A puzzling class of contrarian comments which denounce the topic(s) under discussion as hopelessly wrong, lame, defective, corrupt, irrelevant, etc. They seldom follow up, or reply to responses. Their criticisms are shallow and generic. If there's already a thread, their criticisms may be swiped from earlier comments.
Hypothesis: these commenters use argumentative opinions to create emotional space for themselves, the way people will sometimes use boom boxes in public areas. If they feel the need to do this but don't have an applicable opinion in their stash, they make do by mechanically denouncing the subject being discussed. Test: if this is so, such comments should turn up a little oftener in threads discussing subjects on which a few people have vigorous opinions, but most people have no opinions.
Denouncing the Higgs boson:
- Lame. Ask these particle physicists what we can DO with this knowledge of "finding" the Higgs boson. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. There aren't going to be Teleportation devices we can use. There aren't going to be any Faster Than Light Drive systems for spacecraft. There won't be any zero point energy generators we can get essential free energy from to power our civilizations. There will be absolutely no technology advance we can practically use from this "discovery".
- The Standard Model is lame, people. Get used to it.
Posted on Tor.com, in a thread discussing Nina Hoffman's "Ghost Hedgehog":
- BORING....STOP READING AND START getting a L!F3 u NERDS PLAY FOTTBALL OR A SPORT. STOP SPENDING TIME ON READING BORING NOVELS AND AT LEST SMOKE A BLUNT OR PLAY VIDEO GAMES. BUT MOSTLY DO SPORTS. STOP READING TO MUCH!!!!!
Immediately after this, his hard-to-detect sockpuppet chimed in:
- YEAH HIS RIGHT.. WE SHOULD STOP BEING LOSERS AND PLAY SPORTS.