I found out that trolls exist everywhere and are great website designers!

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  1. 63dot macrumors 603

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    I am a law student and I joined what I thought was a legitimate site about law school. But what I found is that it, like many out there, are just places for teens to hang out and prank on everybody.

    When I mentioned some real basic concepts of law school and content/material, almost nobody knew what I was talking about. I was shocked at how genuine looking special interest sites have become which are really nothing more than a teenage prank call on the internet.

    I am older so I don't know what it's like to be a teen and be expert at designing real looking sites to lure in real people looking for answers.

    I am glad that this macrumors, among just a very few others I have found over the years, is real and is based on Apple products.
     
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    Aaah, the "joys" of life on the net! :)

    I have to admit that I only look at two forums, this one, and the TDI Club one.
     
  3. 63dot thread starter macrumors 603

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    I have narrowed my special interests down to just this site and one on reviewing products for Amazon.Com. The vast majority of the rest of the special interest sites I have visited are troll havens.

    When the internet first came out, I thought it was going to be great for the furtherance of human information. It's been better for disinformation and I have now found more joy in magazines, newspapers, and the library. Though not perfect, I still get better answers there. My original gripe with magazines was that they were polluted with too many ads. Man, I didn't know what advertising was until I saw spam, pop-ups, and banner ads. :)
     
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    "Hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and bad advice are 'common elements of life'." [1]

    1. Factoids, art. I, § 1-022, cl. 2.
     
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  6. 63dot thread starter macrumors 603

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    I won't even go there anymore or quote their url to give them any business. However, many sites related to special interest sites that are supposedly neutral, and even professional, are owned by porn kings which does not surprise me anymore. I actually saw quite a few but was able to find one or two in my subject matter that I think are not troll sites or there to eventually sell you something that may or may not be real.

    But I understand what may happen if porn got shut down on the internet, and that explains why that industry has resorted to non-porn sites as a backup. Famous porn king Larry Flynt has an interest in science magazine Omni for instance but that is actually OK by me. But there is a dark underside of blogs and special interest forums and the lure of easy money and finding suckers is why the online porn industry has kept a relationship with cyberpunks and hackers/crackers.

    At the same time, I don't think the government should strongly enforce the internet since freedom of speech is much more important. The government should also not regulate how people decide to spend their money on the internet via spam ads, so the best I can say is, "Buyer beware!".
     
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  8. 63dot thread starter macrumors 603

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    Yes, I got way off topic.

    Once my professor told the class that the nearly the whole internet these days was porn. Of course, most of us challenged him, but his definition also included disinformation and spam. At the time, I didn't see it as porn per se, but now I understand what he means. He was my computer science professor who used the world wide web in its earliest incarnations when it was actually a primary research tool for government and education organizations.

    On the other hand, I still believe anybody has the right to post and if we want to talk about freedom of speech, then I am more than happy to defend it and keep the government out. But then we would have to move this thread to the politics forum. :)
     

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