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2013-01-10 10:12:24 AM
30 votes:

R.A.Danny: They guy is well paid, but the company is in a run down building with a dirty office in a crap neighborhood. The thing of film noir legends.


Not without a blonde...the kind of blonde to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained-glass window.
2013-01-10 01:37:41 PM
11 votes:

what_now: What is "sock puppet"?


Do I really have to explain it to you AGAIN? Stupid lib.
2013-01-10 10:56:40 AM
10 votes:

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


According to the paid trolls, we're actually paying $5.00 a month to do that now
2013-01-10 11:33:01 AM
8 votes:
He forgot to include the part where he had to wear a trench coat and fedora to work every day. There also needed to be more about the fear he now has for his safety, perhaps an account or two of his slipping a tail. You can't write a piece like this without the phrase "slipped my tail." Needed more dames, too. Lots more dames. Other than that, I believe this completely and without question.
2013-01-10 10:29:54 AM
8 votes:
I see that he is still getting paid by the word.
2013-01-10 11:08:13 AM
7 votes:

make me some tea: James!: sweetmelissa31: James!: Is it because I'm part of the conspiracy? Can my code name be Viper?

Some people are paid to post things on the internet. It's not much of a conspiracy. You are just an over-zealous moderator.

Yes, article writers, content creators, comic artists, advertisers.  All paid.

I'd like to be paid to post on Fark. Where do I sign up?


Meet me at the top of the empire state building at midnight on Friday... bring a duck.
2013-01-10 11:49:17 AM
6 votes:

BillCo: You mean I can get paid to do this?

Who knew.


I can't believe I get to rip your ideology apart for free.
2013-01-10 11:46:57 AM
6 votes:

James!: Jackson Herring: "Paid internet shill" is just someone who doesn't agree with you, and furthermore comma

Who pays you?


My posts are priceless.
2013-01-10 01:33:50 PM
5 votes:
I'm doing something wrong. You're telling me people pay you to troll on the internet?

encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com
2013-01-10 01:01:55 PM
5 votes:

violentsalvation: There are some people who have their posts so obviously prepared for an argument they see coming, that it really makes you wonder sometimes. Obvious examples can be seen on both sides of an Israel / Palestine thread. I don't know if they are paid, or just bored fanatics with too much time.


Well, to be fair there are several topics for which I have an argument all ready to go.

Of course, in my case its because I'm always right, and I just want to share my brilliance with others. Unlike some people.
2013-01-10 12:39:46 PM
5 votes:
Are they paid in shillings?
2013-01-10 09:41:57 AM
5 votes:

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


That depends, do you mean individual people, or accounts?
2013-01-10 04:25:46 PM
4 votes:
s7.postimage.org
2013-01-10 01:57:47 PM
4 votes:
So now there are 4 mods in here denying it
2013-01-10 01:51:19 PM
4 votes:

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 01:50:00 PM
4 votes:

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 01:06:27 PM
4 votes:

James!: I've seen so many weird conspiracy theories over the years about how the staff must be being paid off by one side or another that it's just silly to me at this point. I don't take it seriously.


No one REALLY thinks that the unpaid admins and mods are part of the Vast Conservative/Liberal Conspiracy.

We think two things: 1) Politicians and action groups pay people to spread their message on social media 2) Controversial topics and inflammatory posts stir up conversation. Look, if we *really* only cared about the news, every link in the politics tab would be to reputable news sources, not WND and Breitbart. And I won't say that TPM and Daily Kos are anywhere as derptastic as those two, because false equivalency is worse than Hitler, but those four sites make up a large proportion of greenlit threads.

TL;DR- no one thinks you're Spiro Agnew, but don't be that guy who's SHOCKED to find gambling going on at this establishment.
2013-01-10 12:45:18 PM
4 votes:
choosepp.net
2013-01-10 12:40:09 PM
4 votes:
And it's green again.

If it keeps going from green to red to green to red to green red green redgreenredgreenred I may have a seizure.

Or I'll opt to watch some campy Canadian comedy sketch show.
2013-01-10 12:08:11 PM
4 votes:

James!: Rev.K: aaaaaaand red.

It looks like the powers that be rethought it since it's going to be a nightmare of troll accusations and calling out people not in the thread.


if you chant my name three times, it summons me to the discussion thread.
2013-01-10 11:45:11 AM
4 votes:
"Jackson Herring" is just the name of the person I pay to be my friend on Fark dot com.
2013-01-10 11:38:46 AM
4 votes:

Pocket Ninja: He forgot to include the part where he had to wear a trench coat and fedora to work every day. There also needed to be more about the fear he now has for his safety, perhaps an account or two of his slipping a tail. You can't write a piece like this without the phrase "slipped my tail." Needed more dames, too. Lots more dames. Other than that, I believe this completely and without question.


The dame that got him the job had a pout like a kitten and legs that went all the way to China, he just forgot to mention it.
2013-01-10 05:23:48 PM
3 votes:

Uranus Is Huge!: whidbey: I actually am an alt. They wouldn't let me take the 65 off the end of my login, so I created another one 8 months later.

Do you have any others?


