I stumbled upon the Answers format about 4 years ago, and I had a bit of an epiphany during a Q/A session a couple of months ago. As usually I was knee deep in the mire that is political warfare, looking at a board of 20 questions, without a sincere or intelligent one in the lot. Each and every question posted was carefully crafted to incite anger or dig in at the opposing ideology. Nothing was backed up with facts or sound logic. Any links provided only directed to biased sources that didn¡¯t consider the possibility that they may not be 100% right when it came to the conclusions that they were drawing.
One of the posters went off with a typical ¡°Why is user x such a troll?¡± question, to which I answered; ¡°This is Politics, we are all trolls¡±. Surprisingly I got quite a few thumbs down. Perhaps the other users weren¡¯t ready to look a troll in the mirror, but that doesn¡¯t change the facts at hand. A visit to any of the other categories and you may find such sincere questions as ¡°How do I get bubblegum out of my daughter¡¯s hair?¡± or ¡°Do I really have to get an oil change every three months?¡± but not in the Politics section. In Politics you¡¯re more likely to see questions like ¡°Why do Dumocraps rape small children?¡± or ¡°Do all Republitards live in their grandmother¡¯s attic and snort Oxycontin off of framed pictures of Jesus and Rush Limbaugh?¡±
So what¡¯s so different about Polititrolls?
(Almost) No violations.
That¡¯s right no violations. Well not in the traditional sense. The Community Guidelines at Polititrolls is a lot looser, and doesn¡¯t cater to hurt feelings. If a post is related to illegal activity or spam, feel free to report it. However, if the report is not approved, you¡¯ll be deducted points..
That¡¯s not to say that you¡¯re going to be drowned in a river of spam either. Don¡¯t like a post? Click to make it got away. Don¡¯t like a troll? You can opt out of receiving emails from them, or minimize their posts.
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Do you have what it takes to be the top troll? Your aggregate score is not based on best answers, but by user interaction. Making comments, receiving thumbs up or down, even receiving emails and being blocked by other users will add points to your score.