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What do you think of a trolling forum?

Discussion in 'Forums' started by KenBrace, Mar 14, 2015.

  1. KenBrace New Member

    KenBrace

    What is your opinion of a trolling forum?

    A site where you could post whatever you want without worry of rules and quality.

    Maybe just blow off some steam if you need to or rant about something that's been bothering you for the past week.

    Sounds kind of crazy but it might actually be kind of fun (and useful).

    There would obviously have to be a rule about no commercial spam but other than that the sky's the limit.

    Am I a lunatic or is this actually not a bad idea?

     
  2. Converse Active Member

    Converse

    I think you're a lunatic, but there might be enough lunatics around to make a forum.

     
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  3. KenBrace New Member

    KenBrace

    HAHA. You never know. :D

    Something awful seems to have worked out. Though it's more of a comedy/trolling site.

     
  4. xTinx New Member

    xTinx

    Eh. So perhaps we can expect this forum to be nothing more but a bunch of irreconcilable and incomprehensible randomness if the forum you've envisioned is a "no holds bar" one. Everyone will be at each other's throat, trying to one-up the rest.

     
  5. toradrake Member

    toradrake

    A lot of forums I've been too have a section for that. You go in, let off steam and leave it be. I hardly see that board being used though.

     
  6. KenBrace New Member

    KenBrace

    I know a forum that has what they call "the pit" and it's for (almost) unmoderated discussion. It's a private forum closed off to the public.

    I also have something similar to this on one of my forums. I call it "The Troll Cave" and it's for splitting threads that turn into flame wars. The rules must be closely followed in the rest of the forum but in the troll cave the rules are much more lax. People can speak their minds and blow off steam. They can settle issues with each other even if it requires 100 pages to do so and good many insults in between.

     
  7. toradrake Member

    toradrake

    I think it would be great for all sites to have a board like that. It allows for conflicts to be resolved rather then issues happening in the site which can disturb your community. I would rather have a "ranting room" then for there to be static in the site itself.

     
  8. KenBrace New Member

    KenBrace

    Yep. A ranting sub-forum is a must for pretty much any open discussion forum.

    It would look bad on an informational or Q&A forum though.

    To be that's one of the good things about discussion boards. They have the feeling of a real community. Every community has fights that need to be resolved. Forum wars can actually be kind of fun at times. They really draw people into the site and get them involved.

     
  9. toradrake Member

    toradrake

    I just realized I did not put one in my site. LOL I think I will call my the Panic Room. What do you think?

     
  10. KenBrace New Member

    KenBrace

    Sounds decent. I think all discussion forums need a unique "troll cave". Some people just called it "unmoderated". I think it's better to give it an actual name though.

    Some names I've heard are "the pit", "the troll cave (mine)", "the black hole", and a few others.

     
  11. orocot New Member

    orocot

    Hi,

    I like the idea. I created something a long the lines of what you described. To be fair it's a no go. Getting the forum off the ground and adding content to the forum is hard, but actually getting people to join on such a forum is harder.

    What I have found is that people say that they don't have much to rant about or let off any steam. Maybe you might get a better response. :)

     
  12. danielle davidson New Member

    danielle davidson

    I'm sure that there would be people who would love to be apart of that. I think that there are enough trolls in the world, and that it would be a good idea. If there was someone who wanted to make something like this, you could make good money from it I'm sure. The only thing is that it might get out of hand. I'm sure that there would be people who would abuse it.

     
  13. Alunny Member

    Alunny

    I used to be on an unmoderated forum and let me tell you moderation became a part of the process pretty quickly, even though it is extremely lax.

    Also I would never create a forum strictly for trolling, more for people to come hang out with lax moderation. Then trolling can happen or not happen it just depends. You need to remember trolling is only fun for the troll and if trolling is the focus it makes it hard to troll.

     
  14. danielle davidson New Member

    danielle davidson

    @Alunny
    That is true when you think about it. I think that the main thing is that it's only for people who want to troll. Like that woldn't be a site that I would use just because I wouldn't want to deal with something like that. I would hate to be on a forum like that, which is why I'm sure that they made one for people who would want to troll. But I do agree that a lax forum is so much better.

     
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  15. Alunny Member

    Alunny

    Isn't that what 4chan is for though? ha ha I wouldn't know because I don't even know where that is but still!

    Lax moderation isn't always a good thing...essentially you'd get a really warm welcome and then within your first 6 months you'd have a face off with a senior member or a bunch of them and if you didn't hold your ground or win you'd be treated like crap afterwards. You'd be able to feel how they didn't want you there and they'd straight up ignore you.

    It wasn't a click, it was a mentality...and you had to get through their hazing to be accepted and respected, and even that was shakey ground. It became a bit of an obligation/obsession...you had to be there every day or you might miss something and you'd have a horrible feeling about missing something.

    It was so bad I never invited any friends there because I didn't want to put them through it even though I did sometimes have fun there. The bullying was acceptable as long as it wasn't name calling or threats so you were never protected. I was there for about 3 years and started my own forum at about the 2 year mark. I had quite a few follow me over there but only about half of them stayed because the others were not willing to follow the rules. I got a fair bit of flak for it...I do have quite thorough rules but not many of them are more than common sense and courtecy/respect. Anyway my forum was always seen as an escape and I actually had their 8 most active members become my 8 most active members! I only invited 3 of them as well, and 2 of them later became my staff members.


    So just based on my experiences with "trolling" and "lax moderation" forums I think it's not good. Not that lax. Have some anti-bullying rules, let people fight or debate but don't let it go over the top sort of thing. There's a proper way to do it and even that forum which started with no rules needed some to keep the peace, and even those few rules didn't stop it from having all out fights/wars every month which I will always refer to as hazing. It was a deadly cycle!

     
  16. danielle davidson New Member

    danielle davidson

    Wow, that is awful that they would do that. I mean I can't believe that people wouldn't have a little more respect for people. I get that they haze people to see if you can get in with them, but I have never agreed with that. I mean I always get really upset when someone says something mean to me on forums, so I don't think that I would take that very well. I mean I don't blame you for not inviting yours friends either, I don't think that I would want to invite mine either. I wouldn't want to put them through that, like you siad.

     
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  17. Jason76 Member

    Jason76

    Many forums are already trolling forums because the administration won't punish offenders or has very weak rules. Many people go on such forums expecting a fight, much as someone expects violence in some rough bar. Anyhow, a debate exists whether or not trolls are cowards. I mean, it's easy to be a big man online. :rolleyes:

     
  18. maverick New Member

    maverick

    I guess you're referring to the 4chan's area called /b/, am I right? I guess it's a really interesting place because you really see the real nature of the humans that populate that forum. Generally it's all about pornographic content or some other things related to that but I heard that there were a guy sometime ago who basically posted the photo of a grenade and then he never replied back. After sometime the admin of 4chan traced its IP and it showed up he was from Honduras. The searched for a grenade explosion in the Honduras' news and they found a guy that was playing with that blew up.

     

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