Nah, just the whidbey65 one.
2013-01-10 03:27:50 PM
3 votes:
This thread was very entertaining and I enjoyed it a great deal. I must express remorse, however, that the master race Fark elites have once again expressed a mix of giddiness, concern and excitement at the very prospect of this thread being greenlit whereby the freebie Fark proletariat might post on the subject. We "liters" are intelligent, well read complex individuals who enjoy the nuances of a political discussion as much as our star bellied sneech bretheren. It is both hurtful and ignorant to paint us with an air of inferiority and ignorance. Now if you'll excuse me, I done pooped my pants again.
2013-01-10 01:53:18 PM
3 votes:

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


It's all about the fapazoids.
2013-01-10 01:52:22 PM
3 votes:

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


Flatland fan fiction.
2013-01-10 01:30:47 PM
3 votes:

CynicalLA: This shiat happens everyday and it will be probably be worse next year.


seriously. next year when most of the provisions of the overwhelmingly unpopular obamacare legislation become active, this kind of thing, along with most every other aspect of life, will surely get worse. can we please get back to talking about how bad obamacare is, i feel like this thread has deviated too far away from that topic.
2013-01-10 12:34:54 PM
3 votes:
I think it would be funny if this thread kept going from red to green to red to green, and maybe some of the postings throughout were randomly removed, restored, others removed...

/why I'm not a mod or admin.
2013-01-10 11:56:15 AM
3 votes:

James!: noted and remarked upon with great suspicion.


I can only imagine my Fark dossier.

Boring
Boring
Boring
DAMN he likes to troll truckers!
Boring
Boring
Boring
Boring
He hates cheeseheads too!
Boring
Well, duh, he's a drunk and likes tits.
Boring
Gun nut
Boring
Boring....
2013-01-10 11:14:45 AM
3 votes:

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


Yeah, I didn't know there was funding available!
2013-01-10 06:16:31 PM
2 votes:
i.imgur.com
Coinky-dink? I think not!
2013-01-10 05:47:17 PM
2 votes:
The problem with climate threads is that the people who post in them talk like goddamn scientists.

"Oh well sir, if you're coming in here again trying to pass off the Herken-Mermenhur graph as some kind of proof that the Von Butt effect is reducing carbon on a global scale then you are clearly a troll."

I'm not qualified to judge that statement.
2013-01-10 05:35:44 PM
2 votes:

mainstreet62: I'm reading George Takei's new book on a government subsidized iPad paid directly by the increase of FICA taxes, taken directly from Tea Party members' pockets.


Why would George Takei write a bok about that?
2013-01-10 05:26:32 PM
2 votes:

mrlewish: Can anybody suggest a similar site without the ahole moderators?


stormfront is pretty good but a bit right wing
2013-01-10 04:45:49 PM
2 votes:

SlothB77: and here i am doing this for free.


Really? Well, there're not going to pay for gibberish.
2013-01-10 04:05:40 PM
2 votes:

Mikey1969: I actually see Fark boards referenced more often than even Yahoo...


Talk about damning with faint praise.
2013-01-10 03:12:08 PM
2 votes:
blogoscoped.com
2013-01-10 03:08:13 PM
2 votes:

thomps: can we please get back to talking about how bad obamacare is, i feel like this thread has deviated too far away from that topic.


OK, so this is funny

what_now: what_now: What is "sock puppet"?

Do I really have to explain it to you AGAIN? Stupid lib.


This too

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


Actually, most of them are just athier. Only one can be athiest
2013-01-10 02:53:26 PM
2 votes:

halfof33: Off topic: are we going to get a Benghazi thread greened today?

/baby needs a new pair of shoes.


can't you just pick a thread and turn it into a benghazi conspiracy?  go vomit on the business tab.  they could use the traffic.
2013-01-10 01:55:22 PM
2 votes:
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 01:51:35 PM
2 votes:

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 01:13:54 PM
2 votes:

James!: It's not news, it's fark.com. 75% of the users scroll right past news and jump all over a derp article with a crazy headline.


Exactly. And you are going to get someone that whinges about the level of WND greenlights, but you know, sometimes you go to zoo to learn about the conservation plans for the Ocelot, and sometimes you want to see the monkeys fling poo.
2013-01-10 11:51:20 AM
2 votes:

James!: I mean honestly, is there a vast conspiracy paying people to argue with you on the internet or did some dude troll Above Top Secret?  Honestly?


Oh you would say that.  You're in LEAGUE with them!!

GET HIM!!
2013-01-10 11:50:47 AM
2 votes:

mrshowrules: All these years and I've liked you for free. I feel ripped off.


That's just how the Market works, Mrs. How Rules.
2013-01-10 11:48:39 AM
2 votes:

Jackson Herring: James!: Jackson Herring: "Paid internet shill" is just someone who doesn't agree with you, and furthermore comma

Who pays you?

My posts are priceless.


Did you mean to type price or worth?
2013-01-10 11:38:30 AM
2 votes:
I miss Gary.

imageshack.us
2013-01-10 11:33:40 AM
2 votes:
hmm...I wonder if they're still hiring...
2013-01-10 11:30:50 AM
2 votes:

James!: Meet me at the top of the empire state building at midnight on Friday... bring a duck.


Getting a duck through security might be a challenge, but I'll do my best!
2013-01-10 11:24:22 AM
2 votes:
HAHAHAAH green? Oh fark.
2013-01-10 10:55:29 AM
2 votes:
How can I get paid to be a liberal shill?
2013-01-10 10:53:15 AM
2 votes:

sweetmelissa31: James!: Some people are so wildly self absorbed that they think people have to be paid to disagree with them.

Nobody thinks that everyone who disagrees with them is paid. But there are some fairly obvious trolls whom I'm sure you notice, but have your own reasons to claim they are not trolls.


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!!!
2013-01-10 09:58:31 AM
2 votes:
"For a little over six months, I was paid to spread disinformation and argue political points on the Internet" "I would have kept doing it if the pay was better."

Fixed for whoever it is.
2013-01-12 04:37:51 PM
1 votes:

Reverend Monkeypants: Isildur: In any case, I'm still not sure I understand - what is it that you imagine is accomplished by ominously issuing a pronouncement that you've favorited some people?

All I'm sayin' is anybody who denies this exists at all must be one of them.


