zaadz

84 ratings since posting on Sunday, January 29, 2006
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I'll give you a 3
Good but not the best service. - David , posted 11/17/14
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I think this website is cool. www.preorderfalloutnewvegas.org - Victoria Zhou , posted 07/11/10
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Good grief - Not a complete pile of shit!
Y'all can keep thinking it sucks, but I've met some really awesome people and blogs on Zaadz!
The way the site is organized and arranged doesn't beat Tribe... but it's not a complete wash, either. - Unsubscribed , posted 08/02/07
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*shakes head*
Trite and sappy. Also, too much drama. *eye roll* - Kaivalya , posted 06/08/07
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Creative Quickies
I noticed that i could use inline CSS and stuff or just copy/paste chunks of other webpages into blogs or 'Podz"
Tagging, and the books and quotes features make the FOAF shared, interest, connection, thing very easy.

On the other hand there is a creepy passive agressive holier than thou vibe. The positivist mind police are very agressive.
And There are not enough bellydancers

Update: June 12 2010 Is any one surprised that they just pulled the plug on this one? - ghôti , posted 06/12/10
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Alternative to tribe.net
2 days later I change my rating from a 5 to a 2. They sent me an email asking me to join the community discussion forum, using the following line: "Lao Tzu, reminds us that, 'A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.' So, how about taking that "first step" of registering a username?!? :)"
Kinda cliche and creepy. - Margot , posted 02/10/06
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Scientology Lite
Nice words, crappy practice - Unsubscribed , posted 02/08/06
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eh
It has potential....what they did to Icky Bob sucks, but tribe has done some sucky things too. - BiteMe , posted 02/04/06
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All bubbles burst
Not too sure about this site. Too much like a religion. Can't find the humor or appreciation for absurdity. Eh? we'll see. Don't like how they passive aggressively asked Icky Bob to leave then act all innocent. - Marc , posted 02/04/06
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"Bri" is the male version of a femi-nazi
The site sucks. No content except a load of hippy drivel. Icky Bob got booted for "not having the right vibe". Brian needs to be sent invitations to "Shut Up, Hippy". If he's censoring people on his own webiste, what is he doing here? Well, he can't censor us here so be sure to tell him what you think of his strong-arm tactics at Zaadz.

This is his retarded tribe trying to use us to market his tripe: tribes.tribe.net/zaadz

And here is his profile: people.tribe.net/80af9065-...cf47af9fd5

He's a tool of the lamest order. - , posted 02/04/06
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what is it, again?
Am I supposed to compare this to multi-level marketing or Scientology? - furtographer , posted 02/04/06
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Are you passionate? Or do you have a passion?
Avoid people who use the phrase: "We're passionate about ...." - Apollo , posted 02/03/06
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I might join
if they called it Nads - Unsubscribed , posted 02/03/06
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Errgh. It looks hokey
I'm sickened by the idea of having to sign up, create a profile and familiarize myself with yet another way to waste my time. I have Tribe and various internet pornography sites. I simply do not need yet another vacum for my time. Plus. It's so effing corney. I got laugh at out the "nutrition content label" . Already they need to fire someone. - Unsubscribed , posted 02/03/06
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a hot new space - Jori Tokyo , posted 02/03/06
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Yeah
You don't change the world by starting off with Capitalism. That what got us eyeball deep in shit in the first place. This site seems like corporate shit trying to hide its true nature behind flowerpower cliches. If you're a yuppie in denial then there's a website for you! - Unsubscribed , posted 02/03/06
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meh at best.



Now, don't get me wrong, I'm a dyed in the wool hippy, but to be 100% honest the real fun of burningman (and that's where Tribe comes from) is the super fucked up shit that you see out of the corner of your eyes and the even more fucked up shit that comes up and sits on your lap and the super duper HARDCORE!!! mutherFuckin(tm) death guild and the blood and the fire and the fact that all this crap is going downhill... not the starry eyed "I'm going to change the word" bullshit. Bleh. You don't change the world by saying "I'm going to change the world", that never works. You change the world by laying plans that go hundreds of years into the future, like the alchemists of the late 1700's, don't cha know...?


The greatest beauty in life is the fact that it will end. - Clear , posted 02/02/06
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Enh
Can you give a place negative stars?

