From Encyclopedia Dramatica
|Wikipedia fundies scheming to keep Jewish science on top.|
Modernly stated as:
Without a winking smiley or other blatant display of humor, it is utterly impossible to troll a fundamentalist in such a way that someone won't mistake for the genuine article.
There is a dual to Poe's Law called Poe's Corollary which states:
It is impossible for an act of fundamentalism to be made that someone won't mistake for a parody.
Troll-Luser Convergence Theorem
Poe's Law and Poe's Corollary are a special cases of what's known as the Troll-Luser Convergence Theorem. Intuitively, what this means is that sophisticated trolls are indistinguishable. This is the fundamental insight which guides modern theories of trollings.
Epistimology of lulz
After many failed attempts at eliminating copypasta and cancer, Alan Turing devised a challenge in order to raise the bar of automated spam, crapfloods, and trolling. The goal of this challenge is to randomly select between a human troll and a software troll and see if the software troll is so good that the trollee is not able to distinguish between the two.
The major flaw in this test is that as the frustration of even the most experienced of judges builds, their ability to distinguish between obvious trolls and newfags decreases to the point where even the most idiotic of things generates a response.
Not satisfied with the Turing test, other philosophers devised a stronger version of the test called the Chinese room experiment. Which doesn't make any sense because the only thing Chinese people do in a room is play Warcraft, amirite?
Poe's Law is part of a series on
Visit the Trolls Portal for complete coverage.