For many of us, interacting with people online who are complete strangers to us is a relatively new thing. Those unfamiliar with the early days of the internet are generally equally unfamiliar with netiquette. This was a term coined in 1995 by an Intel employee to give enterprises some guidelines on using the net. Netiquette is an amalgamation of the terms internet and etiquette and describes a set of rules that dictate how you should use the web (give them a read, you’ll see that there are many things that are not new, including trolls).
For example, we all know now that writing everything in caps is SHOUTING.
This came about due to netiquette.
However, I’d like to draw your attention to number 10, which states,
“When someone makes a mistake – whether it’s a spelling error or a spelling flame, a stupid question or an unnecessarily long answer – be kind about it.”
We’ve all come across grammar nazis, those people who appear to spend all of their time trolling for spelling mistakes so that they can put a person down and correct them (sometime accompanied by insults). Despite the fact that many people now frown on grammar nazis and tell them where to get off, there are still plenty around.
Common to all of these intellectual trolls is the unswerving belief that they are right and the world is made up of stupid people. They rarely have any respect for anyone and will pompously and regularly correct even their closest friends. They can be extremely patronizing and love it when someone comes along that is grammatically challenged. This is because those that can’t spell, or don’t have the skills to construct an argument in the same manner as the intellectual troll, reinforce the belief that the troll is intellectually superior.
If as a dyslexic person, for example, you approach this troll, expect much glee and a severe dressing down. The intellectual troll loves to jump on mistakes or misinformation in order to put people down. The worse this troll can make you feel about your own shortcomings, the better they will feel about their own level of knowledge.
If you do happen to have an opinion, ask yourself is it really worth it?
You’ll never win an argument with an intellectual troll, you see, you’ll just be bombarded with short essays and endless links. Conspiracy-intellectuals are also over-fond of internet memes, which they appear to believe back up their point in some way.
Did anyone catch the education tag above?
You thought you were being taught something? Why?
Take education posts as all the science posts, ignore them. (No offense science posters.) We are just looking at the human psych, not call you out as it's your worst fault.
Apparently it isn't easy looking at ourselves. I'm included,
Why is the seeder the bad guy? I know $hit compared to most of you.
I already said I suck at writing and that isn't good enough. Damn tough crowd. I didn't write the beginning, it won't quote.
Dang, tough crowd...Love the insults ;) I see them, but don't take them as it's just science about us.
Use it wisely