[INTP] Just Another Day on the Troll Farm

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This is a discussion on Just Another Day on the Troll Farm within the INTP Forum - The Thinkers forums, part of the NT's Temperament Forum- The Intellects category; "There's a reason it's called 'fishing' and not 'catching'." - Tilghman Island fisherman's response to someone who chartered his boat ...

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    Just Another Day on the Troll Farm

    "There's a reason it's called 'fishing' and not 'catching'." - Tilghman Island fisherman's response to someone who chartered his boat for the day and wanted a full refund because his party came back empty-handed.

    I loved living there. Extremely rich in what I like to call book material. But that's another story. Stories.

    Trolling. The kind where you trail bait behind the boat hoping to catch fish. Not the hairy little monster that lives under a bridge. It's like someone used the word, others didn't quite get the point of 'troll', went with the other meaning and now we're stuck with the hairy monster. "Don't feed the trolls." Like Columbus' mistake and now we have America "Indians".

    I joined Match.com. They'll warn you right up front to never wire money but I wasn't expecting a full scale assault. This isn't stray women here and there trying to make a dishonest buck, this is organized. If you stick with them long enough it becomes obvious that many of them are reading off the same script.

    But before the script comes tactics.

    The profiles are almost always 34 years old, short on words with a glam face shot.

    They contact you first and they're never local.

    Overuse of your name like a buddy-buddy used car salesman, "How are you this morning, Dark?"

    Then the conversation deepens...

    "What do you seek in a relationship?" Not "What are you looking for?" It comes across as stilted, English as a second language stilted. I have to refrain from responding, "I seek the Grail, oh wise one."

    Then they invariably let you know what they seek, "The most important thing in any relationship, especially a new one, is trust. Wouldn't you agree, Dark?" You can see where this will eventually lead.

    But here's my all-time favorite, "Tell me of your love knowledge." What the fuck is 'love knowledge'? And this one term was used on three separate occasions. Once is happenstance, twice coincidence, three times is enemy action. They're all working off the same identical script with hardly any variation.

    I find this attempted manipulation absolutely fascinating. I picture a dimly lit cellar, weasel-eyed women (and men) with dirty fingernails clicking away at their keyboards. The room smells of cabbage...

    And there has to be money being made at this. That's scary. I had one texting back and forth for over two hours. I have that kind of time to waste but they're working. It's obviously been practiced, proven and this approach they're taking has been fine tuned to lead to the best results.
    Last edited by DarkBarlow; 11-07-2019 at 06:03 AM.
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    You know what would be fun to do with people working off a script in text? Especially people you doubt...share a cultural reference point with you? Just start quoting love song lyrics at them.

    "Tell me of your love knowledge"

    I gotta take a little time. A little time to think things over.

    "Okay."

    I better read between the lines. In case I need it when I'm older.

    "How old are you/You're not old"

    Through the clouds I see love shine. It keeps me warm as life grows colder.

    Etc. Etc.

    Then just start going....I wanna know what love issssss...I wan you to shooow me...

    I think this is what I'll do with my spare time if I ever wind up single again. From my convent. In fact, now that I know this entertainment option exists, my husband had better watch his step.

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    A convent...pfft.

    Hey, I have a good read for you: Elmore Leonard, Gold Coast. I promise you'll laugh out loud.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkBarlow View Post
    I picture a dimly lit cellar, weasel-eyed women (and men) with dirty fingernails clicking away at their keyboards. The room smells of cabbage...
    I picture an ugly man, with his ugly smile, he is losing his hair as age comes to knock on the door. He's some kind of perverse coward who thinks the world owes him something, so he likes to take advantage of people, but at a distance that he won't be hurt.

    As a James Veitch fan I would love to make an account to troll scammers, but m gf wouldn't trust m intentions, lol.
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    34! Jeez I was looking for someone a bit younger, have you got any sisters?
    Troll trolling is a wonderfully subtle art form!
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    The thing is, they (Match.com) must know. It can't be hard to trace IPs and block them. But hey, it brings in men (=$), so let's create fake spam reports, and replace our poor victims by the same people but with a new hot profile pic so we can trap these people again.

    I had a friend (male, 21 or so at the time) who had this online job, chatting to poor unsuspecting men on dating websites. Maybe I should ask him about love knowledge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkBarlow View Post
    A convent...pfft.

    Hey, I have a good read for you: Elmore Leonard, Gold Coast. I promise you'll laugh out loud.
    That sounds super fun and a good change from the one about wry Newfoundland despair I'm reading now. So I'm in once this one's done. (Also in honour of Raylan Givens.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by NipNip View Post
    I had a friend (male, 21 or so at the time) who had this online job, chatting to poor unsuspecting men on dating websites. Maybe I should ask him about love knowledge.
    You must ask now. Where are you located?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkBarlow View Post
    You must ask now. Where are you located?
    I can fix you his number, $15.

    None of the U.S. states.
    La petite Belgique.
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    If you're on Match.com you've only got yourself to blame for having your time wasted.

    Try Tinder, considering how fast you bounced back from your wife's death you should be set with that.

    Ah, the curative powers of grief/pity porn threads.


     
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