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(Boston.com)   Internet Dickwad Theory finally catches up with HuffPo, who just announced that anonymous comments would no longer be permitted. Good thing everyone on Fark posts with their real name, and not some ridiculous, made-up handle, such as "Drew"   ( boston.com) divider line
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2013-08-22 08:47:23 AM  
They'll get over it
 
2013-08-22 08:47:29 AM  
F*ck off HuffPo
 
2013-08-22 08:48:52 AM  
Ron Mexico approves of this message.
 
2013-08-22 08:49:19 AM  
I hear they are giving away bar towels.
 
2013-08-22 08:49:47 AM  
No, it's the Greater Internet farkwad Theory.

Link
 
2013-08-22 08:51:13 AM  
HuffPo an echo chamber?  Who knew?
 
2013-08-22 08:51:54 AM  
Maximum trolling achieved. Let the butthurt begin.
 
2013-08-22 08:52:23 AM  
"And the site does not want to risk losing its robust culture of reader dialogue."

images.sodahead.com
 
2013-08-22 08:53:54 AM  
The days of anonymous commenting on The Huffington Post are numbered.

A man can dream...
 
2013-08-22 08:54:58 AM  

Maul555: The days of anonymous commenting on The Huffington Post are numbered.

A man can dream...


Oh com'on, every side needs their useful idiots.
 
2013-08-22 08:55:22 AM  
 
2013-08-22 08:56:09 AM  
If only Fark would do the same thing maybe I could go back to enjoying the comments. Sigh.
 
2013-08-22 08:57:15 AM  

GoldSpider: HuffPo an echo chamber?  Who knew?


Just where the fark in TFA did it mention that HuffPo is an echo chamber?  I'm guessing that this is more about the Foxbots who visit just to scream "Obummer" and call all the "libtards" names.
 
2013-08-22 08:58:58 AM  
I've never understood the sites/newspapers/etc that use Facebook accts as their line of authentication for commenting on their sites.
 
2013-08-22 08:59:01 AM  
shiatcock.
 
2013-08-22 08:59:20 AM  
I'm not sure that even Anonymous is anonymous anymore.
 
2013-08-22 09:00:01 AM  
I stand 100% behind her changes, or my name isn't Orville Reddenbacher.

But she does have a good point and I partially agree with it. Behind a cloak of online anonymity too many people act like jerk and make things too personal. Here on Fark people go onto the Sports Tab, of all places, and act like they're defending the Constitution the way they behave towards other people over stupid subjects.

I like Drew's method better. Give the User power over whose comments they want to Ignore by making a list. It makes Fark more enjoyable to read.
 
2013-08-22 09:00:33 AM  

CJHardin: Just where the fark in TFA did it mention that HuffPo is an echo chamber?


It didn't, but then I don't need the Boston Globe to tell me that grass is green either.
 
2013-08-22 09:00:49 AM  
They know they're a joke and they're trying to fix that now?
 
2013-08-22 09:01:11 AM  
Because people never set up fake Facebook accounts etc for the purposes of trolling sites that require "identification?"
 
2013-08-22 09:02:19 AM  
Crusading against internet trolling is less likely to be successful than the War on Drugs/Terror.
 
2013-08-22 09:03:28 AM  

GoldSpider: CJHardin: Just where the fark in TFA did it mention that HuffPo is an echo chamber?

It didn't, but then I don't need the Boston Globe to tell me that grass is green either.


The point is the comment made no sense at all and implied the article stated something it did not.
 
2013-08-22 09:03:30 AM  
I guess I should come clean and admit that I am Dave Matthews.
 
2013-08-22 09:03:51 AM  

Elegy: Because people never set up fake Facebook accounts etc for the purposes of trolling sites that require "identification?"


tell that to my dog and her Facebook page.
 
2013-08-22 09:04:45 AM  
Well there is porn, trolling new sites and well... porn. Soon the internet is going to be filled noting to do but look at porn.
 
2013-08-22 09:04:54 AM  
Still not paying their writers, though, right?
 
2013-08-22 09:05:22 AM  

reillan: I guess I should come clean and admit that I am Dave Matthews.


I'm so sorry for your condition.
 
2013-08-22 09:05:24 AM  
could care less. HuffPo blows dog. the owner can do as they please, and so can those who use that site.
 
2013-08-22 09:05:47 AM  

naptapper: If only Fark would do the same thing maybe I could go back to enjoying the comments. Sigh.


memedepot.comimages.inquisitr.comimg.fark.net

This is where we give you a witty, constructive response to your complaint, right?
 
2013-08-22 09:06:08 AM  

sulco: I've never understood the sites/newspapers/etc that use Facebook accts as their line of authentication for commenting on their sites.


Well it's actually something brilliant that Facebook did and that's make their authentication API exposed to third parties (so has google and others).  Facebook has so many users that the little site wins big if they let people use that instead of creating some new account and password for yet another site.  It's what guarantees that facebook will be around for a long time even if they lose a huge number of their users.  Of course the next new social media network may also do this and facebook will slowly die, but it will take a long time.
 
2013-08-22 09:06:28 AM  

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: The point is the comment made no sense at all and implied the article stated something it did not.


So they aren't (further) restricting discussion?
 
2013-08-22 09:06:34 AM  

megarian: reillan: I guess I should come clean and admit that I am Dave Matthews.

I'm so sorry for your condition.


Doctors say it's curable.
 
2013-08-22 09:08:21 AM  

reillan: megarian: reillan: I guess I should come clean and admit that I am Dave Matthews.

I'm so sorry for your condition.

Doctors say it's curable.


