SharkHawk wrote:I will give you an example from another board. I was a member of a softball board that had about 10,000 active posters. There was this guy that went by the name of Danger Mouse and he would come on and make these long drawn out posts (think of my posts, but times them by about 5). He would just get on a rant and go and go and go. Nobody really knew how to respond to Danger Mouse, but he was such a troll (a knowledgeable one... but still liked to bait people into stuff) that there needed to be a good response. After a while a new poster emerged with the name Safety Cat (get it... opposite of a Danger Mouse) and he wouldn't respond to Danger Mouse directly at first, he would just make super long meandering posts shortly after Danger Mouse did that sort of made every opposite point that DM had just made. Then they got into it directly and it was like the most entertaining war ever. I'd be on that site all day at work just looking for responses.
Did you think it was the same person that created a second account to argue with himself or do you think it was a user who finally got sick of Danger Mouse and decided to troll him.
Safety Cat... Ha ha
That was the original thought, but by the end we were all 99.9% sure Safety Cat and Danger Mouse were different people. Quite a few of my friends met Safety Cat at board get togethers (they'd have a national meeting for a weekend once a year) and Safety Cat appeared at a few in a row, and it was easy for them to tell that they were entirely different people.
As far as people talking about Steve Harper. He's still around. He's gotten in on the Facebook groups now. We have one for all of us who used the Seahawks Usenet group (many of us have been there for about 20 years). Steve was never a usenet user, but has decided recently to take over the usenet group and start the same dumb fights. I left that group, but people showed me how to block him. He just seemed interested in picking fights with me. The Usenet group is more just a place where all of us old friends from the early 90's and on have kept up since many of our ISP's don't carry newsgroups at all anymore, and it's a pain to use them through google. So... we keep in touch through Facebook.
I guess the Hawks official site did some nice article on Steve recently though. I didn't read it. I heard it was good. He just likes to get right down to it when discussing the team. There isn't really much room for discussion. He states his point and if you don't agree then you've kind of missed the point of his post. He isn't much into discussing. He's more like a sportswriter who states their point and would prefer that you don't respond. I think he'd be really happy if his posts were always just locked. Sort of like Rick Reilly's deal with ESPN. He's the only writer there that doesn't have comments at the end. He has a clause in his contract that makes it so that ESPN can't put comments from users at the end, he can't be questioned, called out, etc. Some folks prefer the one way discussion. That's fine with me, but if that's all they want, they should really create their own blog and see if anybody reads it I think. Discussion boards are fun because we get to discuss things.