First real-life communication example being mentioned here (even if this one is related to authentical online conversations)! I have recently been "trolling" two of this forum's mods. (In reality, it was about something possibly funny only).
First of all, when mentioning any real-life examples, they can be about any person. But in this case, as I just said in the title, it was about me. If there even is the slightest misunderstanding
, it wasn't about the usual kind of trolling.
Whatever anyone says to me in a P
M is p
art of a personal
message to me. I don't publish other people's PMs even in an anonymized fashion. And I also simply don't quote anything that I, myself, wrote in a PM if it contains anything that even indirectly mentions the other person's sayings. Also, especially for the purposes of this post, I am not even quoting what I said myself, but re-writing it from memory.
Having said all of that, if the two mods whom I sent it to still wouldn't like my own sayings being mentioned for any reason, they simply can PM me for the purpose of myself removing whatever they would like to be removed. But I hope that I was able to let them know that this simply is about real-life examples.
["Itsy Bitsy Spider" Size Disclaimer: I do not feel like praising either myself or others for some reasons that could take a long time to write down.] And I also would like to let all the others reading it that those two mods are among the people I am really happy to be able to stay in touch with. Also I'd like you to know that these two messages weren't at all my first ones to them. Even I
fully realize that this could be rather problematic, even if one makes it clear what it is all about, but still...
Also, all of you reading this thread, including de two a-dem
[the two of them], can comment on these examples.
For those of you who do not know, snake oil means something that is useless, but heavily over-prized. It isn't literally fat of snakes/serpents. I first mentioned it in my main log.
SomehowGeekyPolyglot wrote:Also there is something you (not just one person, but you as in "you all") didn't know yet about that SGP guy.
He didn't come here to practice languages only.
So what is his second reason?
Has he got 353.43 liters of snake oil he would like to sell?
No, not at all.
Then what about 231.15?
No, because... he simply hasn't got any.
Instead, the second reason is...
major "spoiler" ahead...
The second reason is practice of some social abilities of himself.
And yes, I do know very well that there are certain limits of doing so online.
But speaking of this matter, I only consider the forum activity as something additional.
Now for the first "trolling" example. One of the mods told me something about the way spammers would get banned, because this was part of a certain topic (which I am not mentioning) we spoke about. Now here is what I told him.
SomehowGeekyPolyglot; rewritten from memory wrote:
Maybe you already realized that my signature contains a certain link. There, I denied having approximately 300 liters of snake oil. But what if I only claimed not having that amount because I in reality even have got thousands I'd like to sell?
(At this time, there was a different link in my signature. It pointed to a certain post that I already quoted inside of the one you are reading right now. You know... about those approx. 300 liters of snake oil I do not have.)
And this is how the second one had been "trolled". In his case, it even was an entire PM solely dedicated to Acting As If I Really Had Troll Ancestors. But even in that PM I avoided anything that would really be a lie or anything like that. Instead, I used questions like, "what you like to buy some snake oil" that can be considered as something merely interrogative, too. Once again, I am not even quoting that PM, but re-writing it from memory, and it definitely (just as my "meaning only" quote above) contains a different wording. But it still should give you an idea of what happened.
SomehowGeekyPolyglot; rewritten from memory wrote:Subject: This Message Is Not Spam
This message may come to you in utmost surprise.
But I still would like to ask you if you would like to buy some snake oil.
SGP, the user who neither lives in your country nor has got any snake oil to sell