Unfortunately it requires a lead application to the head and the survivability rate is pretty low
 
2013-08-22 09:09:05 AM  
There is a huge difference between pseudonymous comments and anonymous comments. A pseudonym is still an identity and has the important characteristic that if I act like a dick under this handle there are consequences down the line, ranging from antagonism to being farkied as "pompous windbag" to being outright ignored. By contrast, anonymous contents are free of all social consequences.

And as any student of game theory knows, a game played repeatedly has very different optimization strategy from a game played only once.

The fact that occasionally, the true identity behind an especially appalling pseudonym might be revealed resulting in extended social consequences is a bonus, but its not essential.
 
2013-08-22 09:09:09 AM  
"digital fabricated butthurt alters real life, for serious this time."
 
2013-08-22 09:12:01 AM  
I'd never want to start an online community. Fark is a rare jewel indeed where even the worst discussions look ten times better than the best on most sites, even with our fake names.
 
2013-08-22 09:13:14 AM  

czetie: The fact that occasionally, the true identity behind an especially appalling pseudonym might be revealed resulting in extended social consequences is a bonus, but its not essential.


Those make the best moments on fark...ever. FlyNavy comes to mind as one of the best.
 
2013-08-22 09:15:07 AM  
You lost any relevance you may have had when you sold out to AOL in 2011, so just be quiet, you annoying greek wench.
 
2013-08-22 09:16:53 AM  
picturescrazy


I'd never want to start an online community. Fark is a rare jewel indeed where even the worst discussions look ten times better than the best on most sites, even with our fake names.

You have never been to the politics tab.
 
2013-08-22 09:17:26 AM  

GoldSpider: CJHardin: Just where the fark in TFA did it mention that HuffPo is an echo chamber?

It didn't, but then I don't need the Boston Globe to tell me that grass is green either.


Maybe the Boston Globe could tell you that TFA has nothing to do with the bias of the publication or readers.  It has to do with trolling.
 
2013-08-22 09:18:50 AM  
ESPN did that and it basically killed their comments section. Whether or not that's worth it or the aim of the measure is another thing I suppose.
 
2013-08-22 09:21:25 AM  

Glendale


No, it's the Greater Internet farkwad Theory.


THANK YOU!

Dear subtard: get your references straight.
 
2013-08-22 09:21:27 AM  

Random Anonymous Blackmail: You have never been to the politics tab.


We have our moments there as well. The great caveman political debate comes to mind.
 
2013-08-22 09:26:35 AM  
What I wonder is this:  How can they possibly know who is "real" and who is not? I mean, I can call myself Joe Smith as easily as Joenonymous.
 
2013-08-22 09:27:06 AM  

redmid17: ESPN did that and it basically killed their comments section. Whether or not that's worth it or the aim of the measure is another thing I suppose.


Nfl.com has it to and it's very, oh what's the word, incredible how blatantly stupid, biased, and rude people still are. It only gets worse with politics.
 
2013-08-22 09:29:31 AM  

Badgers: You lost any relevance you may have had when you sold out to AOL in 2011, so just be quiet, you annoying greek wench.


Your primary complaints against her are based on her gender, her ethnic origin, and the fact that she's apparently a capitalist?

HuffPo may not be the problem here...
 
2013-08-22 09:29:41 AM  
I'm Brian, and so is my wife.
 
2013-08-22 09:30:56 AM  
I've always wondered why my mom - Iyam Bizzy - named me "Fuggin." Junior high was unkind.
 
2013-08-22 09:31:20 AM  
My girlfriends and I are earning over $45 per hour while working from our homes.  You can too.   Go to easymoneygivinghead.com  for more details!  My friend Sandy made over $50,000 cash last year using my method!
 
2013-08-22 09:31:31 AM  

skinink: I stand 100% behind her changes, or my name isn't Orville Reddenbacher.

But she does have a good point and I partially agree with it. Behind a cloak of online anonymity too many people act like jerk and make things too personal. Here on Fark people go onto the Sports Tab, of all places, and act like they're defending the Constitution the way they behave towards other people over stupid subjects.

I like Drew's method better. Give the User power over whose comments they want to Ignore by making a list. It makes Fark more enjoyable to read.


FYI, I am the only one who hasn't ignored you, but I enjoy our time together.
 
2013-08-22 09:34:19 AM  

Big_Fat_Liar: My girlfriends and I are earning over $45 per hour while working from our homes.  You can too.   Go to easymoneygivinghead.com  for more details!  My friend Sandy made over $50,000 cash last year using my method!


I've always wondered how many bites they get from those.  They have to get some because the ads somehow persist.
 
2013-08-22 09:44:34 AM  

czetie: There is a huge difference between pseudonymous comments and anonymous comments. A pseudonym is still an identity and has the important characteristic that if I act like a dick under this handle there are consequences down the line, ranging from antagonism to being farkied as "pompous windbag" to being outright ignored. By contrast, anonymous contents are free of all social consequences.

And as any student of game theory knows, a game played repeatedly has very different optimization strategy from a game played only once.

The fact that occasionally, the true identity behind an especially appalling pseudonym might be revealed resulting in extended social consequences is a bonus, but its not essential.


Can you imagine what it would be like if the rest of the USA could put a face or at least a real name to the Freepers?
 
2013-08-22 09:48:05 AM  
Wait, I really am a printer error message though!

CJHardin: Big_Fat_Liar: My girlfriends and I are earning over $45 per hour while working from our homes.  You can too.   Go to easymoneygivinghead.com  for more details!  My friend Sandy made over $50,000 cash last year using my method!

I've always wondered how many bites they get from those.  They have to get some because the ads somehow persist.


And there are many, many, many stupid people with computers.
 
2013-08-22 09:49:07 AM  

Techhell: Can you imagine what it would be like if the rest of the USA could put a face or at least a real name to the Freepers?


