A week ago, in honor of the Internet Troll Personality Disorder diagnosis, I announced I was hosting an ITPD contest. I asked people to write in the most egregious troll remark they had ever received on a blog post.
I did not get the scores of entrants I imagined, perhaps because I miscalculated the appeal of the giveaway prize, this unique ITPD coffee mug.
Five people wrote in to share their trolliest remark. In order of least heinous to most heinous, here are the troll riffs:
Janie reported an exchange on a Yahoo blog. In response to the question, “what is a good comeback for guys who tell you to make them a sandwich?” someone responded with, “you better come back with a sandwich.” While I would not say that is technically a troll remark, it is an amusing comeback.
Divorce blogger Mikalee Byerman reported this troll remark:
“I dont relly like you…u think ur too cool. but ur not..i dont even see what is so interesting about ur blog. U cant even write for peanuts.”
Some advice for trolls like Mikalee’s: if you want your attack to carry the punch you intend, check your spelling and punctuation.
Christina Simon, creator of the Los Angeles private school admission blog, Beyond the Brochure, got into a “blog spat” with actress Mayim Bialick after she wrote about Bialick’s “Perfect Mommy” rules that few moms can live by. Christina stated that she was pelted by Mayim and her cronies from the Holistic Moms Network, some of whose comments were “too cruel to publish.”
Educational consultant Lori Day reported this sinister troll attack: “Lori, you c**t, wake up from your gynocentric stupor.”
But it is Adina Giannelli who wrote in the most heinous troll comment of all. After her 5-week-old daughter’s unexpected death, Adina started a heartbreakingly beautiful blog, Today for Talya. One troll apparently took issue with her choice to honor her daughter’s short life and called Adina a “dead baby whore.”
You can’t get more trolly than insulting a mother grieving her dead child.
Therefore, Adina wins the Internet Troll Personality Disorder mug! This caffeine receptacle may come in handy because Adina is probably exhausted. I am happy to report that she recently became a mother for the second time.