The Rod Speed FAQ
Who or What is Rod Speed?
Rod Speed is an entirely modern phenomenon. Essentially, Rod Speed is an
insecure and worthless individual who has discovered he can enhance his own
self-esteem in his own eyes by playing "the big, hard man" on the InterNet.
Why is Rod Speed worth a FAQ?
You need to brush up on your NetSpeak. Rod most certainly isn't worth a
FUQ in anybody's opinion except his own.
Rod certainly posts a lot. Why is that?
It relates back to the point about boosting his own self esteem by what
amounts to effectively having a wank in public. Rod's personality, as
exemplified by his posts, means he is practically unemployable which means
he sits around at home all day festering away and getting worse and worse.
This means he posts more and more try and boost the old failing self
esteem. Being unemployed also means he has a lot of time on his hands to
post in the first place.
But maybe Rod really is a very clever and knowledgable person?
Clever? His posts wouldn't support that theory. As far as being
knowledgable, well, Rod has posted to various aus newsgroups including
invest, comms, and politics. He has posted to all as a self professed
"expert" and flames any and all who disagree with him. Logically, there's
no way any single individual could be more than a jack of all trades across
such a wide spread of subject matter.
But maybe Rod really is an expert in some areas?
Possibly. However, his "bedside manner" prevents him from being taken
seriously by most normal people. Also, he has damaged his credibility in
areas where he might know what he's on about by shooting himself in the foot
in areas where he does not. For example, in the case of subject matter such
as politics, even a view held by Albert Einstein cannot be little more than
an opinion and to vociferously denigrate an opposing opinion is simply small
mindedness and bigotry, the kind of which Einstein himself fought against
his whole life.
What is Rod Speed's main modus operandi?
Simple! He shoots off a half brained opinion in response to any other post
and touts that opinion as fact. When challenged, he responds with
vociferous and rabid denigration. He has an instantly recognisable set of
schoolboy put downs limited pretty much to the following: "Pathetic,
Puerile, Little Boy, try harder, trivial, more lies, gutless wonder, wanker,
etc etc". The fact that Rod has been unable to come up with any new
insults says a lot about his outlook and intelligence.
But why do so many people respond to Rod in turn?
It has to do with effrontery and a lack of logic. Most people who post
have some basis of reason for what they write and when Rod retorts with his
usual denigration and derision they respond emotionally rather than
logically. It's like a teacher in a class room who has a misbehaving
pupil. The teacher challenges the pupil to explain himself and the student
responds with "fuck off, Big Nose!" Even thought the teacher has a fairly
normal proboscis, he gets a dent in his self-esteem and might resort to an
emotional repsonse like "yeah? well your dick wouldn't fill a pop rivet,
punk", which merely invites some oneupmanship from the naughty pupil. Of
course, the teacher should not have justified the initial comment with a
response, especially in front of the class. The correct response was
"please report to the headmaster's office right NOW!"
What is a "RodBot"?
Some respondents in aus.invest built a "virtual Rod" which was indiscernable
from the "real" Rod. Net users could enter an opinion or even a fact and
the RodBot would tell them they were pathetic lying schoolboys who should be
able to do better or some equally pithy Rod Speedism.
Are you saying that Rod Speed is a Troll?
You got it!
What is the best way to handle Rod Speed?