We have:

blogs.e-rockford.com
 
2013-08-22 09:50:52 AM  

CJHardin: Big_Fat_Liar: My girlfriends and I are earning over $45 per hour while working from our homes.  You can too.   Go to easymoneygivinghead.com  for more details!  My friend Sandy made over $50,000 cash last year using my method!

I've always wondered how many bites they get from those.  They have to get some because the ads somehow persist.


They get you as soon as you click, the payload is delivered, there is no need to fill out forms or sign up for anything.
 
2013-08-22 09:59:04 AM  

czetie: ... being farkied as "pompous windbag"

...


Some of us wear the label with pride.
 
2013-08-22 09:59:40 AM  

Carn: Crusading against internet trolling is less likely to be successful than the War on Drugs/Terror.


The whole "war on" paradigm is foolish.  It isn't something that one can win, or even lose.  A better analogy is trying to combat murder.  Murder isn't going to go away, but that doesn't mean one can't take steps to reduce the murder rate, or catch murderers.
 
2013-08-22 10:00:47 AM  
her second book got turned down by 37 publishers
 
2013-08-22 10:01:48 AM  

PunGent: Badgers: You lost any relevance you may have had when you sold out to AOL in 2011, so just be quiet, you annoying greek wench.

Your primary complaints against her are based on her gender, her ethnic origin, and the fact that she's apparently a capitalist?

HuffPo may not be the problem here...


Nope, you are no longer the problem here...

*favorited!*
 
2013-08-22 10:01:53 AM  

skinink: Behind a cloak of online anonymity too many people act like jerk and make things too personal.


People are jerks under their real names.  Just look at Facebook for glub's sake.  That people will suddenly be more polite without anonymity is a goddamn lie.

The actual reasoning to remove anonymity is that corporations aren't making enough money.  They need your soul too, and "internet safety" be damned.  I had this argument with ESR on G+ and while ESR is a raging Libertarian, he thinks that anonymity isn't a right, in spite of what the SCOTUS has said time and again.

fark these "real names only" people.

--
BMO
 
2013-08-22 10:02:12 AM  

thecpt: redmid17: ESPN did that and it basically killed their comments section. Whether or not that's worth it or the aim of the measure is another thing I suppose.

Nfl.com has it to and it's very, oh what's the word, incredible how blatantly stupid, biased, and rude people still are. It only gets worse with politics.


To clarify and maybe I'm missing something from yours, but I meant that ESPN's comment section is a remnant of a remnant of what it used to be. AFC South posts that routinely got 300+ comments now get maybe 5-6 on a normal day and 10-15 if a story is big.
 
2013-08-22 10:03:12 AM  
Incidentally I'd love to see a feature on Fark some day that lists how everyone's farkied us -- just a list of farkies, no corresponding user names -- plus maybe the number of people who have put us on ignore. It would be ... illuminating.

O wad some pow'r the giftie gie us yadda yadda yadda
 
2013-08-22 10:10:17 AM  

nosferatublue: naptapper: If only Fark would do the same thing maybe I could go back to enjoying the comments. Sigh.

[memedepot.com image 413x413][images.inquisitr.com image 500x375][img.fark.net image 311x311]

This is where we give you a witty, constructive response to your complaint, right?


I've been here as long as you, so there's that...
 
2013-08-22 10:13:42 AM  

PC LOAD LETTER: Techhell: Can you imagine what it would be like if the rest of the USA could put a face or at least a real name to the Freepers?

We have:

[blogs.e-rockford.com image 393x329]


Such a lazy response. Of course, the more that gets used to represent the Freepers, the more terrifying it could be if we actually got a chance to find out who the Freepers really are in real life, and realized that our next door neighbour is the guy posting "N0bumma Is The AntiChrist!" and advocating for the sterilization of all Atheists. That nice guy next door, with three kids, who's a firefighter. Not some inbred yokel.

/Example pulled out of my arse, as I've only gone to Freeperland to see if they do have a way to identify each user. Turns out it's not even as stringent as Fark's method of potentially self-identifying in the User Profile.
 
2013-08-22 10:15:32 AM  

czetie: There is a huge difference between pseudonymous comments and anonymous comments.


No, there isn't.

Anonymous is a Guy Fawkes mask.
Pseudononymous is that, plus my Richard Nixon, Elvis, Kareem Abdul Jabar, and Ron Jeremy masks, among others.

--
BMO
 
2013-08-22 10:17:37 AM  

redmid17: thecpt: redmid17: ESPN did that and it basically killed their comments section. Whether or not that's worth it or the aim of the measure is another thing I suppose.

Nfl.com has it to and it's very, oh what's the word, incredible how blatantly stupid, biased, and rude people still are. It only gets worse with politics.

To clarify and maybe I'm missing something from yours, but I meant that ESPN's comment section is a remnant of a remnant of what it used to be. AFC South posts that routinely got 300+ comments now get maybe 5-6 on a normal day and 10-15 if a story is big.


Oh I was just adding to your point that it doesn't even achieve its purpose on top of the decline in comments.
 
2013-08-22 10:18:08 AM  

Techhell: PC LOAD LETTER: Techhell: Can you imagine what it would be like if the rest of the USA could put a face or at least a real name to the Freepers?

We have:

[blogs.e-rockford.com image 393x329]

Such a lazy response. Of course, the more that gets used to represent the Freepers, the more terrifying it could be if we actually got a chance to find out who the Freepers really are in real life, and realized that our next door neighbour is the guy posting "N0bumma Is The AntiChrist!" and advocating for the sterilization of all Atheists. That nice guy next door, with three kids, who's a firefighter. Not some inbred yokel.

