Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by Bruto Blukowski, Jul 28, 2006.
Z will have to troll two forums now.
How much of a pay raise did he get for this new arrangement?
I was reading in a forum dedicated to Canadian FX brokers when I came across this. Who could believe that the author did not have zEvader in mind when he wrote it? It is a step by step illustration of the troll's tactics.
of course, nothing will ever beat this masterpiece
You can often spot posters worth ignoring via one or more of the following classical crank attributes:
They are unwilling to be mistaken. They never acknowledge error,
even on trivial matters. Even when presented with literal quotes
from their own earlier postings, about the most you will get is a
non-denial denial that they wrote it.
Despite their incredible volumes of postings, they never seem to
have time to respond to pointed remarks that expose flaws in their
arguments. When they quote from on-target articles, they only copy
irrelevant text. Changing the topic (misdirection) is a mainstay of
Argument by repetition, unsupported claim, context-dropping and
spin-doctoring: They rely on "facts" not in evidence and never seem
to have time to post in-context references that might support their
conclusions. Anything quoted is out of context, and may not even be
from a discussion on the same topic. They stubbornly assume that
their interpretation is the only correct one.
They threaten others whose articles are actually less offensive than
Their articles often contain actionable material.
They are incapable of remembering their past errors and lies, much
less adjusting their behavior to avoid repeating previous outrages.
They indirectly acknowledge the weakness of their position by
resorting to all the normal underhanded tricks of incompetent
debaters, plus copious volumes of ad hominem; from simple
name-calling to sophomoric psychological judgementalism.
Just because it looks like English, don't assume it is, depending on
how you define "is".
Obsessed and Disconnected
After you've been reading their stuff for a while, you begin to
realize that they seem to be driven by some central theme, but are
writing in what is ultimately just a /simulation/ of a human
language. It looks vaguely familiar on the surface, but is not
firmly connected to reality, much less the topic at hand.
Their command of their language is so weak, and the intellectual
content of their prose is so vacuous, that they have to "punch it
up" with words intended to mock, provoke, shock and/or hurt. Without
those words, they'd have a great deal less to say.
They are fully capable of reading all of the above, and failing to
recognize that they meet most or all of these criteria.
FYI, I recently made the mistake of posting the link to Trolling 101, <b>version 1.0</b>.
The updated version is better, since it includes the key section on <b>winning by losing.</b>
The rest of it is identical to version 1.0.
Separate names with a comma.