Wednesday, January 04, 2006

The Challenge of BiPolar Forums # 2

Perhaps the biggest problem facing any online forum community is the existence of Flame Warriors. (Certainly this was true of my experience at www.theicarusproject.net ). I came across an excellent site recently maintained by Mike Reed which caricatures chief forum antagonists. My two favourites, based on my experience at TIP are the following (Pics and descriptions courtesy of Mike Reed's excellent site http://redwing.hutman.net/~mreed/index.htm):

JERK: (readers familiar with this blog might even recognise this one)

Jerk is sarcastic, mean, unforgiving and never misses an opportunity to make a cutting remark. Jerk's repulsive personality quickly alienates other Warriors, and after some initial skirmishing he is usually ostracized. Still, Jerk is very happy to participate in electronic forums because in cyberspace he is free to be himself...without the risk of getting a real-time punch in the mouth.

REBEL WITHOUT A CLUE: (certainly a couple of these at TIP)

Rebel Without a Clue's deep seated and infantile hostility to authority motivates his random and seemingly gratuitous attacks on list owners, Admins, Nannies or anyone else who attempts to maintain order and civility in discussion forums. Differing markedly from Rebel Leader, he is unattached to any cause other than petulance for its own sake, and will therefore seldom inspire general insurrection. In his frequent and ineffectual attacks on the established order he will often cite the Bible, or the US Constitution to support incoherent arguments. Rebel Without a Clue NEVER reads forum FAQs , and loudly decries as fascism any enforcement whatsoever of forum rules.

Mike's site has loadsa other interesting characters, many who, in my opinion, correlate very closely with forum participants. I'm not excluding myself here - I saw a couple that seemed very close to home (can you spot them?).

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Moodwise I'm on an even keel today, which I'm very pleased with as the whole custody issue with Miss L looks like I'm gonna be forced to consult an attorney, and BP Guy HATES ATTORNEYS! Lots of old demons jumping out the closet right now. Not looking pretty...

3 comments:

  1. this is fun! shitload of flaming avatars to go through and oh so many of 'em are my SPITTING image. where is azzHOLYjerk tho?

    also, man, am i not z-gawdfather as well? i'm so hurt!

    lemme try and find some that you mighta found yourself reflected into, maybe not a lot, just liek a lita bita:

    BlowHard

    Lamer

    Ideologue

    that's enuff, i hope i captured your essence pretty well. i still luv ya, man, even if you were to punch me in z nose when you get to meet me and meet me you will coz cape town is on my list and i do expect you to put me up at the beach, bizzatch!

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  2. ok, fine! try again: z-dawgfather! gimme that one, puhleeze?

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  3. oh man, i'm having tons of fun with this, i can't stop! hey lissn, if you wanna go back to tip and introduce them to mike's awesome site and tell 'em i said hi... (added straight html under links so you can just cut & paste at TIP).

    do it now, you know you wanna! & i'll forgive you for the asshole you were for calling empties a drunk you pitifool lo life hitting under belt vengefool bastard and in response to what? a joke of a rant which you didn't even grasp empties wrote very much tongue in cheek, you humorless etard!

    TIP Royals: Scattered Ashes
    http://redwing.hutman.net/~mreed/warriorshtm/loopy.htm

    TIP Rebel Leader (only defeated by banning): z-dawgfather
    http://redwing.hutman.net/~mreed/warriorshtm/rebelleader.htm

    TIP Loopy Warrior: z8tl
    http://redwing.hutman.net/~mreed/warriorshtm/loopy.htm

    TIP Cyber Sisters - Defenders of Ashley to Death: rogue, bani, earthmina, joyfoolgrrl, zuni, caprice, xenobia, room42, cyaraxierra, twilly2
    http://redwing.hutman.net/~mreed/warriorshtm/cybersisters.htm

    TIP Cry Baby: Ashley
    http://redwing.hutman.net/~mreed/warriorshtm/crybaby.htm

    TIP Fragile Femme: Scatter
    http://redwing.hutman.net/~mreed/warriorshtm/fragilefemme.htm

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