The Tao of the Grif

The Tao of the Grif

CorndogBurglar explains Grif

Whether you are a longtime user of this site, or just started your membership today, there is not a single person on this site who does not know about Grif. Grif has been on this site longer than most. When I started my membership over 2 years ago, Grif was here. In fact, I think he was here before Galactus even created the site. He was sitting here trying to impose his mostly negative opinions onto this empty domain page. From time immemorial, he was here. My point? Grif is family to other long time users like myself. He's like that grumpy relative that everyone has, that kind of sticks out from the rest of the family. Sure he doesn't usually talk to anyone, but since when has that been a requirement of posting messages on community boards? Here, or on any site? He does nothing wrong. He comes into articles, states his opinion, regardless of how negative it is, and then he leaves. Where is the crime? He's certainly not a troll...

The definition of a Troll:

In Internet slang, a troll is someone who posts inflammatory[citation needed], extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response[2] or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.[3] The noun troll may refer to the provocative message itself, as in: "That was an excellent troll you posted". While the word troll and its associated verb trolling are associated with Internet discourse, media attention in recent years has made such labels subjective, with trolling describing intentionally provocative actions outside of an online context. For example, mass media uses troll to describe "a person who defaces Internet tribute sites with the aim of causing grief to families."[4][5]

Now, after reading that, does Grif really sound like a troll? Does he post off-topic messages? Nope. Is his intent to provoke readers into an emotional response? No, sir. He never insults anyone, and there have been times, admittedly few and far between, where Grif has actually posted positive comments. So he certainly isn't just trying to get a rise out of people. Is the primary intent of his posts to disrupt normal on-topic discussions? Nope, because again, all his comments are on-topic.

So basically, people need to lighten up and take a long look at what they're doing when they attack Grif in articles. Is he really so bad? Before you jump on Grif next time, or anyone really, ask yourself these questions. Which is worse? Grif's negativity, that really isn't hurting anyone? Or the fact that you just can't stand to see someone post a differing opinion than yours, so you feel the need to attack? Really, which is worse?



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