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2013-01-10 01:44:56 PM  

I_C_Weener: Good faith? No ma'am. Most of these posters are athiests.


Hell, I'm a conservative nihilist.
 
2013-01-10 01:45:22 PM  

Weaver95: or drunk.


But the alcohol makes your comments twice as intelligent and ten times as right as normal.  I highly recommend everyone try it.
 
2013-01-10 01:45:31 PM  
It's hilarious how many of you actually believe this.
 
2013-01-10 01:46:01 PM  

James!: Let me just say that A) I am not the only one looking and B) when you make a comment I see a considerable amount more information on you name bar than the average bear.


Does this sweater make me look fat?
 
2013-01-10 01:46:01 PM  

James!: Let me just say that A) I am not the only one looking and B) when you make a comment I see a considerable amount more information on you name bar than the average bear.


CAN YOU SEE MY FARKYS PLEASE SAY NO
 
2013-01-10 01:46:13 PM  

brap: All I can say is having read a few politics threads in my day, if someone IS paying those chuckleheads to post the same hardline gibberjabber over and over and over again, they ain't getting there monies worth.


I always used to think that it's more likely that there's some liberal group paying the ridiculous right-wing people most commonly called trolls in order to make the moderate liberals say, like, "Wow, people think that? Let me expand on why they are wrong" which makes that person feel more strongly about The Issues, but that wouldn't explain Freepers.
 
2013-01-10 01:46:43 PM  

I_C_Weener: Weaver95: CheetahOlivetti: Weaver95: make me some tea: ...As a member of a mod team for a sizable offline Farker discussion group, I completely sympathize.

you talk about me a lot, don't you?  it's ALL about me!

[preens for the camera]

I knew it! You're really Rush Limbaugh, aren't you?

I have the perfect face for radio so...yeah, maybe.

You do better with the ladies than the ladyboys though if I remember correctly.


that's right, you were there at that fark party!  I was disturbingly sober for most of that.  to be honest tho, my level of death threats has slacked off over the past couple years so I probably shouldn't be as much of a hermit as I am.  I'm still hoping to get a fatwah declared against me though.
 
2013-01-10 01:47:52 PM  

what_now: SilentStrider: If it could be conclusively proven that there are no paid political shills here, i would be stunned.
Given the nature of the internet and this site, a shill could afford to be more subtle in the steering of conversations. Just throw a breadcrumb out, and watch the trolls jump all over themselves trying to out derp each other.
So the shills, assuming their existence, probably fly below most peoples' radar.

But here's the thing: If a paid shill got me to change my mind, good! Great! If you can get me to change my opinion, it doesn't matter if you're paid or volunteer.

I don't see much difference between some guy knocking on my door and convincing me to vote for X candidate, and someone convincing me to vote for X on the internet.


Not everyone thinks the same way though. What might not make a difference to you might make a difference to somone else.
 
2013-01-10 01:47:56 PM  

James!: Let me just say that A) I am not the only one looking and B) when you make a comment I see a considerable amount more information on you name bar than the average bear.


*shifty eyes*
 
2013-01-10 01:48:12 PM  

Popcorn Johnny: It's hilarious how many of you actually believe this.


Believe what?  Tell me what I believe.

I believe the children are our future.

- This post was brought to you by the Whitney Houston Appreciation Society.  At WHAS, we will ALWAYS love you.
 
2013-01-10 01:48:31 PM  

mahuika: brap: All I can say is having read a few politics threads in my day, if someone IS paying those chuckleheads to post the same hardline gibberjabber over and over and over again, they ain't getting there monies worth.

I always used to think that it's more likely that there's some liberal group paying the ridiculous right-wing people most commonly called trolls in order to make the moderate liberals say, like, "Wow, people think that? Let me expand on why they are wrong" which makes that person feel more strongly about The Issues, but that wouldn't explain Freepers.


nothing can explain the freepers.  except maybe a severe meth habit and/or several antisocial personality disorders.
 
