Trolls: A Necessary Evil

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    Jun 07, 2014 9:23 PM GMT
    I was going to post a ridiculous manifesto.
    I would have outlined the importance of controversy, historically.
    I could have gone on to explain that Devil's Advocate can be shrouded in a cape of idiocy - and still be effective in perpetuating a good conversation.


    Instead, I'll summarize:
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    The Troll:
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    You all NEED that shit.



    Discuss.
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    Jun 07, 2014 9:25 PM GMT
    Into each life a little sturm und drang must fall. Otherwise you'd be bored shitless and push the lemmings out of the way on their annual march to the cliffs.
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    Jun 07, 2014 9:26 PM GMT
    Trolling can be fun. icon_biggrin.gif

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    Jun 07, 2014 9:26 PM GMT
    There are some trolls in RJ, some very persistent, they chase people away. However admin allows them to come back time after time so this is what RJ deserve.
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    Jun 07, 2014 9:26 PM GMT
    'Discuss'

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    You have NOT lost your wit!

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    Jun 07, 2014 9:29 PM GMT
    Some people are trolls but they just never want to admit it. The MY Little Pony site is filled with that type. Like the 2 ones above me. icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 07, 2014 9:31 PM GMT
    Trolling is what boring people do to try and make themselves look interesting.
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    Jun 07, 2014 9:55 PM GMT
    owl_bundy saidsee, here's the thing. there's good trolling and then there's bad trolling. good trolling done right is entertaining, hilarious, and be seen as a joke where it can be taken lightly. BAD trolling is basically when someone just is down right offensive, just wants to stir up shit, annoying and boring. it's basically meant to hurt people or make them feel bad. there's very few people in here that know how to do good trolling. they can crack a joke on somebody, piss them off without offending them. most of the trolls in here do BAD trolling. they'll say some homophobic, racist, sexist or some downright weak shit that is just corny.

    you have some people that are hypersensitive though where they don't know how to take a joke or joke around where you can't say anything. you also have other posters that seem to get entertained at bad trolling where they feed into it. they basically won't say anything when someone steps out of bounds.


    I don't think Failed attempts at comedy, or even Effective comedy are considered "Trolling".


    Trolls sit under a bridge, in a shadowy, decrepit mossy pit. They throw mud at passers by, and hope for a reaction. They're meant to be hated, they AIM to be hated. Anonymity on the internet created this archetype.

    These are the people who, in my opinion, keep the CORE of this forum alive.

    They may scare away the casual visitor, here for helpful advice about fitness and gay life, but they keep the rest of this 'community' interested.

    Let's look at this honestly: people ranging above ~500 posts are not here for surface level engagement. They are here to gain a sense of community and learn something about each-other through the process.

    Can you imagine how boring this place would be if everyone just posted positive affirmations and repeated different versions of the same tired rhetoric? Trolls not only throw a wrench in the machine of popular belief with their absurd opinions, but they spark debate, bond people together, etc etc etc.
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    Jun 07, 2014 9:57 PM GMT
    bon_pan said
    theantijock saidTrolling is what boring people do to try and make themselves look interesting.


    Oh, fuck you!


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    Jun 07, 2014 9:58 PM GMT
    ThePenIsMyTier said
    owl_bundy saidsee, here's the thing. there's good trolling and then there's bad trolling. good trolling done right is entertaining, hilarious, and be seen as a joke where it can be taken lightly. BAD trolling is basically when someone just is down right offensive, just wants to stir up shit, annoying and boring. it's basically meant to hurt people or make them feel bad. there's very few people in here that know how to do good trolling. they can crack a joke on somebody, piss them off without offending them. most of the trolls in here do BAD trolling. they'll say some homophobic, racist, sexist or some downright weak shit that is just corny.

    you have some people that are hypersensitive though where they don't know how to take a joke or joke around where you can't say anything. you also have other posters that seem to get entertained at bad trolling where they feed into it. they basically won't say anything when someone steps out of bounds.


    I don't think Failed attempts at comedy, or even Effective comedy are considered "Trolling".


    Trolls sit under a bridge, in a shadowy, decrepit, mossy pit. They throw mud at passers by, and hope for a reaction. They're meant to be hated, they AIM to be hated.

    These are the people who, in my opinion, keep the CORE of this forum alive.

    They may scare away the casual visitor, here for helpful advice about fitness and gay life, but they keep the rest of this 'community' interested.

    Let's look at this honestly: people ranging above ~500 posts are not here for surface level engagement. They are here to gain a sense of community and learn something about each-other through the process.