/Example pulled out of my arse, as I've only gone to Freeperland to see if they do have a way to identify each user. Turns out it's not even as stringent as Fark's method of potentially self-identifying in the User Profile.


I just assume it's two bored 30-something Canadians just trolling the shiat out of each other.
 
2013-08-22 10:22:11 AM  

megarian: reillan: I guess I should come clean and admit that I am Dave Matthews.

I'm so sorry for your condition.


I actually laughed out loud at this.
 
2013-08-22 10:23:03 AM  

skinink: I stand 100% behind her changes, or my name isn't Orville Reddenbacher.

But she does have a good point and I partially agree with it. Behind a cloak of online anonymity too many people act like jerk and make things too personal. Here on Fark people go onto the Sports Tab, of all places, and act like they're defending the Constitution the way they behave towards other people over stupid subjects.

I like Drew's method better. Give the User power over whose comments they want to Ignore by making a list. It makes Fark more enjoyable to read.


That... and... the Mods... the unmentionable thought police... read this post quickly, before they take it down too.

It literally is IN THE RULES that you CANNOT talk about FARKs rules and their application... Great system we've got here.  A utopia of thought and expression.
 
2013-08-22 10:23:07 AM  

reillan: I guess I should come clean and admit that I am Dave Matthews.


Your music sucks!
 
2013-08-22 10:23:08 AM  

redmid17: ESPN did that and it basically killed their comments section. Whether or not that's worth it or the aim of the measure is another thing I suppose.


Came here to say the same thing.
 
2013-08-22 10:25:21 AM  

Lady J


her second book got turned down by 37 publishers


In a row?
 
2013-08-22 10:29:21 AM  

thecpt: redmid17: thecpt: redmid17: ESPN did that and it basically killed their comments section. Whether or not that's worth it or the aim of the measure is another thing I suppose.

Nfl.com has it to and it's very, oh what's the word, incredible how blatantly stupid, biased, and rude people still are. It only gets worse with politics.

To clarify and maybe I'm missing something from yours, but I meant that ESPN's comment section is a remnant of a remnant of what it used to be. AFC South posts that routinely got 300+ comments now get maybe 5-6 on a normal day and 10-15 if a story is big.

Oh I was just adding to your point that it doesn't even achieve its purpose on top of the decline in comments.


Ah okay. Hard to disagree with you there. I've seen some of the arguments on sites that require FB logins. It can get ugly
 
2013-08-22 10:29:40 AM  

Lady J: her second book got turned down by 37 publishers


She should run for office, the DNC appears setup the publishing deal and the advance then buys thousands of copies to funnel money to the candidates.
 
2013-08-22 10:31:49 AM  

naptapper: If only Fark would do the same thing maybe I could go back to enjoying the comments. Sigh.


Welcome to the Tard list.
 
2013-08-22 10:43:34 AM  

Englebert Slaptyback: Lady J

her second book got turned down by 37 publishers

In a row?


well you don't keep sending it out once you've got a book deal!
 
2013-08-22 10:44:06 AM  
i184.photobucket.com
 
2013-08-22 10:46:29 AM  
You all smell and your mothers dress you funny.

IR trollin hard today.
 
2013-08-22 10:51:28 AM  
Also known as "John Gabriel's Internet farkwad Theory"

art.penny-arcade.com
 
2013-08-22 11:15:58 AM  
Anyone not Just Like Me is a troll.

Didn't you guys read your internets instruction manual when you first got online? Just look at the Fark commie tab for lots of examples.
 
2013-08-22 11:17:27 AM  
You mean I'm not supposed to be using an my real name?
(head slap)
 
2013-08-22 11:20:56 AM  
I have to be at the gym in 26 minutes.
 
2013-08-22 11:24:21 AM  

reillan: I guess I should come clean and admit that I am Dave Matthews.


Did you read the onion article about "even Dave Matthews is sick of himself"?
 
2013-08-22 11:27:13 AM  
How about we just don't comment on Mizz Huffington's sh*t-ass AOL-operated site at all and let the whole thing wither?
 
2013-08-22 11:28:07 AM  
On Fark, I do use my real name.  Or, at least that's what all the high school girls call me.
 
2013-08-22 11:31:13 AM  
Real names? Sure thing, Mizz Huffington. Why the Hell not?

www.democraticunderground.com
 
2013-08-22 11:40:17 AM  

Molavian: [i184.photobucket.com image 625x790]


Then what's the problem with forcing real names?

The truth is that something must change - even if the demand for trolling is inelastic, it seems unlikely that it's so inelastic it makes zero difference. It might not matter to 13 year-old gamers, but it is going to matter to 30 year-old commenters who might think twice about what would happen if their employer finds out they're a douchenozzle.
 
2013-08-22 11:41:18 AM  

TV's Vinnie: Real names? Sure thing, Mizz Huffington. Why the Hell not?

[www.democraticunderground.com image 320x240]


Proof that Fox is part of the liberal MSM lamestream media fourth estate journalism club.
 
2013-08-22 11:41:21 AM  

phaseolus: Incidentally I'd love to see a feature on Fark some day that lists how everyone's farkied us -- just a list of farkies, no corresponding user names -- plus maybe the number of people who have put us on ignore. It would be ... illuminating.

O wad some pow'r the giftie gie us yadda yadda yadda


I would be curious to see counts of "favorited" vs. "ignored". Not who, just how many.

Or mabye a relative score: +1 for each favorite, -1 for each ignore, so an overall +3 would mean three more favorites than ignores.
 
2013-08-22 11:43:02 AM  
Jackmeoff, Johnny pharkerfeister and Al E.Gator applaud these actions
 
2013-08-22 11:45:49 AM  
Everybody knows that all Fark accounts are Drew and like 6 of his buddies.

