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Smells like trolling


Jul 22 2014, 4:17am

Post #1 of 11 (274 views)
Smells like trolling Can't Post


(This post was edited by Ataahua on Jul 22 2014, 7:22pm)


Jul 22 2014, 9:43am

Post #2 of 11 (189 views)
I wonder if it is worth adding a sentence or two into the TOS? [In reply to] Can't Post

I couldn't find anything in the FAQ or TOS about impersonating another user. Though it would fit under the general rules of good netiquette. I think the problem here is that it is direct impersonation, and it is on the verge of trolling the original member (as well as being totally irrelevant to TH movie board). If it were just a like-username it wouldn't be a problem. But people are mistaking this new user for the original user, which is a result of their intentional posting style.

I realise the TOS aren't an exhaustive list of rules. But could something like this be slotted in to the TOS:

No impersonating another member (or banned member), moderator, celebrity, or otherwise falsely and deliberately representing yourself in any way for malicious and hostile purposes.

It could probably get slotted into #2, 3, 6, 8 or 10. Thoughts?

At least then someone could answer their question why there can't be two of them ...


Jul 22 2014, 10:05am

Post #3 of 11 (182 views)
Sure does [In reply to] Can't Post

It's a bizarro world alright.
It keeps reminding me of this.


Jul 22 2014, 10:54am

Post #4 of 11 (164 views)
Weird [In reply to] Can't Post

Because I read Bomburdil's thread as a new member who was inspired by Bombadil and was trying to write in the same way (hence saying maybe they have the same mother). I felt quite bad for him getting his thread locked, he wasn't trying to pretend he was Bomdadil.


Jul 22 2014, 11:38am

Post #5 of 11 (158 views)
imo [In reply to] Can't Post

he was totally trying to imitate Bombadil and he had a number of regular users thinking he was. And I don't think he'd mind one bit if someone mistakenly thought he ws Bombadil.

It is in poor taste. Especially when you're imitating a style of speech/writing in which case it comes off as mocking.

If someone did this to me I'd find it distressing and I am not amused at this imitation.

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Jul 22 2014, 12:15pm

Post #6 of 11 (150 views)
Agreed. [In reply to] Can't Post

Especially since this last thread had no other topic than commenting on the obvious similarity and invited other posts of a troll-nature.

I think noone would mind a creative poster who has some content and arguments to offer.

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Jul 22 2014, 1:54pm

Post #7 of 11 (138 views)
Good idea [In reply to] Can't Post

I think it's worth adding myself. Just to make sure people don't do this to make others look bad in the future.


Jul 22 2014, 1:54pm

Post #8 of 11 (141 views)
Glad I'm not alone [In reply to] Can't Post

It just seemed funky right away.

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Jul 22 2014, 7:22pm

Post #9 of 11 (127 views)
Thanks guys (and Cirashala, above). [In reply to] Can't Post

We're onto it.

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Jul 23 2014, 10:04pm

Post #10 of 11 (99 views)
I agree [In reply to] Can't Post

The first time I saw something this person posted, I found it very confusing and wondered if the original had gotten the Mods to change his user name or something since he sometimes jokes about being related to Bombur, but also noted that this member's join date was recent. If someone was imitating me like that, I'd be creeped out. I'm kind of creeped out on the original's behalf, to be honest.Crazy

A new rule may very well be needed.

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Jul 24 2014, 4:08am

Post #11 of 11 (125 views)
Decades ago I was on an unmoderated board [In reply to] Can't Post

where anybody could post under any name, so of course the trolls used the names of board members. I'd see the most awful things under my name. The board eventually went down in flames and never recovered.

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