    Can you imagine how boring this place would be if everyone just posted positive affirmations and repeated different versions of the same tired rhetoric? Trolls not only throw a wrench in the machine of popular belief with their absurd opinions, but they spark debate, bond people together, etc etc etc.
    Ya know, you stuck me as somewhat genius when we hung out in Phoenix. Glad to see I was right. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 07, 2014 10:03 PM GMT

    ThePenIsMyTier said, "Can you imagine how boring this place would be if everyone just posted positive affirmations and repeated different versions of the same tired rhetoric?"

    That's not what happens without trolls. icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 07, 2014 10:04 PM GMT
    meninlove said
    ThePenIsMyTier said, "Can you imagine how boring this place would be if everyone just posted positive affirmations and repeated different versions of the same tired rhetoric?"

    That's not what happens without trolls. icon_lol.gif


    You two are lovely, kind, and likely have statuesque penises.
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    Jun 07, 2014 10:05 PM GMT
    bon_pan said...
    I like sammiches but I wouldn't eat thcat...

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    Jun 07, 2014 10:06 PM GMT
    owl_bundy said

    i disagree with you right there, man. to me, you're talking about people that have unpopular opinions that people who disagree with them view them as trolls when they're not. trolls are people that are simply around to offend no matter what. they'll attack somebody for the hell of it.


    Then they're doing it wrong.
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    Jun 07, 2014 10:07 PM GMT
    ThePenIsMyTier said
    meninlove said
    ThePenIsMyTier said, "Can you imagine how boring this place would be if everyone just posted positive affirmations and repeated different versions of the same tired rhetoric?"

    That's not what happens without trolls. icon_lol.gif


    You two are lovely, kind, and likely have statuesque penises.


    Statuesque?!? That's not very masculine, bro. icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 07, 2014 10:10 PM GMT
    meninlove said
    ThePenIsMyTier said
    meninlove said
    ThePenIsMyTier said, "Can you imagine how boring this place would be if everyone just posted positive affirmations and repeated different versions of the same tired rhetoric?"

    That's not what happens without trolls. icon_lol.gif


    You two are lovely, kind, and likely have statuesque penises.


    Statuesque?!? That's not very masculine, bro. icon_lol.gif



    All I'm saying is, I bet your dick is Regal.
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    Jun 07, 2014 10:15 PM GMT
    Having unpopular/controversial opinions is not trolling. Some people are just too sensitive.
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    Jun 07, 2014 10:16 PM GMT
    ThePenIsMyTier said
    meninlove said
    ThePenIsMyTier said
    meninlove said
    ThePenIsMyTier said, "Can you imagine how boring this place would be if everyone just posted positive affirmations and repeated different versions of the same tired rhetoric?"

    That's not what happens without trolls. icon_lol.gif


    You two are lovely, kind, and likely have statuesque penises.


    Statuesque?!? That's not very masculine, bro. icon_lol.gif



    All I'm saying is, I bet your dick is Regal.


    WHAT?!? So now you're saying my dick is something out of a home-style mail order catalogue? *unfeigned horror*

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    Jun 07, 2014 10:39 PM GMT
    kevex saidHaving unpopular/controversial opinions is not trolling. Some people are just too sensitive.
    Don't mistake stupidity for controversial.
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    Jun 07, 2014 10:40 PM GMT
    shawnathan said
    kevex saidHaving unpopular/controversial opinions is not trolling. Some people are just too sensitive.
    Don't mistake stupidity for controversial.


    They're still opinions. Everyone has them.
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    Jun 07, 2014 11:05 PM GMT
    Back in the old days, trolls were internet jerks that liked to stir things up, start flame wars, spread the hate, etc. Then sit back and enjoy the drama.

    This term evolved over time, and now trolling is synonymous to pulling pranks or telling outlandish anecdotes to get a few laughs or "I gotcha" type reactions. Kinda like the online version of Punkd.

    There seems to be a real grey area between the two, depending on the person and the forums.
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    Jun 08, 2014 12:47 AM GMT
    I suppose we all can "troll" occasionally.... well most guys.. I'm sure there are some exceptions...hahaha

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    Jun 08, 2014 12:54 AM GMT
    I want to meet the person who pioneered Trolling!

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  • MikeW

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    Jun 08, 2014 1:22 AM GMT
    So, you think it is necessary to have members who go around bashing other members (and a lot of gay identity in general), is that right? You believe this makes for an interesting and healthy community?
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    Jun 08, 2014 1:41 AM GMT
    If it weren't for trolls, I'd have no reason to use the Block and Ignore links.