I haven't seen such a bizarre and repressive place since maybe the mid '80s heyday of Hare Krishnas and the followers of the Baghwan Rajneesh, only zaadz has an even more pallid color scheme. Having said that, they are providing several of us with a reasonably good source of entertainment trying to muster sufficiently enlightened responses to users who question why they deleted somebody immediately for no other offense than posting an image of himself they thought was ugly, and for suggesting they get over themselves a bit. - , posted 02/04/06
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Zaadz: already outdoing Tribe on censorship
We all love Icky Bob*. He's survived on this site for years. On Zaadz? One day before he was apparently asked to leave.

www.zaadz.com/lists/ideas...working_site

His post could be construed as somewhat less than constructive (even that's arguable), and the operators have every right to build a new age totalitarian new age regime if that's really what they're after, but do you really want to be a part of it?


* Okay, maybe not all, but close enough. - Starchy , posted 02/02/06
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I joined
rockstar77.zaadz.com/ - Rockstar , posted 02/02/06
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Uh...whatever.
Any time I see the word "empowerment," I get a little antsy-like with this here shootin' iron. This site is probably going to end up like every other one of its kind. When first launched, you can smell the patchouli and freedom, and you want to get on the conveyor belt in a big way. But get a few investors to pony up some bucks, and soon your taste of freedom is converted to TOU goons editing out any pix that look pink and pointy, as the "Blog Macht Frei" mentality stretches from sea to shining sea. As Mr. Horse would say, "No sir, I don't like it." - Sluggo , posted 02/02/06
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cloy coquettish con-man slick
... I wish I could write like Loki....
I believe in Seeds but I agree with the smell of fear in the happy dokey hippie writing on the Zceo page.... I bought into a lot of that stuff in the 60s & SF & damn if it doesn't still get me into trouble. A lil balance of truth observance may be needed therezzz

Has everyone noticed that if you give a 1star rating that Tribe puts up a 5 star rating anyway?? So uhh brainwashing technique so we all think we're having fun? Is there a government marketing agent behind tribe now??? - Gi Gi , posted 02/02/06
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Zaadz makes me ashamed.
it's hokey.

- Unsubscribed , posted 02/02/06
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can't be assed...
... to even look at it. Put too much energy into tribe and now I'm just too resentful to create another frickin profile on another frickin web site.
I used to say that tribe was a microcosm of society. Ironic then that it would appear that profit has taken over from free exchange of ideas as the prime mandate. Or maybe that was always the plan....
Will something with such a stupid-sounding name as zaadz save us? I can't see it. And it seems tribe is doomed to uncoolness. So where's the rebel faction? Where's the splinter group? Will the Chicken John of Tribe please stand up?

Enjoy your tenuous freedom of thought before some bright zealot figures out a way to censor your head and finally erase all ungodliness from your mind... - Unsubscribed , posted 02/02/06
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zaadz is deaadz
Like many of you, I had recently been trying out zaadz.com in the hopes that, in time, it might prove to be a viable alternative to Tribe. That evaluation came to an abrupt end last night, when my zaadz account WAS SUMMARILY DELETED. No reason was given for this action, nor did I receive any warning. In fact, I am truly at a loss to understand what happened, as I'd hardly made any posts at all on zaadz, none of which were remotely negative or related to any controversial topics. One moment my account worked, the next it was simply gone*, banished, evidently as part of a reactionary purge by zaadz founder (and wanna-be "philosopher") Brian Johnson.

I had thus far chosen to withhold judgement on zaadz. While it lacked much of the functionality of Tribe, it had a cleaner, more contemporary design which I found easier to use and more appealing to my eye. I even agreed with some aspects of zaadz's oft-maligned mission statement, which is saying something, given my normally intense aversion to dogma (especially vague, self-contradictory new age dogma). Underneath all the black leather I'm still a hippie at heart, and sympathetic to anyone trying to put more "intention" into their "community".

But sadly, after the deletion of "Icky Bob" and his handling of the subsequent hubbub, Brian Johnson has revealed himself as a rank hypocrite whose only message is "Let's change the world... so long as you all agree to do it my way." And just like famed social-networking loser Jonathan Abrams before him, Brian's only response to those who deviate from his vision (or even try to discuss the issue) is to remove them, en masse, from "his site".

(On a purely business note, I find it amazing that in 2006 there are still CEO's who have so clearly failed to grasp the lessons of Jonathan Abrams, who, were it not for his early and agressive campaign of top-down meddling with his users, might today have found himself operating a site as popular as MySpace, instead of the increasingly irrelevant Friendster.)

Le sigh.

Yet another missed opportunity. Another "seed" dead before it sprouted. Another community crippled by its creator's unwillingness to allow room for free expression, dada and dissent. Another progressive out to change the world, but who remains, ultimately, as intolerant of transgression as anyone else beneath the boot of the dominant paradigm.

You want to change the world? Then log off and go do it. Do it with every breath, every thought and every action. Do it in the world with a community that understands that both Eros AND Thanatos are equally vital, and that revolutions are ALWAYS messy.

