RationalWiki:Leaving and never coming back

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Leaving and never coming back (commonly LANCB) is an internet euphemism whereby a frustrated participant in a forum, or blog, or whatever, takes away their ball and refuses to play. Sometimes this occurs after grandly declaring "victory", but more often when they are simply unable to get their own way. Oftentimes, the LANCBer cannot get their own way because the forum is riddled with sycophants who gang up on them, even though the LANCBer is clearly correct.

It is usually publicly announced, done with great fanfare, and followed by a quiet return within a week or even within a few minutes. A statement of LANCB virtually guarantees a return, thus destroying any ultimata or idealism involved in their "leaving".

A particularly grandiose LANCB is often referred to as a flounce. The word can also be a verb, as in "user Tyranny_of_Evil_Women flounced out of the forum, but he was back three days later posting as AgentLemon." If accompanied by a particularly emotional farewell speech, this is also known as a grand staircase exit. LANCBers may leave a very long and bitter parting message on their user page or talk page. When they return, they usually (though not always) delete it. A particularly acrimonious LANCB is called a ragequit.

It is a common affliction with internet users who are in urgent need of the wahmbulance.

Is there a need to be upset?


How do I LANCB?

  1. Replace the contents of your home pages with the {{LANCB}} template on your homepage.
  2. Don't come back. …
  3. Unless you do.

See also