(I lie... I knew the gatekeepers of this joint sit with their fingers stuck up their arses. Get with the programme if you want to grow your membership, fellers! . I swear, it's worse than a saffer gubment dept... and I hope you take that charge as seriously as it is meant.)
Anyway, my name is Rheanne, and I'm a trans woman who has only recently grown the balls to come out of the closet after 35+ years of hiding a terrible secret.
Pleased ta meetcha. My friends call me Val.
(And no, I'm not trolling, it's true. That pervert Ruby will no doubt say pics or it didn't happen - go fuck yourself, mate)
Hey, I've known for a long time that you were pretty good at identifying jerks, idiots, and other trash. But 'pretty good' still isn't perfect; any number of times you've gone off on people that were only mildly kooky, or socially inept, or just dumb but harmless. And that's gotten you in hot water at SC more times than I can recall.
I expect it's useless to advise you to follow the Christian maxim to be wise as a serpent, but gentle as a dove; we already know that 'gentle' is not something you're much good at. But maybe keep in mind that you should try keeping your words as sweet as possible, just in case you have to eat them!
We need less tolerance, not more!
So, should we treat you as a troll, Val?Jobar wrote:This 2008 article from the New York Times is one of the most comprehensive analyses of the troll phenomenon I've seen.
The trolls among us
Among other things, it talks about Postel's Law, and its relevance to trolls.
"Be conservative in what you do; be liberal in what you accept from others." Originally intended to foster "interoperability," the ability of multiple computer systems to understand one another, Postel's Law is now recognized as having wider applications. To build a robust global network with no central authority, engineers were encouraged to write code that could "speak" as clearly as possible yet "listen" to the widest possible range of other speakers, including those who do not conform perfectly to the rules of the road. The human equivalent of this robustness is a combination of eloquence and tolerance the spirit of good conversation. Trolls embody the opposite principle. They are liberal in what they do and conservative in what they construe as acceptable behavior from others. You, the troll says, are not worthy of my understanding; I, therefore, will do everything I can to confound you.