Yes, another thread/rant on the whole ATS stars and flags debacle!
As you will read, this thread offers an alternative viewpoint on why specifically "stars" have bred a new generation of trolls that are smarter and
more resourceful than their cousins, the trolls of yesterday.
The flags are OK in my opinion and cause no problems that I can see, so will not be mentioned any further.
Its the stars you have to worry about.... and here's the reason why!
When an ATS member enters onto a new thread (who we will call) Mr ScratchMcCrotch
, they skim down the page to soak in all the
various replies and comments of everyone who has entered and posted before them.
Now as we all know, there are usually two sides to every argument and a few hairy bits in-between.
So, if the thread in question looks very one sided in terms of ideas, dabate and opinions, Mr ScratchMcCrotch
will probably now
post an exact polar opposite
reply that reads more like a rant, even if they don't agree with anything they just wrote.
The reason for this?
To freely gain all the stars the minority of ATS members are likely to hand out in agreement to the opposing side of the threads debate.
I have seen this type of trolling nearly every time I browse through random threads... and before someone beats me to it, I will take the opportunity
to coin this type of trolling as "Reverse trolling"
I guess there is no harm in this, as it encourages free and open debate on a broad spectrum of the subject matter, yet it does have a downside...
It also smashes threads and turns them into a boarded up ghost town with tumbleweed blowing down the center.
So how do I know this obviously goes on?
Hey, I was a newbie once!
Worked good for me
But now in the wise years of my life I can confirm - Nobody likes a reverse troll!
Especially a newbie one.....with missing teeth and bad hair.
Thankyou, goodbye, don't call me
edit on 17-9-2011 by FoxfilesMulder because: (no reason given)