3.10.2010

wmtc the obsession

You remember this post, a brief history of wmtc trolls? It was reprinted in shorter (better) version at The Mark.

Many of the trolls featured in that story are still around, continuing to post comments that I reject, unread. Some of them have been doing this for years. Hard to believe, but true. I still wonder about the psychology behind this, but anything I come up with is pure conjecture.

There's another species of obsession that I find through Statcounter. In "came from" I will find the URL of a forum, where someone has shared a wmtc link and is slagging me. The wmtc-hating post is completely off-topic; it never has any connection to the thread. The poster clearly has taken more than a passing glance at wmtc, although he's not one of the regular trolls whose coments I reject. He knows the topics I write about, whatever I share of my personal life, my opinions on various things. He (I'm sure he's male) claims to hate me and everything I stand for. So why is he reading my blog?

I recently posted this.
Did you know Allan and I are ...
Fucking hippies, thinking they're so smart and all by being anti-everything except promiscuos sex, indie music and converse sneakers. oh and leftist lesbian poetry too.
...?

I lifted that from one of these forum posts. (This wasn't him, it was a response to the link. He knows I don't write poetry!) In the span of a week, I found similar postings at four different forums. The guy uses different names and different avatars, but it's fairly obvious that it's the same person. It seems like he is always at the ready with a wmtc post to paste and deride.

Why?

That's all I keep wondering. Why?

He is prone to saying that everything about me and wmtc "makes me rage". There are countless blogs out there that would make me rage, too. So I don't read them.

Why would someone who hates everything I write come here, and why would they share my posts with all their communities?

I'm not implying wmtc is unique in being the object of obsessive wingnuttery. This must be a common phenomenon. But why? Why?

27 comments:

Greg said...

Where can I find an example of Leftist Lesbian Poetry?

Away the Dildo,
Away the Dildo,
Symbol of the Patriarch.
Forward Athena,
Forward Venus,
Let us heal our Sisters,
Let us teach our daughters.

Er ... whatever. I'm only guessing.

It's probably just some guys who get miffed that anyone remotely feminist exists. You know ... "Gr, how come no one makes me sandwiches anymore!? Wah!"

L-girl said...

LOL I love it.

That quote actually wasn't him, it was in response to his post w/ my URL. I edited to reflect that.

This guy knows I don't write poetry!

But I'm sure you're right about the sandwiches.

James said...

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder isn't just about washing hands...

Of course, the idea that these trolls have OCD is pure speculation on my part, but to be still posting to a site that's been rejecting your messages for years takes some sort of unbalanced reasoning...

L-girl said...

but to be still posting to a site that's been rejecting your messages for years takes some sort of unbalanced reasoning...

Oh yeah.

Get up
Wash hands 20 times
Read wmtc
Tap right foot 13 times, tap left foot 13 times
Read wmtc.
Line up pencils...

(No offense to anyone with OCD, I'm a bit obsessive-compulsive myself and I like to make fun of my tendencies.)

Geekwad said...

Why do we pick at scabs. Why do we harass those who stand out. Why do we poke the sore spot in our gums with our tongues. Why do we watch television. Why can't we drive past an accident without looking for gore. Why is NASCAR so popular.

M@ said...

There was a piece on Ideas on CBC radio about 3 weeks ago that I really should get around to ordering from them. It was about the psychology of being right, in the punditry sense; the kind of high that someone gets with being right -- that is, asserting something that makes them feel like they're right -- is similar, even on a physiological level, to the high that gambling or cocaine addicts feel when they get a hit. The expert talking about this used Bill O'Reilly as an example.

Of course we're all susceptible to this effect, I'm sure (myself very much included). The Internet makes it an easy high to get, if you want to go looking for it. I suspect it's this kind of high that people get by trashing blogs that conflict with their worldview.

John F said...

I'm sure you've seen this before, but it fits:

http://xkcd.com/386/

L-girl said...

http://xkcd.com/386/

I knew which one it was before I plugged in the URL! It's one of his best, ever, which is really saying something. Thanks. :)

L-girl said...