I am a world-changer. I am an inspired soul. As are all of my friends. Sadly, zaadz will never get to know any of us due to Brian Johnson's narrow-mindedness and hypocrisy.


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* Currently, when logging in to zaadz, users are confronted with a screen asking them to re-affirm their understanding of (and agreement with) the zaadz mission statement. If they do not wish to do so, the only other choice provided is one that reads "Please de-activate my account." When I logged in last night I agreed to their new conditions (I had mail waiting in my zaadz inbox that I wanted to access, so I had little choice). Despite my agreement my account was deleted about fifteen minutes later. I still have no idea why. - SFSlim , posted 02/07/06
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just another tribe... no better no worse
but I just haven't been able to bring myself to click that "Just Do It" sign up button...
I mean come on... am I signing up for an ad campaign? - beau , posted 02/01/06
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zzzzzaaaad....wha? huh?
My brain hurts! - LunaMiel , posted 02/01/06
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best restaurant in the city
I'll join - Unsubscribed , posted 02/01/06
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Its still a newborn
I am holding judgment I recall when Tribe, friendster and My space were infants as well.. they all sucked early on.. infants usaly do. Friendster had a crib death, My space became a bratty teen forever and tribe .. well. So I am giving it a chance they have plans the best is to wait and give them a chance Tribe had buggs and issues early on as well. - , posted 02/01/06
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meh.
i think it sucks ass that they don't fully support safari, and i need to get firefox. poop. - Unsubscribed , posted 02/01/06
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Looks good
I think I wet my self.... - Unsubscribed , posted 02/01/06
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For pre-beta, NOT BAD!
It's not for everyone. That's what they say on the "coming over from tribe?" page. I guess they anticipated the love (NOT) coming from some of you. So... if you're not into it, don't join. It's so simple. Personally I think it sits somewhere *between* la-la land and despair, but I can see others feel it is squarely in la-la land. Whatever. - Diane , posted 02/01/06
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i will not stop shaving my armpits!
but, i'll give crunchy brian a shot at my short attention span ... - , posted 02/01/06
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too early to tell
It's a little boring there. Maybe it'll get better. Smells like sage or something. Blech. At least they're not taking my pictures down.


(on edit, changing score): you mess with Icky Bob, you mess with me... - Frank Jones , posted 02/03/06
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granola city
Granola, Granola, Granola! They have so much granola that they are off of the granola scale. Every shelf in every asile is filled with granola. - Pete , posted 02/01/06
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Figured I would try it out...
Didn't like it one bit. Asked to be unsubbed. Too cult like and creepy. I would only recommend it to people who are hip to the new age jargen and love to spout it without really understanding what they are saying. - s p a n k i c h u , posted 02/04/06
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Don't drink the kool-aid!
Creepy elitist with that Moonie/scientologist vibe. They censor you or kick you out for not being sheeple.


people.tribe.net/ickybob/blog - Icky Bob , posted 02/10/06
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suck it, znaadz
I refuse to even look at it. I. simply. don't. care. - Dirtbag , posted 02/01/06
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Time will tell
I joined ... - Unsubscribed , posted 02/01/06
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zzzzzzzzz
I'm waiting for instructions...slow as shit. And the background just as white as tribe...sure we can join to piss of tribe,,,but I find I piss people off more by sticking around and being pain in their arse. I'm not overly impressed with what I saw...but I'll check things out and see before I start creating any groups.. - ૐ Rev Ro , posted 02/01/06
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can't hurt
Figured "why not"? Tribe hasn't been all that bad. Other than a few minor incidents and a few of some of humanity's worst, Tribe has pretty much done what it said it would do.

Zadzz might be worth it, but the only way to know will be to experience it. Sure, it may "look" strange now, but think about how Tribe "looks" now compared to just a few weeks ago. - Unsubscribed , posted 02/01/06
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Exceeds my Z quota
At least one too many z's. Quite possibly 2 too many. I become ambivalent when the number of Zs is less than 2, but it's an ambivalence that leans toward disgust. - Unsubscribed , posted 01/31/06
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Changing my rating...
I at first thought this had potential...but unfortunately for the hippy place it is...someone was booted just because he didn't have the right "vibe"..

I haven't deleted my acct yet...but I'm not recommending it.

