Exercises in stealing validation. http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/thread.html?topicId=10043091564&sid=1&pageNo=1 Here is a little exchange from a recent altercation of mine on the wow forums. It was a case of raw trolling where I was criticizing a mage talent. I was making a serious argument and they tried to exploit that seriousness as an opportunity to provoke me. Notice how I immediately turned it around by planting seeds of accusation as to their intentions while at the same time protecting my own intentions with a show of sincerity. I then proceeded to lecture them on how to best accomplish their goal of griefing me to which they responded in a manner that validated my accusation as to their intentions. In the end their intentions were exposed and my position was validated. By martyring my ego their attacks became my own. Babylon - lol jaden prolly hates us. but I <3 you teen. Jaden - Would you like me to hate you? I'm sorry I don't do hate very well. Business - Hate me todayyyyyyyyyyyyy Hate me tommorowwwwwwwwwwwwwwww Jaden - Your humor is too forced. It needs more context to play well. Jaden - If you want to grief me then I recommend you make passing references to my failures with women. That is my most vulnerable spot. Kokanie - You have a big nose, and as a result women are naturally repelled Babylon - Don't let that get you down. /therapy Jaden - My nose is slightly crooked, but that's not the reason. Try again. Kokanie - You're short, bald, fat, wear glasses, and have the last name: Costanza ??? Jaden - I said to make "passing references." Direct attacks are so crude and amateurish. The truly skilled troll takes a more insidious approach. Kokanie - I'm still just a padawan Salesmann - women dislike you for the same reason you rolled a gnome. Also, exercise in denying validation from the same thread: Affix - You're complaining about spending 5 points to get a 5% damage increase, so you can get to the 51 point talent which has a stun component that is entirely worthless in PvE raiding as well... WHY ARE YOU DEEP FROST THEN? Jaden - Why would you advocate tier 11 frost for raiding? Notice how she assigned an argument to me and attacked it when I never made that argument. A simple reversal is all that is required there. The answer to my question is invalidating of her original post... that answer being, "I never advocated that," which is the answer I refuse to give. If she has any sense she won't reply to that. But if she feels compelled to defend her ego then she may accuse me of being a troll or something.