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  1. Megan

    Megan said, about 4 years ago

    Completely off-topic, but my husband elucidated me as to the internet version of what a troll is…a word I have seen often on these political cartoon discussions. People who post things just to make others angry because no one knows who they are, especially if it does not fit their point of view. I did look it up and now know that there can be more definitions. However, I thought it was just a term people were using to disparage others when cursing is not acceptable.

    I have a guess for five people who are “trolls” so far (not you Dred – who is the only person on this discussion board so far). Do others have a guess as to how many there are here? Am I over-shooting or under? Or do you think there are none here?

  2. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, about 4 years ago


    Complete case of trolling.

  3. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    Megan: you already got a “twofer”! There will be more!

    Looking at the ‘toon, and all the “steamroller” type after the first “debate”, it was satisfactory to see President Obama come back this time, and yes, run the wrecking ball over Mitt’s “arguments” and falsehoods. Yes, “get the transcript” became a powerful phrase. It should apply to many of the Republican arguments and claims during Mr. Romney’s campaign. The flips, the flops, the outright blatant lies, and attempts to “bully” not so much the opponents ("I’ll bet you $10,000! Wanna’ bet?) in all his appearances, on TV and on the campaign trail, his real effort is to bully the public, and “bull” is his primary weapon.

  4. braindead08

    braindead08 GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago


    I guess the ZIT is a troll, but I think of him as a pus producer.
    Another Willard the ChickenHawk ‘supporter’ that can’t think of anything good to say about him.

  5. Jeddidyah

    Jeddidyah said, about 4 years ago


    “Am I over-shooting or under? Or do you think there are none here?”
    There are about a dozen of them, although some of US are convinced that one or two may actually be the same person under a different name/avatar. You know who they are. They are generally cynical, demeaning and tell the obvious lies and never back up their claims, although some have resorted to posting links to nowhere of to sources that are definitely biased if not out right mendacious.
    If you don’t like them or find them offensive, flag them. Generally I consider them to be ‘white noise’. If I post something by quoting what they say, it is not a reply to them so much as it is an opportunity to posts the real facts, always with links to back up the argument. For example 13978 people are subscribed to Stuart Carlson, but you might only see one or two dozen people posting to his cartoon on a given day. Just because all those 13978 do not post doesn’t mean they don’t see the cartoon or the posts, so if I go on a rant it is for the benifit of all the readers not just those who post or troll (although they can be quite offensive sometimes). Some of them are actually paid to troll, but I think the majority of them will be gone by January, when Obama is sworn in for his second term.

  6. Jeddidyah

    Jeddidyah said, about 4 years ago

    “Trolls tell other people to shut up.”
    Isn’t that what you just did ?

  7. Jeddidyah

    Jeddidyah said, about 4 years ago

    The number of people CNN polled for their little snap poll is not enough to be statistically signifigant
    Nate Silver has some interesting thing to say about polls and polling samples in his recent posts:

  8. Mae Riot

    Mae Riot said, about 4 years ago

    Great Debate! Anyone that is willing to really listen may have had their bubble busted a bit. Welcome to reality people!

  9. braindead08

    braindead08 GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    “Trolls tell other people to shut up.”
    Ima, you get to be a troll, but you don’t get to define what one is.

  10. walruscarver2000

    walruscarver2000 said, about 4 years ago


    Maybe we should have you moderate. At least for the time being you seem to have silence all but about three of the worst. (Perhaps you should include those who make more than three comments in a row.)

  11. meetinthemiddle

    meetinthemiddle said, about 4 years ago

    Boy it’s cute to think Reid actually has a source :)

  12. William Bednar

    William Bednar GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    To paraphase Forest Gump: A Troll is as a Troll does.

  13. Megan

    Megan said, about 4 years ago

    I never thought about some post-ers being the same people using different name/avatar. I should do that and always agree with myself and laugh at my jokes!

    I am only 33 and and the computer age has already jetted past my knowledge.

    At the very least, I hope everyone is getting a chuckle out me wondering why people were likening others to the beast from Lord of the Rings. In my own defense, I thought the creatures were big,stupid beings who would flail a club about, which seemed apropos for some post-ers.

  14. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 4 years ago

    Like Jon Stewart, I was pleased Obama decided to attend this debate. My ‘friends’ in this forum know I’ll be voting the Democrat ticket. That said, I do not feel either men addressed the questions in the spirit they were asked. Obama did better, Romney was about the same. where’s our third option? /sigh

  15. vwdualnomand

    vwdualnomand said, about 4 years ago

    mormon mitt got served. he coasted on some positive feedback after the previous debate, and didn’t prepare, and phoned it in.

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