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(Some Guy)   "I was a paid internet shill: For a little over six months, I was paid to spread disinformation and argue political points on the Internet"   (consciouslifenews.com ) divider line 1071
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2013-01-10 02:53:29 PM  
WTF?
 
2013-01-10 02:54:02 PM  
Love how the first person (OK, third) on here was a mod, furiously debunking the idea that there could POSSIBLY be paid shills out there.

Despite the fact that we've got at least three right here on Fark who have openly admitted they get paid to do just that thing. Although I doubt that the hack who wrote the article is such a shill, why is it so hard to accept that there are idiot organizations who would gladly pay bad writers to go onto forums and hawk their opinions for them? In the media, we call them "advertisers" so why would it be different in an ideas forum?

It would be a marginally better gig than, say, writing for Wingnut Daily.
 
2013-01-10 02:54:29 PM  

Rev.K: How can I get paid to be a liberal shill?


Go on welfare.
 
2013-01-10 02:55:15 PM  
Holy hell that website is just awful.
 
2013-01-10 02:55:25 PM  
Paid in merch and Maverick Points, maybe.
 
2013-01-10 02:55:37 PM  

mainstreet62: Rev.K: How can I get paid to be a liberal shill?

Go on welfare.


oh very clever!  so...eat any good books lately?
 
2013-01-10 02:56:09 PM  

James!: It doesn't happen a lot. I have seen it in my entire career maybe twice and only one of those was doing it in politics. And neither of them are doing it anymore.


The only one ever caught was the sneakily named sprawl15's troll alt.

James!: Why would anyone need to pay someone to argue on the internet?


Message control. As long as you think a specific argument leans in your favor rather than your opponent's, you have a vested interest in ensuring the argument doesn't change between now and election. Nobody's going to be convinced by a paid troll's arguments, but the conversation isn't allowed to go anywhere. And that's ultimately the real problem - paid trolls or just assholes - with a lot of conversations, where people just slam the same two dicks together for 700 posts. And many, many times it's the same small group of people who set the dick slamming threads up to shout about the same shiat over and over again.

James!: Now if someone links to Company X in every comment. That's a different story, This is a local shop and we'll have no Spammers here.


something something farkus tab
 
2013-01-10 02:56:10 PM  
How lame.

Some Fark mod's greenlighting their own shiatty yahoo article.
 
2013-01-10 02:56:42 PM  

Nobodyn0se: James!: I imagine your list of who is a troll is quite long. The fact that they all happen to disagree with you politically is no doubt a coincidence.

EVERYONE on Fark disagrees with me politically on some issues. You don't see me calling everyone on Fark a troll, do you?

I am sick and tired of people (especially those in "power") obfuscating the real issues that Fark has by completely misrepresenting them. This is a perfect example. People are not labelled trolls because they disagree with the majority opinion, and anyone who says otherwise hasn't been paying attention. The very notion is patently ridiculous, as no two people's political opinions are exactly the same.

Stop trying to turn Fark's troll problem into some petty fight between people who don't agree. That's not the problem and you know it (or at least should know it). All you're doing is obfuscating the real issues and making it harder for anyone to do anything about it. You should be ashamed of yourself.


Meh. I got called a troll for a Monty Python reference someone didn't get. Doesn't take much for some people.
 
2013-01-10 02:56:43 PM  

NowhereMon: I wonder how many of these we have at FARK...


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There sure are a lot here. Remember to OWS threads and how they were swarmed by posters in unison, and now the gun ban threads. Welcome to the world of the DNC.
 
2013-01-10 02:56:57 PM  

GBB: [t3.gstatic.com image 208x242]

300+ comments and no one thinks of this?
Slipping. You're all slipping.


We all did, in 2005.
 
2013-01-10 02:57:04 PM  
Keith Briffa? Michael Mann? James Hansen? Phil Jones?
 
2013-01-10 02:57:31 PM  

sprawl15: The only one ever caught was the sneakily named sprawl15's troll alt.


That was so lame it doesn't even count.  How easy would you say it was to switch between then two in a fast moving thread?
 
2013-01-10 02:57:34 PM  
Funny, I remember reading a very similar story, but the poster was supposed to be Anti-Israel a few months back.
 
2013-01-10 02:58:02 PM  
I wondered when BillCo would get his own headline....
 
