Triond Forum Closes
Draining the Cesspool
On Sunday, October 23, the owners of Triond closed their Forum.
For years, there had been what for some was a verbal cesspool, for others a place to vent and plan.
Glancing at the topics a newbie could assume it was a useful venue for writers and potential writers to exchange information.
In one segement, that was true, however, in another, it became a psycho-drama where powerless and obnoxious people acted out their insecurities.
To offend this Triond Forum Crew resulted in attacks, insults, and having their work festooned with unpleasant comments.
Triond was a writing site which paid.
It had many users who would visit the Forum and engage in conversation with others.
Many of the early users were concerned about quality and thought to provoke the Owner into being more Hands on by publishing fallacy; i.e. the viril article; (posted in 2007) "Johnny Depp Commits Suicide" .
Ulsterman, one of the most actiive users and virtual Don of Triond Forums, created "White House Insider" assisted by his friends, which went on to get millions of hits and was accepted as true by a large number of stupid people.
Ulsterman and his crew, 'captured' the Forum. It was their 'turf'.
Most users of Triond knew to simply read the conversations between the Big Users without posting a word. Dare an average user offend one of these Denizans; they would set upon that user, attacking his/her writing, leaving public comments; in short; proving that They Ruled.
Troll vs Magog
We all know what a Troll is. We've all experienced them.
There were Trolls on Triond's Forum. Many went after Newbies. Some Newbies tried to play Trolls.
A Magog is different.
Years ago, the television program Andromeda Introduced the Magog.
Magogs are just destructive. They will kill and eat anyone, (even each other). They reproduce by laying eggs in their victim. As the eggs hatch they eat the host.
Magogs, in a way, can be seen as suicide bombers.
One day a Magog decided to destroy Triond's Forum.
Perhaps he was practicing for bigger and better venues.
Maybe he was someone who had been insulted by Trolls.
Maybe he had been a Troll but was unsuccessful.
However, when that Magog destroyed Triond's Forum, it had become the private toilet of certain users, meaning the majority never used it anyway.
How the Magog did it was not complex. It used the basic system swamping techniques.
The Magog began replacing all topics on the Forum with his own...be they a word or character. Each time Triond cleaned up his mess he returned, new Nick, new Proxy server, same old destruction.
Trolls thought they could huff and puff and frighten him away. They couldn't. They then ran to complain to the Owners of Triond.
Triond was owned and staffed by those who want money for doing nothing. To have to delete entries in a Forum was too much like work, so they closed it.
It was a 'nice' cesspool
The tragedy of the closure of the Triond forum is that is was the 'headquarters' for fake news.
It was there people discussed creating stories and how to push them.
Anyone who sat in that Forum would have seen the birth of the previously mentioned 'Whitehouse Insider' .
It was a complete fabrication, written mainly by a guy who lived in Northern Ireland with the assistance of a few Americans.
They published anti-Obama rubbish from 2008 until the closure in 2015. They made a great deal of money but were shocked that anyone could believe their stories.
These writers would squat in the Forum on Triond, cracking up over the fools that believed their hoax.
The average Triond User could lurk in the Forum and see how the spoofs were created, read discussions that others had about inventing stories; i.e claiming this actor was Gay or that this one had been arrested, etc.
That was the use of the Forum, to get the 'secret' information.
Triond was a good writing site.
It didn't make stupid demands such as to length of an article or the size of images or penalties for bold words or links.
Triond always posted your exact earnings and always paid; whether you earned 39c or $39.00. It had no threshold, and no tricks.
If you went to sleep last night with $3.45 in your account, you wouldn't wake up with $3.21 or some kind of 'pending' rubbish which sites use to NOT pay you.
There was no 'non-featured' rubbish. Every article was published, and remained the property of the writer who could take it down or edit.
Articles that were taken down by Admin were either plagiarized or slanderous.
Triond never played games with its uses, unlike other sites.
There is nothing like it today.