/except me
//maybe
 
2013-08-22 11:47:27 AM  

Cybernetic: phaseolus: Incidentally I'd love to see a feature on Fark some day that lists how everyone's farkied us -- just a list of farkies, no corresponding user names -- plus maybe the number of people who have put us on ignore. It would be ... illuminating.

O wad some pow'r the giftie gie us yadda yadda yadda

I would be curious to see counts of "favorited" vs. "ignored". Not who, just how many.

Or mabye a relative score: +1 for each favorite, -1 for each ignore, so an overall +3 would mean three more favorites than ignores.


And how would you score a user name favorited as :turd and colored in unreadable grey?
 
2013-08-22 11:50:42 AM  

2xcited: Jackmeoff, Johnny pharkerfeister and Al E.Gator applaud these actions


Phil McKracken seconds that
 
2013-08-22 11:53:28 AM  
I wonder how many Carlos Dangers they're going to have posting soon.
 
2013-08-22 11:54:09 AM  

reillan: megarian: reillan: I guess I should come clean and admit that I am Dave Matthews.

I'm so sorry for your condition.

Doctors say it's curable.


If you relapse, you'll become the demon offspring of Brian Adams and Celien Dion.
 
2013-08-22 11:57:39 AM  

skinink: I like Drew's method better. Give the User power over whose comments they want to Ignore by making a list. It makes Fark more enjoyable to read.


This. Ignore feature FTW
 
2013-08-22 11:58:11 AM  
Looked to me that this thread almost took a detour into poop thread territory at one point. Near miss.
 
2013-08-22 12:02:24 PM  
Because it's impossible to create a bogus Facebook account.
 
2013-08-22 12:07:53 PM  

naptapper: If only Fark would do the same thing maybe I could go back to enjoying the comments. Sigh.


It's like you've never figured out how to use the ignore feature. It's literally two clicks and you never see the person again
 
2013-08-22 12:08:03 PM  
I just wanted to come in here and truthfully admit I am, in real life, Arnold Schwarzenegger's penis.

I'm glad I got that off my chest.
 
2013-08-22 12:09:26 PM  

CptnSpldng: Cybernetic: phaseolus: Incidentally I'd love to see a feature on Fark some day that lists how everyone's farkied us -- just a list of farkies, no corresponding user names -- plus maybe the number of people who have put us on ignore. It would be ... illuminating.

O wad some pow'r the giftie gie us yadda yadda yadda

I would be curious to see counts of "favorited" vs. "ignored". Not who, just how many.

Or mabye a relative score: +1 for each favorite, -1 for each ignore, so an overall +3 would mean three more favorites than ignores.

And how would you score a user name favorited as :turd and colored in unreadable grey?


That would be, like, minus eleventy brazillian.
 
2013-08-22 12:13:57 PM  

picturescrazy: I'd never want to start an online community. Fark is a rare jewel indeed where even the worst discussions look ten times better than the best on most sites, even with our fake names.


It's age.  Most (but not all) farkers are in their 30's to 40's, so we're ALL cynical bastards to one degree or another and frankly just do not care on iota about words on a screen; which tends to disappoint the much younger people who appear here looking for justification of their retarded world view. When you go to somewhere like Reddit the average age is mid - early 20's, you get the occasional person who's older and a LOT who seem to be much younger; they'll quite happily rally around something which is demonstrably false IF it fits their world view and get quite upset with anyone who points out their talking complete bollocks.

Which does some up the majority of 'content' on such sites inhabited by tweens:  complete and utter bollocks.
 
2013-08-22 12:14:06 PM  

vygramul: The truth is that something must change - even if the demand for trolling is inelastic, it seems unlikely that it's so inelastic it makes zero difference. It might not matter to 13 year-old gamers, but it is going to matter to 30 year-old commenters who might think twice about what would happen if their employer finds out they're a douchenozzle


The real problem is the ease with which you can seriously fark up the life of someone who you disagree with, and the people most willing to dispense with their own version of internet justice are the ones who are most easily offended. Ironically, they also tend to get away with it because it can be done anonymously.
 
2013-08-22 12:15:14 PM  

GoldSpider: Oh com'on, every side needs their useful idiots.


www.sagecomm.com

("Know Thyself.")
 
2013-08-22 12:17:34 PM  
I work with a guy who's name is Richard King (what were his parents thinking). Would he banned from there?
 
2013-08-22 12:20:41 PM  

bubo_sibiricus: fark these "real names only" people.


Ironically I had a similar 'debate' with someone calling for people posting 'hateful' comments to the Daily Mail website to use their real names.  So we can make sure they are keeping to their alleged ideas.   Naturally that person wanted to stay safely ensconced in behind a psudoname and was quite upset when I pointed out the fallacy of that.

What people who call for 'real names' mean is that YOU should use your real name I however should remain immune to such things.

Which doesn't hold much sway with me.
 
2013-08-22 12:30:05 PM  
i use my real initials
of course WTF  gets my attention
i stand behind what i put here

35 years ago this could have been obama.
 
2013-08-22 12:30:50 PM  

Langston: vygramul: The truth is that something must change - even if the demand for trolling is inelastic, it seems unlikely that it's so inelastic it makes zero difference. It might not matter to 13 year-old gamers, but it is going to matter to 30 year-old commenters who might think twice about what would happen if their employer finds out they're a douchenozzle

The real problem is the ease with which you can seriously fark up the life of someone who you disagree with, and the people most willing to dispense with their own version of internet justice are the ones who are most easily offended. Ironically, they also tend to get away with it because it can be done anonymously.


That's the actual problem with this, not some wishful thinking that people don't respond to incentives.
 
