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Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Topic Author's Original Post - Aug 22, 2006 - 11:45pm PT
The plan is working, masters. A work of genius!

A low tech ST web crawler reports that the entity known as "LEB" (perhaps to be confused with other entities) has made 76 posts to its own thread "What is a Troll", in less than four days. This may be some sort of record, both in absolute numbers and in percentage - 76 out of 274 postings = 27.7%. While engaged in this solipsism, LEB has posted few if any innocent but circular questions to other threads, and started no other threads posing apparently simple but in fact obtuse questions, thus limiting interactions with other ST netizens. This has saved much time, confusion, and energy, and may have prevented several flame wars. One hissy fit and two cat fights may also have been forestalled.

The plan is all the more to be commended in that the damage is self-inflicted - LEB started this all by itself. Some provocation was naturally involved, but such is life. We merely provided the rope. A little encouragement, a little neglect, and we're off to the races.

The collateral damage, drawn into the thread (Largo, Juan de Fuca, even Patrick), is to be regretted, but it's for the greater good. We'd stop an LEB for you, too. Or at least try. Really.

Plans are to post a series of apparently innocuous questions, designed to bait LEB into further gyrations and obfuscations, and keep her distracted. LEB won't suspect, as the questions will initially be posed and sustained by other than the usual suspects. For example, Crimpergirl will begin by asking LEB about the care and breeding of turkey vultures. It is expected that LEB will be flattered by the interest, and tribute to its undoubted knowledge and skills. Within 100 postings, the thread is expected to be addressing the question "Is LEB Largo?". Within 200 posts, thread drift should pose further unknowable and undoubtedly fascinating questions - "Spumoni or Pepperoni?", "How Much is that Doggie in the Window, and is it Really a Coyote?", and "To Be or Not to Be?".

Temporary pseudonyms have been arranged with ST senior management, so as to enable necessary "bait" postings. The many ST legal experts advise that this would not be considered entrapment - LEB is just waiting to go post-al.

Whether or not LEB hopes to break the all time single thread record of 680 will hopefully remain unknown. Posing multiple questions, and having a reserve, should minimize this risk. As Einstein put it, the good lord may be subtle, but she isn't malicious. (MM: Please provide a 5,000 word essay on this topic - not a sermon - for 9:00 AM Thursday.)

This strategy may also be employed pre-emptively in other situations, as appropriate. Remember, it's for their own good.

Agent Idiosycratic Orangutan
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Aug 22, 2006 - 11:54pm PT
Oh man,

my gut she is a achin' in a knott of chuckles,
whilst tears of laughter have fogged me spectacles.
it's off teh bed with me.

Enuff Anders!
We Shall Sally Forth!

...onward christian so-oh-oldiers
golsen

Social climber
kennewick, wa
Aug 23, 2006 - 12:21am PT
Rest up Roy, we know how you forfeited yourself for the common good and you need some rest to wrassle with it in the morn...
johnx01

Trad climber
UK
Aug 23, 2006 - 02:44am PT
MH

I'm with this team.......

You just let me know when you want me to step in with my baseball bat


john
TradIsGood

Trad climber
Gunks end of country
Aug 23, 2006 - 03:22am PT
Mighty - Fine idea.

As a reserve, you could use the "bear" topic as well.

Toss in a question about whether it is possible to grow rice in PA to support home brewed sake if it starts to wander into other threads.
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Aug 23, 2006 - 07:47am PT
Yes gentlemen,
Lash down tight yer provisions,
We're goin' in...
LEB

climber
Glen Gardner
Aug 23, 2006 - 08:32am PT
Well, I don't know, Anders, but as I read through your initial post, it does sound rather mean-spirited to me. Now this fact, in and of itself, should not be so surprising. Lord knows, we have many mean-spirited persons here. Coming from you, however, who sometimes emails me with cool pics, interesting commentary and the like, thus coming across as a "friend," it does seem a bit surprising. I certainly would not have figured YOU as being so.

Perhaps I misinterpret your post or else I misinterpret your emails or both. You actually seem rather nice - that post does not. Again, mean-spiritedness does not esp phase me. If it did, I could not post here because the forum has it's share. Coming from you, however, I must say that it causes me to scratch my head a bit. That post you created is not exactly nice.

TG,

I don't know how to tell you this BUT we do have some "wet" areas on the property and that thought did cross my mind once or twice. I KNOW it is ridiculous to think such things but it IS eery that you nailed it. Instead of everyone ever asking me who I am - perhaps the better question is to ask who YOU are. Damn but sometimes your jokes are dead on. Believe it or not, I did actually hatch that idea myself but, of course, my brain tells me it is ridiculous

TradIsGood

Trad climber
Gunks end of country
Aug 23, 2006 - 08:38am PT
A mind is a terrible thing to *waist*.

I can read LEB's mind.

Please somebody help me.

Make it stop!

Call network support. Change my router, please!

Mimi

Trad climber
Seattle
Aug 23, 2006 - 08:38am PT
Really Lois? No one's asked you who you are? I thought Rimmy had found you out through his cybersleuthing.

