Trolls, every social network community has them yet it is always frustrating to deal with them. Trolls make there presence known through their creative use of the English language, clever insults, and all around inaccuracy of information. For more clarification on what a online Troll looks like just take a stroll through YouTube.com comments and you’ll be an expert in no time.
Yesterday, I received an email from a person claiming to be a reader of the SeattleBubble.com. I read the SeattleBubble as the sites primary author, Tim, puts together well written posts which make mine look like a 5th grader wrote them. Occasionally I’ll comment yet most of the time I still feel like a rookie over there.
I admit, I’m not always perfect with opinions or analysis yet I try and do the best I can – this is a free country and the site hasn’t barred me yet from commenting. So, without further ado, here is Joe M. Maugh’s email.
Real Estate Troll’s Unedited Email
Zero down! Except you have to pay cash for the lot! And it’s a plastic house in an area that will be a ghost town in five years! Yes, I spent thirty seconds on your website! Losers! Tell your loser buddies to lose the Josh Powell facial hair! YUK! And your posts on the bubble? Annoying! I’m a lurker, I just annonomously flame assholes and morons. No need for my negativity to get on that website. So, so long asshole!
Let’s break down this email and attempt to decipher the author’s intent.
Item #1: Zero Down!
I’m guessing the author is alluding to USDA financing or the Marysville Meadows neighborhood zero down qualification. Fair enough and accurate yet the second sentence refers that the lot, in which the structure is attached too, is sold separate and the payment method is cash only. Completely inaccurate. With USDA financing and the Marysville Meadows, the lots are included with the purchase and not sold separately. Being said, USDA can’t be used to purchase a home that’s not attached to real property. An example is: a manufactured home in a park which is located on the east side of State Route 9.
Item #2: Yes, I spent thirty seconds on your website! Losers! Tell your loser buddies to lose the Josh Powell facial hair! YUK!
Thank you for the 30 seconds of traffic; guess you didn’t like what you saw. Fine with me as not everyone has to be happy with my message though the Josh Powell reference is most concerning. Being compared to a suicidal family killer is not something I’m used to or have ever happened before. That’s like saying a person has tendecies of Charles Manson because they read books. Also, who as the facial hair? Not I and not sure about the other commentors as facial hair isn’t a commonplace topic amongst real estate discussions. For the use of the work “Yuk”, in all caps, are you a late teen or twenty-something female? Must be for the descriptive word that once was used to keep children from poisonous household chemicals. I’m sure the Joe M. Maugh is a pseudonym.
Item #3: And your posts on the bubble? Annoying!
As mentioned in the second paragraph, I occasionally comment on the SeattleBlubble’s blog posts so to make reference to me posting on that website is highly inaccurate as well. The emailer is quickly loosing any ground in which to forge an argument. A post implies authorship of a published article on a personal or professional blog not the comments left by readers/participants of that community.
Item #4: I’m a lurker, I just annonomously flame assholes and morons. No need for my negativity to get on that website. So, so long asshole!
The words “I’m a lurker” explains everything. So rather than try to participate and attempt to appear smart you come to my site and send nasty grahams to try and upset my mojo. To funny! Though I do find this email bothersome; the email gives me content in which to blog on. The language. I have been known to swear now and again with friends or while telling dirty jokes amongst friends. Yet posting comments or sending emails to site owners with that type of language isn’t suitable for professional communications in my opinion. I’m all for admitting when I’m wrong and yet I do my best not to be – I wasn’t a 4.0 student in college. I always need topics for real estate humor so send a few more emails and I’ll make sure to publish them.
With all this being said, I still cannot determine the sender’s intent. Was it to vent frustration? Was it call me a moron and say I should stay off the internet? Was it just to vent frustration on their own real estate transaction? Was it to get a rise out of me and piss me off? Who knows and I’m done trying to determine intent.