Thursday, March 6, 2008

True to form

I get a good deal of traffic on some of my older posts, especially the ones dealing with my opinions on politics or the military.

Most of these folks seem to surf in from search engines, read whatever post appeared in their search results, and disappear. About half the time they'll go to the main page, and then over to the 'top posts' section. Sometimes they come back, repeatedly to the same post, sometimes they fade back into the blogospherical ether and are never seen again.

And sometimes they feel the need to make comments on a four month old post.

Which leads me to add a category to my troll post, i.e. the 'Drive By Troll.'

Seriously, how many people actually go back and read the archives? Oh sure, new people surf in, and maybe poke around looking for something interesting I said. But come on, how many people really go back and read all of that? Including comments?

So, riddle me this: what's the point of leaving troll droppings on a four month old post?

Anyway, should you actually go look at the comments from my most recent asstard troll - which you'll see I left and actually even replied to (because I just felt like slapping somebody last night) - a pithy individual from Woodbridge, Virginia and one those Obama supporters Scalzi warned us about, see how many of the characteristics I've defined that he meets with just that one post. It's fun, and life affirming - oh, and you get extra credit if you can guess exactly what his (I'm assuming it's a 'him') search phrase was (Hint, note the title of the post).

And now I really must go do some actual work.


  1. I love drive-by trolls. They get the Shovel of Doom™, and never even know they've been hit.


  2. Do you hire yourself out to deal with others' trolls? That was thoroughly, decisively and well done. :)

  3. You left out the part about hunting them down and hitting them so hard their liver would fall out. Oh, That's my line. Just for fun did you trace the IP address and spam the livin shit out of them?
    Just sayin

  4. I'm going to pull a Nathan and point out a... article, kinda... that immediately made me think of Jim. Badges of Secrecy

    (Kinda on subject 'cause I am doing a drive-by blog-jack.)

  5. Anne, we have no idea what you're talking about, and I'm quite sure we were all somewhere else. Far away. Far, far away. On another continent. Sipping a cold umbrella drink.

  6. Beastly, I'll leave the liver kicking to you.

    Anne, no comment. Well, ok, a little comment. This guy is reading into things just a bit here. He's a little off base on a few of these patches, and way the hell off on others. Some of these are just jokes, and the one with the aircraft (goat sucker) is an A-6, not an A-7. Goat sucker, BTW, is the english term for Chupacabra (the goat sucker, who comes in the night and kills you - do the math). And if he really wanted to analyze symbols associated with black projects, he'd look at contractor coffee mugs, just saying.

    And speaking of symbols, wait until my next post. I get mail, some of it is, uh, a little out there. The nuts have worked loose today, really.

  7. When my blog grows up and I get my first trolls, I hope they're of the drive-by variety, (as opposed to the ones who park and take up residence.)

    Anne, I'm gonna let the trademark infringement slide just this time.

  8. I rarely get trolls on my site. (Plenty of searches for that naked chick Jim put in my comments though... ;)

    On the Linux Journal site, however, comments often go downhill quickly. It can be quite the unfriendly place. I think that's largely due to ability for users to remain anonymous. It's amazing the kahunas anonymity will give a person.

  9. Some of these are just jokes

    Heh. I wondered about that. If a project were super secret, would they really create a patch for it? Much more likely scenario is some smart-ass miltary type saying "wouldn't it be funny if we made fake patches?"

  10. Anne, I've got a few of those blank black patches with the phrase 'I could tell you, but then I'd have to kill you,' which we never actually wore, it was just a joke.

    I worked Special Access for most of my career (as Beastly can tell you). Nobody in these programs actually uses the term 'black projects.' The term 'black' refers to the type of funding and oversight, not the project itself.

    On the other hand, I'm intrigued, and I ordered a copy of the book from the Amazon last night - just for the giggle factor and to see if any of the programs I was involved in are included. Should be worth a laugh or two.

  11. Okay, I'm going to guess on the search phrase, since no one else has. Because I want extra credit.

    "Jerkoff Obama?"


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