Okay, here goes. Who are you Lois? Is that a loaded question or what!
roslyn

Trad climber
washington
Aug 23, 2006 - 08:39am PT
you get offended easily Lois
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 23, 2006 - 09:15am PT
Well, I'm sorry Lois. I was just having a little fun, teasing a bit. (Not just you, either.) The "What is a Troll" thing, and all related permutations, was getting a little out of hand.

Those who believe I have a sense of humour at all would probably agree it's somewhat impish - at least some of my previous ST postings reflect that. (Black squirrels?)

Speaking of which, the entity known as Agent Idiosyncratic Orangutan hopes that this thread, if it survives, will continue in the same silly spirit. Gentle, witty repartee welcome - we all have our blind spots. Any suggestion of seriousness can find a home on some other thread. Troll-related discussions, and debate about whether LEB is a real person, and if so whom, can also go elsewhere.
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Aug 23, 2006 - 09:20am PT
Just go with it, my humble recommendation Lois.
This treatment is, as sophomoric as it may seem, an aspect of entree.
Welcome to the rubber room.
(for confirmation, take a look at the nicknames thread)
LEB

climber
Glen Gardner
Aug 23, 2006 - 09:52am PT
Roslyn,

No I don't get easily offended but I thought it was a bit mean spirited coming from Anders - from someone else and I would not have even given it a second thought. Perhaps Tar has a better take on it

Mimi,

The truth be told, I don't know. I *thought* I was DMT - at least that seemed to be what everyone was telling me but now I don't know, for sure. There is so much speculation about this topic of my identify that I am never sure as to exactly who I am at any given moment. Gary, it seems, even suggested that I might be Ed H.!!!!! Now that is certainly very flattering to think I had such a high IQ but alas I really have to wonder about Gary, at times. The truth be told, I am now giving serious thought to this notion of reincarnating as Gary
LEB

climber
Glen Gardner
Aug 23, 2006 - 10:17am PT
TG,

Never mind worrying about reading my mind (you absolutely won't like what you find there) and please go over and finish you rubber duck stuff. You've hooked us all on that one.
roslyn

Trad climber
washington
Aug 23, 2006 - 10:37am PT
lois, once you become part of an internet community you have to be prepared for good natured ribbing (and not so good natured) and respond in a likewise fashion.


you don't always have to question the poster's motives.

go with it
TradIsGood

Trad climber
Gunks end of country
Aug 23, 2006 - 10:46am PT
What do you mean by finish? !!!!

This must be a criticism, not that there is anything wrong with that. LOL.

Papa, could you please just add an explanation in the next edition, why you had the sharks eat the Marlin? Also, I am really not sure about the Joe Digaggio stuff either. Was he important to the story?

PS. I am talking about that book you wrote when you were in Cuba.
dirtineye

Trad climber
the south
Aug 23, 2006 - 10:46am PT
One thing is clear in all of this:

Anders and John-boyx01 and Tar-Baby should be granted Official Treasure of ST status immediately.

Anders, you really are too funny, are you a comedian or a HUMOR Writer in real life?
LEB

climber
Glen Gardner
Aug 23, 2006 - 10:56am PT
TG,

Yes exactly!!! I am glad you *finally* understand about these things. It seems it *took* you long enough, however. And you are suppose to be "smart?".....sure!
johnx01

Trad climber
UK
Aug 23, 2006 - 11:17am PT
Message to Lois


Lois let me explain. SuperTaco.com is an internet based psychology experiment. We lure passing posters onto this site and mess with their heads. All these 'posters' here have their output generated by networked Superdome computers, except for 'locker' who runs off an old x286 over there in the corner.

We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused you. This message has been sent to you because the program has detected permanent damage to your psyche. Please log off immediately and lie in a darkened room for five(5) days before reposting.

thankyou

john.exe
LEB

climber
Glen Gardner
Aug 23, 2006 - 12:32pm PT
Um....Well, I am not sure what exactly this means in the whole cosmic consciousness and everything but I have a confession to make. I really DO have a "thing" for rubber ducks. It seems that TG has been "mind probing" again.

It just so happens that that in 1995 I stayed at the Colonade Hotel in Boston during a continuing education conference and it also happens that the hotel management put a little yellow rubber duck in bathroom of every room. Well, just prior to checkout, I went to the desk clerk and (dramatically) asked if I could keep my rubber duck. He looked absolutely appalled and my husband pretended not to know me, as well. The clerk very patronizingly told me that I *could* keep my rubber duck. I was, of course, thrilled - lavishly thanking him. As you might imagine, he could barely keep his eyes from rolling upwards and I went giggling away. I heard my husband mumble something under his breath about "I can't believe she did that."

Anyway, I took said rubber duck home and put it on the ledge of my bathtub where it has been living happily since 1995. Of course, periodically whenever I clean the bathroom, I also rinse off the rubber duck and he has remained in fine shape inspite of the intervening years. As if this whole thing were not bad enough as it is, I then purchased a package of 5 minature rubber ducks and lined them in a row (on the ledge) behind my original rubber duck. All six of them are there, even as we now speak (type)


First the rice comment, and now this rubber duck thing. I don't know about this TG. I am wondering if there is such a thing as "mind probing without a warrant?" In view of the whole federal wiretapping debate, this could be a very hot politcal issue at present.
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