I was going to post this in the recently closed thread but was not in before the lock. I think there are a few thoughts that are still worth discussing as they seem to apply to most trolls of that sort. If the mods feel I’m restarting a closed discussion and want to lock this, then go ahead, and I apologize in advance.
Some things about that specific troll that seem often to be true about other, similar trolls:
A. He seems to think that all memes come from 4chan/ED.
Of course not only is this is clearly not true, but even those memes that originated with those sites are readily available for consumption all around the Internet. While I was aware of the existence of 4chan, I never visited there before I became a member of KYM, and there is not a single meme that I personally learned of on 4chan first. It’s the nature of memes that they spread; we here at KYM neither spread them nor create them, we only document.
B. He repeatedly calls us unoriginal.
See last sentence of the above statement. No, we don’t create memes; (at least not on KYM) because that’s not what KYM’s purpose is. Complaining that KYM doesn’t create original content is like complaining that 4chan doesn’t have enough Photoshop tutorials.
C. He makes the entirely valid claim that there is value in lurking before interacting with an online community.
The ironic thing about this is that he clearly has not done so in the case of KYM. He doesn’t understand KYM’s purpose, he doesn’t understand KYM’s community standards, and he doesn’t understand the whole “KYM is owned by Sony” bullshit, which has been repeatedly explained by the mods. For those who missed it, Rocketboom does not belong to Sony, but at one time briefly did business with them. Someone correct me if I’m wrong, but KYM makes money through banner ads and occasional t-shirt sales, which (surprise!) is exactly how 4chan and ED make their money. Pot, kettle, black, etc.
D. He is stirring up arguments, but clearly has no interest in dialogue.
I could be wrong, but I see no evidence to the contrary. That’s why my initial response to that thread was essentially, “Oh, boo-hoo, you are right, sir. Thank you for showing me the error of my ways. Now please leave me alone while I consider the gravity of my heinous crimes against the great and honorable 4chan community.”
As someone else in that thread hinted at, I don’t think that the majority of /b/tards and EDiots give half a shit about us. If they really did, I imagine Anonymous would have attacked us and taken us down a long time ago. Who knows, maybe some day they will? Until then, we just get the occasional little butthurt idiot like this who thinks he’s a fucking hero for trolling us. I suggest you either ignore him or troll him back, but I don’t see arguing with him getting anywhere.
Thoughts? Agree? Disagree? tl;dr?