This place has become a real circle jerk when it comes to poor modding.
This is what the FAQ says about trolling
“Trolling is posting solely for the purpose of riling others up”
The OP has said that (and frankly reading the whole thread it’s obvious that) the OP’s intention was to post some stupid conspiracy theory nonsense to show how immediately various competing explanations for the nonsense arise. His thread wasn’t to rile people up. And his “admission” was not an admission of riling people up. It was a statement that he had successfully shown that numerous competing explanations immediately arose.
Look at the shit some of you are coming up to justify the warning - he posted to “get a reaction”. He was “gameplaying”. His post was a “practical joke”? None of these things are a problem around here, as such, last I checked. Further, they run directly counter to what the OP actually said -
"THIS sort of situation is precisely why some people turn to conspiracy theories for answers, because the “debunkers” trip all over themselves and each other, and the only thing that they end up doing is to create a messy welter of – at best – semi-convincing explanations, with no good explanation of why one pet debunker theory is better than another.
I was hoping to create a real-time example of such a situation, and I succeeded beautifully."
Not a prank. Not to rile people up. Not to play games. Not a joke. His thread was to make a point in debate. [don’t get me wrong it’s not a very good point, but it has a grain of truth, and there’s no signs it’s not genuinely made]
I have to ask myself, was anyone actually upset or offended or riled up by the OP’s closed thread? I don’t believe so*. Why is it necessary to issue an actual warning - a step towards banning - that (a) simply does not offend the trolling rule as worded and (b) if it falls under the catch-all of “being a jerk” is so mild no one could reasonably be upset or “riled up”?
Is that how much of walled garden for milksops this place has become?
*And if someone was genuinely riled up or offended, they need to toughen up, princess. Seriously. Does this board really want to hamstring itself by dumbing down to the level of the offenderati to that degree?