Where did he "openly admit" he'd say anything for a response? -
Right here. Read it; it reads like he tried to write himself a eulogy after being martyred. Some quotes...
"Well, shortly after this I decided to test the system myself, and conducted a small-scale experiment by posting a variety of opinions and seeing how people reacted." - Yeah... this "small-scale" experiment was "small" in the sense that the Signal11 account reached around 900 Karma, and is quite possibly *the* most well known name on slashdot. Basically, you can't trust a word he says, because for months, he said ANYTHING just to get people to reply. And when Rob Malda put in the Karma Cap to take away his measuring stick of Greatness, he took his toys, and left. And came here.
"On practically every article that I could come up with an opinion on, I posted to. Some of them were fine works of literary art. Others were little more than OOG_THE_CAVEMAN posts, except without the capitalization." - Once again, this isn't a "small-scale" experiment. At first, maybe he did post some insightful comments. I recall a few that were worth rereading. But in the end, all he did was take the "popular" thought, and spit it back out, in order to draw responses. Or, he took the "unpopular" thought, and trolled with it, in order to draw responses.
Posting on web discussion boards is Sig11's hobby, he does contribute a lot of interesting stuff, he doesn't flame, so why do you hate him so much? - Because he doesn't CONTRIBUTE. He has no original thought; he just spits back the thoughts of others and tells them what they want to hear in order to see his name show up. As far as I'm concerned, he's lost all credibility.
Are you going to start hating professional writers because they also crave people reading their work? - I do detest professional "writers" who don't have original thought. I'm dating an English major; you certainly can't accuse me of hating ALL professional writers. There's plenty of room in the world for columnists who just restate old ideas, but they're hardly artists, or writers. To me, a WRITER is someone who expresses an original thought, or an old thought in a new way. Signal 11 does neither; he's a hack, and a poor one at that. He's no better than E!, or Britney Spears. He says what he says simply because that's what people will react to. Britney Spears is an excellent ENTERTAINER. But she's not a musician. Signal 11 is no more a writer than she is a musician. She can't write a song or play an instrument or sing a capella without studio help, and Signal 11 is no better. At most, he's an entertainer. An amusing sideshow. "Gee, where did he troll today?"
I'd like to know where you get your self-esteem from and how it's somehow better than Sig11's way (if you're right and that's why he posts so much). - I get my self esteem from being able to have original thought and articulate it well. Gimme a week to finish up some of my school work, and I'll have an article in the submission queue. I've been working on a few for a while now. Unlike Signal 11, I value quality over quantity.
Anyways, this post may or may not have appeared to be a troll. But the sad thing is, given his past antics, nobody can tell. Given his past antics, anything he says now using that nick is always void and invalid, at least in my book. If he wants to be taken seriously, let him get a new nick. And let him put his real name with it; in the vast majority of situations, anyone with opinions that are valid will be proud to stand up behind them.
-BOredAtWork, or Dave Sracic. Take your pick.
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