FPP: Trolling? July 2, 2002 10:54 PM   Subscribe

Trolls disguised as pleas for piss tests? Maybe someone should just ask ponchogaddo to stop pissing all over the threads.
posted by insomnyuk to Etiquette/Policy at 10:54 PM (16 comments total)

Oh, it looks like mathowie is on top of it... or at least mopping up...
posted by insomnyuk at 10:55 PM on July 2, 2002


It's enginebeak, by the way. He flipped out a couple months ago, and I banned his account. Looks like he rediscovered an old account tonight and went to town with the piss test garbage.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 11:10 PM on July 2, 2002


Just when I was about to ask who he was, you exceed my expectations once again.
posted by insomnyuk at 11:16 PM on July 2, 2002


Why do people come here to flip out? Can't he drive his car into a Taco Bell or shoot out the back of car windows with a small caliber gun? Sheez.
posted by skallas at 11:20 PM on July 2, 2002


Or the time honored tradition of cutting yourself. Kids today...
posted by skallas at 11:23 PM on July 2, 2002


Why do people come here to flip out?

Well, I think we can safely agree that MeFi is an acquired taste. And if you don't take the commentary with a rather large bag of salt, it's likely you'll end up with some feeling of resentment toward the community (read some as shitload).

Off the top of my head, I would conclude that when MeFi was originally labelled as intelligent, articulate, and funny, many of the original members should have received kudos. Anymore, as new members arrive, the assumption (I think) is that they're already intelligent, articulate, and funny, and are rather condescending to those who they feel are lesser members.

Tends to be a bunch of over-inflated egos harping at each other, which doesn't make for good, if even civil, conversation. So they flip out. Whoever first said, "It's just a website" deserves a prize.
posted by BlueTrain at 11:37 PM on July 2, 2002


That would be briank on May 13, 2001, and then again on June 20, 2001.
posted by iconomy at 11:49 PM on July 2, 2002


Thanks iconomy. And apparently, my thoughts aren't very original. From your first link:

but I still think 99% of the problem is the attitude people have here. Your precious community has names you don't recognize, or ideas you don't like, or (heaven forbid!) someone posted a bad link, or even worse stole someone's design and you guys flip out on them.

Lighten up, the world isn't ending because someone is putting their finger in your little virtual honeypot.
- jbeaumont

posted by BlueTrain at 12:08 AM on July 3, 2002


"Nice threads, man!"

"Yeah, they were, until somebody pissed all over 'em!"
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 4:22 AM on July 3, 2002


Thank you. I'd like my prize in cash, small denominations, please.
posted by briank at 6:30 AM on July 3, 2002


They don't come any smaller than pennies.
posted by crunchland at 7:25 AM on July 3, 2002


Then you'd best not be sending me a check for that $.02
posted by briank at 7:51 AM on July 3, 2002


Well, I think we can safely agree that MeFi is an acquired taste.

i think bluetrain has stumbled onto a new tagline for metafilter.
MetaFilter : Beer for Webheads
posted by moz at 8:44 AM on July 3, 2002


And if you don't take the commentary with a rather large bag of salt, it's likely you'll end up with some feeling of resentment toward the community (read some as shitload).

I don't get that at all. If people are going to get that worked up and defensive over a site like this, then I submit that they have some fairly serious problems that have nothing to do with the site. We're not here to play bumpercars with our egos or to compare penises, in the recently popular metaphor. If someone comes in with that attitude, then I guess they will have problems. If they come looking for a free exchange of views, some healthy debate, and to share something of themselves and learn something from time to time, then they will never have a reason to feel resentment toward anyone (except the occasional out-and-out trolls, who are usually dealt with rather quickly).
posted by rushmc at 9:02 AM on July 3, 2002


Ah, enginebeak. The man behind the rarest of rares: the deleted MetaTalk post. (see also)
posted by ColdChef at 9:16 AM on July 3, 2002


a new tagline for metafilter.
MetaFilter : Beer for Webheads


I still suggest we use this instead


posted by matteo at 9:20 AM on July 3, 2002


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