Saturday, October 22, 2011

Excellent Troll Killer

Leave it to The Onion to come up with best tech fix to the bigges scourge of the Internet era.

The parody news site has an article in which Internet trolls are lured to a decoy site, thereby freeing legiimate Web sites of those awful people who incessantly post wildly stupid, mean-spirited comments on anything that appears on the site.

The Onion article on the decoy site called Outkube says:

"According to sources, Outkube boasts thousands of articles and forums carefully crafted to draw in dim-witted web users and effectively quarantine obtuse, uninformed comments on topics such as gay rights, Ryan Gosling, the threat of Sharia law in the U.S., health care reform, whether Kobe is better than LeBron, Jewish control of the government and media, the New York Jets, the Second Amendment, and professional wrestler John Cena."

I know this is a fake news article, but I have to believe there is some technical wizard out there who will take this idea and run with it. Steve Jobs unfortunately is dead, but there must be some young genius out there who will create this Next Big Thing. 

Think of the aggravation this would save. News and other Web sites are constantly scrubbing their comment sections of troll comments. Trolls are generally stupid enough to fall for a decoy site, aren't they? 

This solution is also much less messy than the solution I've thought of, which is grabbing all the trolls and leaving them naked, on northern Canada's Baffin Island, in January.

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