2013-01-10 01:48:41 PM  

Weaver95: brap: All I can say is having read a few politics threads in my day, if someone IS paying those chuckleheads to post the same hardline gibberjabber over and over and over again, they ain't getting there monies worth.

I don't know what scares me more - the possibility that there is an organized effort to disrupt online discussions with paid shills or that the idiots we see in the politics thread really, honestly and truly believe in the slobbering nonsense they post on a daily basis.


True believers far outnumber any paid attempts, if any, to steer Fark conversation.  Most of the people waste time on here and feel safe stating in text in limited fashion over simplified charicatures of their rather complex political or other beliefs.  Just because someone gets adamant about a position and sticks to it doesn't mean they were paid to do so.

Just look at the fact that Jersey Shore had more seasons than Firefly.  You can't assign logic and conspiracies to it.  It just is.
 
2013-01-10 01:48:53 PM  

I_C_Weener: CynicalLA: Why would anyone choose to mod or admin a site like this for free? And why would should anyone believe this person when they are clearly trying to dismiss anything this article is implying? This shiat happens everyday and it will be probably be worse next year.

Do you believe in UFOs, astral projections, mental telepathy, ESP, clairvoyance, spirit photography, telekinetic movement, full trance mediums, the Loch Ness monster and the theory of Atlantis?


No, and those are ridiculous comparisons and you know it. Corporations and politicians using the anonymity of the internet to promote their ideas is not a conspiracy.
 
2013-01-10 01:49:37 PM  

mahuika: brap: All I can say is having read a few politics threads in my day, if someone IS paying those chuckleheads to post the same hardline gibberjabber over and over and over again, they ain't getting there monies worth.

I always used to think that it's more likely that there's some liberal group paying the ridiculous right-wing people most commonly called trolls in order to make the moderate liberals say, like, "Wow, people think that? Let me expand on why they are wrong" which makes that person feel more strongly about The Issues, but that wouldn't explain Freepers.


Oh, I'm sure that's at least part of what's being done. This rings a bell, actually. Can't remember why exactly. Hm.
 
2013-01-10 01:49:49 PM  

what_now: James!: Let me just say that A) I am not the only one looking and B) when you make a comment I see a considerable amount more information on you name bar than the average bear.

Does this sweater make me look fat?


It's not the most flattering... but your hair looks nice.
 
2013-01-10 01:49:58 PM  

Weaver95: I_C_Weener: Weaver95: CheetahOlivetti: Weaver95: make me some tea: ...As a member of a mod team for a sizable offline Farker discussion group, I completely sympathize.

you talk about me a lot, don't you?  it's ALL about me!

[preens for the camera]

I knew it! You're really Rush Limbaugh, aren't you?

I have the perfect face for radio so...yeah, maybe.

You do better with the ladies than the ladyboys though if I remember correctly.

that's right, you were there at that fark party!  I was disturbingly sober for most of that.  to be honest tho, my level of death threats has slacked off over the past couple years so I probably shouldn't be as much of a hermit as I am.  I'm still hoping to get a fatwah declared against me though.


Have you considered hijacking another dragon? That might help your cause...
 
2013-01-10 01:50:00 PM  

James!:
Let me just say that A) I am not the only one looking and B) when you make a comment I see a considerable amount more information on you name bar than the average bear.

so you can see me naked?



archive.heinessen.com
 
2013-01-10 01:50:08 PM  

Dinjiin: Weaver95: or drunk.

But the alcohol makes your comments twice as intelligent and ten times as right as normal.  I highly recommend everyone try it.


There is no drinking limit on the internet.  Just don't post and drive.
 
2013-01-10 01:50:31 PM  

what_now: James!: Let me just say that A) I am not the only one looking and B) when you make a comment I see a considerable amount more information on you name bar than the average bear.

Does this sweater make me look fat?


The color really brightens up your eyes, but I like a V-neck on you better.
 
