Blogging Lingo

Via Atrios, via Yglesias, Karen Tumulty has a question:

What is a "concern troll"?

Atrios and commenters provide the answer. What other questions should be answered on blogging lingo? I imagine you know what a "purity troll" is by now. And you are all aware of the the "pimping" and "whoring" rampant in the blogs. A veritable Sodom, not to mention Gomorrah.

I claim authorship of one term, but I think both the term and the practice really has not caught on - "linky thread." This is an Open Thread that contains links to other posts from other blogs that you feel merit attention. Now a staple at daily kos and other sites.

My favorite insidery blog phrase was "Holden gets a pony." I think everyone knows that story, but if you do not, Google and Wikipedia have it. Just kidding, one of the leading atriots, NTodd, quoting athenae, explained:

Way back in the dark days of March (or maybe April?) 2004, Holden bet me $50 that Bush would drop below 40 percent approval rating by the 4th of July. Since Holden was clearly a crude and f[******]ted peddler of nonsense, I agreed to his silly wager.

Over the next months, we proceeded to taunt one another, until finally Holden insulted my womanhood or something, so I was forced to reveal that he is, in fact, a girl who wears a frilly dress.

Thus began the great Eschaton Civil War. There were teams. The teams had uniforms. Mine were better. Holden’s had more lace.

But there’s only so much clothing online, and so we ran out of ugly bridesmaids dresses to clothe one another in, and thus it was revealed that Holden, in addition to being a frilly girl, also rode a pony.

Somehow (there was a lot of liquor involved) this bet evolved into Bush’s sucky poll numbers resulting in Holden ACQUIRING a pony, rather than just riding one, and now they are irrevocably linked: Bush sucks, Holden gets a pony.

Scott Baio is in there too, and Thersites getting into a fight with him, and there's something about Hecate and some box turtles and last we saw NTodd he was running off to secure the 75 kilos of smack in his hatchback, but we got most of the stains out of the carpet. You should have been there, man. It was epic. I think Tena's still hungover, and pie never did find her socks.

Yes, the atriots have their own world, and no, we don't get to be a part of it. There is always someone having more fun than you. Always. Call it the Blogging Corollary to Murphy's Law, or "The Other blog is more fun."

Or more "juvenile," "shrill," "traitorous," "Godless,"vituperative," etc. Althouse has written at length on this. So has Altmouse.

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    A concern troll (5.00 / 5) (#1)
    by scarshapedstar on Wed Mar 28, 2007 at 09:37:34 AM EST
    Is your classic wolf in sheep's clothing. For example, someone who posts on a liberal site claiming to be a liberal at heart who nevertheless supports precisely 0 liberal causes. They will often claim that they only disagree with the people advocating their erstwhile agenda and would revert in a heartbeat if everyone else simply adopted their wildly contradictory views on one or more pet issues. Whether this person is spectacularly unprincipled or a thinly veiled hoax is left as an exercise to the reader.

    It would be as if I started posting on right-wing sites, saying "Hey, guys, I'm a social conservative! I've picketed 20 abortion clinics! That said, I'm voting for Hilary and her godless, baby-killing agenda because Dick Cheney said dirty words on the Senate floor."

    claiming to be a liberal at heart ... (5.00 / 4) (#2)
    by desertswine on Wed Mar 28, 2007 at 09:49:22 AM EST
    Why that rings somehow familiar.

    Yeah well (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Wed Mar 28, 2007 at 10:27:58 AM EST
    I think we all have an idea of what it means now.



    I refer to the Big Orange . . . (none / 0) (#4)
    by walt on Wed Mar 28, 2007 at 10:55:46 AM EST
    . . . as Trollsylvania.  Some days half the comments come from concern trolls, mole trolls (a rightwingnut with a 5-digit UID), diary police, grammar grannies (usually inept Latin rules with no application to English), spelling nannies, purity liberals, DINOs, agree/disagree schizos, quotation fixers & re-attributers, sock puppets, DLC trolls, thread busters, comment pimps, diary whores, etc.

    After keystroking that, it actually seems as if more than half, maybe like three-fourths of the . . . oh well.