Tag:Penn State
Posted on: December 23, 2011 12:37 pm
Edited on: February 7, 2012 8:33 am

Trolls and Stalkers

This entry is not directly focused on sports but more on posters that choose to disrupt threads on CBSSports.com

There are many adjectives that could be applied to these folks the nicer ones being trolls or stalkers. They have many methods to gain some kind of perverse pleasure in angering or drawing others into losing their tempers or getting warned. There are some threads that are dedicated to slamming one another which is okay - you get what you ask for. Unfortunately, these trolls do not limit their bile to these threads instead they stalk people on sports threads or off topic threads where people just want to have good natured banter.

Some trolls have banded together and gang up on individual posters. Some posters try to combat them using their own methods but usually this is a futile effort since they have not invested the time to study the terms of service so closely they know how to use them to their advantage.

The trolls also communicate to the message board administrators so that they can have warnings removed or to lobby to get other posters who respond to their taunts and baiting in trouble through warnings.

These trolls rely on the bully mentality of ganging up on a poster. I’m sure many of you have witnessed this type of infantile behavior. The trolls rarely can stand up on their own in a tit for tat but rely on numbers to hound their prey. The trolls also use multiple ID’s which is permissible under the terms of service but provides them two advantages. One is that they can have multiple reports issued against an otherwise innocuous message and secondly it spreads out the warnings they do receive over a number of ID’s so that they can avoid being banned.

The most insidious trolls are those that befriend regulars on a thread in order to strike at others. Once a victim responds, the trolls will then cry foul and enlist the aid of their new found friends. However, one their hypocritical behavior is discovered they turn on their new friends that had just been defending them.

Gutless behavior by persons who have low self-esteem that want to drag people down to their level.

Known Trolls and Stalkers need not respond to this entry - your messages will be removed if deemed offensive.



Managing Troll infestations
1. Ignore trolls whenever possible.
2. When ignoring does not work, report persistent trolls to the admins.
3. If warnings/bannings do not work; engagement may be necessary. (see 4-7)
4. Honesty is the best policy; do not lie or exaggerate - stick to the facts.
5. Acknowledge inadvertent compliments with a thank you - take the high road and be objective.
6. Admit if you make a mistake or commit an error - the facts are your friend when engaging a troll.
7. Be alert that the trolls will lie or use omission and will attempt to paint you as a troll - persevere and be patient history and the facts are on your side.
8. Go back to ignore mode. Make sure the trolls are not on your favorites list - leave the stalking to them.
9. Always remain patient. Trolls are pathetic creatures that merit pity not anger.

Hope this helps those of you with a troll infestation.

Veritas vos Liberabit


Category: General
Posted on: November 10, 2011 11:44 am
Edited on: November 30, 2011 9:34 am

Penn State Scandal - a view

I believe that the Board of Trustees' decision to remove Joe Paterno, along with the President of Penn State is for the best. There is no way for the school nor the victims and their families to begin the recovery process until all people who were in key leadership positions when the worst scandle in Penn State's history occurred are gone.

The victims and their families need this in order to move forward. Regardless if he did or did not do the right thing, he would always symbolize the system that failed them. The Board of Trustees did the right thing and the deliberative process was appropiate instead of the knee jerk reaction a lot of people were calling for.

This should be about the victims and how to prevent the institutions including the University, the police and the District Attorney's office from failing in such a systemic way in the future. That process cannot begin to happen until the removal of those people who would serve as a lightning rod for mindless mob hysteria instead of effective action.

For those that are quick to condemn Joe Paterno. Sally Jenkins wrote an article that should serve as a warning to us all. We may have lifelong friends who we believe would never do something heinous and would tend to defend them if accused - at the end of the day how well do we really know our family, friends and acquaintances:


Right now, I am giving Joe Pa the benefit of the doubt and do not believe he knew the gruesome details of the shower incident. However, if Mike McQueary did inform Joe Paterno of the specifics of seeing Sandusky raping the boy then Joe Paterno was wrong in not telling McQueary to contact the police and really merits the disgust that so many people that are quick to judge have been meting out. Mike McQueary should step down as an assistant coach of the team. The interim head coach Tom Bradley has a tough job. Perhaps Penn State should even consider cancelling the rest of the season. Not sure about that, but removing Joe Paterno was a step in the right direction as much as it pains me to say that.

There is much more to this sordid story that people are missing because of the attention given to the disposition of Joe Paterno's legacy at Penn State. There is the District Attorney that declined to prosecute Jerry Sandusky back in 1998 when the police and the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare became aware of Sandusky's transgressions. There was another incident involving Sandusky and a young boy in a shower witnessed by a janitor at Penn State that occurred in 2000. Sandusky founded the organization intended to help troubled youth back in 1977 - there are likely many more victims that have never received counseling to help them cope with what they have suffered. Much more has to be learned, many do not want to think about it - and would like this to go away - but we owe it to the victims to give this whole sordid story the light of day.

Finally, a note to my personal stalker - you know who you are. If you decide to engage in your silly game, appropiate action will be taken. Hopefully I am wrong and you no longer read all of my posts and are truly gone but figure an advance warning is only fair.

Category: NCAAF
Tags: Penn State
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