That's also why most adults are Santa Claus.
2013-01-11 01:43:09 PM
1 votes:
Just letting y'all know
:
Anybody in this thread who has tagged the writer of TFA as a fake and a liar or living in a fantasy land has been flagged by me as one of said paid shills.

That is all.
2013-01-11 04:10:29 AM
1 votes:
This is really an interesting thread to read. I'm of the opinion that marketing/PR groups are whores for money and will support whatever you tell them to support (Yelp reviews, political opinions, Tumblr accounts dedicated to Ponies - it doesn't matter). I don't think it's a grand conspiracy like the dude in the article mentions, but I think it's real enough to impact major sites with the equivalent of DDOS attack but for content.

As the FarQ says, this is a houseparty and I appreciate the moderating style. Maybe we're all just a bunch of dysfunctional, alcoholic, assholes. I'm totally different - I'm a dysfunctional, alcoholic, asshole who pays money for an extra icon near his username.
2013-01-11 02:07:39 AM
1 votes:

Gyrfalcon: What I really think is this is a rejected script from the Bond/Bourne genre of films.


"On Her Majesty's Sockpuppet Service"?
2013-01-10 11:50:49 PM
1 votes:

Shaddup: I_C_Weener:  If reporting you doesn't get  you removed, I shall call you a name.  Never in my own mind will I consider this a violation of the FarQ even if it becomes the subject of the remainder of the thread and some might consider it a threadjack.  And by gosh darnit, I won't put you on ignore for having such an opinion that you refuse to change or refuse to talk to all 20 people accusing you of having a bad opinion.

YOU'RE A DOUCHE!11111111!!

J/K... Met you at the Indy Fark party years ago...I was the guy that passed out at the table.

Thanks for not drawing dicks on my forehead.


You I remember.
2013-01-10 11:08:42 PM
1 votes:

Moderator: sxacho: I once got a time-out for posting a picture of the Land-O-Lakes girl's "knees" in a thread. While in timeout, I saw someone else posted the exact same picture in a different thread and it wasn't removed. That hurt, Mods. It hurt real bad.

It must have, it was in 2009 and you're still limping from it.

:P


You never forget your first time.
2013-01-10 10:29:44 PM
1 votes:
I_C_Weener:  If reporting you doesn't get  you removed, I shall call you a name.  Never in my own mind will I consider this a violation of the FarQ even if it becomes the subject of the remainder of the thread and some might consider it a threadjack.  And by gosh darnit, I won't put you on ignore for having such an opinion that you refuse to change or refuse to talk to all 20 people accusing you of having a bad opinion.

YOU'RE A DOUCHE!11111111!!

J/K... Met you at the Indy Fark party years ago...I was the guy that passed out at the table.

Thanks for not drawing dicks on my forehead.
2013-01-10 09:50:05 PM
1 votes:
How much can you fit in there?
2013-01-10 09:49:55 PM
1 votes:
I wonder if these shills get overtime.
2013-01-10 08:07:26 PM
1 votes:
Good to see Farkland Yard showed up

/more like The Farkstone Cops
2013-01-10 08:06:55 PM
1 votes:

Taylor Mental: Fark actually has a good crowd of thoughtful and intelligent commenters on the whole.


Yes, and every one of them is on the politics tab
2013-01-10 06:34:08 PM
1 votes:

Shadow Blasko: gambitsgirl: Tends to calm rational people down.

I was gonna jump on you for the obvious mistake, but you said something about posting on mobile a minute ago, so I will assume that was an autocorrect fail, and let it slide.


If I don't sound like an idiot I'm not typing. It's part of my charm.
2013-01-10 06:32:27 PM
1 votes:

James!: Nobodyn0se: James!: If you do use the notify buttons at the bottom and are wondering what we did about it you can go to this page:  http://www.fark.com/comments/911

Comments you make in notify will be posted there and you'll see our action as the delete reason.  Usually it's either "Got it" or "False Alarm" but sometimes we leave special notes.

We can't see that page.

You can if you have a notification out.   Test it.


hello there, could you briefly explain how to do this without creating a false flag for a valid article/link? i am not great at manipulating the buttonz on this webzite. i notified a about a thread about an hour or so ago so perhaps it may still be there (although said link has already gone back behind the wall)

at times in the past i have occasionally recieved emails thanking me for pointing out a repeat link, but not that often. other times it just disappears and i either think "job well done." or "am i going senile?"
2013-01-10 06:19:28 PM
1 votes:
Thank goodness FARK has a built-in mechanism to limit your exposure to differing worldviews threadshiatters, trolls, and shills.
2013-01-10 05:43:23 PM
1 votes:
Obviously must not say. Farked that up didn't I?

I was going to you're all fake to me.
2013-01-10 05:42:21 PM
1 votes:

sprawl15: James!: And I'm sure some of your examples would be shocked that someone considered them a troll

I'd only be surprised if there was a poster on these boards who hasn't been called a troll at some point.


I was called the worst troll in the history if the Internet pretending to be a recent widow. All that free shiat and prizes it got me and all.


Anyway this tread is hard to go through in my phone so I'm just reading the top comment on each page. I must say I think y
2013-01-10 05:40:27 PM
1 votes:
what a Fark global warming thread may look like
www.thetrollscove.com

/don't even venture into them anymore
2013-01-10 05:36:47 PM
1 votes:

Shadow Blasko: jst3p: She paid for total fark and used a spredsheet to track submission:greenlight ratios and broke it down by hour of the day. She determined the "easiest" hour to get a greenlight and then spammed that hour with pre-crafted headlines she spent the day coming up with. She got a green that night.

/she can be a little OCD


Sometimes you can tell when there is a gap in Admin coverage.. and nothing will get greened for about 4 or 5 hours. When coverage resumes, they get greenhappy to keep the headlines coming.