2013-01-10 01:50:55 PM  

CynicalLA: I_C_Weener: CynicalLA: Why would anyone choose to mod or admin a site like this for free? And why would should anyone believe this person when they are clearly trying to dismiss anything this article is implying? This shiat happens everyday and it will be probably be worse next year.

Do you believe in UFOs, astral projections, mental telepathy, ESP, clairvoyance, spirit photography, telekinetic movement, full trance mediums, the Loch Ness monster and the theory of Atlantis?

No, and those are ridiculous comparisons and you know it. Corporations and politicians using the anonymity of the internet to promote their ideas is not a conspiracy.


didn't chic fil a get busted really publicly for making fake facebook accounts to guide the dialog about their anti-gay sh*tstorm?
 
2013-01-10 01:50:57 PM  

James!: what_now: James!: Let me just say that A) I am not the only one looking and B) when you make a comment I see a considerable amount more information on you name bar than the average bear.

Does this sweater make me look fat?

It's not the most flattering... but your hair looks nice.


thanks! I had it cut last week.
 
2013-01-10 01:51:19 PM  

Weaver95: mahuika: brap: All I can say is having read a few politics threads in my day, if someone IS paying those chuckleheads to post the same hardline gibberjabber over and over and over again, they ain't getting there monies worth.

I always used to think that it's more likely that there's some liberal group paying the ridiculous right-wing people most commonly called trolls in order to make the moderate liberals say, like, "Wow, people think that? Let me expand on why they are wrong" which makes that person feel more strongly about The Issues, but that wouldn't explain Freepers.

nothing can explain the freepers.  except maybe a severe meth habit and/or several antisocial personality disorders.


I would argue that FreeRepublic is, indeed, not the derpiest place on the internet. I've been to the depths of TeaPartyNation.com. I have stared Derp in the face, AND IT STARED BACK AT ME
 
2013-01-10 01:51:30 PM  

make me some tea: James!: Let me just say that A) I am not the only one looking and B) when you make a comment I see a considerable amount more information on you name bar than the average bear.

*shifty eyes*


In some cases, the Mods can see into your soul.  Google sends me a print out of every GIS you've ever done in exchange for me saying Google online several times a day.  I ain't judging but what is "geometry porn"?
 
2013-01-10 01:51:35 PM  

Starryeyes: The color really brightens up your eyes, but I like a V-neck on you better.


Then you wouldn't look at my eyes :(
 
2013-01-10 01:52:02 PM  

CynicalLA: I_C_Weener: CynicalLA: Why would anyone choose to mod or admin a site like this for free? And why would should anyone believe this person when they are clearly trying to dismiss anything this article is implying? This shiat happens everyday and it will be probably be worse next year.

Do you believe in UFOs, astral projections, mental telepathy, ESP, clairvoyance, spirit photography, telekinetic movement, full trance mediums, the Loch Ness monster and the theory of Atlantis?

No, and those are ridiculous comparisons and you know it. Corporations and politicians using the anonymity of the internet to promote their ideas is not a conspiracy.


In the words of Winston Zeddemore, "I'll believe anything if there is a steady paycheck in it."
 
2013-01-10 01:52:22 PM  

I_C_Weener: I ain't judging but what is "geometry porn"?


Flatland fan fiction.
 
2013-01-10 01:52:39 PM  

what_now: Starryeyes: The color really brightens up your eyes, but I like a V-neck on you better.

Then you wouldn't look at my eyes :(


ladies, please
 
2013-01-10 01:52:44 PM  
make me some tea:
I would argue that FreeRepublic is, indeed, not the derpiest place on the internet. I've been to the depths of TeaPartyNation.com. I have stared Derp in the face, AND IT STARED BACK AT ME

you are braver than I am - I draw the line at freeperville and the occasional visit to the #tcot twitter feed.  rarely i'll venture into stormfront.org but that's about as far as I go.
 