2013-08-22 12:32:38 PM  

Langston:  Ironically, they also tend to get away with it because it can be done anonymously.


There is a phrase I think more people should learn as a child:

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can't hurt me.

Now that isn't always true however someone you don't know says something you consider to be nasty towards you though a global communications network.  So the person is as likely to be next door as they are on the other side of the planet.   So it's someone you don't know and are unlikely ever to meet as there are 6 Billion people on this planet.  All things being equal you have to ask yourself a question:  Do I actually care?

If you answer 'yes' then you're going to have a fairly bad time, not just online but probably in real life as well.
 
2013-08-22 12:46:16 PM  
I don't know what could be a more obvious pen name than "Drew."

/Well, maybe "Wright."
 
2013-08-22 12:52:13 PM  
Oh, come on..! Everybody knows I'm really a lesbian using a male alt in order to be taken more seriously in the man's world of the Internet.

/Or am I a male using a lesbian alt in order to be taken more seriously in female-dominated corners of the Internet?
//Or am I a person with dissociative identity disorder who has both male and female alters?
///Or am I just a bot on a Canadian server that runs on beer and poutine dumped into my Mr. Fusion port?
 
2013-08-22 12:59:18 PM  
Rich people like Ariana Huffington hate anonymity. In theory Ms. Huffy has enough money and influence to get the vast majority of people in this country fired and otherwise ruin their lives should she set her mind to it. She might not actually do it but the fact that she can makes her tingly in her shriveled cooter. Anonymity negates that power and levels the playing field.

The man on the street doesn't give a shiat about mean comments on the internet. The 1%, oligarchs, however you want to call them hate the idea that the "little" people can act without "consequences". Just like the money, power, position, and influence allows their "betters" to.
 
2013-08-22 12:59:27 PM  
I'd be fine with it, except it's now far too damned easy for someone else to use even that small piece of information to make your life a living hell in the real world.

I don't think HuffPo understands that, the second they implement this, their comments section is going to croak - it won't just flush out trolls, it'll also put a gag around every person that doesn't want their personal comments about political issues linked directly to their careers, or to their families, or to their hobbies, where their employers, relatives, friends, and enemies can exploit them for any number of purposes.

Yes, trolls suck. Just look at the Politics tab on FARK. But, as they say, the product of freedom and security is a constant - you want more freedom, you give up more security, and vice versa. HuffPo wants way too much security, and they're willing to give up a lot of freedom to get it. I'd rather be free and deal with trolls, than secure but unable to say a damned thing without hearing about it from my boss, or my wife, or my co-workers, or a recruiter, or...
 
2013-08-22 12:59:28 PM  
If they are seriuous about reducing the amount of baseless braindead troll material they are going to have to rid of thier "journalism" staff.
 
2013-08-22 01:18:03 PM  

picturescrazy: I'd never want to start an online community. Fark is a rare jewel indeed where even the worst discussions look ten times better than the best on most sites, even with our fake names.


You know, that is very true.  While sometimes contentious (certainly on the politics board), the discourse here is usually very enlightening.  I typically know more about a subject, sometimes much more, from reading the Fark comments, than I would have had I just read the article, or depended on the commenters at some inferior news aggregator site.
 
2013-08-22 01:49:22 PM  

Langston: naptapper: If only Fark would do the same thing maybe I could go back to enjoying the comments. Sigh.

It's like you've never figured out how to use the ignore feature. It's literally two clicks and you never see the person again


That is too much work. Somebody else should have to make sure that me and my delicate sensibilities are not offended.
 
2013-08-22 01:50:12 PM  

Pumpernickel bread: picturescrazy: I'd never want to start an online community. Fark is a rare jewel indeed where even the worst discussions look ten times better than the best on most sites, even with our fake names.

You know, that is very true.  While sometimes contentious (certainly on the politics board), the discourse here is usually very enlightening.  I typically know more about a subject, sometimes much more, from reading the Fark comments, than I would have had I just read the article, or depended on the commenters at some inferior news aggregator site.


We're certainly no youtube comments section.
 
2013-08-22 02:00:03 PM  
Fark Huffpo and their retarded articles.  No offense to actual retards, some of them are actually fair and nice people.

I once made an account to comment on the Ariel Castro case or something, they moderated away my perfectly reasonable comments, but left up vile garbage like "All men should be castrated a birth!"  So it's not okay to post stuff that disturbs their echo chamber, but it's okay to post blatant calls to/threats of violence.... wow.

Now if I want to numb my brain after a hard day I surf somewhere reasonable like 4chan instead.  /Sarcasm, sort of..... At least they are fair.
 
2013-08-22 02:19:02 PM  

vygramul: Pumpernickel bread: picturescrazy: I'd never want to start an online community. Fark is a rare jewel indeed where even the worst discussions look ten times better than the best on most sites, even with our fake names.

You know, that is very true.  While sometimes contentious (certainly on the politics board), the discourse here is usually very enlightening.  I typically know more about a subject, sometimes much more, from reading the Fark comments, than I would have had I just read the article, or depended on the commenters at some inferior news aggregator site.

We're certainly no youtube comments section.


Absolutely, the comments range from detached mockery to snide remarks... here at Fark, we pride ourselves on relevant discussions that informs.
Oh, that's not what we do?

Right... "It's not News, It's Fark"
A collection of personalities vying for attention with 'funny' comments that would make a Jr. High cafeteria look tame.
If only humor was a detached sense of futility where the critic's job is to whine incessantly, then Fark would take the gold.
 
2013-08-22 02:25:03 PM  
Pretty much formal introductions at a circle jerk.
 
2013-08-22 02:34:18 PM  

Fano: I'm Brian, and so is my wife.


