I have a bit of a confession to make. Not that I’m a troll, that much I’m sure is obvious. What I want to confess is that I’m not new to the board, I’ve been a fairly frequent poster ever since it came on the Internet (I never had AOL). I’ve made several hundred posts to this board under a different ID, mostly in General Questions and Great Debates, very rarely in the BBQ Pit.
While perusing MPSIMS, I saw all the “let’s meet IRL” threads and thought of the spoof title “Any Straight Dopers in Assboink, Idaho?” It struck me funny (I amuse myself quite frequently), so I decided to start the thread. In all honesty, my intent was not to imply the people meeting IRL were desperate, it was meant more as sarcastic satire. If anything, it was a shot at southerners (Assboink was almost in Arkansas, not Idaho). Even so, it was a bit of a bash, so I put it in the Pit under a different ID.
Then Sealmon flamed me. I don’t blame him or her, I can see how it could have been taken the way it was. After I read the flame, I had a choice. A) Say, “hey, chill out, it was just a joke. I didn’t mean to imply you guys are desperate.” Or B) Tweak him back and start a flame war, for laughs.
Since it was the BBQ Pit anyway, I chose to flame back. Lo and behold, it WAS kind of fun. I was surprised, I always thought trolling was stupid, and didn’t really see why people would argue on purpose. I liked debating in Great Debates, but was always very careful to be polite and to not attack people personally. I can’t stand to watch Jerry Springer, because the arguing irritates me. Yet I found flaming in the pit amusing, and somewhat exhilarating. It’s like “Fight Club” for Internet geeks.
What made me “come out of the closet” was ChrisCTP’s post in the troll thread pointing out that the Pit is for debates that get heated. She’s right, plus I keep worrying about making a Dingus post with my other ID, which I hope is somewhat well liked and respected. Dingus is a subset of the human typing these words, 100 percent of the sarcasm and 0 percent of the manners. My other ID is a lot closer to the full person.
To those who argued and flamed me, I hope that you generally did this in fun, and that you weren’t too upset. If I made you genuinely unhappy, I apologize.