She could tell you when that is most likely to happen. I don't remember which hour it was but she still has the spreadsheet. What I took away from that is that I never want to screw her over. Her revenge would be meticulous, she might even have it plotted on a spreadsheet somewhere just in case, she likes to be prepared.
2013-01-10 05:30:16 PM
1 votes:

mrlewish: Can anybody suggest a similar site without the ahole moderators?


70seracastrobathhouse.com
2013-01-10 05:29:09 PM
1 votes:

Shadow Blasko: Maybe it works.. maybe it doesn't. I dunno. The Fark userbase seems to me to require the "14 year olds" mentality. Let em play, keep an eye on them. The more rules.. the harder they push to establish self-identity and the more work it is.


That about sums it up, yea.
2013-01-10 05:25:25 PM
1 votes:
Hey, is this the thread where butthurt, fussy, sensitive users/customers see an opportunity to have a biatch session and ambush mods/managers with personal wish lists full of labor-intensive and unrealistic fantasy "improvements" that are usually nothing more than complaints about people who they could just as easily ignore with the click of a button?

Because that's always a great plan.
2013-01-10 05:13:25 PM
1 votes:
Someone paid to attack anyone that posts anti-Israel. Hmmm, who here on FARK does that describe...
2013-01-10 05:06:29 PM
1 votes:

R.A.Danny: "Tear down that wall now"

Still brings a tear to my eye.

did that one for free


FTFHaiku
2013-01-10 05:02:59 PM
1 votes:
I'm just posting to check which alt I'm logged in as.
2013-01-10 05:02:44 PM
1 votes:
This entire thread dost protest too much.
2013-01-10 04:54:02 PM
1 votes:

Genevieve Marie: sprawl15: James!: And I'm sure some of your examples would be shocked that someone considered them a troll

I'd only be surprised if there was a poster on these boards who hasn't been called a troll at some point.

I have been called a troll and Welcomed to Fark on the same day. Sometimes more than once on the same day. Sometimes in the same thread.


My favorite was when someone got pissed off and demanded "Who made you the goddamn Thread Police?".  And I got to be like "...Drew".
2013-01-10 04:51:17 PM
1 votes:
ITT, I'm being paid by Reddit to troll the Fark Moderators!
2013-01-10 04:51:15 PM
1 votes:

I_C_Weener: Most of Fark people are good natured and look to joke first, serious discussion second.  On that tab, its reversed.  Just the nature of the beast.  Imagine if Fark had a Religion tab


Any political thread is just f*cking crazy. I've never seen people hate other people so much just over opinions.

Omg, we need a religion tab
2013-01-10 04:51:07 PM
1 votes:

James!: And I'm sure some of your examples would be shocked that someone considered them a troll


I'd only be surprised if there was a poster on these boards who hasn't been called a troll at some point.
2013-01-10 04:50:28 PM
1 votes:
So people have been getting paid for posting this?

e.pardon.pl
2013-01-10 04:42:58 PM
1 votes:

I_C_Weener: Tat'dGreaser: Jeez you politic tab dwellers are f*cking paranoid.

Most of Fark people are good natured and look to joke first, serious discussion second.  On that tab, its reversed.  Just the nature of the beast.  Imagine if Fark had a Religion tab


Please do not ever do that. I'm pretty sure the internet would explode.
2013-01-10 04:42:12 PM
1 votes:

FitzShivering: I liked that idea a lot in the past. Until I watched the Fark community almost universally brand two people as trolls who I know for absolute certain were not trolls. One of them was a relative of mine, who got run off because he is extremely conservative, but he absolutely believed what he was saying, and was actually presenting his thoughts rather intelligently and not "picking fights." He just posted a lot. He hasn't been back in years.


Shennigans.
2013-01-10 04:35:30 PM
1 votes:

Lonestar: Why am I not being payed?
Well for starters, do you have an opinion that is shared by a lot of people on the internet? For example, if you are a left leaning democrat, they dont need you to defend their point of view. Perhaps this will change in the future when they see the power of doing so, especially in gun threads. If you are a religious, right leaning and you are good at arguing on the internet, apply now to your political action commitee for your chosen political view, they might not pay a lot but they can pay you in goodies, caps or meetings with representatives. Basically you wont be paied, but you will feel rewarded somemuch.


Well I think I know why YOU'RE not being paid!
2013-01-10 04:26:36 PM
1 votes:

James!: make me some tea: James!: sweetmelissa31: James!: Is it because I'm part of the conspiracy? Can my code name be Viper?

Some people are paid to post things on the internet. It's not much of a conspiracy. You are just an over-zealous moderator.

Yes, article writers, content creators, comic artists, advertisers.  All paid.

I'd like to be paid to post on Fark. Where do I sign up?

Meet me at the top of the empire state building at midnight on Friday... bring a duck.


It won't work - ducks actually can fly.
2013-01-10 04:24:19 PM
1 votes:

Genevieve Marie: That's not Fark though. That's not who we are- we're Not News. Users don't necessarily come here for S ...


At least when it comes to Politics, I think a fair amount of serious debate can happen alongside the snark and the humor. I like to think of it as a place where you can shoot the shiat with folks and no one's going to mind if you lighten the mood. Some people (like me) like to shoot the shiat about serious, national topics and expand our understanding of them at the same time, and this is the best place I've found for that. It straddles the serious and the silly, like the London Philharmonic performing a retrospective of Beck's discography.
2013-01-10 04:11:05 PM
1 votes:

I_C_Weener: Giltric: CokeBear: Has anyone ever changed their mind based on something they read in a comment thread? Seems like a big waste of time to me

I got the president to change his mind on gay marriage.

I'm not sure, but I think if he still uses a Blackberry it is very unlikely Mr. Obama has a Fark login.


