YOur a Troll

Linux Rants is a Troll!

<RandomInternetGuy> YOur a Troll.
<LinuxRants> Uh, it’s “you’re” actually.
<RandomInternetGuy> What?
<LinuxRants> It’s “You’re a Troll”, not “Your a Troll”. “Your” is the possessive.
<RandomInternetGuy2> STOP FEEDING THE TROLL!1!!

I get called a Troll quite a lot. And not just Troll either. I’ve been called “useless”, “a puke”, “dead weight”, and many other even less polite names. I’ve had my posts intentionally edited (and not even subtly) by site Admins because they didn’t like what I had to say. I’ve been Ignored, Banned, and had my accounts deleted and/or submitted to an Administrator to be disabled. There are a more than a few people that don’t like me very much.

Wrong on the Internet

xkcd.com

The above conversation would be uncommon for me, since I don’t tend to correct people’s spelling or grammar. If I did, I could be at it all day. To be honest, my spelling and grammar isn’t that great either, so attempting to correct others would be a touch hypocritical. As long as I can understand what you’re (See? “You’re” not “your”.) saying, I’ll let it ride. I don’t go out of my way to troll other people’s conversations, but sometimes when I feel that something has been said that is egregiously wrong, I’ll say something. I’m also very passionate about my opinions, and if someone says that I’m wrong, they better damn well be able to prove it.

Not Agreeing is Not Trolling

I don’t believe that the fact that I may reply to a comment that I don’t agree with automatically makes my response trolling. Quite the opposite in fact. I think half the reason that people call me a troll is because they don’t like what I have to say, but don’t have the facts to back up their own position. But what is a troll anyway? Well, on the Internet, the way a troll is defined is like this:

In Internet slang, a troll is someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as a forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion. The noun troll may also refer to the provocative message itself, as in: “That was an excellent troll you posted.”

Looking for Agreement

Disagreeing with someone’s opinion is not being a troll. Sticking to your guns despite lame counters is not trolling. When someone says, “OSX is based on Linux”, correcting them is not trolling. To me, what you’re (See? “You’re” not “your”.) saying is this: “I don’t have an argument, so how can I walk away from this looking like the winner?” The Internet has become a place where people go when they’re looking for reinforcement. They want to throw their opinions out on to the net and have “The World” tell them “You’re so right”, and “What a brilliant mind you have!” What they don’t want is a challenge. They’re looking for agreement, so they get sensitive very quickly when they don’t get it.

Quit Whining

I just want to close with this message to these people. Quit your (See? “Your” not “you’re”.) damn whining. Not everybody is going to agree with you. You’re not the smartest person on the planet, and all of your opinions aren’t right just because you have them. I realize that I’m not always right, and I actually appreciate it when someone legitimately points out a failing in my logic. It makes me reevaluate my position with this new information, and that makes me better. Hiding behind your name calling and ban button makes you less. I also become a better person every time someone blocks me. No longer being subjected to your idiocy and cowardice is better in the long run.

2 Comments

  1. Swapnil Chitnis

    Great writeup. About one or two years ago, I stopped commenting on websites. The internet is full of stupid people. I’ve read comments like “MicroUSB ports on Android are a Lightning ripoff” and “Galaxy S 3 copied LTE from iPhone 5”. Am I supposed to argue with them and show how stupid they are? No! I’d rather choose to ignore them and get back to the task at hand. Because if I argue with people this stupid, I’m going to waste my own time, get into a bad mood and make an image that I’m as inferior as they are.

    It’s no surprise that there are so many pro-Apple and pro-Microsoft articles coming up everyday. Traditional journalism has ceased to exist. Here’s a random conversation I’ve seen on Google+:

    1st guy: Hey I must buy the iPad mini because Engadget/Verge/sombody (I don’t remember the name) recommends it.

    2nd guy: You mustn’t listen to them. The one who recommends an iPad mini is the same guy who advises people to buy Facebook stocks.

    That’s the journalism that exists today and stupid fanboy of a certain company droll over it. We’re not supposed to waste our time on that because we’re a lot superior than they are. Right? 🙂

  2. I try not to “feed the trolls” either, and I’m usually quite good at it. However, when someone is being an absolute blatant idiot I sometimes can’t help myself then to pipe up and correct them. It’s just the way I’m wired, I don’t suffer fools in “real life” so why should I on the Internet.

    Your totally right what your saying (see what I did their :P). The term “troll” seems to have morphed from its actual meaning into basically anyone who disagrees with the information they’re confronted with. It’s ridiculous, childish and very frustrating. But my god its satisfying when you prove them wrong haha.

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