Originally Posted by harleighquinn
I won't name names.
All I will say is that on any given article forum on AI I have seen that over 3/4 of the actual comments are a litany of attacks on someone labeled as a "troll".
I dunno, maybe we're reading different forums. A lot of the "troll" talk of late has been around two members that have reregistered several times after being banned, who do nothing but post fatuous "fan boy" happy talk. Are you saying that such people have a legitimate point to make?
By definition, I would be a troll. I come, I read the articles, I read a few comments and if I feel the need or require extrapolation, I comment myself.
I don't know what you mean by "by definition" here. If your comments are intended to irritate people by making broad claims about the general crappiness of Apple's products or the general dementia of its users, then yeah. Otherwise, no.
The term "troll" is another work of bastardization of the english language morphasized to mean what those in the consensus elected it to mean, when it already had a well documented definition.
Lots of words take on new meanings as cultural context shifts or new technologies require new terminology. It's not remotely "bastardization", it's how language works. Or are you bugged by seeing "bug" used to mean a software glitch?
In any case, it is the same offenders always ganging up on the same people.
If a lot of posters are objecting to the same people, that may be a function of the objected to rather than the objectors. Managing to irritate more than a few people does not equal "ganging up."
If someone disagrees with you, deal with it. Move on. It's like a critique in creative writing class.
Again, pretending that the issue is "disagreeing" is disingenuous. If you really read the threads, you'll see that lots of people disagree, and quite civilly. What people get tired of are members that literally do nothing but post snarky, dismissive little jabs.
But ganging up on someone? That's pretty childish. And hypocritical. Especially when those doing it have been witnessed crying foul when it has been done to them.
Again, I don't know where you're getting this "ganging up" stuff. If posters are free to "disagree", as you say, isn't any other poster free to express his displeasure? And it's not like Apple bashers on this site aren't happy enough to join forces and cluck, together, over the fan boy failings they see so abundantly manifested.
As you say, "If someone disagrees with you, deal with it. Move on. It's like a critique in creative writing class." That only applies to my response to trolls, but trolls are tender little fabergé eggs that must be coddled?