Before I start, I'd like to actually point out what makes this community "Good" or at the very least "Unique." Between /a/, and other anime related discussion forums, you'd notice little to no difference aside from layout and posting format. The rules are the same; no NSFW content, no inflammatory remarks, keep content on-topic, etc. The thing that makes us special would be the elitism brought on by the fact that you can post anonymously. Yes, it's also extremely immature, and as a result, people latch on to average shows because they're accepted by the community. It does keep this place relatively free from terrible anime, however. Our sheer intolerance for Gurren-Lagann or related series' is what keeps /a/ different from other places. We are prone to group-think, and group-think has done us well: Which leads me to my next point
Keeping the status quo.
Status quo: "The way things are", or "The current state of affairs". This is the underlying fabric of what keeps our community together. Because of the anonymous environment, the status quo is actually vulnerable. The anonymous nature can be shattered by an unfortunate group of posters. The Tripfags, also called Tripfriends by the deceived, are a cancer.
I'm sure we all know what a Tripfag is, we experience it every day. A Tripfag is a person who is deliberately disturbing the order of things to "Fish" for emotional responses from people on the internet. When speaking about /a/, this is very dangerous because that order is what keeps us the community we are.
You might say "Don't respond to Tripfags" as a means to prevent them from doing it, but that won't work. /a/ gets new posters every day, whether you like it or not. These posters need to adapt to the way things are; the natural order. Ignoring Tripfags would allow Tripfags to dominate the popular opinion through Tripfag posting. Old members would know better, but new users will not. With new users constantly coming in, they will adapt to this "Tripfaggery" and the problem will grow worse.
From this, I don't think I need to do much to convince you that responding to Tripfags is absolutely necessary. You need to fight Tripfags to protect new people from adopting their mindset. You need to counter post to show that the majority of the people do not think that way. You need to contribute to an eventual 250+ post shitstorm just so the very fabric of our community isn't ripped apart by people who do not value it. It should be extremely clear to everyone just what Tripfagging does. Tripfaggin causes a mandatory 250+ argument over nothing.
Tripfaggin needs to stop. Thank you in advance for making /a/ a better place.
That was fast.
tl;dr. but hime! fuck yeah!
Would the appropriate response be "I don't really care"?
it was only a matter of time...
Works for me.
tl;dr but i'll sage because i saw the words tripfag in there somewhere
Posting without a trip, loev me.
>called Tripfriends by the deceived
You're too new to remember when (and how) "tripfriend" started. And it wasn't that long ago.
That, or you're an idiot who never noticed how it was actually used.
Indeed. I never bothered to find out.
Fascinating social analysis, Anonymous.
Yes, there's no namebrand forum royalty that can sway opinions and intimidate dissenters with high post counts. Small price to pay for the occasional hivemind.
In the end, what it comes down to is a matter of laziness and acquiring a taste of your own, rather than blindly following every thing a certain group says. You have to remember that if you do something like that, then you're no better than the filthy christians. When someone says something negative about a show, that you're unsure about, you need to either look it up to make sure it's correct or keep your god damn mouth shut. Just because Cirno says 'x' show has terrible quality doesn't mean you need to run your fag mouth saying bad shit about it. That's just an example for general/practical application (i.e., it doesn't have to be cirno, nor does it have to be one specific person. I'm sure you understand the message.) though, I don't really have any hate towards the guy, except for that this is a god damn anonymous board and he is a faggot for using a trip code.
Really, who cares?
Even tripfags will post anonymously when they want. Without the occasional recognizable form, chaos seems nothing but a flowing river
Hay guys, wanna join my cult and kill people?
Yes, yes I do.
YOU IDIOTS! ITS STILL CIRNO POSTING ANONYMOUSLY THIS IS THE REAL TROLL POST, THE OTHER WAS ONLY A DECOY, I CAN TELL ITS STILL CIRNO BECAUSE OF THE SENTENCE STRUCTURE!
The ego is what makes a tripfag not another anonymous. Troll his posts so hard that he dare not pick up his tripcode anymore, and you've solved the tripfag accumulation situation.
this guy understands how 4chan works
already a copy pasta huh?
YOUR SAGE ONLY MAKES ME STRONGER!