Here's another alternative to tribe...it's still in beta, and a lot of work needs to be done on it..but NO censorship..

http://Free-Association.Net/ - Unsubscribed , posted 02/04/06
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feh!
yes, i said feh.

didn't like it. not at all. not one thing.

tribe has been overrun by simpletons, but until the feds come a knockin, i'm stayin' here.

see yuns on the rattlesnake train. - shekky , posted 01/31/06
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Just a lot of seeds and stems. - Chuckster , posted 01/31/06
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nah
They seem not to like my server.
They are just as white as tribe, my eyes still hurt, and it's not getting better!
I may as well stick this out. - 00smittenkitten , posted 01/31/06
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dammarito.zaadz.com - Dani dearie littl... , posted 01/31/06
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GOT NO IDEA
All I know is they picked a good name.... DUTCH.. for seed, I can give em some better Dutch terms, he he he - Unsubscribed , posted 01/31/06
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*snarl*
I hate you guys !
sandy.zaadz.com/ - Unsubscribed , posted 01/31/06
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edubya.zaadz.com/
Damn it!! You know I find this crap irresistable. It's like a siren song and HEY!! look at those big pretty rocks!! - , posted 01/31/06
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Very contrived..
but after listening to the State of the Union this evening, my mind is more open to this than ever. Bring on the Patchouli and the Love, just be intelligent about it. - Unsubscribed , posted 01/31/06
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I'm gonna give it a shot.
The folks seem interesting, and once the "pods" (zaadz version of tribes) are up and running, it may be just the thing. Get past the front page, and carry on. Give it a look-see.

I also joined free-association, and so far not totally digging it. - LaSara Firefox , posted 01/31/06
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Love 'n Light 'R' Us
Well, when they lay out their plan thusly: "Ours involves Capitalism. Spirituality. Enthusiasm. Love. Service. Inspiration. Leaders," with Capitalism at the head of things and nestled right up against 'spirituality', it doesn't bode well - It feels a bit too cloying and squeaky clean for comfort, if you axe me, but I'll look into it... - Unsubscribed , posted 01/31/06
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ick
It only took about 2.5 seconds for me to realize that I wanted nothing to do with that place. 100% kindness? what the hell is that? I want to see people be real. - ~Ms. Purity~ , posted 01/31/06
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Way too early
I'll wait until they go beta before I pass judgement.

All of you who are on Zaads - friend me - I'm Geo over there as well. - Geo , posted 01/31/06
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Good Start
"the seed" has been planted.

Lets see if it grows roots.

I'll take hippie new age versus Corporate Takeovers any day.

Well at least for a social network. - David , posted 01/31/06
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too California dreaming
Way too new age hippy/let's all love each other/be a community for me.

Anyone that posts their star sign/sun sign/Chinese animal should be strangled with a natural fibre environmentally friendly hand beaded rope. - Unsubscribed , posted 01/31/06
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~beta~
I too like the simple lay out and I already noticed a few friends on there.
as much as we are all grumbling about tribe we might as well give these newies
a try. Its just sad that something so good has now upset so many. I keep waiting for
a mass tribe boycott week or something... anyone heard of this? - seethrusound , posted 01/31/06
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Great Idea~
~lots left to do in the way of execution, but they're still in PRE_BETA, guys. Give 'em a break. Have the haters here even read their business model? The people behind Zaadz are pretty cool with a lot of integrity and a sincere desire to do good for the planet and for the community. They are into being completely transparent right from the get-go and are completely open to feedback, ideas and constructive criticism from the user base. And if you send one of the Zaadz staff an email or post a comment to their blog you don't get a form response or marketing spin back, you get a thoughtful, sincere answer and genuine appreciation for your input. That's a lot more than one can say for Tribey Tribe here, (may it rest in peace).

Building a community of any kind is a learning process. Asking questions and being open to uncensored feedback is the first step in creating a strong community. If you're not into the process then don't join, but I don't see any reason to be so hateful.

And I like that they sign their correspondences with 'namaste'. Even though I personally don't use it I think the sentiment is rather sweet. *sheesh* Since when did everyone become so concerned with being bitter in order to fit in? - all-i , posted 01/31/06
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Smells like patchouli oil
Zaadz, looks dumb,

Please! when will someone put together a Social Networking Application that is just simple and good, and doesnt smell like Pepsi's CEO's Asshole, or Patchouli Oil. - Unsubscribed , posted 01/31/06
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Zaadz is great!
What a great community! - Teresa , posted 01/31/06
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no thanks.
TRY www.free-association.net
Same concept only hosted this will hosted out of the country so the 2257 laws won't apply. And therefore the only restrictions will be no spam - no kiddie porn. Also everyone who wants an opinion on the the format and inner-workings just has to volunteer!
And there's no Jim Jones wannabe handing out their kool-aid and stinky opinions on the front page. - brandy , posted 01/31/06
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eh
they sign their correspondace from tech support with

