Originally Posted by newbee
That's not the case at all. IMO, a troll is someone who goes on fansite of company "A" and spends all his time trying to tear down that company while promoting company "B". The occasional piece of constructive criticism is healthy ... but the constant whining and bitching about everything serves no purpose at all .... except maybe to make me homesick.
Jarkko, it seems you didn't get my attempt at humor in my posts ... no problem. My point was simply this: To me, it's really funny when an obvious troll, judging by their posting history, goes off on, yet another rant against Apple, but tries to throw us off the track by listing, and in some cases posting pictures, of all the Apple stuff they own. I always question why somebody who always complains about the same company, over and over again, would keep buying from that company. That's not very logical, wouldn't you agree?
Maybe they're like the guy who, when asked why he keeps banging his head against a stonewall, replied .... because it feels so good when I stop! .....
I've been giving some thought to trollers and the like, who claim to have every piece of Apple gear, and every Android phone. In fact, I've challenged a couple of these posters-- especially the cell phones! How can they afford multiple contracts, ETFs, etc.?
As you said, one such [apparent] Apple-hating troll when questioned if he had an iPad and several other tablets-- published several images displaying current posts from the thread displayed on the devices in question.
What's going on? If you hate a device so much that you bad mouth it publicly-- why not just sell it and move on. Or, Why have several devices that perform like functions?
Often you can track these trolls-- they join and start bitching when a new product (the iPad, for instance) is announced, before it even is available. Then they seem to be an early adopter (buyer) just so they can bitch some more.
I am beginning to think these are funded OR efforts by Apple's competitors.
It is not unusual for a company to buy a competitor's device to reverse-engineer, determine capabilities, costs, etc. * That's just good business!
* I sold a $5,000 competitive 68000-based desktop computer to Andy Hertzfeld while he was working on the original Mac (about 6 months before the announcement)... we both knew where it was going and for what purpose. We sold Apple computers to IBM, and UBM computers to Apple...
What I think may be happening with these "trolls-who-own-everything" is they are funded to take it a step further-- a concerted effort to disparage the competition (in this case Apple), on the forums.
If true, this is underhanded, at best.
In 32 years of observing Apple, I have never seen Apple do this sort of thing.