Nah he lurks via ipad when he should be reading his PDB.

Why do you think Benghazi happened? Fark...thats why. He was trying to figure out if he ever met Olivido Hormigos.
2013-01-10 03:58:53 PM
1 votes:

CokeBear: Has anyone ever changed their mind based on something they read in a comment thread? Seems like a big waste of time to me


I got the president to change his mind on gay marriage.
2013-01-10 03:53:20 PM
1 votes:

R.A.Danny: One thing I hold dear though: Using ignore is for pussies.


It's like skipping ads on Tivo.
2013-01-10 03:47:58 PM
1 votes:

Boxcutta: Well, I...a gift for me? Thank you! Is there any way I can avoid having my posts intermingled with the common 'liter gutter trash?


Explore Total Fark Discussion. It's not a thing of beauty, nor is it a joy forever, but sometimes people make really bad choices and then post the results, so that's fun.
2013-01-10 03:46:34 PM
1 votes:

R.A.Danny: busy chillin': R.A.Danny: CokeBear: Has anyone ever changed their mind based on something they read in a comment thread? Seems like a big waste of time to me

I've learned a lot of stuff here. Farkers are generally good people.

Yeah, this. I maybe haven't straight up changed my mind...but many times I have seen something in a different way that maybe lead to a better understanding and viewpoint. Actually I know I changed my mind once, but can't remember what the topic was.

It's called evolving.

Someone actually thinks I'm a misogynist?


A chick called me a misogynist once. I said, "My my, that is an awfully big word for such a good looking girl like yourself."

/not mine
2013-01-10 03:37:43 PM
1 votes:

CokeBear: Has anyone ever changed their mind based on something they read in a comment thread? Seems like a big waste of time to me


I used to think that comment threads were a good way to convince people, but your argument against that viewpoint is very persuasive.
2013-01-10 03:35:52 PM
1 votes:

CokeBear: Has anyone ever changed their mind based on something they read in a comment thread? Seems like a big waste of time to me


Now that I think about it, you're right. I hadn't thought about it that way before. I'm going to have to rethink this entire premise.
2013-01-10 03:30:26 PM
1 votes:

ciberido: R.A.Danny: James!: noted and remarked upon with great suspicion.

I can only imagine my Fark dossier.

Boring
Boring
Boring
DAMN he likes to troll truckers!
Boring
Boring
Boring
Boring
He hates cheeseheads too!
Boring
Well, duh, he's a drunk and likes tits.
Boring
Gun nut
Boring
Boring....

Well, if you really want to know, I have you down as "fair-minded; misogynist x2, heartless, violent, judgmental, made good point."  A mixed bag, really.


Broads tend to pis me off.
2013-01-10 03:21:15 PM
1 votes:

Fluorescent Testicle: James!: How are you defining troll, by the way?

People who post the exact same bullshiat, thread after thread after thread after motherfarking thread, while completely ignoring any attempt at debate (either by running away, calling their catch a "Libtard" or somesuch, or repeating their original non-point as if saying it enough times will magically make it true) and being defended to the death by Fark's so-called "Mods."


Okay, lets just start banning anyone who isn't making a unique and original argument.  Also we'll make a rule that people are required to debate you.  Not just debate you, but debate you in a formal manner. That's be fun as hell for everyone.
2013-01-10 03:18:35 PM
1 votes:

Uranus Is Huge!: I have an alt account. I would tell you the name, but since he's not in the thread, I would risk a ban.

/over 200 ignored (most are seasonal election trolls)


Me too. She's in Canada, you guys wouldn't know her.
2013-01-10 03:15:13 PM
1 votes:

imontheinternet: you are a puppet: Story itself sounds fake as shiat, obviously there are plenty of astroturfers on this and every similar large site, but I'm sure they aren't recruited like secret agents.

Definitely fake.  I'm not saying there aren't public relations firms who pay people to post viral marketing sh*t on the internet, but the idea that they operate like some sort of terrorist cell is just stupid.


I didn't realize that this was just an excerpt; after reading the whole article this thing is definitely madeup. I mean this paragraph is ridiculous:

At phase 4 I was promoted to "Astroturf Ranger" and sent to CTU headquarters to receive my black ops training in enhanced trolling technique. I walked into the small Shaolin dojo that was to become my home for the next 6 months, and almost instantly my spider sense began to tingle. As I scanned the room for danger I immediately became transfixed on another set of eyes staring back at me. I was almost paralyzed as she began to walk over to me. I don't have to tell you she was a stunner. 5'9, chest looked to be about 36C, legs from here to yaya. Long brown hair down to my waist. I smiled at her with savoir faire and extended a hand. She smiled back, shook my hand and introduced herself as "Maria" (not her real name that she introduced herself as, and which later proved to be an alias). She asked me my name. I lowered my sunglasses and rolled the toothpick to the other side of my mouth. "Bond", I said. "Master Chief Bond, D.D.S.". She blushed and tossed her hair back, and I was immediately overwhelmed. The way she stared at the ground it wasn't hard to tell...she didn't know. She didn't know she was beautiful.
2013-01-10 03:14:17 PM
1 votes:
www.ffxionline.com
2013-01-10 03:14:16 PM
1 votes:
Mod staff couldn't define "troll" if they had a dictionary and verbal directions on how to use it.  Those jackholes have their head so far up their collective fascist crapcaves that it's a wonder they can even tie their own shoes.  Come to think of it, I've never seen one outside of a pair of slip-ons.
2013-01-10 03:08:53 PM
1 votes:

imontheinternet: 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.


Steve Doocy might seem effeminate but I still think he's a guy.
2013-01-10 03:08:49 PM
1 votes:

SlothB77: and here i am doing this for free.