Namaste
- Unsubscribed , posted 01/31/06
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checkin' it out...
...it'll take me awhile to explore Zaadz, but it's worth checkin' out. I've joined for now, as I'm actively seeking alternatives to tribe.net, which is a very good thing gone terribly bad!
Who'da thunk it!!! - Vernon "Rhythm Ge... , posted 01/31/06
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I'm joining
And you can't stop me. - Unsubscribed , posted 01/31/06
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Enh, not for me
It's sort of beside the point, but there's this reek of easy-breezy automatic entitlement (which I perceive as philosophical prejudice) that stems from oblivious deliberate blindness to reality and nature all over the "let's change the world, cool kids" mentality; it oozed unchecked from the New Age brand of satanism since it came up, and now it's running its course through hipsters and yuppies as well.

I can't help but notice that most of what its adherents say is a lie covering for general lack of spiritual center. Non? Morals are easy to have, ethics are hard to live up to.

Er uh but yeah, not a site for my species, sorry. - Lokifreign , posted 01/31/06
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Outsource 'Em
Maybe they can take some of these retards off our hands. - Unsubscribed , posted 01/31/06
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Anything for Master
It's only a matter of time before they annouce that everyone should line up for the Kool-Ade. - Unsubscribed , posted 01/31/06
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I love Zaadz
It's just starting out, far from complete, but I truly appreciate the intention and think it will be a good alternative to Tribe, which sucks more and more each day. I'm all about the Californian vibe you all are so quick to dis. Fuck, I'm a freakin Californian to the bone, Westest of the West Coast and am totally down with the metaphysical intentions. OneLove.

BTW, some of you haterz might prefer Nemester: zapatopi.net/nemester/ - =selph:made= , posted 02/02/06
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Chang is needed, fire the dumb a$$ you lost money on and get a new graphics person.
Chang this format. I think its lame and ugly. the graphics suck and the handeling is sideways when compared to bete sty. - Sapphire Dragon , posted 01/31/06
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la la la
la la la la la la la la la la la la - Unsubscribed , posted 01/30/06
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not bad
I was a little thrown off by the new-agey manifesto, but I really like the cleanliness, and the fact that (at least for now) they are truly interested in what people want them to do. I hate tribe enough at this point that zaadz seems preferable. - Jessa , posted 01/30/06
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what Goofaman said. - Unsubscribed , posted 01/30/06
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too foggin breezy for me
they dont call me black days for nothin. eff off! hurrrrhh! - Unsubscribed , posted 01/30/06
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my zaadz goals
I joined forthehellofit.
One of my listed goals is to mine every point in the universe for unlimited zero-point energy to power my Beezy Remhod Unit™. No-one else had the same goal, alas.

The creators certainly sound business/money-minded, for also trying to be so high-minded. - AXJ , posted 01/30/06
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Shirley Maclaine approved?
it's very um...californian.
*fake smile* - Flossy , posted 01/30/06
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Mixed feelings
I really like the clean design, I get the impression that the coders know what they're doing. Good user of some "web 2.0" memes like tags etc, but.... unfortunately, the saturated self-help vibe just gives me the heebie-jeebies.

update: ok, i logged in yesterday and basically got offered the kool-aid. fuck that shit. - david , posted 02/07/06
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I just joined them today!
Hey! They have two "z"s in their name -- what could be wrong about that? And if you join soon, you get a free chakra alignment! - ż€₪ż€₪ , posted 09/12/07
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These are not my people
I had a chance to look around for about 10 minutes today and found the tone of the place terrifically annoying. A backwater of used up ideas and philisophical masturbation - and that's just the part they let you see as a teaser - imagine what the conversations are like in the inner sanctum. Not to dis California, but it's like they took all the Wacko-California-Deadhead-crystal worshipping-dipshits, shoved them into a solar powered VW bus and drove it into a lake of plain yogurt. I found a lot to dislike in a very short time. I'll probably sign up and go on a quest to find the lamest of them through the use of comedic rejoinders. - Unsubscribed , posted 01/30/06
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egocentric
too egocentric - too much spouting your own "philosophy" - come on - get over yourself a little bit - gothalicious , posted 01/30/06
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hey look: it's an alternative to tribe
i was just invited over there earlier today and am giving it a shot...
there's a change-the-world philosophy behind zaads.com, which lends the site a different focus than tribe. the site is presently in beta phase, where it shall remain until spring. the folks are adding profile and management features regularly to bring the space up to speed. they're also integrating zaads.net more thoroughly with the .com--.net is a forum section while .com serves as the warehouse for profiles and messages.
watch it grow and see what it becomes.
there's already a burner population... - Unsubscribed , posted 01/29/06
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