For many hours a day, I surf various forums. Some of them, I consistently use my "handle". Some of them, I use my real name. There are a few where anonymity is the norm, rather than the exception.
All I have to say is, "Where is my Troll Badge?" :-)
All the hard work I have put in. All the flaming. The witty sarcasm. This is hard work, and I deserve recognition.
More often then not, I find myself defending those truths which should be self evident. Imagine that, a troll in shining armor.
Take the nefarious Georgia Soccer Forum for instance. Along with anonymity comes a complete lack of self control and common sense. It is the favored medium for bashing all that is soccer in the State of Georgia, including the Corp of Referees. Most of the time, I just let this stuff go. Others, I dive in with both feet. The balance between insanity and common sense must be restored.
In fitness related new, my calorie tracking web site has a fitness forum, where often questions are asked about running and triathlon. I use my own name here. It is the prefered tactic to back up one's advice with studies and articles linked on the internet. It goes something like this.
Oh! Never ever run! My knees are ruined, and this article on the internet shows that running results in 1012% more injuries...
This is all fine and dandy. The people reading this stuff may actually even go read the article. Some will not. I, on the other hand, don't just read the article. I dissect it. What's wrong with this picture? First, the article was written in 1977. What did they know about running back then? (don't get me started). Second, they had the "subjects" run at 90-95% of max HR for every run. No wonder the poor bastards were dying.
At least most of the peeps on this forum are good natured. Flame wars are few and far between. It really is all about helping people lose weight and get fit. But sometimes, just sometimes, I wonder.
Is that smell me? The Troll? Or is it the B.S. I am having to tip toe around here?
You decide, and that's one of the beauties of the internet...