Re: Why are there so many mean people in this world?
These gentlemen/ladies differ from trolls in the sense that they are not anti-social, but they are an accepted and sometimes well-respected members who assume a sort of informal and unofficial leadership role. They use this position to intimidate and assert their views on newer and less established members and often push their weight around to mark territorial rights. They will generally try and behave properly, but subtly try and behave like moderators and preach about forum behaviour. They will also turn and insult people as they wish and surprisingly other forum members will turn a blind eye to them. They will usually "adopt" ownership of a single forum or a subforum of a board and hang out there frequently with their clan. (this feature is usually more common in larger forums)
These people are often the starting point of cliques because they can gather a group of yes-people around them in no time.
Beware of these people and watch out for them because they can be a lot more trouble in the long run than isolated trolls running loose.
Sometimes you just need an excellent troll to combat an established forum bully
Summed up wonderfully.
Some of you people should be ashamed of yourselves!
Yeah well sometimes it's not just jokes, you can tell when people are out to ruin other people's good name for whatever reason. There is a difference between a light spirited joke, and one designed to hurt someone. It is not about me developing thick skin, I have already done this, BUT it is up to the bulliers to seriously think about what they are doing, why they are doing it and what pleasure and reward they are getting from it.
I made this thread to take a stand once and for all. There are hundreds of different ways to entertain oneself without systematically trying to destroy another person's reputation. In the real world, there are FAR more constructive things to do than harass people for fun. I AM JUST SAYING