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I'm inclined to agree with this way of thinking. A lot of the time if I troll here I assume that the people who are "being trolled" aren't actually being trolled and their just counter-trolling my trollery.
Being anonymous this is also my main place to shout into the void. I need someone to hear what I have to say but sometimes it's something I wouldn't dare tell anyone IRL, and is probably a bad idea to even tell a healthcare professional, because that's just the sort of world we live in. It's cathartic in that way, it's nice if sometimes people agree with my deepest darkest thoughts and I find I'm not alone; likewise it's sometimes refreshing to have someone tell me "shut up you fuckwit, and here's why:"
I don't want to get sentimental and I wouldn't go as far as to say something like this place has "saved me" or anything, but I have been in some pretty depressed, lonely states before and the only people who haven't abandoned me are you lads. It hasn't profoundly affected my day to day life, other than a few in-jokes I'll accidentally let slip, but I'd definitely feel it's absence if the place ever disappeared.
But yeah in general I think the lazy, easy-bite trolling is largely our nerdy, pseudo-intellectual equivalent of pub banter. Or cybersex. I'm not sure which, maybe both.
Sage for meta bullshit.