Yep, You just pwned us all!
2013-01-10 03:02:08 PM
1 votes:

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 03:00:14 PM
1 votes:
2013-01-10 02:59:14 PM
1 votes:
consciouslifenews.com

So, is this the acceptable business attire for professional internet trolling?.
2013-01-10 02:59:08 PM
1 votes:

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 02:58:45 PM
1 votes:

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

.
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 02:56:57 PM
1 votes:

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 02:52:13 PM
1 votes:
Off topic: are we going to get a Benghazi thread greened today?

/baby needs a new pair of shoes.
2013-01-10 02:51:28 PM
1 votes:

Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: I'll argue any point you want, for the modest sum of one hundred thousand US dollars.


"That's my opinion, and if you don't like it, I have others." - Groucho
2013-01-10 02:50:48 PM
1 votes:

James!: You have to have a thick skin to be a conservative farker.


They'll get over it.
2013-01-10 02:49:00 PM
1 votes:

Genevieve Marie: griffer: No, GM, Nuh-unh, not gonna!

That made me spit coke zero on my keyboard. You bastard.


This post was brought to you by the Coca Cola corporation and the Society for Advancement of Unwed Mothers.  Have a Coke and a smile spit-take.
2013-01-10 02:47:45 PM
1 votes:
Wait, you can get paid for that? And here I am giving it away for free for years.
2013-01-10 02:47:39 PM
1 votes:
I_C_Weener:
Some people were never meant to have access to photobucket.

true words my friend.
2013-01-10 02:45:22 PM
1 votes:

Genevieve Marie: griffer: Jesus, you idiots still doing this are you?

GM, get a real job for farks sake all ready and stop shilling for Drew.

YOU HUSH YOUR MOUTH GRIFFER


No, GM, Nuh-unh, not gonna!

i153.photobucket.com
2013-01-10 02:44:17 PM
1 votes:

Weaver95: I think if you want to be anti-israel all you need do is ask why it is the US supports Israel and what we get out of the deal.


OK, whatever, Adolf
2013-01-10 02:44:10 PM
1 votes:

Weaver95: Hot Carl To Go: So this is a paid anti-Israel piece? Got it.

I think if you want to be anti-israel all you need do is ask why it is the US supports Israel and what we get out of the deal.


And say, I'm not anti-semite.  Some of my best friends are Hebrew.  Wait...that didn't come out right did it?
2013-01-10 02:40:38 PM
1 votes:
Trolling Fark? Just like IRL, there are prostitutes and there are those who give it away for free.
2013-01-10 02:38:56 PM
1 votes:
Chest out, girls!
2013-01-10 02:38:23 PM
1 votes:

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


Everyone who's not me. Also me
2013-01-10 02:25:51 PM
1 votes:

Dinjiin: I_C_Weener: I think doctors would say my immune system is stronger for having been exposed to more sickness.

"Fark: it is like a chickenpox party for your mind"


images2.wikia.nocookie.net

nurgle approves!
2013-01-10 02:24:21 PM
1 votes:

I_C_Weener: I think doctors would say my immune system is stronger for having been exposed to more sickness.


"Fark: it is like a chickenpox party for your mind"
2013-01-10 02:19:04 PM
1 votes:

Weaver95: 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 image 600x450]


that picture just made the angle in my pants acute.
2013-01-10 02:16:46 PM
1 votes:

I_C_Weener: Genevieve Marie: I_C_Weener: Revek: Rev.K: I'm guessing they do exist on Fark. I can't think of anything else to explain the long list of known threadsh*tters who show up in every single thread about a particular topic.

The copyright threads always generate people who call you criminal if you even mention changing the laws away from their current state.  No one cares that much at least few do here.

You know who could use a paid shill?  Lindsay Lohan.  I mean, is there anyone on the Entertainment tab who gets made fun of more?

Eh, I go in and defend her. I feel a little bad for her, actually.

Do you get paid in blow?


I dunno about anyone else, but I only get paid in internets around here, AND YOU PEOPLE HAVE BEEN STINGY LATELY
2013-01-10 02:13:21 PM
1 votes:

Genevieve Marie: I_C_Weener: Revek: Rev.K: I'm guessing they do exist on Fark. I can't think of anything else to explain the long list of known threadsh*tters who show up in every single thread about a particular topic.

The copyright threads always generate people who call you criminal if you even mention changing the laws away from their current state.  No one cares that much at least few do here.

You know who could use a paid shill?  Lindsay Lohan.  I mean, is there anyone on the Entertainment tab who gets made fun of more?

Eh, I go in and defend her. I feel a little bad for her, actually.


Do you get paid in blow?
2013-01-10 02:11:38 PM
1 votes:

James!: Flab: Genevieve Marie: 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.

And again, I fully agree with that that it's the way it should be.  Even if someone admits to working for company X and liking the company's products, you can't simply assume he's being paid to do so.

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.


/brought to you by Carl's Jr.
2013-01-10 02:06:54 PM
1 votes:

what_now: 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!!


I am in no way, shape or form associated with that coward and liar Robert Ford...er...James!   In fact, if he said black, I'd say white.  If he said, day, I'd say night...then we'd break out in a Queen song.
2013-01-10 02:03:29 PM
1 votes:

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!
2013-01-10 02:03:25 PM
1 votes:

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 02:02:13 PM
1 votes:

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 02:02:11 PM
1 votes:

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


well, one is just sexually harassing me.
2013-01-10 01:55:56 PM
1 votes:

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 01:52:02 PM
1 votes:

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 01:51:30 PM
1 votes:

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 01:49:49 PM
1 votes:

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 01:48:12 PM
1 votes:

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 01:46:01 PM
1 votes:

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 01:43:35 PM
1 votes:

Weaver95: thomps: CynicalLA: This shiat happens everyday and it will be probably be worse next year.

seriously. next year when most of the provisions of the overwhelmingly unpopular obamacare legislation become active, this kind of thing, along with most every other aspect of life, will surely get worse. can we please get back to talking about how bad obamacare is, i feel like this thread has deviated too far away from that topic.

nah, obamacare is only unpopular with GOP shills.  everyone else is ok with it.  which doesn't invalidate your main point that once ACA legislation goes live we're going to see a LOT of paid shills show up and act like whiny biatches about health care reform.


the data is there: obamacare is the least popular piece of legislation since kennedy demanded a first run at all new brides. tell your friends.
2013-01-10 01:40:50 PM
1 votes:

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?
2013-01-10 01:39:53 PM
1 votes:

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?
2013-01-10 01:33:38 PM
1 votes:

what_now: What is "sock puppet"?