I watched a movie about your life, and loved it!
 
2013-08-22 02:46:55 PM  

George Babbitt: skinink: I stand 100% behind her changes, or my name isn't Orville Reddenbacher.

But she does have a good point and I partially agree with it. Behind a cloak of online anonymity too many people act like jerk and make things too personal. Here on Fark people go onto the Sports Tab, of all places, and act like they're defending the Constitution the way they behave towards other people over stupid subjects.

I like Drew's method better. Give the User power over whose comments they want to Ignore by making a list. It makes Fark more enjoyable to read.

FYI, I am the only one who hasn't ignored you, but I enjoy our time together.


I haven't ignored anyone.  I just farkie them in different colors and tag lines.  Now to forums look like an Andy Warhol painting.
 
2013-08-22 02:50:57 PM  

FTDA: George Babbitt: skinink: I stand 100% behind her changes, or my name isn't Orville Reddenbacher.

But she does have a good point and I partially agree with it. Behind a cloak of online anonymity too many people act like jerk and make things too personal. Here on Fark people go onto the Sports Tab, of all places, and act like they're defending the Constitution the way they behave towards other people over stupid subjects.

I like Drew's method better. Give the User power over whose comments they want to Ignore by making a list. It makes Fark more enjoyable to read.

FYI, I am the only one who hasn't ignored you, but I enjoy our time together.

I haven't ignored anyone.  I just farkie them in different colors and tag lines.  Now to forums look like an Andy Warhol painting.


Is that the reason there are so many psychotic breaks around here?
 
2013-08-22 03:03:29 PM  
I'd love it if my local paper disallowed anonymous comments. What a bunch of farkwads on there.
 
2013-08-22 03:11:44 PM  

NostroZ: vygramul: Pumpernickel bread: picturescrazy: I'd never want to start an online community. Fark is a rare jewel indeed where even the worst discussions look ten times better than the best on most sites, even with our fake names.

You know, that is very true.  While sometimes contentious (certainly on the politics board), the discourse here is usually very enlightening.  I typically know more about a subject, sometimes much more, from reading the Fark comments, than I would have had I just read the article, or depended on the commenters at some inferior news aggregator site.

We're certainly no youtube comments section.

Absolutely, the comments range from detached mockery to snide remarks... here at Fark, we pride ourselves on relevant discussions that informs.
Oh, that's not what we do?

Right... "It's not News, It's Fark"
A collection of personalities vying for attention with 'funny' comments that would make a Jr. High cafeteria look tame.
If only humor was a detached sense of futility where the critic's job is to whine incessantly, then Fark would take the gold.


See.. yer being snide again... cut it out.
 
2013-08-22 03:16:54 PM  

George Babbitt: FTDA: George Babbitt: skinink: I stand 100% behind her changes, or my name isn't Orville Reddenbacher.

But she does have a good point and I partially agree with it. Behind a cloak of online anonymity too many people act like jerk and make things too personal. Here on Fark people go onto the Sports Tab, of all places, and act like they're defending the Constitution the way they behave towards other people over stupid subjects.

I like Drew's method better. Give the User power over whose comments they want to Ignore by making a list. It makes Fark more enjoyable to read.

FYI, I am the only one who hasn't ignored you, but I enjoy our time together.

I haven't ignored anyone.  I just farkie them in different colors and tag lines.  Now to forums look like an Andy Warhol painting.

Is that the reason there are so many psychotic breaks around here?


It's quite possible!
 
2013-08-22 03:17:30 PM  
Good for them I look forward to posting there under my real name Chuck U Farley.
 
2013-08-22 03:26:08 PM  

phaseolus: Incidentally I'd love to see a feature on Fark some day that lists how everyone's farkied us -- just a list of farkies, no corresponding user names -- plus maybe the number of people who have put us on ignore. It would be ... illuminating.

O wad some pow'r the giftie gie us yadda yadda yadda


I don't ignore anyone, I just farkie with different colors and tag lines.  My list is currently at 1817 users.  Are you sure you want to see this information?
 
2013-08-22 03:29:48 PM  

barneyfifesbullet: Anyone not Just Like Me is a troll.

Didn't you guys read your internets instruction manual when you first got online? Just look at the Fark commie tab for lots of examples.


Yes, way back in 1997.  The first thing they said about the internet was, "make sure you never give out  your real address or any identifying information, because there are crazies out there, and you usually have no clue who you are really taking to"...
 
2013-08-22 03:34:11 PM  
I always post with my real name cause it's a wopr.
 
2013-08-22 03:34:33 PM  
I created a user for Huffington Post and everything.  Got banned for the very Boobies.

Just something stupid like "You white people scare easily" in response to an equally stupid article.

I guess they didn't like me.  fark 'em
 
2013-08-22 03:36:18 PM  

mytdawg: I created a user for Huffington Post and everything.  Got banned for the very Boobies.

Just something stupid like "You white people scare easily" in response to an equally stupid article.

I guess they didn't like me.  fark 'em


Oh son of a biatch.  First time I've ever tripped that filter.
 
2013-08-22 03:37:28 PM  

Englebert Slaptyback: Lady J

her second book got turned down by 37 publishers


In a row?


www.filmbuffonline.com
 
2013-08-22 03:49:10 PM  
Out of pure laziness, I usually end up using my real name for logins everywhere, anyway... I usually try "Agrajag" first, but 99.9% of the time, that's already been taken by another Hitchhiker's Guide fan, so other than that I've got nothing creative I want to go by other than my own name... And, I hate doing the old "keep appending random numbers to the name until you find a version that hasn't yet been taken" trick... (Though, I did settle on "Agrajag4242" for my Xbox gamertag...)
 
