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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Trolls and Comment Moderation

Below you will find a small sample of the comments Progressive Eruptions has received from trolls over the past few weeks in "comment moderation." I have pages and pages more saved.  It is amazing how these comments coincide with Trump's long and well-deserved slide in the polls as well as the universal ridicule he received on his recent disastrous trip to Scotland.

This is how the rabid radical right wingers deal with people they disagree with. Because of their low IQs and limited vocabulary, most of these comments are monotonous, repetitive, and unrelievedly tedious, the product of enfeebled minds positively obsessed with female genitalia -- a result, no doubt, of having little to no contact with said genitalia, therefore, the obsessive perseveration in talking about it.

Inside the Troll: The Science of Being an Awful Person

Trolls are basically mean-spirited jokesters prowling the Internet for ways to make trouble. It’s entertainment. The behavior is profoundly antisocial, and scientists have been studying it for years — not the easiest pursuit, considering the subculture is based on messing with people. Media-studies scholar Whitney Phillips interviewed self-described trolls about their motivations for her book on the subject, and told the L.A. Times' Patt Morrison, "If they agreed to answer the question, there was a high likelihood they were trolling me." In some ways, trolls are the kids blowing spitballs at the back of their classmates' heads. Most experts agree they crave attention, admiration and a sense of importance, which they probably don't get in real life.

A Dark Mind 

 Authors Paulhus, Trapnell and Dr. Erin Buckels surveyed more than 1,200 Internet users, identifying trolls by how much they agreed with statements such as "I like to troll people in forums or the comments section of websites" and "The more beautiful and pure a thing is, the more satisfying it is to corrupt," as well as by whether they chose "trolling other users" as their favorite activity on comment-based sites. 

 The rest of the surveys assessed personality traits, testing specifically for signs of the "Dark Tetrad" personality, which scientists have linked with bullying behaviors. The Dark Tetrad consists of four traits: narcissism (pathological self-absorption), psychopathy (lack of conscience and empathy), Machiavellianism (a willingness to harm others in the pursuit of self-interest) and sadism (taking pleasure in others' pain). 

The results, while not necessarily surprising in content, were strikingly unambiguous. With the exception of narcissism, subjects identified as trolls scored consistently and significantly higher than non-trolls on the Dark Tetrad traits. The link between trolling and sadism was the strongest — "so strong," the authors wrote, "that it might be said that online trolls are prototypical everyday sadists."

Behold the sadistic mind of the rabid right wing conservative troll and understand why Trump appeals to these small, unexceptional and needy boys:

No laughs from your readers today Trump CUNT !!! on Have a Laugh Sunday
at 4:40 PM
You still have to read them Trump CUNT !! Enjoy the reading Trump CUNT !! on Have a Laugh Sunday
at 2:38 PM
I laugh at you everyday Trump CUNT !! on Have a Laugh Sunday
at 2:22 PM

Morning Trump CUNT !!! on Saturday Night Video
at 10:31 AM

That was my comment Trump CUNT !! You are a stupid gullible Trump CUNT !! on Saturday Night Video
at 10:53 AM

You are just like Trump. Nothing but yes people around you. If they disagree, you fire (delete) them. Your new name "The Trump CUNT" on Friday Night Funnies                           Anonymous

Glad you enjoyed RN sticking his dick in your CUNT, Trump CUNT!! on Saturday Night Video Anonymous on 6/26/16

The Trump CUNT is at it again. Nazi golf balls? If Trump is so bad why do you have to lie Trump CUNT? Because that is you Trump CUNT, a liar. on Adam, look what you did, for Gawd's sake! Anonymous

I hate to interrupt you and RN fucking, but just wanted to say fuck you Trump CUNT!! on Friday Night Funnies Anonymous on 6/26/16

That last comment was from me you stupid BITCH!!! HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA on Friday Night Funnies TOMat 5:13 PM

It's fun fucking with you and you are such a dishonest scum, it works every time. HA HA HA HA HA HA HA on Friday Night FunniesTOM

