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arwalden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 03:18 PM
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What's The Motivation Of Being A "Mole/Troll/Infiltrator"??
I don't understand the attraction. What kind of person finds personal satisfaction in doing that?

It seems like the effort it takes to do that is hardly worth any "payoff" that one might get when the mask is lifted.

I just don't get it. Do you?
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Alleycat Donating Member (992 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 03:24 PM
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1. I don't understand either
It seems to me to be a huge waste of time. That one guy had over 1000 posts. For what? Exactly what did he get out of it?
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realisticphish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 03:26 PM
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2. It makes them think
someone gives a shit. Secret agent stuff, in their heads
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Misunderestimator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 03:27 PM
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3. I sort of understand a pre-pubescent teenage boy doing it...
Edited on Fri Mar-10-06 03:27 PM by Misunderestimator
for some sort of attention... But an adult... for three years! That just blows the mind. Especially when he clearly had zero impact. Makes no sense.
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arwalden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 03:32 PM
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5. In Contrast...The Ones That I Actually *DO* Remember...
... are the ones who don't give a shit. Very little effort is wasted trying to be stealthy and lurk around. None of this cloak-and-dagger stuff for them. None of the double-double-reverse-psychology secret-decoder-ring nonsense for them.

No!

They don't try to hide... they make a BIG entrance and a BIG flame out! Or... perhaps they try to "hide" while they build up enough posts to be able to start threads on their own. But then, they can't resist it. They blow their wad in two or three posts, and they are tombstoned.

Those are the ones I remember.
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ScreamingMeemie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 03:40 PM
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14. This "mole" was actually banned for a few minutes when he first
began posting...only a little over two years ago. Then he was given a second chance. Hoo boy! Did he fool us. ;)
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 03:28 PM
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4. I've asked other people that too.
I can't imagine voluntarily wasting that kind of time. Talking to people you don't like, pretending to be something you're not.

Many of us spend enough time in the closet in years past. Who'd want to go into another kind of closet voluntarily?
:wtf:
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arwalden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 03:33 PM
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7. I Wonder If He Also Spends Time In Chat Rooms Posing AsA 14 Year Old Girl?
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 03:38 PM
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11. Ug. I really don't want to think a trolls
stalking kids in chat rooms but I can see you being right. If he hates himself enough that he gets off pretending to be someone else, it's not that far of a jump.
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jpgray Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 03:32 PM
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6. It's nobody's plan A for spending hours of free time
:dunce:
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Gormy Cuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 03:33 PM
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8. Dunno, it 's something to do when your Gameboy breaks?
:evilgrin:
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Call Me Wesley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 03:36 PM
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9. They get a virtual badge in the end,
and a whole page written in their own diaries.

Beats me, to be honest. Why should I spend any time on a place I don't like?
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El Fuego Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 03:37 PM
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10. The need to acquire a Life?
Because obviously they have none.
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ScreamingMeemie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 03:39 PM
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12. All they ever seem to get is a whole bunch of "oh goodness"es said
tongue in cheek. The other thing I never understood is the dedicating of an entire site to the watching of a site one purports to detest. Far too much time is spent on the pursuit of being goofy. :hi:
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LaurenG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 03:39 PM
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13. Skinner has asked that one of those threads not be locked yet.
Looks like they are having some fun.
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johnnie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 03:41 PM
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15. It is weird
I guess they fancy themselves some sort of double naught spy or something. As far as I have seen, not one of them ever accomplished anything that made a real impact on this place. Sure, we might talk about them for an hour or two, and then use them as a joke here and there, but that seems to be as far as it goes.

I can't imagine spending years on a site like this just to one day say something like.."Ha ha..got you, I made you all look like fools! Now I will leave and well... umm.. do something else with my life." And then they go away..LOL. WTF?
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laheina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 03:42 PM
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16. I've met a pretty good archetype for this guy.
He was a DU troll, and seemed so proud of himself that he wanted to tell me all about it all the time. I had never heard of DU before then.

He was pretty much antisocial, yet seemed to think himself superior. Nobody could stand this guy. At the same time, he had a completely unhealthy preoccupation with Drudge. He couldn't wait to throw the smarmy kind of slander bytes at other people in the office.

Before the last presidential primaries, he was always asking me about Kerry. When I would tell him that I was for Dean, he would get this glassy eyed look, because Drudge hadn't said anything about *him* that day. He didn't have any ammunition.

In short: he was a waste. It was just sad to watch.
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