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Of trolls and bridges. [Feb. 15th, 2008|03:15 am]


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So, someone just brought my attention to some guy bad-mouthing not only Dropline, but also me personally, in a very detailed way on his little website.

I spent a few minutes ripping his arguments open and showing him where the filling has gone bad in them, and the post is still pending approval.  I seriously doubt he'll let the response go through, but we'll see.  Either way, this is probably going to be the only thing you'll ever hear me say about it for the following reason...

The guy is using a particular form of troll argumentation that involves picking complex technical issues, and then making a very shallow complaint about them which requires a full explanation of the entire technical problem in order to rebut.  Basically, he makes a quick snipe that sounds perfectly reasonable on the surface, but is fundamentally flawed.  The person or group being criticized, in order to defend themselves, must take the time necessary to fully explain where this flaw is or it becomes a "are not... are too" argument.  To the uninformed reader, it looks like there's a reasonable complaint being voiced, even though nothing could be farther from the truth.   More importantly, even if the defender does take the time to explain the issue, those readers who have already absorbed the original posters sentiments aren't likely to sit and wade through the entire explanation, if they even see it.  Remember, to most people "simple == correct" always.

In short, this is a lose-lose situation to get into.   I'd lose in that it would take a huge amount of time educating this guy about all the things he doesn't know which are the reason he thinks he can safely make these claims (and why should I help someone who's being a jerk to me?), because hardly anyone is going to want to wade through all that text, and I'd lose just as easily if I didn't by ignoring his little bitch-fest.  So screw it.  I'm not wasting a bunch of my time getting into an extended pissing contest with this joker, and if all he's got to do with his time is bad-mouth me, than his life must be substantially more boring than mine is.  I'll take the third, unlisted option of simply rising above it.  I have stuff to do that matters and I've not found even a moment to start looking ahead to the 2.22 release of GNOME yet.