2013-01-10 01:53:18 PM  

I_C_Weener: I ain't judging but what is "geometry porn"?


It's all about the fapazoids.
 
2013-01-10 01:54:00 PM  

Weaver95: I_C_Weener: Weaver95: CheetahOlivetti: Weaver95: make me some tea: ...As a member of a mod team for a sizable offline Farker discussion group, I completely sympathize.

you talk about me a lot, don't you?  it's ALL about me!

[preens for the camera]

I knew it! You're really Rush Limbaugh, aren't you?

I have the perfect face for radio so...yeah, maybe.

You do better with the ladies than the ladyboys though if I remember correctly.

that's right, you were there at that fark party!  I was disturbingly sober for most of that.  to be honest tho, my level of death threats has slacked off over the past couple years so I probably shouldn't be as much of a hermit as I am.  I'm still hoping to get a fatwah declared against me though.


And here we see the fly in the ointment, the problem with the conspiracy theory.... who would put up with death threats and hate mail just to post something they don't believe on the internet?  Besides soulless lawyers and ad men?
 
2013-01-10 01:54:04 PM  

thomps: CynicalLA: I_C_Weener: CynicalLA: Why would anyone choose to mod or admin a site like this for free? And why would should anyone believe this person when they are clearly trying to dismiss anything this article is implying? This shiat happens everyday and it will be probably be worse next year.

Do you believe in UFOs, astral projections, mental telepathy, ESP, clairvoyance, spirit photography, telekinetic movement, full trance mediums, the Loch Ness monster and the theory of Atlantis?

No, and those are ridiculous comparisons and you know it. Corporations and politicians using the anonymity of the internet to promote their ideas is not a conspiracy.

didn't chic fil a get busted really publicly for making fake facebook accounts to guide the dialog about their anti-gay sh*tstorm?


Link
 
2013-01-10 01:54:43 PM  

Jackson Herring: what_now: Starryeyes: The color really brightens up your eyes, but I like a V-neck on you better.

Then you wouldn't look at my eyes :(

ladies, please


She has very lovely... eyes.
 
2013-01-10 01:55:22 PM  
I_C_Weener:
In some cases, the Mods can see into your soul.  Google sends me a print out of every GIS you've ever done in exchange for me saying Google online several times a day.  I ain't judging but what is "geometry porn"?

fac-web.spsu.edu
 
2013-01-10 01:55:56 PM  

James!: I have dismissed it.


Genevieve Marie: We have to assume all posters are arguing in good faith and we can't try to guess at a user's intentions for the most part.


While I agree with both of you that one has to assume that a poster is acting in good faith, your boss is on the record, a few years ago, saying he was convinced there were paid shils on Fark.
 
2013-01-10 01:55:59 PM  
*cough* I'm sorry. Yes, internet shills. Seems like an agonizing amount of effort.
 
2013-01-10 01:56:44 PM  

I_C_Weener: I ain't judging but what is "geometry porn"?


You've never seen Truncated Icosahedrons:  Wallered Out at 138.18 degrees?
 
2013-01-10 01:57:32 PM  

Weaver95: make me some tea:
I would argue that FreeRepublic is, indeed, not the derpiest place on the internet. I've been to the depths of TeaPartyNation.com. I have stared Derp in the face, AND IT STARED BACK AT ME

you are braver than I am - I draw the line at freeperville and the occasional visit to the #tcot twitter feed.  rarely i'll venture into stormfront.org but that's about as far as I go.


It was fun when the intrepid Judson Phillips himself called me out as a troll, after I posted a lengthy refutation to the hilariously moronic "forensic analysis" of the scanned PDF of Obama's original birth certificate.
 
2013-01-10 01:57:43 PM  

Flab: James!: I have dismissed it.

Genevieve Marie: We have to assume all posters are arguing in good faith and we can't try to guess at a user's intentions for the most part.

While I agree with both of you that one has to assume that a poster is acting in good faith, your boss is on the record, a few years ago, saying he was convinced there were paid shils on Fark.


