Saturday, July 22

Sobering Words

"If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us."
- H.H.


Blogger itdoesnotmatterwhoiam said...


v.,n. 1. [From the Usenet group alt.folklore.urban] To
utter a posting on Usenet designed to attract predictable
responses or flames; or, the post itself. Derives from the phrase
"trolling for newbies" which in turn comes from mainstream
"trolling", a style of fishing in which one trails bait through a
likely spot hoping for a bite. The well-constructed troll is a post
that induces lots of newbies and flamers to make themselves look
even more clueless than they already do, while subtly conveying to
the more savvy and experienced that it is in fact a deliberate
troll. If you don't fall for the joke, you get to be in on it. See
also YHBT. 2. An individual who chronically trolls in sense 1;
regularly posts specious arguments, flames or personal attacks to a
newsgroup, discussion list, or in email for no other purpose than to
annoy someone or disrupt a discussion. Trolls are recognizable by
the fact that the have no real interest in learning about the topic
at hand - they simply want to utter flame bait. Like the ugly
creatures they are named after, they exhibit no redeeming
characteristics, and as such, they are recognized as a lower form of
life on the net, as in, "Oh, ignore him, he's just a troll." 3.
[Berkeley] Computer lab monitor. A popular campus job for CS
students. Duties include helping newbies and ensuring that lab
policies are followed. Probably so-called because it involves
lurking in dark cavelike corners.

Some people claim that the troll (sense 1) is properly a narrower
category than flame bait, that a troll is categorized by containing
some assertion that is wrong but not overtly controversial. See
also Troll-O-Meter.

Source: Jargon File 4.2.0

10:20 PM  
Blogger Tomte said...

Your "sobering words" remind me of another saying I have heard frequently, "whenever you point a finger at someone else, four fingers point back at you."

(Actually for total accuracy, only three really point back at you, that darn thumb tends to point wherever it is in the mood to point but you get the idea. ;-)

7:34 PM  
Blogger ept1 said...

He that hateth his brother is still in darkness.

10:44 PM  

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