2013-08-22 04:17:28 PM  

sulco: I've never understood the sites/newspapers/etc that use Facebook accts as their line of authentication for commenting on their sites.


Well, demanding DNA samples can be time consuming and messy.
 
2013-08-22 04:38:59 PM  
The bigger LOL is out there.

Imagine how many Phillip Smiths there are.  The farking websites DON'T EVEN VERIFY YOUR NAME AT ALL they just shunt it off to google or farcebook.


Frankly I don't bother with websites that require a facebook login for comment.  Its like requiring shiat smeared hands to wave at a parade.

Wait.. not "like".   Being able to post comments at a news site because you have a Facebook account is PRECISELY waving your shiat smeared hands in public!
 
2013-08-22 04:56:29 PM  

RembrandtQEinstein: Rich people like Ariana Huffington hate anonymity. In theory Ms. Huffy has enough money and influence to get the vast majority of people in this country fired and otherwise ruin their lives should she set her mind to it. She might not actually do it but the fact that she can makes her tingly in her shriveled cooter. Anonymity negates that power and levels the playing field.

The man on the street doesn't give a shiat about mean comments on the internet. The 1%, oligarchs, however you want to call them hate the idea that the "little" people can act without "consequences". Just like the money, power, position, and influence allows their "betters" to.


Not bad. Not bad at all. I'd go a full 8/10 on this one, but since no one has bit I'll have to drop it down to a measly 5/10. Shame.
 
2013-08-22 05:40:20 PM  

RobSeace: Out of pure laziness, I usually end up using my real name for logins everywhere, anyway... I usually try "Agrajag" first, but 99.9% of the time, that's already been taken by another Hitchhiker's Guide fan, so other than that I've got nothing creative I want to go by other than my own name... And, I hate doing the old "keep appending random numbers to the name until you find a version that hasn't yet been taken" trick... (Though, I did settle on "Agrajag4242" for my Xbox gamertag...)


I'm using my full legal name also.

My parents sucked.
 
2013-08-22 07:12:49 PM  

Badgers: You lost any relevance you may have had when you sold out to AOL in 2011, so just be quiet, you annoying greek wench.


Ha .She reminds me of Zsa Zsa Gabor .
 
2013-08-22 07:29:29 PM  
Nelly, I am Heathcliff!
 
2013-08-22 09:23:03 PM  
What's wrong with anonymous if the threads are moderated?
 
2013-08-22 10:07:08 PM  
Since the Huffpo parent is AOL, guess what no longer anonymous posters will be getting a lot of in the mail?

On the plus side, by now they are probably up to like a 5 years free dialup subscription.  But they send you like 30 cds a day.  At least it's no longer 3.5" disks.

And they have some great features, like USENET, but without the alt.* groups and no binaries.  And you can go on to their great moderated chat rooms, with like six elderly people who hoard and have cats.
 
2013-08-22 10:08:16 PM  

naptapper: If only Fark would do the same thing maybe I could go back to enjoying the comments. Sigh.


Posted under his real name...
 
2013-08-22 10:11:35 PM  
The internet should have zero anonymity.
 
2013-08-22 10:33:14 PM  
They should all use Spartacus.
 
2013-08-22 10:51:12 PM  
So I'm doing it right already? Sweet.
 
2013-08-23 12:47:44 AM  

Your Average Witty Fark User: The internet should have zero anonymity.


That's already the case.

i172.photobucket.com
 
2013-08-23 09:58:24 AM  

Badgers: PunGent: Badgers: You lost any relevance you may have had when you sold out to AOL in 2011, so just be quiet, you annoying greek wench.

Your primary complaints against her are based on her gender, her ethnic origin, and the fact that she's apparently a capitalist?

HuffPo may not be the problem here...

Nope, you are no longer the problem here...

*favorited!*


ANOTHER Tf Giant Pussy?  Lol.  Give my regards to Boy Ratty.
 
2013-08-23 10:34:07 AM  

Fusilier: Well, demanding DNA samples can be time consuming and messy.


Funny, I've never found that to be the case with your Mom.

Mostly `cause I'm a fast finisher, and she's not a "quitter" if you know what I mean, and I think you do.
 
2013-08-23 12:07:34 PM  

PunGent: Badgers: PunGent: Badgers: You lost any relevance you may have had when you sold out to AOL in 2011, so just be quiet, you annoying greek wench.

Your primary complaints against her are based on her gender, her ethnic origin, and the fact that she's apparently a capitalist?

HuffPo may not be the problem here...

Nope, you are no longer the problem here...

*favorited!*

ANOTHER Tf Giant Pussy?  Lol.  Give my regards to Boy Ratty.


Careful, he may very well favorited! you too!
 
2013-08-23 03:01:08 PM  

RottenEggs: Badgers: You lost any relevance you may have had when you sold out to AOL in 2011, so just be quiet, you annoying greek wench.

Ha .She reminds me of Zsa Zsa Gabor .


Zsa Zsa is Hungarian and they pretty much hate everyone else in the area...
 
2013-08-23 03:51:27 PM  

CJHardin: PunGent: Badgers: PunGent: Badgers: You lost any relevance you may have had when you sold out to AOL in 2011, so just be quiet, you annoying greek wench.

Your primary complaints against her are based on her gender, her ethnic origin, and the fact that she's apparently a capitalist?

HuffPo may not be the problem here...

Nope, you are no longer the problem here...

*favorited!*

ANOTHER Tf Giant Pussy?  Lol.  Give my regards to Boy Ratty.

Careful, he may very well favorited! you too!


He already did...after he misread one of my posts, he misapplied "no true scotsman" to ME, when he'd used it himself, and when I called him on it, instead of manning up and apologizing, he doubled down and ignored me, lol.
 
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