In memory of 2011 その11: of trolls, disagreements, and interesting discussions

In which I return, sort of, to the second big obsession that claimed my life.

"They have a cave troll."

I had thought myself lucky. My entry into the online Macross fandom started only as the release of the first Frontier film approached. By then, a certain troll that had antagonised everyone on AS, and even alienated a number of fans who were actually ‘on her side’, had long since disappeared. There were some on ‘the other side’ who could be trying, but they were endurable.

And then an apprentice came. Just before the release of the 2nd movie, as excited as the rest of us. But then the spoilers appeared, and the apprentice started their neverending tirades.

Those of us who had seen the film tried to be understanding at first. We constantly pointed out that everyone should see the film themselves before making any judgements. But the tirades didn’t stop – they only became more and more insistent. And continued even after the film was available on BD and DVD, when everyone who wasn’t a pupil of the troll could see how implausible those arguments were.

It was, shall we say, incredibly tiring.

And that sums up the most trying thing about having been heavily involved in a forum in the year just past. Of course, there were others, namely (1) encountering people who use words without knowing what they actually mean / how they are used, (2) encountering people who think that people are the same everywhere around the world, and (3) encountering people who like to criticise creators that follow their own creative spirit instead of giving the former what they want.

I know – WTF, right?

But on the other hand, it’s also possible to have some illuminating conversations on forums. Both in the threads and elsewhere. Just like in real life, there are pests, but also fun souls, entertainers, and some rather more serious people. The pests I can definitely do without, but the fun and informative exchanges will always have me coming back for more. At least, as long as I can spare the time.

And the ‘grand’ finale tomorrow. See you then!

p.s. and those who can’t guess what the final post will be about should really eat their hats…

About karice
MAG fan, amateur translator and political scientist-in-training. I also love musicals, travel and figure skating!

6 Responses to In memory of 2011 その11: of trolls, disagreements, and interesting discussions

  1. Xard says:

    “By then, a certain troll that had antagonised everyone on AS, and even alienated a number of fans who were actually ‘on her side’, had long since disappeared.”

    as for you-know-who, funny thing is she wasn’t even genuine troll intending to troll people. It’s just that due to her aggravating writing style she can only come off with such impression.

    Has the “apprentice” disappeared by now? That would be preferrable…

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    • karice says:

      It’s just that due to her aggravating writing style she can only come off with such impression.

      I really don’t understand how someone can go through life being so KY…her apprentice is like that too. And no, she hasn’t disappeared. Though it’s been somewhat more peaceful recently *touch wood!*

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      • Xard says:

        …what does “KY” mean? ^_^’

        Well, good to hear it’s been at least somewhat more peaceful

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      • karice says:

        ‘KY’ = ‘空気読めない’, lit. ‘can’t read the atmosphere’, a phrase used in Japan to describe people who are socially inept…

        I guess she’s off writing her fanfiction or something. (^_^;;)

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  2. Xard says:

    Thanks. Japanese acronyms using western alphabet are something of a permanent headache for me though thanks to browsing enough nico nico douga and seeing some often enough I’ve figured out at least some… but others like KY are complete mysteries

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