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Journal Tomble's Journal: For M2ers, defn of "Troll" 2

Using up the recent deluge of mod points (thrice in about a week! All from being to busy with Jabber to spend more than a minute or 2 here...), I did a few mods that I figured would be likely to get M2'd unfair*. One was an AC reply to some flamebait which I modded funny, because well, it was, I don't give a flying fuck if it was OT.

(*-no, not because I wanted to be M2'd down, but because I thought they weren't unfair)

Another was this little gem. Now, my understanding of the term "Troll" is that "trolling" is a variation on "trauling", and originally referred to a sort of fishing, eg: "trolling one's hands through the water". It refers to (more or less) a comment designed purely to get a significant angry response- specifically a response in the form of replies, rather than somebody merely getting quietly offended.

Some others had modded it up as "insightful" and "interesting", but it seemed clear to me it had it all. It was:

  • Contentious
  • Offensively worded
  • Able to generate at least 10 direct replies (I didn't try to count the total replies under those)
  • Wrong

Anyway, no, this is not a reply to that. This is a reply to the M2ers who can't smell a troll when they're shown one. Yeah, I often m2 downmods as unfair, but if there's any doubt I prefer to leave them "dont' know". And it was a troll, I don't care if you agreed with him or not. People here often refer to "groupthink" on the site, but I still suspect this works both ways...

Any comments welcome, but bear in mind I'm still finding myself not spending much time here nowadays, so apologies if I don't respond (either soon or at all). OTOH, I've got a bunch of other things to journal about too, so... :P

[Addendum: Oh yeah, and if you were one of the people that M2'd me down, don't be afraid to say. I won't foe you or beat you over the head with a blunt instrument or anything, I'll probably just scowl at you a bit and tell you that it was a troll so ner]

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  • Tomble, i hereby declare you to be an official trollbuster, and award you three extra points of favour.
    • Woo! 3 of 'em? That's got to be a record! ;)

      BTW, I keep forgetting I owe you an email- I'm rather behind in everything, I'm afraid. Meanwhile, big hugs to my little dragon friend, who always manages to make me feel warm and fuzzy.

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