Hoq fucking stupid are you CUNT? on Friday Night FunniesAnonymous at 7:53 PM

This is the REAL TOM, and I say Fuck You Shaw! Let's see you post that! on Friday Night Funnies TOM at 9:05 AM

morning cunt So you let TOM post? I knew you were a fucking liar now on with your daily hate blog Jew hater on Friday Night Funnies                                                  Anonymous at 9:13 AM

Hi CUNT!!! Is the heat keeping your cunt moist? on Adam, look what you did, for Gawd's sake! Anonymous at 7:11 PM

Are you going to stick your dildo up your cunt tonight, or will you wait for RN to come and shove his dick up your dried up twat on Adam, look what you did, for Gawd's sake!Anonymous at 7:26 PM

Screw you you lying bitch! How does it feel to be treated like shit. You 3 deserve it. You want to prove what you said about me at RN's blog, or are you just being your lying bitch self? on"There were no Syrians involved." Lukeon 6/21/16

I have a suggestion for you bitch, stop being a lying, scum bag. Stop hanging out with lying devious scum bags. I know you can't do that, so get back to you scum crew RN, Pam, and the rest of your mean assholes. on Honorable Republicans and TrumpLuke at 4:34 AM

Hi, you gutless pig!! What are you going to shove up your cunt tonight? on Somebody's Karma Just Ran Over Ken Starr Anonymous on 5/27/16

 Nigger lover! on DONALD TRUMP: "Climate change is bullsh*t!" Sue on 5/25/16  Anonymous

 Moochelle is an ape! on Of Bare Arms and Bare Asses Sue on 5/25/16  Anonymous

Morning cunt! What slimy lies are you going to spew today cunt? on Powerful! TOM

OMG the cunt has a new messiah. Kneel down and suck his dick. on Powerful! Publish | Delete | Spam TOM at 2:22 PM

To bad you can't read bitch, so I'll be clearer. You are the slob cunt! on Wednesday is Trump Hump Day: "I'm angry! So I'm voting for Donald Trump!"  TOMat 11:43 AM

And you are a stupid brainwashed cunt who worships violence and the man best known for his violence. Sick cunt! on R.I.P. Muhammad Ali Publish | Delete | Spam TOM  at 3:41 PM


Jerry Critter said...

Some people never out grow their 12 year old mentality. It is a shame that the highlight of their day is sending dirty notes to someone they don't even know.

Dave Miller said...

Amazing stuff Shaw... I wonder why people are unable to communicate without language like that? But then I see their preferred candidate for President can't do it and I know why...

Flying Junior said...

While I do not dispute that these entities have not achieved human adulthood, I think that it is unfair to categorize their behavior as pre-adolescent.

Most twelve-year old kids are decent and usually fairly happy, productive members of society. Even children in adverse circumstances display noble characteristics. Whether or not pre-teen boys or their female counterparts are the more grouchy and crabby probably depends upon their environment and upbringing. Or, perhaps even on one's own point-of-view.

Immaturity is one thing. But these children will never be whole. They have chosen another path.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Jerry, Dave, and Flying Junior:

I guess the most charitable thing to do is to feel pity for the TOMs, Toms, Rusty Shacklefords, Radical Rednecks, etc. of the internet.

It appears that the only joys in their desolate, loveless lives is writing filthy sexual comments to women they don't know.

It never occurs to their sadistic minds that a simple hit on the "delete" button expunges their existential anxieties and frustrations forever.

I'm sure they believe themselves to be "real men" who put women in their place by discharging their pornorgraphic words and images all over my blog.

In reality, the sane world sees them as a nest of greasy little insects -- insignificant, and easily fumigated by the delete button.

(Ducky and Dave both know that I have dealt with a real threat that is more dangerous than any of the scribblings sent here by TOM, Tom, Luke, Rusty, and Redneck.)

This, from the article from a troll, who was interviewed in the article in my post, perfectly explains their obsessive behaviors:

"The more beautiful and pure a thing is, the more satisfying it is to corrupt."

The fact is, however, those trolling boys don't corrupt me or my blog. They corrupt AND disgrace themselves and their tenuous manhood.

Donnie Little Hands said...

