With all due respect I tend to disagree with some of what you are saying to a degree and here is why. When these people attack an innocent person for no apparent reason and another person comes along with the sole purpose of just making the attacker look stupid ( and lest we not forget to derive a funny comment in the process ) then what has been forgotten is that there is still a human being that has been hurt by the original comment and all the focus is being put on the attacker instead of the person who is hurting. This is exactly what the attacker wants and by the way achieves.Wow CK, This is a cool thread..!
Yep, being on topix can be a bit taxing if ya let it. The troll people are the ones that consider that there is some kind of 'power' posting from anonymity, that is why they come across as stupid as they do, it is a shame but not really different then the world itself. There are just as many nice people and idiots around you if you are shopping at a store or mall, driving on a road/freeway or at an event/movie etc...There are people that justy(tm) don't get it.
The best thing is to not ignore them, make em look as stupid as they are, point em out so all can see. The people that matter are going to be laughing at them, sure it makes em act out, much like a child, but that even makes it funnier. I mean if you haven't chuckled at that thread about the farm in Canada there is really something you've been missing ya know..???..
No one owns a thread, but you own what you say. The big difference here is that the only weapon you have are your words. Size, money, fame etc.. do not matter in this place, so next time someone tries to tell ya how great they are...ya gotta laugh...!!!!
Oh, and I did end up gaining a very good friend from this place, been over two years now we have been in contact. So is it real..??...I think it can be.
On the other hand when the attacker is ignored and the emphasis is placed on the person who is attacked, the attacker has lost and loses interest and moves on after several attempts with no success. If this was to be the case over and over again, eventually the attackers would soon have nobody to attack except each other on their own threads.( and then you would have somehting to read that you might find entertaining, especially because many of these attacker all one and the same ).
I have said it many times... there is always one bad apple in the bushel, but that does not mean we must consume it and here on topix it also does not mean it must consume us.