going down in a blaze of glory

@jb78000 (15173)
October 12, 2010 6:17pm CST
well a blazing fire of tos violations. i was wondering why some people consider it a fun hobby to see just how many rules they can break on social sites before they are ordered off. now i can see why say bank robbing can be addictive for the adrenalin rush. not really my cup of tea, i can think of better ways to get an adrenalin rush (that is what extreme sports/dangerous men are for) and being put up in a nice comfy cell for a few years at the tax payers expense is not that appealing but i can understand it. i am not sure that you get the same thing from saying inappropriate things online but maybe you do. or possibly it is the appeal of being naughty, which is fun if you are ten. anyway i am still a bit puzzled. any theories about why people bother to do this? and some do it for years before pushing just a bit too far.
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@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
12 Oct 10
Oh I don't know but, there are a lot of members here that could use a nice stay in a padded cell. Just a few tons short of a load of bricks if I do say so.
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@jb78000 (15173)
12 Oct 10
there are a few that i am pretty certain have internet access in their padded cells. about half an egg sandwich short of a picnic really.
@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
12 Oct 10
I seen our famous "padded cell" member today. I also seen their discussion (I'm using that term lightly) go bye bye
@jb78000 (15173)
12 Oct 10
how sad.
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@Torunn (2810)
• Norway
13 Oct 10
I've go no idea really. I'm a moderator on another social site, and we got all kind of weird people. Some of them think the admins are evil and for some obscure reason mean that we should change the rules to make them feel better. It seems like they think that since they don't like the rules, they don't have to follow them. Then they get very upset when they're banned. Then there's idiots who try a bit more every time. In the end they're banned or deleted, and get very upset of course. We also got our fair share of plane idiots, one person posted a close-up of his rear-end. Very close close-up. No idea why.
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@jb78000 (15173)
13 Oct 10
maybe he thought that was his best angle. maybe he was right. maybe it was just as well you never saw his face.
@Torunn (2810)
• Norway
14 Oct 10
Not a copy-machine. Definitly digital camera. Which means he probably had somebody else take the picture. I like taking pictures of my friends, but that's an angle I'd never use. I feel that it'd be a bit too intimate really :-) A few of the trolls/spammers/etc are indeed young, probably too young to be trusted to behave on internet sites. On the other hand, we also had 13 year old members posting and behaving like polite human beings and grown-ups behaving like they were 12. Some of them really ought to be hand-cuffed when they're near a keyboard with an internet connection.
@jb78000 (15173)
14 Oct 10
he might have put it on a timer while he arranged himself to get the best angle. ok, i don't want to think about this any longer.
@Hatley (164519)
• Garden Grove, California
13 Oct 10
hi jb my theory is a lot of people are new and bent on making big bucks and maybe dysletic or too easily bored, bored, bored so they do not read the TOS or the guidelines, thats boring they cry, and thus blaze ahead and chop everyone of the rules down as they type away. It must be fun to see all those notificaions that you user sostupid have broke six rules in your discussion. They think they are going to make fifty times what the rest of us make a nd get paid for all our responses. well sostupid user guess what, you do not get paid for our responses. and if its deleted you do not get paid for deleted crap either.Maybe they think they can scream mylot is a scam long enough and someone will hear them. or maybe'they are ten emotionally and get their kicks this way, as they sure won't make any money.I am puzzled too blue bunny and also puzzled as whey they think my telling them to read the mylot admins information is being mean or sarcastic. to me its just basic logic.
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@jb78000 (15173)
13 Oct 10
i think they are ALL ten emotionally. the big bucks newbies, the trolls, the self righteous ones and the really, really thick ones. and you aren't being mean or sarcastic - just pointing out the obvious. i don't think they like logic much.
• United States
14 Oct 10
You have every right to let others know about the guidelines, there are some that actually appreciate that. I know I did when I first started here. I went in and read them and when I didn't understand something I found answers from members like yourself that would explain it. Which I say thank you to all those that do help. I have also tried to help others understand Mylot and its guidelines from what I have learned, knowing that it will get deleted eventually..lol
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
12 Oct 10
You would not want to be in one of our cells. Sleep on cardboard or newspaper and no coverings to keep someone warm. Overcrowded too. Lousy food and no exercise. I suppose that some peope get a kick out of breakng rues. Thinks:I really must read them again. Perhaps their lives are so unfulfied as well. Who knows what goes on in their heads?
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@jb78000 (15173)
13 Oct 10
i have had one comment deleted by mylot and they told me why. 'too short'. i didn't find this very exciting.
@jb78000 (15173)
13 Oct 10
yes
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
12 Oct 10
Did I miss something? I kind of like skirting the rules a teensy bit to see what I can get away with, but I'm not the sort that likes to blatantly break rules. Probably because I know I'll get caught....
@jb78000 (15173)
12 Oct 10
not lately. have noticed quite a lot of sustained rule breaking over the last year and was wondering why people like constantly having discussions deleted. the odd one because you needed to say something fair enough, but every day? don't see the point.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
12 Oct 10
And every day 10 times? Just asking for it...
@jb78000 (15173)
13 Oct 10
something like that
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@Louc74 (620)
13 Oct 10
Perhaps they're trying to hard to be taken seriously. Poor social skills in their real life, so they try to portray themselves as exciting risk takers online? Bit sad, really, if they don't have insight. How come posts like this make me really paranoid? I'm going to have to go and check my recent posts now.