Shaw's readers should know that the trolls mentioned above are welcome at Lisa's Who's Your Daddy blog. Even encouraged to attack women. Maybe that's because Lisa's not the real name of the blog owner. What kind of woman would allow that scum to run her blog? No self-respecting woman with a healthy mind. That's for sure. So it's a good bet Lisa isn't a she, but a he and maybe the Toms and Radicals and Rustys are all the male "Lisa's" sock puppets?

Ahab said...

I'm sorry that you have to put up with this garbage. These trolls need to grow up.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Ahab, I've used the delete button liberally over the years. But these comments over the last few weeks were especially venomous, so I decided to document them.

Yes, the trolls need to grow up, but they can't. I'm guessing their ages are late 30s to mid and late 40s. If they haven't learned to be men by now, they never will.

DLH, I'm pretty sure Lisa is a real female, even though she disgraces her sex by allowing those female-hating insects to control her blog. She giggles at their trash talk and pornographic links, because she, sadly, doesn't know any better.

IMO, she's an insecure woman who, for unknown reasons, craves the adulation of potty-mouthed, naughty little boys.

(O)CT(O)PUS said...

Sorry, but I am not onboard with any of this. And this what you people simply DON'T GET IT:

Consider the Trump phenomenon. The man says outrageous things. The media rewards the sucker with $$$ billions in free publicity. The more outrageous he becomes, the more publicity he gets. Until it is too late. The media is complicit in raising a cheap demagogue to presidential contender status. And all you people fall sucker and fall into line behind a national obsession. There's a Frankentrump on the loose!!! OMG. Then you turn into village country bumpkins brandishing pitchforks. OMG. Kill the monster before it kills us. Except for one simple fact: You created this monster with your fixation on "OMG, Did you see the latest!" "Did you hear what this idiot just said?" Blah, blah, blah. Over and over!

Same with trolls. Years ago, I said, "Ignore them." "Pay no heed." Your fixation on dumbness enables these bozos. It emboldens them. When you ignore them for too long, they return with outrageous comments. Offensive comments!!! Stupid shit!!! The bait that gets you to pay attention! You take bait. And enable them again and agin: "OMG, did you see that!" "Did you read what that troll just said?" The adrenaline hit; start your engines. A self-fulfilling prophecy just like the Trump phenomenon.


This is why I rarely blog anymore. The dumbness on all sides. Stupid shit. Just like this. You bring it upon yourselves.

Shaw Kenawe said...

I have been ignoring the troll TOM for six years here on P.E. He didn't go away. He never will.

But often putting sunshine on dung dries it up. This was my choice on how to deal with TOM at this time when dozens of his comments were being left at my blog: I chose exposure.

Suggesting that a blogger is responsible for sexual filth sent to his/her comment moderation is blaming the victim. As I said, TOM has been doing this for SIX YEARS. Ignoring him didn't make him go away and exposing his filth probably won't either, but it gave me a little satisfaction to have the public see what a sick nut he is.

It is also my choice to blog about Trump because he is the presumptive Republican nominee, not just some crackpot standing on a street corner, haranguing all who pass by. Trump has the support of millions and millions of American citizens. It isn't a far-fetched idea to think he could make it to the White House. Ignoring him and thinking that will diminish his popularity or make him go away is not how I choose to deal with what I see as a serious threat to our democracy.

It appears everyone's tempers are running high these days, and I can understand why. But we shouldn't stoop to attacking each other over differences on how to run a blog.

I wouldn't presume to tell people how to run their blogs nor tell them what they should or should not write about on those blogs nor insult them in their own home.

It would be nice to receive the same courtesy.

I'm Skippy's Mom said...

Shaw, re your banner on the supreme Court and the Texas decision:

CNN: "The Supreme Court threw out a Texas abortion law in a victory for supporters of abortion rights who argued it would have shuttered all but a handful of clinics in the state.
The 5-3 ruling is the most significant decision from the Supreme Court on abortion in two decades and could serve to deter other states from passing "clinic shutdown" laws."


The Surfer Dude said...

Wow! Creepy. The TOM troll is major sick.

