wow, didn't realize people were going to freak out about my comment. if you don't like "self-righteous threads with misplaced indignation" then go ahead and take your own advice, pal. DON'T READ THEM. like maddie said, its just me commenting on a pet peeve.
i dont really believe that ppl post that BS for the reasons you've listed. if you're insecure, join the club. if you don't understand or are unfamiliar with the admissions process, why the heck would you come onto a forum like this? its the blind leading the blind on here. that's like going onto a medical forum to ask what your diagnosis might be. if you really want to know, go ask the professionals. granted, there are a few people on this board that might have more knowledge or experience, but i honestly don't believe that those people are frequenting the "Pre-Law" board all that often. have doubt? check it out- http://www.lawschooldiscussion.org/prelaw/index.php/topic,22.msg2147346.html#msg2147346
i do understand that nervous feeling you get right after you send in your ap's, and you start thinking to yourself, 'omg do i even have the smallest chance of getting in??'. i get that, i really do. i've gone thru it and i know it sucks (although at this point in your cycle, very few schools are accepting ap's, so i'm not sure how many ppl that applies to...).
ppl know where they have a chance of getting in, whether your scores are amazing or amazingly crappy. if you don't, then you need to do a lot more research, and FAST, cuz its almost time for applications to be sent in. if you want to apply, but aren't sure if you can get in, DO IT ANYWAYS. sure, you'll be paying another application fee, but its worth it, whether you get accepted or not. if you get in, sweet! if you get denied, at least you won't be left wondering. in fact, get ready to apply as soon as humanly possible cuz it will increase your chances of getting accepted.
the whole "179/4.0" posts are the LSD equivilent of a girl asking "am i fat?".