Last night, I was @replied by someone on Twitter asking for my email address.
A few hours later, I received a forwarded email thread. As it turns out, my recent post about Apple.com vs Microsoft.com homepages was the topic of debate. This guy and a group of his friends had been analyzing my post and ripping it apart. Along with a couple valid points came a lot of hate because they thought I was an Apple fanboy (which I'm not). Here are a select few of the quotes from different people in the thread:
He doesn't even raise a single valid point. Nothing he says is backed up by any reasonable evidence. Everything little thing he says basically screams "I'm a f***ing idiot. I don't get any of this." If he's trying to make any coherent thoughts, valid points, or striking debate, he's absolutely failed in every way imaginable. I'd be floored if this guy had ANY experience in web design, front or backend work.
The fact that this poor dope couldn't debate his way out of a wet paper bag, or construct a tangable thought and effectively convey it to sway opinion, I have to say he appears to simply be another uninformed apple fanboy trying incredibly too hard to bitch about the big guys.
There is so much more I could have ranted about with what this dips*** said. I could have delved in depth about design process, the backend of why things are done a particular way in web design, etc, etc. This guy is a troll in a way. I think he really does stand behind his ideas and opinions, no matter how slanted and ignorant they are.
Somewhere down the road, only having one mouse button to lick must have made cognitive thought / basic problem solving skills go right out the f***ing window with this dumb sap.
I certainly don't credit him as some kind of intellectual duelist, hell, I'm no debater myself, but as far as making a point and swaying opinion go, it looks like he barely got his out without causing his Macbook Air to go up in flames from the amount of drool that likely seeped out of his slack jawed mouth while typing this mindless heap of s***.
And then one of them suggested sending the thread to me, to which one replied:
I hope you do, that dumb f*** needs some help.
I remember seeing this kind of pointless hate when I use to hang out in digital video newsgroups back in high school. People would rag on others for no reason. I've never understood the mindset or the insecurity (possibly?) of those who have nothing better to do than to type long responses with mostly four letter words to others. Note that there is a difference between constructive criticism and ranting, and just general, pointless hate and running of the mouth. You don't see this kind of behavior in face to face confrontations, and I don't see why there has ever been a point to it online.
And that's one of the things I love about the Posterous community as a whole. About 99.9% of the people on Posterous are genuinely nice people, and a joy to interact with. So if you're part of that 99.9%, I'd just like to say thanks. It's been fun getting to know some of you over the past year, and I look forward to interacting with more of you in the future.