2013-01-10 02:58:32 PM  

david_gaithersburg: NowhereMon: I wonder how many of these we have at FARK...

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There sure are a lot here. Remember to OWS threads and how they were swarmed by posters in unison, and now the gun ban threads. Welcome to the world of the DNC.


Because nobody could possibly agree with OWS or that gun violence is out of control in this country....it HAS to be a conspiracy!
 
2013-01-10 02:58:45 PM  

david_gaithersburg: NowhereMon: I wonder how many of these we have at FARK...

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There sure are a lot here. Remember to OWS threads and how they were swarmed by posters in unison, and now the gun ban threads. Welcome to the world of the DNC.


In one OWS thread I got called a Wall Street puppet and a stupid OWS hippy.  Maybe I'm working both sides of the argument?
 
2013-01-10 02:59:08 PM  

griffer: Hey, brap, what's with all the buttons. It's like STNG in here and I feel all Captain Pike. I need to hold somebodies hand.


The additional buttons were brought to you due to us being strong-armed by the all- powerful Button Lobby. They're like the Teamsters of the clothes fastening industry.  We considered completely converting to snaps and zippers but enough legs were broken that we had to change our tune.
 
2013-01-10 02:59:12 PM  

DammitIForgotMyLogin: NowhereMon: I wonder how many of these we have at FARK...

That depends, do you mean individual people, or accounts?


I'm going to go ahead and read this thread now, but I'm going to guess up front this will be the most insightful comment.
 
2013-01-10 02:59:14 PM  
consciouslifenews.com

So, is this the acceptable business attire for professional internet trolling?.
 
2013-01-10 02:59:33 PM  
I was a paid internet shill:

We all were for a while there with the Fark Gods handing out $50 Ultrafark and $5 TF subs.

I'd say I've made about 300 dollars on this site in the past 5-7 years.
 
2013-01-10 02:59:49 PM  

James!: david_gaithersburg: NowhereMon: I wonder how many of these we have at FARK...

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There sure are a lot here. Remember to OWS threads and how they were swarmed by posters in unison, and now the gun ban threads. Welcome to the world of the DNC.

In one OWS thread I got called a Wall Street puppet and a stupid OWS hippy.  Maybe I'm working both sides of the argument?


me too!  I love it when that happens.
 
2013-01-10 03:00:00 PM  
I used to post on GLP for the lulz and have actually heard my lulzy stuff regurgitated over the air on short wave and c2c. I was also threatened with a lawsuit from some kooks on shortwave over the air for hooking them like a trout that swallowed a rapala.
 
2013-01-10 03:00:14 PM  
 
2013-01-10 03:00:32 PM  

James!: Actually, I don't recognize you. So who knows what you think or what you've seen. I know what I've scene, I've seen a lot of people accuse others of being trolls for making arguments they don't like. I see it everyday.

How are you defining troll, by the way?


People who create accounts specifically for the purpose of arguing a point they don't actually believe in for the purpose of pissing people off. People who "threadshiat." People who make the same completely ridiculous arguments time and time again after having been conclusively proven that they are factually incorrect (and I do NOT mean opinions here, I mean factually incorrect. I also don't mean once or twice, I mean time after time).

Some of these people have been outed, so don't try and pretend that people like this don't exist.

I_C_Weener: I think the gun control threads...gun owner threads...might paint a different picture. Lately those have been hard to keep up with since everyone on the other side is a troll. Not saying you think that way, though you protest a lot, but especially with the pol tab, the word troll is used way too often. Also, idiot, moron, dumbfark, mental midget, too dumb to breath, and bob.


Absolutely it is used way too often, but that doesn't mean it isn't completely justified in many instances. The fact that people are accused of being trolls when they're not actually trolls does NOT mean that real trolls don't actually exist in large numbers or that all trolls are just "people who disagree", as James! seems to be suggesting.
 
2013-01-10 03:00:44 PM  

CygnusDarius: [consciouslifenews.com image 425x282]

So, is this the acceptable business attire for professional internet trolling?.


hey, that's how I surf the internets every gotdamn day!  well, that and i'm not wearing any pants.
 
2013-01-10 03:00:50 PM  

Weaver95: david_gaithersburg: NowhereMon: I wonder how many of these we have at FARK...