It is a little bit like a poop sock.
2013-01-10 01:29:45 PM
1 votes:

Jackson Herring: Actually I can think of one poster in particular who was proven almost beyond shadow of a doubt to be a Heritage Foundation paid shill.


I find that people that want attention (negative or otherwise)  encourage such talk.  It makes them feel important.

- This post was sponsored by the Westboro Baptist Church and Huggies brand diapers.  Huggies, let Jr. know you care with our new Lil' Stinker toddler underwear.
2013-01-10 01:19:58 PM
1 votes:

I_C_Weener: James!: HAHAHAAH green? Oh fark.

The paid shill proponents have gotten to the Admins! Why is Fark hiding this? It must be true or Fark would not have silenced opinion and buried the thread!

That said, there are plenty of businesses who get hired to pump up products on the Internet. This is the same. I'm sure that there are people paid to promote stuff on Pinterest, Facebook and other places.

But James! Is right. People on the pol tab here just want to fight. They do it for free or pay to do it.

But I do really think that Coke Zero is superior to that socialist Diet Pepsi crap!!!! And I think Lincoln would have condemned Apple for slave labor. Buy Lenovo!


Shut up, Weener you shill.

//This post sponsored by the Rand Corportation
///The Rand Corporation: What exactly do we do here?
2013-01-10 01:17:36 PM
1 votes:

James!: HAHAHAAH green? Oh fark.


The paid shill proponents have gotten to the Admins! Why is Fark hiding this? It must be true or Fark would not have silenced opinion and buried the thread!

That said, there are plenty of businesses who get hired to pump up products on the Internet. This is the same. I'm sure that there are people paid to promote stuff on Pinterest, Facebook and other places.

But James! Is right. People on the pol tab here just want to fight. They do it for free or pay to do it.

But I do really think that Coke Zero is superior to that socialist Diet Pepsi crap!!!! And I think Lincoln would have condemned Apple for slave labor. Buy Lenovo!
2013-01-10 01:15:58 PM
1 votes:

what_now: James!: It's not news, it's fark.com. 75% of the users scroll right past news and jump all over a derp article with a crazy headline.

Exactly. And you are going to get someone that whinges about the level of WND greenlights, but you know, sometimes you go to zoo to learn about the conservation plans for the Ocelot, and sometimes you want to see the monkeys fling poo.


This is always been a monkeys fling poo website.  We just prefer that the zoo patrons refrain from flinging poo as well.
2013-01-10 12:57:10 PM
1 votes:

violentsalvation: There are some people who have their posts so obviously prepared for an argument they see coming, that it really makes you wonder sometimes. Obvious examples can be seen on both sides of an Israel / Palestine thread. I don't know if they are paid, or just bored fanatics with too much time.


Fark: Bored Fanatics with too much time.

Can we get that added to the slogans up top?
2013-01-10 12:49:39 PM
1 votes:

mrshowrules: brap: Are they paid in shillings?

Should I try the meatloaf?


Don't let your meat loaf.

- This post was brought to you by The American Boner Council

- It was actually pro-bono
2013-01-10 12:41:54 PM
1 votes:

James!: xanadian: And it's green again.

If it keeps going from green to red to green to red to green red green redgreenredgreenred I may have a seizure.

Or I'll opt to watch some campy Canadian comedy sketch show.

Jesus Christ, they drove the man to watch Canadian television?  Monsters!


And after that, it's The Littlest Hobo.
2013-01-10 12:41:21 PM
1 votes:

xanadian: And it's green again.

If it keeps going from green to red to green to red to green red green redgreenredgreenred I may have a seizure.

Or I'll opt to watch some campy Canadian comedy sketch show.


Jesus Christ, they drove the man to watch Canadian television?  Monsters!
2013-01-10 12:41:01 PM
1 votes:
HAHAHAHA!!!!
2013-01-10 12:40:47 PM
1 votes:

brap: Are they paid in shillings?


That would make no cents.
2013-01-10 12:39:41 PM
1 votes:

Dr.Fey: I think it would be funny if this thread kept going from red to green to red to green,


Wouldn't it though?
2013-01-10 12:36:58 PM
1 votes:

Dr.Fey: I think it would be funny if this thread kept going from red to green to red to green, and maybe some of the postings throughout were randomly removed, restored, others removed...

/why I'm not a mod or admin.


Oh god, that's tempting.

I feel like Fred Flintstone and you're the Great Gazoo.
2013-01-10 12:25:00 PM
1 votes:
I was Teenwolf.
2013-01-10 12:07:48 PM
1 votes:

vpb: James!: Rev.K: aaaaaaand red.

It looks like the powers that be rethought it since it's going to be a nightmare of troll accusations and calling out people not in the thread.

That would have been awesome!


That would've been TFD.

HEY-OH
vpb [TotalFark]
2013-01-10 12:06:22 PM
1 votes:

James!: Rev.K: aaaaaaand red.

It looks like the powers that be rethought it since it's going to be a nightmare of troll accusations and calling out people not in the thread.


