Than the webcomics they are trolling.
I used to read Las Lindas weekly, but I found I had too many other comics to keep up with along with all my work, so I switched to a monthly look-see schedule. Just recently, a friend who is also a fan of Las Lindas told me to go and read the comments left by not-fans in the last few weeks. They said it might help me write some more interesting observations for the APA board on Internet behavior. Boy, were they right. I LOL’ed a lot.
I also tried to be helpful in a nice way, but got literally attacked by the troll as a “white knight” of the artist. Wait – how did my waning interest in the comic itself translate into being a huge fan? I realized that the five or six trolls (it may seem like more, but one guy keeps using alts to post the same complaints/insults) don’t want to hear, “If you hate it, that’s fine – go find a comic you do like and use your energy there to promote it. It would be more appreciated.”
The problem with most of the people’s critizisms with Las Lindas is that they aren’t really constructive. What they are is incredibly insulting and profanity filled. Guess what, people? That doesn’t work. You can only effect change if you use constructive criticizism. Saying, “Your comic has gone to shit” is not constructive. A lot of those people then hid behind saying something along the lines that they were being attacked by fans for being adequately “critical” about the comic. To those people, you weren’t being critical – you were hiding like cowards and went on the defensive when people called you on your – excuse my language – bullshit.
I could also sense that some thought their attacks on the fans would somehow bring about the downfall of the comic and get it off the Web. That doesn’t work, by the way. You’d have better luck successfully flying to the moon with a rocket strapped to your ass and a fishbowl on your head. Trying to rip the rug out from under a webcomic does not work. Go check out that website I’ve mentioned in the past – Your Webcomic is Bad, and You Should Feel Bad. Oh wait – you can’t. That was an attempt by the founder to run Penny Arcade, Dominic Deegan and a few other sites they hated off the Net. Guess what? The comics are still there years later. GG, dudes, but you lost. Lost your website, as well. LOL
On that same note, fanatical fans should probably keep the vitrol to a minimum when defending their favorite comics. Using profanity or trolling tactics in the reverse does nothing to deter morons. Trust me – I’ve played both sides of that argument, and it doesn’t pay to fight fire with fire. All that happens is everyone gets burned in the end. Just ignore them and laugh at them on the forums. “Haters gonna hate” goes both ways.
Anyway, reading those comments was entertaining during my downtime. Thanks for the laughs. I’m sorry that they won’t take my words of advice because they are either too entrenched in hating something or they are too stupid to listen. I’ll be here later – you can leave your apology in my comments. XD
EDIT: I found the evolved version of “Your Webcomic is Bad.” It’s a wikia page now –> Bad Webcomic Wikia. I mean, it’s actually hilarious in most of the entries. There are some good, valid points which are buried under a ton of bad, poorly written points. The gold is buried in the crap (although the ridiculous crap can be extremely funny to read).