petition that is an official petition to the parliament. They wer confused (for about 5s), smiled and dismissed it. But due to the number of petitioners, they at least had to do it in public.

blitzkeg (4, Funny)

cicatrix1 (123440) | more than 3 years ago | (#36680296)

Wild Facebook parties tend to occur when a Facebook Event invitation to a typical small gathering is mistakenly posted publicly, and then goes viral.

This effect shall herefore be known as 'blitzkeg'.

Re:blitzkeg (1)

ego centrik (1971902) | more than 3 years ago | (#36680382)

_the term is "blitzkrieg", like in "Blitzkrieg Bob" by The Ramones.

Re:blitzkeg (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36680522)

The sound being whooosh!

_the term is "blitzkrieg", like in "Blitzkrieg Bob" by The Ramones.

"Krieg" being the German word for war. "Keg" being the English word for keg.

Re:blitzkeg (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36680694)

Yes, that was the basis of the joke that you missed.

Re:blitzkeg (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36680726)

~~~joke~~~~

X - You

Re:blitzkeg (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36680956)

Whoosh.

Re:blitzkeg (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36680968)

_the term is "blitzkrieg", like in "Blitzkrieg Bob" by The Ramones.

s. a. t. i. r. e.

Re:blitzkeg (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36680998)

Look up the word: Keg and be amazed :-)

Re:blitzkeg (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36681030)

Bravo, sherlock, Now consider this: on the one hand ponder on the concept of "blitzkrieg", on the other hand on the concept of "keg", which is traditionally an item found at many parties. Now, combine those two concepts and allow for it all to sink in for a moment.

Then, ponder on this other novel concept: WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSH.

Re:blitzkeg (1)

MLease (652529) | more than 3 years ago | (#36703072)

Somebody doesn't understand the concept of a bilingual pun.

-Mike

You know... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36680370)

It occurred to me that, as a Canadian, all I really had to say was "damn, did people really need to get hurt?".
Those silly Germans, always taking things to the extreme, they do.

and ME ! (1)

Chuby007 (1961870) | more than 3 years ago | (#36680672)

The Irony I posted an open orgy and no one came...

as a German: (1)

drolli (522659) | more than 3 years ago | (#36680966)

Some politicians try to improve their ratings among their voters by shouting around a little bit.

The suggestions are mostly laughed at, and even their political friends usually are not impressed.

A law against a more or less spontaneous party of many persons with "nobody" in charge (or somebody who unintentionally invited the people) will be difficult to forbid.

For anything else (commercial events, political demonstrations etc.) there are rules already.

Germans are allowed to assemble in public (paragraph 22 of the German constitution), but for an *organized meeting* the organizer must ask for a permission *for a specific place* first (if you don't get the permission, you can sue for it to check whether the right to assemble was violated).

Simplest... (1)

argStyopa (232550) | more than 3 years ago | (#36681152)

Simplest solution?

If the 'reveal' is misuse, charge the people holding the party for the FULL cost of the event, and hold them (as any party-holder would be) legally responsible for the consequences of the party.

If the revelation was through a technical flaw in the social software, hold Facebook (or whomever) responsible.

One can't idiot-proof the world, only establish chains of causality and let people/companies respond to the incentives/disincentives that exist.

Re:Simplest... (1)

91degrees (207121) | more than 3 years ago | (#36681546)

That would mitigate the cost, but the people who end up having 1000 "guests" turn up don't acvtually mean to. They're really victims here (albeit of their own incompetence). A rule that prevents people from making the mistake in the first place is better than one that penalises people for doing so. It's not like people choose to be incompetent.

Those wacky Krauts! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36682054)

They *do* know how to party! Remember those flash mob parties in Nuremberg?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2VpNqqBdGg [youtube.com]

We Haff Vays to Make You Not Party! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36684622)

Ja?

Ja!

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