That would have been awesome!
2013-01-10 11:55:50 AM
1 votes:

sweetmelissa31: "Jackson Herring" is just the name of the person I pay to be my friend on Fark dot com.


"Another fat dog with comic sans text over? That is IT, I demand a raise."
2013-01-10 11:54:59 AM
1 votes:
Dammit, I wish I got paid for sharing my opinions with the internet.

They're totally worth it, I promise. SOMEONE GIVE ME A FEW DOLLARS TO TALK ABOUT FEMINISM PLEASE!

Or just listen when I do it, and I'll do it for free....

/Here's a dollar, please validate me.
2013-01-10 11:52:25 AM
1 votes:

gilgigamesh: James!: I mean honestly, is there a vast conspiracy paying people to argue with you on the internet or did some dude troll Above Top Secret?  Honestly?

Oh you would say that.  You're in LEAGUE with them!!

GET HIM!!


I KNEW IT ALL ALONG
2013-01-10 11:48:47 AM
1 votes:

sweetmelissa31: "Jackson Herring" is just the name of the person I pay to be my friend on Fark dot com.


All these years and I've liked you for free.  I feel ripped off.
2013-01-10 11:45:39 AM
1 votes:

Jackson Herring: "Paid internet shill" is just someone who doesn't agree with you, and furthermore comma


Who pays you?
2013-01-10 11:43:17 AM
1 votes:
"Paid internet shill" is just someone who doesn't agree with you, and furthermore comma
2013-01-10 11:41:45 AM
1 votes:
Well, I, for one, am shocked, SHOCKED, that such a thing exists.
2013-01-10 11:28:50 AM
1 votes:
(Writing has always been a hobby for me).

You don't say?  This reads like "My First Detective Story".
2013-01-10 11:24:57 AM
1 votes:

James!: HAHAHAAH green? Oh fark.


HAHAHA!!!
2013-01-10 11:16:24 AM
1 votes:

palladiate: James!: It's more conspiracy nonsense.

I'm going to coach this with a "I don't know of any paid internet trolls," but 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. I kinda had a pretty big meltdown afterward and will never, ever associate myself with the Republican party in this state ever again.

Already a shady operation to split the Democrat vote, we kind of illegally employeed a debt-collection call center to put out fake campaign calls for the opposition. Essentially a bunch of folks tenuously employed were given the "option" to "volunteer." It was pretty effective, and we wanted new ways to push opinion.

Now, one of my ideas at the time was to push consensus building on the internet, but there wasn't a lot of support around it, as it hadn't been proven to work elsewhere before. So, do I know if anyone ever really started to try it? No. Do I still think I had a great idea that was seriously probably sorta very evil? Hell yes. If it isn't happening at some level I'd be seriously surprised.

Although with a few years thought behind it, I'd rather pay to shepherd an army of activists to troll for me. There's lots of folks here on both political sides that have no problem derping it up for free. Plus you get a lot more deniability, certainly more than trying to hide donations of call center volunteer time and facilities.


You're kind of one the same page as me.  Why would anyone need to pay someone to argue on the internet?  People have been doing it for free for over a decade now.
2013-01-10 11:06:42 AM
1 votes:

James!: sweetmelissa31: James!: Is it because I'm part of the conspiracy? Can my code name be Viper?

Some people are paid to post things on the internet. It's not much of a conspiracy. You are just an over-zealous moderator.

Yes, article writers, content creators, comic artists, advertisers.  All paid.


I'd like to be paid to post on Fark. Where do I sign up?
2013-01-10 10:58:56 AM
1 votes:

James!: Is it because I'm part of the conspiracy? Can my code name be Viper?


Some people are paid to post things on the internet. It's not much of a conspiracy. You are just an over-zealous moderator.
2013-01-10 10:57:01 AM
1 votes:

sweetmelissa31: Nobody is saying that the majority of people who disagree with them is a paid troll. But some exist. You have a reason to ignore them, and are therefore freaking out.


Is it because I'm part of the conspiracy?  Can my code name be Viper?
2013-01-10 10:55:23 AM
1 votes:
Nobody is saying that the majority of people who disagree with them is a paid troll. But some exist. You have a reason to ignore them, and are therefore freaking out.
2013-01-10 10:43:19 AM
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"Tear down that wall"

Still brings a tear to my eye.

did that for free
2013-01-10 10:41:56 AM
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sweetmelissa31: James!: Sure he was.

Are you just skeptical because you're a Moderator, and trolls tend to increase the number of posts in a thread and the number of times articles are viewed?

You may not have noticed, but there are people who post the same thing in every thread relating to certain topics. It could be that they are bored and have a strong but ridiculous opinion about a topic, or it could be that they are paid. There are more reasons to believe that someone was paid to make posts on the internet than to believe that someone made up a story about being paid to post on the internet. What does he have to gain from it?


1 Of course there are paid posters.  They've existed since the days when usenet was where people talked about stuff.

2 The linked bit was B- HS level creative writing.  The author should stick to writing about things he knows and work on his adjectives.

3 I pop up to say something bad about Reagan whenever his name is mentioned not because I'm paid, but because I'm still pissed off.
2013-01-10 10:34:16 AM
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James!: Sure he was.


Are you just skeptical because you're a Moderator, and trolls tend to increase the number of posts in a thread and the number of times articles are viewed?

You may not have noticed, but there are people who post the same thing in every thread relating to certain topics. It could be that they are bored and have a strong but ridiculous opinion about a topic, or it could be that they are paid. There are more reasons to believe that someone was paid to make posts on the internet than to believe that someone made up a story about being paid to post on the internet. What does he have to gain from it?
2013-01-10 09:41:18 AM
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I wonder how many of these we have at FARK...
 
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