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There sure are a lot here. Remember to OWS threads and how they were swarmed by posters in unison, and now the gun ban threads. Welcome to the world of the DNC.

Because nobody could possibly agree with OWS or that gun violence is out of control in this country....it HAS to be a conspiracy!


To be fair, it is hard not to agree with OWS. They do encompass pretty much every cause ever.
 
2013-01-10 03:01:08 PM  

Weaver95: James!: david_gaithersburg: NowhereMon: I wonder how many of these we have at FARK...

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There sure are a lot here. Remember to OWS threads and how they were swarmed by posters in unison, and now the gun ban threads. Welcome to the world of the DNC.

In one OWS thread I got called a Wall Street puppet and a stupid OWS hippy.  Maybe I'm working both sides of the argument?

me too!  I love it when that happens.


I'm also pro and anti israel depending on who you ask.  And god forbid you try to make a joke in a gun thread.  They'll farking rip you apart.

People take the internet too seriously.
 
2013-01-10 03:01:20 PM  

Giltric: I used to post on GLP for the lulz and have actually heard my lulzy stuff regurgitated over the air on short wave and c2c. I was also threatened with a lawsuit from some kooks on shortwave over the air for hooking them like a trout that swallowed a rapala.


Ooooh! Can I touch your bicep?
 
2013-01-10 03:01:26 PM  
Hold up. I thought this site was a training ground EXCLUSIVELY for trolls! There are non-trolls here?
 
2013-01-10 03:01:35 PM  

mainstreet62: Rev.K: How can I get paid to be a liberal shill?

Go on welfare.


That and join the sheople over in the Politics tab.
 
2013-01-10 03:02:08 PM  

whidbey: I was a paid internet shill:

We all were for a while there with the Fark Gods handing out $50 Ultrafark and $5 TF subs.

I'd say I've made about 300 dollars on this site in the past 5-7 years.


Do you flash wads of coupons to impress dates?
 
2013-01-10 03:02:26 PM  

James!: Nobodyn0se: James!: Are they trolls or do they just not agree with the majority of farkers? It's more conspiracy nonsense. People think their opinions are so right and beautiful that anyone who disagrees is an obvious troll. Having a contrary opinion in a harsh way? Obvious troll. Consistently having a contrary opinion? Obvious paid troll. Having a consistently contrary opinion and not being banned? ZOMG OBVIOUS PAID MOD TROLL!!!

Are the majority of Fark mods so wildly naive and inattentive that they actually believe that people are labelled as trolls for disagreeing with the majority opinion, or is it just you?

I imagine your list of who is a troll is quite long.  The fact that they all happen to disagree with you politically is no doubt a coincidence.


This guy is a psychic.

So the answer is, mostly all naive.
 
2013-01-10 03:02:32 PM  

sprawl15: James!: Why would anyone need to pay someone to argue on the internet?

Message control.


BINGO.

See any number of Daily Show montages where a zillion talking heads and Republicans are all somehow using the exact same "key phrases" and talking points... oh, yeah, and that one time the guy on Fox and Friends accidentally REVEALED THE DETAILS OF THE F--KING RNC MEMO.

The depressing thing is when I talk to people who are genuinely middle of the road and they apparently unknowingly repeat the same key phrase which was the flavor of the week prior.  Repeat something inane often enough to make it become truth.  That's the RNC way.
 
2013-01-10 03:02:43 PM  

Weaver95: CygnusDarius: [consciouslifenews.com image 425x282]

So, is this the acceptable business attire for professional internet trolling?.

hey, that's how I surf the internets every gotdamn day!  well, that and i'm not wearing any pants.


We need to get you a job Weave.
 
2013-01-10 03:03:07 PM  
You know there are real jobs out there where you can stay home and be on the computer all day. It's not a whole lot of fun like trolling, but I made some extra money rating searching engines. I know a woman who supports her family doing the rating stuff all day long.

\just sayin'
 
2013-01-10 03:03:24 PM  
The next day, I arrived at the address - the third floor in a crumbling building. The appearance of the place did not inspire confidence. After walking down a long, filthy linoleum-covered corridor lit by dimly-flickering halogen, I came to the entrance of the office itself: a crudely battered metal door with a sign that said "United Amalgamated Industries, Inc."

...and I stopped reading there - clearly made-up bullshiat.
 
