Goodbye Cruel Message Board! (Sniff)
Why do all the Drama Queens need to announce they are leaving?
I have been on hundreds of message boards and fora over the years. I have been kicked off, banned and gagged, but mostly, just stopped posting.
I never saw any particular reason to announce that I was going.
Unlike 99.9999% of other users.
One of the reasons why our Forum is not connected to the Wikinut site but an invention of the users is to avoid the daily Soap Operas that play out on Triond.
For those unaware of that site and the Forum connected to it, a little history might be in order.
Once upon a time, there was a publishing site called Triond which everyone thought was a writing site. There were human moderators who rejected what they felt was not up to standard.
In those days, Triond got a lot of hits. Items would be Stumbled, , Dugg, or Reddited almost instinctively.
Hot Content contained some of the best stuff on Triond.
Reading one article encouraged you to join the site and write at your highest standard.
The Users wanted a Forum. After a time, they got their Wish. Attached to the site came a shiney Forum with a number of threads where, it was expected people would communicate with each other.
But the Forum was NOT Moderated.
This absence was soon repeated on the site itself. Human moderation was replaced by a glitchy piece of software.
This software was so badly tweaked that it passed gibberish but would bounce any submission which contained quotes; hence if one used a dictionary definition to clarify, or copied a paragraph from a newspaper to prove veracity, the item would be declined.
No mammal read work before it was published.
As bad as this was, to make even more $$$, Triond decided to use Adsense . This would double the number of Ads on a page.
Hence the typical Triond page is about 3/4th advertisements.
This decline in the quality of Triond led to the first wash of Troll like behaviour in the Forum.
Particularly poor writers would join Triond to participate in the unmoderated forum. They got to be more obnoxious in cyberpace then they were in real life... assuming someone who has ten different nicks and is on site 24/7 has a 'real life'.
Triond's forum became a branch of Trollkingdom.
A Newbie making a post in the Forum would be attacked by a gang of idiots.
Some of the Trolls were Attention Whores. One female used her real name, linked to her Associated Content account. If someone wanted to punch her in the face, they had a map to her door.
As the usual Troll/Attention Whore she has about twenty different accounts on Triond. She can 'gang troll' any hapless fool who tries to discuss a topic.
She is just one of a dozen life deprived who have brought Triond to the level of Content Farm.
Every day some writer (or so-called writer) leaves his/her/its Epitaph in the Forum.
The first 'gravestones' were etched by actually good writers who evacuated Triond for other sites or began their own successful Blog.
Hopefully, they had posted their parting shot and never looked back, so would not be around to read the garbage posted by the Repulsion of Trolls in response.
The Second wave of 'deceased' were those who were angry; angry at the Trolls, angry at Triond for being a Content Farm, angry their work was being 'plagiarised' and just angry.
These usually took a long time to go as they had to respond to every post made by the Repulsion.
The Third Wave of Departed,, interestingly, is made up of demi-trolls. They make a great to-do of their departure as if the world is begging them to stay, and ruefully they must depart.
They create long and elaborate parting messages, respond to the good wishes of their fellow Trolls, and make it seem that when they leave they are taking something with them.
When you are on a Message Board, Forum, any site, unless you are the owner who is closing it, or the moderator who is quitting, why are you making a spectacle of your departure?
Many people don't know you're alive. They may have never read a thing you've posted. They may have read and snorted. So why are you grandstanding?
Just leave quietly.
Firstly, you might want to come back.
If you've made that passionate leave taking speech and exeunt stage right, you sure look stupid crawling back on from the wings.
Secondly, by leaving and not telling anyone, Trolls will keep posting to you, newbies will argue or support you, and it keeps idle hands busy.
Most people are too stupid to note the post they are responding to was done in May 2003. Most will never notice that you haven't been on the MB for over two years.
Thirdly, although most people don't get it, the most powerful insult is turning your back.
When someone thinks so little of you that they don't respond to a remark, when they do not believe you are worthy of the slightest courtesy, the insult goes bone deep.
You want to leave a site, just leave.