It's Little Brother Week here in the state of Michigan, and as many of you know, this week draws the Sparty trolls out from the dark recesses of the RCMB. And like the swallows of Capistrano, they flock to this board, start shitting on everything, and make a bunch of noise without expressing a single coherent thought.
You will be tempted to engage them. You will be tempted to debate them. This is futile. You can't debate a Spartan troll any more than you can debate floor tile. And we're not talking the nice slate tile; we're talking the shiny trucker rest stop floor tile. Instead, I humbly request that you report their presence to the Moderator Action Sticky thread (http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/moderator-action-sticky-1), and we will take appropriate action.
And to you Sparty trolls, I'd just like to remind you that there are a number of interesting SPAM lists to which one could potentially be signed up. So unless one relishes the prospect of sifting through a dozen needlepoint newsletters every day, methinks you should take this week off.
[EDIT - PGB: If I might add, the flip-side is also true. Please avoid starting "hate" threads that just get people all ramped up and make the Board look second-rate. You stay classy, San Diego!]
Here is an MLive article about Trolls. I thought it actually was very similar to here and what goes in with our less "intelligible" posters. I know that we don't have as big of a problem as MLive does with Trolls but it is still a big problem here. I thought it was worth a read.
From the Michigan Daily:
“Not to lose at all,” Woodley said of his expectations for next year. “That’s reasonable for me, not to lose at all. I hate to say, ‘Oh, yeah we’re going to lose, it’s going to be 11-1.’ No, go all the way. That’s always my thing, take one game at a time and you can do that.”
I love this. It encapsulates my attitude on game day. One game at a time. I can step back, analyze the situation, and accept the likelihood that Michigan will lose x number of games this season, but as a fan I do my best to think like the team has to in order to win. That is, I always believe we are going to win. Call me a fool, but that's what I always think. Even late in the 3-9 and 5-7 seasons, I still thought we could win any given game.
I accept that some people are proponents of what my wife calls "the power of negative thinking" -- it's a form of superstition -- and I'm okay with that, but I think the definition of a vile troll is someone who actually wants their negative prediction to come true just so they can be proven right. Perhaps we should call these people "foul-weather fans" -- they are basically just what happens to fair-weather fans when the going gets tough. You don't see these jerks much here in MGoLand, but they seem to be plentiful on the newspaper sites and the like. Screw them -- I'm joining the Church of LaMarr.
There's no avoiding the internet trolls.
I think the point system has done some good, but I would like to have the ability to see who voted and how on everyone's posts.
If I step over a line, the negs are a pretty quick feedback indicating such. But often times some posts are negged for absolutely no reason.
I also find it disheartening that while I have tried to improve my behavior to be more polite and limit posts that are simple one liners, some of the post whores on here who have accumulated massive amounts of points feel no need to do likewise.
Certain posters with large point totals have no qualms about tossing around flames and calling people rude names. It's rather unpleasant to be talking about football and then to have to suffer through incessant PERSONAL attacks.
I think they behave this way because they sense little threat of punishment. And they have circle jerkers that follow their lead and anonymously neg bang for the fun of it.
So I suggest two possible solutions that might not be feasible in the near term but I would hope could be implemented someday.
1. Allow Brian or some other mods to hand out 4 hour posting suspensions. Or this could be an automatic result of a specified level of down votes. This would allow the violator some time to rethink what they wrote or calm down from an emotional high following a game. It's not a permanent ban, but a way of really hitting the post whores where it hurts.
2. Allow everyone to see how everyone votes. This way we could see if one fellow with 22 points was going around and negging everything from a fellow member for no reason. This would also help prevent the use of sock puppets and would allow for retaliation against such silly behavior. If one person goes on a vendetta (which I've been tempted to do) it would be visible to others and could be punished accordingly. Plus it's good to be able to confront people who neg you so that you can understand their point of view by having direct discussions with them and improve your future posts.
well, what do you guys think?
These past few days have been one beautiful Roman Holiday for me as I troll the other fan sites. I personally loved this exchange between "is it Saturday yet?" and "Matt" on 11W:
is it Saturday yet?:If that doesn't sound like wheels coming off the wagon, I don't know what does. (My answer for IISY? -- "Yes, but I don't mean that in a bad way."). I haven't had this much fun since I learned to fart "Hang on Sloopy" after a bean-and-scrambled egg burrito eating contest a few years back. Had to do it over a scarlet-and-gray cooler, though, just in case I pushed a little too hard on those last "notes". Did that for a group of OSU grads who thought I was paying them the ultimate complement.
I think we are all tired of losing the big games and there is only one cure for any of this, and that is win.
Wait–the cure for losing games is winning them? Well SHIT, why didn’t you just say so?!?!?!?
is it Saturday yet?:
Am I just being a deaf, dumb, and blind homer?
I've noted that the number of UM fan posts on opposing team sites have been increasing. Therefore, its only a matter of time before "tit" becomes "tat", and we've got a war of words on our hands. I figured I'd just get the issue out there sooner rather later and maybe nip this in the bud.
Non-UM trolls, we read your caca as much as you read ours (although I'll say that ours smells like roses). I take particularly fiendish delight when one of you posts something here to rile us up. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Better still when one of you joins this site just to post. Maybe you're hoping some of the aura that surrounds our beloved University, (queue the sweeping, majestic orchestral music bed). We have a big tent, so welcome.
A bit of guidance about posting there, though. Nothing too big a deal, mind you, but I just sayin', seeing as how I've learned a few valuable lessons in just the past few days that I thought I'd pass along. Some of our membership gets easily bored, and even a little touchy. Here are the generally accepted best practices for the site:
- Whatever you decide to write, keep it interesting.
- Make sure that any contributions you provide are clearly marked with their purpose, relationship to U-M Athletics.
- Topics should be carefully delineated from others on the site.
- Please be respectful of others; disagreement is okay, being disagreeable is not.
- All posts must include the familiar "Go Blue", "Yours for Michigan", or similar expression of affection for our University and its athletic programs, (pause for the background music to crescendo).