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Journal: People have such delicate egos

Journal by boobsea

I really pissed off someone today. In the article "Building Social Skills in Gifted Youths?" I replied to a person who listed getting "perfect ACT scores" in the 5th grade as an accomplishment.

Is this a valid accomplishment? Sure! How many other 5th graders do you know who have done this? Not many, I'm sure.

However, my objection to this being an accomplishment classified along with other more practical accomplishments such as learning Perl, translating Star Wars into French, & etc. are detailed below.

Standardized tests are, for starters, hardly something to write home about. Many people of average intelligence spend thousands of dollars on test-prep to get perfect or near-perfect scores, while on the other end of the spectrum, people with above-average intelligences can barely break over 1000 on their SAT because of things like ADD and/or by simply being poor test-takers.

There are also questions regarding the ethical issues of such tests (are they really true indicators of scholarly achievement?) including the fact that the same companies who rake in much money administering the tests make much money selling test-prep and licensing test material to other companies for test-prep. People are profiting off this venture and I for one think this is a conflict of interest.

My objection to this has apparently sparked a heated response from the person I replied to.

(Paraphrase)
They're in calculus too! How dare you question their achievements, you twit! (Yes, I was called a twit for a mere criticism. How mature.)

Come on. Grow up. These are smart kids, no doubt. But don't give me some high and mighty bullshit about how everything they do is somehow godly.

If you would like to read the thread, here you go.

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Journal: Am I the target of GNAA/anti-slash.org?

Journal by boobsea

It appears that one or more people associated with trolling groups "GNAA" and/or "anti-slash.org" (perhaps they are the same?) have found a new (and admittedly interesting one) tactic- label anyone who gets modded up as a troll.

Someone named "Penisbird" took credit for plagarizing a post, and once I pointed it out to everyone, penisbird took credit for posting the plagarized post and my post indiciating it was plagarized. (Basically, he is trying to get his name associated with this account in order to get me modded down)

Another one of their tactics seems to be to reply to my posts, accuse me of being a troll, and then create a fake dialog (of AC posts), with one of the people pretending to be me (but posting as AC).

So, there you have it. The latest trolling tactic. Will it work? It remains to be seen.

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Journal: xeno_gearz is a troll 4

Journal by boobsea

I have marked people like xeno_gearz as a foe because he is nothing more than a cheap karma whore. Some of his ideas may be original, but frankly, its just preaching to the choir in order to get karma.

Obviously he does not like being marked as a foe, so he marked me as a foe. Fine. I don't care. Its fair game.

But what is really upsetting me now is that he is claming that his account is now an accurate "Troll Blacklist". Oh really, Mr. xeno_gearz? I mark you as a foe, then you retaliate by marking me as a foe and labeling me as a troll?

It seems to me that you're just a cheap karma whore, not a Savior of Slashdot.

FORTRAN is a good example of a language which is easier to parse using ad hoc techniques. -- D. Gries [What's good about it? Ed.]

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