If you’re having a conversation with someone and they’re being a real dickhead, then it’s not “tone trolling“ to suggest that they modify their tone. It’s a fair and legitimate request. When someone responds by calling you a tone troll they’re just doubling down on being a dick.
Obviously, if you find yourself in a conversation with someone like this, then you should just stop talking to them. People who are on this website to dunk on you aren’t actually interested in talking.
It’s crazy how often this website exhibits bizarro world properties. If someone is being a total asshole, then it’s not the person who asks them to stop being a total asshole who is the actual asshole. The asshole is the person being a total asshole
At risk of over-analyzing this, what someone means when they accuse you of being a tone troll is that they have a right to be an asshole in this conversation, so calling them out is unfair. I would strongly suggest against engaging with people who think they have an asshole pass.

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22 Dec
It never stops annoying people when smart people have opinions outside their expertise. You can learn a lot about who to listen to based on how they react to it.
And not that I’m saying I’m as smart as Matt (or even smart at all), but this is something I’ve dealt with (and something every person interested in ideas has dealt with) my entire life. If you want to talk about ideas, then you’re going to be told to shut up a lot.
There are those of us who like to talk, to weigh in, to float ideas. And there are on the other hand people who think you shouldn’t do that, that it’s tiring, or arrogant, can you please shut up, and who do you think you are, anyway?
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Boston decided to remove the concrete barriers protecting a bike lane because too many drivers were hitting the concrete barriers 🤷🏼‍♂️ Image
Totally tangential: I committed my own pet peeve here because I too seem to have been infected by this dumb “decided to” virus in English writing. Just say, “Boston removed,” not “Boston decided to remove.” They mean the same thing. The latter is stupid! I’m stupid!
The reader can do the math on the “decided to” portion of you doing something. I’ll just assume that if you did something you first had to decide to do it. You can skip explicitly telling us that cognition was involved. Just use the ordinary verb!
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