@jb78000 (15173)
13 Oct 10
you don't need to. i just did. yes, 24 comments consisting of you typing angry, if juvenile, poo synonyms at people. 6 temper tantrums. a number of borderline generally offensive remarks. 35 discussions involving nasty stereotypes about the english. and 108 'discussions' that are just links to youtube videos. i looked at some of them. alan titmarsh seems to feature highly. what has the poor man ever done to you?, he's only a tv gardener.
@Louc74 (620)
13 Oct 10
The man who lives in the teapot says I cannot be held responsible for the things "Bad" Lou does while I'm not awake.
@jb78000 (15173)
13 Oct 10
i just spoke to the man in the teapot and he said this is rubbish. you always know full well what you are doing and do not have a split personality. 'bad lou' is lou in a bad mood.
@spalladino (17925)
• United States
13 Oct 10
Now, jb, you know the rules couldn't possibly apply to THEM! Those who do it intentionally do so because of their smug attitudes that convince them that they are entitled to behave in any way they please. Then there are those who are simply dense and, even after being repeatedly busted, still don't understand the concept of behaving yourself online. Of course, trolls are an entirely different animal...the arrive with the intent to push the limits and be as irritating as they possibly can be.
@jb78000 (15173)
13 Oct 10
unfortunately there are rather too many of both types. i especially love it when they complain about having yet another discussion deleted because they violated the tos. this of course has to be a Konspiracy and not simply what happens when you break the rules.
@spalladino (17925)
• United States
13 Oct 10
I've had comments deleted but that's usually because the comment above mine and on and on up the chain was deleted. I'm sure I've never done anything wrong because I'm perfect in every way.
@jb78000 (15173)
13 Oct 10
well yes i have had those too. very interesting the reasons given sometimes.
@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
13 Oct 10
I think that some people thrive on the attention that they get from being trouble makers. We have an online forum as part of our website and one of the most prominent posters on the forum was also a bit of a trouble maker. He was very controversial in his views and a bit of an extremist and did not mind pushing his views down the throats of another members. Several people started leaving the forum as a result of being upset repeatedly by him. Moderators were also kept very busy with his posts as there were always a lot of reported posts. He had a few warnings and then finally my wife banned him. He was shocked by this but after talking it through with my wife, he decided that our forum was not really the place for him anyway. He needed his own website. He started his own forum and information site along with his girlfriend and they ended up taking a lot of our members with them. It turned out that we lost far more people after banning him than we did from having him there. He now has a massive following and is known throughout the world in our industry. But what do you do? He violated the TOS so many times that it just had to be done.
@jb78000 (15173)
13 Oct 10
that's a strange one. but sounds the best all round that he took his ego (and unfortunately some of your followers) to his own site rather than kept on causing trouble on yours.
@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
14 Oct 10
Well it does save us a lot of work. We no longer require volunteer moderators but at the same time, our forum activity is about 10% of what it used to be. This also could be due to there being more websites in our industry now. We used to be almost the one and only site to go to. There were others, but they were a lot smaller. The main thing is that product sales are more than they used to be and that is what keeps us going. It was just nice to have an active community surrounding us.
• United States
13 Oct 10
Well, I would say they do it because they have nothing else to do with their life. Could be that they have no one in their life because they were treated in such away that they feel separated from others and this is away to gain attention to them selves. Loners looking to get attention no matter how they do it. Some just get off of the reactions of others. Best way is to not react to these, rather report them and go on with what you and your life has going on. The more you react, the more you get involved, the more the person is getting what they want.
@jb78000 (15173)
13 Oct 10
bored and lonely would explain a lot of it
@djbtol (5498)
• United States
13 Oct 10
When people online feel that they are anonomys, they are tempted to be more lose with their tounge. Many people, in the real world, live a life that does not allow for such open dialogue with others. When they get to the online world, they feel free and start wagging the tounge, which can be exciting. Are your referring to a particular incident or just in general? On occasion I have asked myself how I would feel if someone I worked with or a relative read my posts and knew they were mine. It can help tone down some of the hot spots.
@jb78000 (15173)
13 Oct 10
just in general. anyway although i doubt you get much deleted if you think you sometimes get too heated then one trick is to not post immediately. type up your responses then go and have a cup of coffee or a smoke or whatever then decide if you still want it going up. bit of a pest when you are discussing something but might be worth trying if this concerns you. i don't do this and there have been quite a few times i wished i hadn't posted so quickly...
@GardenGerty (101609)
• United States
13 Oct 10
I think it is a matter of just doing it to see if they can. I believe there is a certain percentage of people who just have a superman complex and think that none of the rules apply to them. Is there a particular discussion or user that this is about?
@jb78000 (15173)
13 Oct 10
not really, just what i have noticed from several over the last year or so
@fannitia (2170)
• Bulgaria
13 Oct 10
There are people who want to be provocative, to break the rules. I can't understand them either. It's difficult or even risky to do this in the real life. But here, on the net, you are hidden. So a sicial site like myLot is a good arena for every kind of violations.
@jb78000 (15173)
13 Oct 10
maybe they are very shy and nervous in real life and finally having a very delayed adolescent rebellion? online and hidden.
• Canada
12 Oct 10
Some people do it for kicks. They sign up to these sites with proxy ip's and fake email addresses only to be banned and sign up again with a new email address. The process goes on and on, repeated for as long as they can do it. For most people, it's not intentional, they simply don't read the rules and don't know that they're violating them. If they read the rules, then they would know what they're doing wrong. Some, like the ones who do it for kicks, do it for laughs, just to see how far they can go. You never know with some people.
@jb78000 (15173)
12 Oct 10
the ones that really puzzle me are not the innocent newbies or the trolls but the ones who appear to want to be taken seriously but keep on breaking the rules again. and again. and again. i don't know whether it is poor impulse control or they get something out of it.