I like M@'s thoughts on the addiction of feeling "right". Something to chew on there.

Picking a scab is a good metaphor too!

redsock said...

The expert talking about this used Bill O'Reilly as an example.

When the fuck has O'Reilly ever been right?

L-girl said...

When the fuck has O'Reilly ever been right?

According to him, 200% of the time.

M@ said...

When the fuck has O'Reilly ever been right?

I was a little unclear: it's about feeling right, not being right. Chance Bill O'Reilly thinks he's right: 100%. Chance he's actually right: 0%.

Related stat: chance he'll ever be cancelled or fired from Fox or other mainstream media outlets: 0%.

L-girl said...

M@ wasn't unclear, Redsock's just trying to feel right.

Mike said...

M@ be fair O'Reilly can't be wrong 100% of the time, even a stopped clock is right twice a day if it's the old kind with hands that is.

M@ said...

even a stopped clock is right twice a day if it's the old kind with hands that is.

But if the hands keep moving, just in the wrong direction or at the wrong speed, that's even worse than a stopped clock.

The trick is to know when the clock is right or wrong.

James said...

A stopped clock is right twice a day, but a clock that runs five minutes slow is always wrong.

John F said...

I went back and read your original article on trolls. Is Magnolia still firing rhetorical arrows into your moderation queue? I am grimly curious...

L-girl said...

I went back and read your original article on trolls. Is Magnolia still firing rhetorical arrows into your moderation queue?

Thanks for reading it, John. Short answer, yes.

Mags disappears for a few weeks, maybe even a couple of months, then reappears and leaves a ton of comments, usually in the middle of the night. He also comments at blogs where he finds me commenting, usually just slinging insults.

The craziest part, to me, is that he seems to read every single post and all the comments, too! Allan says Mags is my most devoted reader!

You know what they say, there's a thin line between love and hate.

L-girl said...

Mags disappears for a few weeks, maybe even a couple of months, then reappears and leaves a ton of comments, usually in the middle of the night.

And each re-appearance will last for weeks. Then he'll re-disappear... only to return. And so on.

L-girl said...

He also comments at blogs where he finds me commenting, usually just slinging insults.

But sometimes, at blogs where people don't know him, he pretends to be a rational, constructive commenter who I have inexplicably banned from wmtc.

John F said...

Wow! Someone should make a film about this man's epic love/hatred of you. It would be like "You've Got Mail", but with restraining orders and Tasers.

L-girl said...

Yes, it is epic. Good thing he is a coward who confines his obsession to online anonymity. Otherwise I'd have a court case, restraining order, mace... Although it might provide an opportunity to practice my Model Mugging training.

geek guy said...

Thanks for linking to my blog!!
:)

richard said...

Can you imagine the time commitment involved in this? Life is so short and time so precious. Dude, Don't Waste Your Life!

That xkcd cartoon is perfectly a propos. I was going to link it but I see someone beat me to it. Brilliant!

Mike said...

I was going to comment further but then I realized I had defended Bill O'Reilly and I had to take a shower and wash up... with steel wool.

L-girl said...

Can you imagine the time commitment involved in this? Life is so short and time so precious. Dude, Don't Waste Your Life!

Yes! That's one of the more amazing aspects of the whole thing. And he loves to tell me how I have no life!

Nice to see you here, Richard.

Cornelia said...

I wonder about that, too. Exactly. I agree if I don't like something, I'd better keep away from that and read something I enjoy. Feminism is very vital and probably that guy is some sexist patriarchal bully. But anyway, it puzzles me time and again how stupid and abusive some people are and how they just seem to want to take their frustration out on somebody who usually or mostly has nothing to do with their problems whatsoever. Sometimes such folks let other people bully them and then pick on wholly unrelated persons in turn, too. Not good!! Re: some people, it seems to me that they mostly go online in order to write verbally abusive and pretty nasty stuff - ugh!!!