2013-01-10 03:03:37 PM  
skullkrusher:

To be fair, it is hard not to agree with OWS. They do encompass pretty much every cause ever.

no, actually they're pretty focused, at least when it comes to ideology.  when it comes to putting into practice, they diversify in their responses but you get that when you have such a big issue to tackle.

I figured OWS was doing right when the cops and FBI started beating the snot outta them for asking wall street uncomfortable questions.
 
2013-01-10 03:04:06 PM  

david_gaithersburg: NowhereMon: I wonder how many of these we have at FARK...

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There sure are a lot here. Remember to OWS threads and how they were swarmed by posters in unison, and now the gun ban threads. Welcome to the world of the DNC.


Yawn.
 
2013-01-10 03:04:50 PM  

Anti_illuminati: Weaver95: CygnusDarius: [consciouslifenews.com image 425x282]

So, is this the acceptable business attire for professional internet trolling?.

hey, that's how I surf the internets every gotdamn day!  well, that and i'm not wearing any pants.

We need to get you a job Weave.


tell me about it.  I posted a bunch of applications this week alone.  meh...we shall see if any of the hits I got prior to the holidays turn into a job offer.
 
2013-01-10 03:04:53 PM  

palladiate: back in the dark days of 2004 I manage a stalking horse campaign here in sunny NC that elected one of the worst representatives in the US House.



Virginia Foxx???

You. BASTARD.
 
2013-01-10 03:05:06 PM  

StreetlightInTheGhetto: the guy on Fox and Friends accidentally REVEALED THE DETAILS OF THE F--KING RNC MEMO.


I remember that.  It was the morning show girl.  Her co-anchor was staring at her slack-jawed while she read it.
 
2013-01-10 03:05:33 PM  

brap: whidbey: I was a paid internet shill:

We all were for a while there with the Fark Gods handing out $50 Ultrafark and $5 TF subs.

I'd say I've made about 300 dollars on this site in the past 5-7 years.

Do you flash wads of coupons to impress dates?


No I Google old threads and make them read my exploits before a bout of politically satisfying sex. It's only fair.
 
2013-01-10 03:06:01 PM  
Heck, I'm so far out of contract, I can talk about this and not get sued anymore, probably.

In the 90's a growing online service that I won't name hired people called "Animators" for chat and discussion. They had a room full of people that were paid to sign in and essentially argue or flirt with the users. Each person was required to have multiple accounts at least one had to be female.  The idea is that more arguments bring more people and more people brings more revenue, especially back then when access was hourly. It went over pretty well, you could get a lot of people to argue for not a lot of money.

As the service become more popular, less people were needed and eventually it was stopped as they became able to argue amongst themselves. I would be amazed if no one else figured this out, it's a very old tactic.
 
2013-01-10 03:06:01 PM  

Weaver95: CygnusDarius: [consciouslifenews.com image 425x282]

So, is this the acceptable business attire for professional internet trolling?.

hey, that's how I surf the internets every gotdamn day!  well, that and i'm not wearing any pants.


And why do you have to carry around what is obviously a macbook, and not place it in desk?.
 
2013-01-10 03:06:48 PM  

CygnusDarius: Weaver95: CygnusDarius: [consciouslifenews.com image 425x282]

So, is this the acceptable business attire for professional internet trolling?.

hey, that's how I surf the internets every gotdamn day!  well, that and i'm not wearing any pants.

And why do you have to carry around what is obviously a macbook, and not place it in desk?.


because!  um...well...I don't know.
 
2013-01-10 03:06:50 PM  
Thanks for the TF R A Danny! What it IS.
 
2013-01-10 03:07:00 PM  

mainstreet62: Rev.K: How can I get paid to be a liberal shill?

Go on welfare.


[ohsnap.jpg]

Suck it weaver.
 
2013-01-10 03:07:05 PM  
I can get paid to do this? shiat I've been doing this for free all this time.
 
2013-01-10 03:07:07 PM  

griffer: Giltric: I used to post on GLP for the lulz and have actually heard my lulzy stuff regurgitated over the air on short wave and c2c. I was also threatened with a lawsuit from some kooks on shortwave over the air for hooking them like a trout that swallowed a rapala.

Ooooh! Can I touch your bicep?


2$

/Wash your hands first.
 
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