Who are you going to believe:  an alcoholic or your own eyes?
 
2013-01-10 01:57:47 PM  
So now there are 4 mods in here denying it
 
2013-01-10 01:57:54 PM  

brap: I'm holding out for the Five-Headed Hydra of Zionist Media, the Gay Mafia, the NRA, and the Illuminati to get into a bidding war over my opinions.

KA-CHING!


I can pay you in unpaid bar tabs. Or unpaid parking tickets.

/not Jewish but might know someone who can give you a loan
 
2013-01-10 01:58:58 PM  

hillbillypharmacist: I_C_Weener: I ain't judging but what is "geometry porn"?

You've never seen Truncated Icosahedrons:  Wallered Out at 138.18 degrees?


Tell you what, slip me a $5 and I'll show you geometry porn like you wouldn't believe.  I'll submit 10 threads a day about cones intersecting spheres.
 
2013-01-10 01:59:16 PM  

make me some tea: Weaver95: make me some tea:
I would argue that FreeRepublic is, indeed, not the derpiest place on the internet. I've been to the depths of TeaPartyNation.com. I have stared Derp in the face, AND IT STARED BACK AT ME

you are braver than I am - I draw the line at freeperville and the occasional visit to the #tcot twitter feed.  rarely i'll venture into stormfront.org but that's about as far as I go.

It was fun when the intrepid Judson Phillips himself called me out as a troll, after I posted a lengthy refutation to the hilariously moronic "forensic analysis" of the scanned PDF of Obama's original birth certificate.


hmm.  I might have to venture there and see for myself some day.  I will say that most of the more insane right wing sites seem to be moderated with an extremely heavy hand.  that's just my experience though.  you step outta line on freeperville (for example) and you get crushed almost immediately.
 
2013-01-10 01:59:35 PM  

Flab: James!: I have dismissed it.

Genevieve Marie: We have to assume all posters are arguing in good faith and we can't try to guess at a user's intentions for the most part.

While I agree with both of you that one has to assume that a poster is acting in good faith, your boss is on the record, a few years ago, saying he was convinced there were paid shils on Fark.


And I agree with him. I'm sure they pop up from time to time, because they pop up all over the internet. My point is that we can't look at them and know if they're arguing a certain way because they're a campaign social media intern or if they're arguing that way because it's truly how they feel... and it would get pretty messy if we started trying to moderate based on our perception of whether someone's sincere or not.
 
2013-01-10 02:01:22 PM  

sweetmelissa31: So now there are 4 mods in here denying it


Clearly you're through the looking glass.
 
2013-01-10 02:02:11 PM  

sweetmelissa31: So now there are 4 mods in here denying it


well, one is just sexually harassing me.
 
2013-01-10 02:02:13 PM  

sweetmelissa31: So now there are 4 mods in here denying it


So, you admit that it was part of your plan to lure all of us into this thread while your friend posts shill demotivators in another thread?  How soulless must you be to do this?  We are down the rabbit hole and through the whole damned Mad Hatter's tea party now.
 
2013-01-10 02:02:51 PM  

James!: sweetmelissa31: So now there are 4 mods in here denying it

Clearly you're through the looking glass.


I said that....two posts later.
 
2013-01-10 02:03:03 PM  

what_now: sweetmelissa31: So now there are 4 mods in here denying it

well, one is just sexually harassing me.


Business as usual, really.
 
2013-01-10 02:03:25 PM  

I_C_Weener: James!: sweetmelissa31: So now there are 4 mods in here denying it

Clearly you're through the looking glass.

I said that....two posts later.


Holy shiat... MOD ALTS!!
 
2013-01-10 02:03:29 PM  

what_now: sweetmelissa31: So now there are 4 mods in here denying it

well, one is just sexually harassing me.


well you are very sexually harassable.  is that even a word?  f*ck it. it is now.  in your FACE English language!
 
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