I guess I’ll do it. The charge is of trolling, but I don’t see it. I have every reason to believe SlackerInc was posting sincerely and without malice.
One of the two posts singled out as trolling reads,
But given the context of the discussion, I think he was actually sincere. I mean, yeah, it’s a bit cocky with the “Thanks!” but I think that title is a good fit for the Pit topic which spawned this all.
The other post cited is inappropriate for ATMB, as was the thread of posts going back to Fotheringay-Phipps’ posts #54, which is basically a challenge to SlackerInc, in ATMB, to back up the position he espoused in the Pit. But I would call this a hijack, not trolling. I don’t think SlackerInc (or Fotheringay-Phipps) got a rise out of their posts. I don’t think either was being insincere. I don’t think either was being malicious.
Earlier today, when I first saw the topic, I thought to myself, man, I hope this guy doesn’t self destruct. He’s been here seventeen years. I’ve seen him around, almost never agreed with him, but I only frequent GD and sometimes P&E, and you don’t really get to know people in those fora. I was curious, I followed the link to his Twitter and it seems like his passion is in movies. I don’t know you Cafe Society dopers, maybe he’s cool over there, maybe he’s not.
It’s a shame nonetheless. I hate to see old members go, especially over something they probably don’t really care that much about, doubly especially when I don’t agree with the final straw. Seventeen years of community and then bam, exocommunicated, can’t even say goodbye. I soooo hope I don’t suffer the same fate, in life or on these boards.
Eh, sorry about that last part. Tough times.