Rational Nation USA said...

Shaw, being ecposed to TOM's sick behavior for nearly as long as you with his contant stream of putrid rancid rhetoric I get why you chose to do this post. I hope it works to silence him.

TOM has been off his meds too long. It is unlikely anything will deter him. He finds pleasure in what has been doing and as (O)CT(O)PUS he craves more of it. Shutting down attention completely is probably the only way to defeat him.

Clearwater, Florida said...

I only occasionaly read this blog, Shaw, and sometimes link on some other from your blog list or link to other blogs from names of the people who comment. I don’t know if Octopus is a guy or a gal, but I’ll gues a guy. From my experience its guys who always feel they have to tell women what to do and how to do it, cuz the little ladies can’t take care of themselves or figure things out for themselves.
The troll of course is a guy. They always attack women they can’t dominate with sexual name calling. It’s all they got.
I’m not going to tell you what to do or what to blog about because it none of my g-ddamn business. If I don’t like what you have to offer, I go away and say nothing. Keep doing what you do.

Kevin Robbins said...

I admire you for being able to put up with that lunacy, Shaw.

skudrunner said...

As much as I can't believe it I agree with Leggs.

You do mention WYD a lot and condemn it but then there are a lot of your regulars who are all over her blog. Guess we like to pay attention to what we find disgusting even you and PP.

Rational Nation USA said...

... as (O)CT(O)PUS says...

Hate blogging with phone.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Skud, First, I have no control over which blogs my regular commenters visit.

Second Lisa's blog is a slime pit from which the majority of the filth that comes to my comment moderation is from.

Third, Congratulations on being in agreement with (O)CT(O)PUS.

Fourth, I'm a Liberal, and I run a Liberal blog, which you regularly visit.

Pamela D. Hart said...

Shaw, my gawsh. Those comments made me sick.

I too have had some nasty trolls, although not nearly as much as you! All I can say is you must be doing something right because the trolls only come out when they want to destroy something.

It's best to ignore them, but sometimes that doesn't work. So all you can do is keep at your posting. Anyone who is honorable or respectable won’t give these vermin any credence.

It's ironic that many of the "anonymous" posts have the same blogger id as TOM.

Shaw Kenawe said...

"...the trolls only come out when they want to destroy something."

That's for sure. And they actually think they can destroy a blog by saying poo-poo pee-pee!

"It's ironic that many of the "anonymous" posts have the same blogger id as TOM"

They are one and the same.

Rusty Old Ford said...

Holy Shit, Shaw! There's no question that TOM and Anonymous TOM is a mentally deranged asshole who should be locked away for the remainder of his life before he kills someone. Report his disgusting comments to Blogger and get his sick ass thrown off of the internet.

Its not surprising that TOM and Anonymous TOM are all posters at Lisa's freak blog with all the other mentally damaged people who go there.

Anonymous said...

I'm going against a personal axiom by posting to a thread in which the subject is trolls, but what the heck. Any acknowledgment of trolling behavior simply feeds the troll, which is just what the troll wants. I think it best to deprive trolls of their tiny shots of dopamine by completely ignoring the behavior.

There is an old Italian saying, "If you argue with a donkey you will bray like a donkey."

Shaw Kenawe said...

Thanks for coming by Anonymous. I fully understand what you wrote. And I have followed that advice for SIX YEARS. The TOM troll has stepped up his trolling over the past few weeks to the point where it's become obsessive.

I consulted with a trusted friend who suggested I expose the TOM troll to daylight with the idea that dung exposed to sunshine dries up.

I made that decision, and it cost me in personal terms that I won't go into just now.

Keeping quiet and ignoring the TOM troll for six years didn't discourage it, so I tried something else.

Dervish Sanders said...

Shaw: Keeping quiet and ignoring the TOM troll for six years didn't discourage it, so I tried something else.

Nope. I've had the exact same problem (also for several years) with TOM. The exact same kind of comments. RN is his focus. In the comments he sends me, it is RN and I who have gay sex.

BTW, Luke and Steve (the same account, as you noted here) are also TOM creations.