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The Internet's Greatest Supervillain

The supervillain known as The Troll is now locked up and unable to harm anyone. But there's always one more person succumbing to the allure of internet courage and anonymity, as illustrated by Farley Kitz in The New Yorker.

Web Commenter Man didn't start out bad. He was just an average person who, to his shock, found someone wrong on the internet. He responded. Then he kept arguing with this mysterious enemy. Thus belong a long, dark slide into textual depravity.

-via Meg Gardiner


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I went through the sign-up process several times before it finally "took". Even now, right below this comment box it tells me I haven't verified my e-mail address... It says I have 24 hours to verify before my account is disabled... I've been using this account for 4 months, now. Just waiting until my account is suddenly inaccessible one of these days. Neatorama has never sent me an e-mail, no matter how many dozens of times I click "resend". Nothing in my spam folder. Never sent.

Actually, just tried it again and it finally worked for the first time. Doesn't explain why it was hosed-up for months.
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