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Re: Why GOD... WHY?!? Y2K+4 bug? Wassercrats
Jan 03, 2004 By the way, anyone know who holds the record for the worst # of posts/level ratio, or who has had the most total downvotes?
Jan 05, 2004 I'd like to claim the title of worst monk, overall, or to know who it is.
Jan 05, 2004 Hmmm... I'm not bad enough to catch up to sickboy by being myself. I'll have to look for a different record.
These posts were written shortly before Wassercrats began his quest for worst reputation. First the Boycott O'Reilly campaign, and then a few stubborn denials after receiving negative feedback on his code, his methods, and his understanding of best practices. (Or did it go back farther?)

If it were just a matter of the code quality, or the lack of usefulness of his code examples, I wouldn't think the guy deserves the community flogging he is receiving. People give specific comments and he dismisses them. People give general or "big picture" comments and he scoffs at them. The guy is clearly trolling for fun and profit, at the expense of the community.

What should really be done in a situation like this?

Somehow, as the saying goes, I don't think wrestling with the pig will work here. Banning people on the internet is kind of like writing spam filters; it's an annoying waste of resources that can never win an inevitable escalation.

I suggest people just avoid replying to the trolls; eventually they run out of steam and go on to some other pursuit.

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In reply to Do not feed the trolls... by halley

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