Friday, September 16, 2011

Ask the Host Q7: Fun with trolls!

How is it that just anybody can publish a blog and get as popular as this? Its not like youve said anything extremely impressive more like youve painted a quite picture about an issue that you know nothing about! I dont want to sound mean, here. But do you really think that you can get away with adding some quite pictures and not really say anything?

Hi brinkka2011! Thanks for stopping by, and for calling Life with a Parasite "popular." I'm so glad you dont [sic] want to sound mean. It's pretty clear you don't want to "sound" coherent either. First of all, what the fuck is a "quite picture?" Your comment was left on a post about Facebook, specifically Facebook's interest in opening the floodgates to children. As a parent, a Facebook user and someone who works in communications, I'd say I know a little more than "nothing" about the issue. If I knew what a "quite picture" was, I'd be happy to tell whether or not I think I can get away with it, but I'm pretty sure I can.

Now let's talk about leaving an anonymous, unintelligible comment on a stranger's blog, shall we? It's a pretty dumb thing to do. Do you really think you can get away with showing up on my doorstep, being rude and belligerent and then walking away? Allow me to be perfectly clear, and this goes for anybody who leaves a comment here:

You may disagree with me, and that's OK. I encourage healthy, respectful debate. That said, consider yourself a guest here. If you insulted me in my home I'd kick your ass out, and I'll do the same here. If you leave a comment like brinkaa2011's that is in no way constructive, I will delete it and carry on with my day. Though I may post it publicly and make fun of your spelling and grammar first. BTW, they're called apostrophes. Feel free to use 'em.

Lucky you, brinkka2011! You've happened by here on advice day, so I feel compelled to offer you some words of wisdom:

1. Fuck off
2. Actually, #1 pretty much covers it all...

This post is part of a weekly series, Ask the Host, allowing you to ask any question you want as long as you're prepared for a brutally honest answer. Got a question? Send me an email with "I have a question" in the subject line.

OK, so this wasn't really an Ask the Host question. it was a comment left yesterday on this post about Facebook written back in May. 


Donna said...

I received this same comment on my blog recently and felt terrible. Then I thought I'd do a google search and try to find out who this Brinkka2011 is.

And I stumbled upon your blog post as a result. Just know that we both got the same exact comment. So obviously this is some sort of hack by someone.

Don't take it personally. It's sad when people do stuff like this in computer land.

Donna @ Comin'Home

Susan said...

Heeee hee. The troll deserves it.

CWMartin said...

Yeah, I pretty much had the same experience with Brinkka. And like Donna said, the only thing that shows up on google about he/she/it that isn't a comment they've made is you. Almost as much fun as the one I got on my beer cap collection blog from Anonymous that said I had a "ladylike post". Check my profile and see if THAT doesn't seem to be a random strike!