If you are a reader of blogs about autism, you have seen your share of comments denouncing the views of self advocates around the web. Sometimes they are personal attacks on autistic people. Many rehash the same tired "Not Really Autistic" meme or promote urban myths about the causes of autism. Most feed pervasive stereotypes of one sort or another. Still others are so vile I won't describe them even obliquely.
Most readers of this blog tend to be civil and capable of using reason to make their points. However, if you are someone who enjoys being abusive toward autistic self advocates and those who support their goals, you just might be wondering…What kind of troll am I? Here is a survey so scientifically valid, it is sure to be linked from AoA ASAP.
What Kind of (Autism) Troll Am I?
1. My favorite tactics for engaging in an internet argument are:
a) Logic and reason.
b) Self pity and demands.
c) Cursing and YELLING.
d) Libel and Terroristic Threatening.
2. My definition of autism is:
a) A broad spectrum of conditions evidencing differences in communication, social behaviors and repetitive behaviors or intense restricted interests.
b) Limited by the characteristics I see in my own child.
c) A tragedy, a kidnapping soul stealer, a monster or a train wreck.
d) Mercury poisoning!
3. I often visit the blogs of writers I strongly disagree with because:
a) I believe it is important to learn about a variety of viewpoints.
b) Someone needs to help them see how wrong they are.
c) I do my best to make them look foolish.
d) These people are not entitled to speak. Only I know the truth about autism.
4. When I read a post I disagree with:
a) I go to my own blog and write about the issue.
b) I jump right in and correct the person’s mistake! For example, “I know you think you have been discriminated against, but as the parent of someone like you, only more so, I can assure you that you are wrong again!”
c) I know the person who wrote it is a liar. He/she is not even autistic!
d) I litter the comments section with swear words and insults. They deserve it!
5. My response to someone who asks for respect is:
a) I guess my input isn’t needed here.
b) What are they talking about? I said “person with” autism, didn’t I?
c) What about me??? When do I get respect???
d) You are an &*)#ing &%^#! and you mother is *&#@*!
6. My child is different from the bloggers on the Hub because:
a) The writers on the Hub are all adults.
b) My child is autistic! Not like these fakes!
c) I don't have children, I have a real disability.
d) My child has no abilities or skills whatsoever.
7. No matter how many times you tell me, I will never believe that:
a) People can be so rude.
b) You see autism as a disability.
c) Neurodiversity means recognizing a the full diversity of neurotypes as valid human presentations.
d) Autism Hub blogs are not financed by Big Pharma, the earth is round, and people have landed on the moon.
8. Which of these comments best exemplifies your writing style:
a) "I strongly disagree with your viewpoint!"
b) "I'm sorry if it hurts your feelings, but autism is not some silly little clique as you obviously think it is."
c) "People like you are depriving everyone else of the cure they deserve."
d) "Shut up, you dumb @*^#."
Scoring: Total your responses for each letter. Are they mostly in one category or another? If so, your identity has been revealed! See below for details. Otherwise, you may find that you are a combination of trolltypes or belong to a category not listed here. Either way, don't bother leaving an offensive or libelous comment here. It will be promptly deleted.
Bettroll: Bettroll doesn't mind calling a self advocate any disgusting name he can think of, and may even threaten the lives of those who are too vocal in their self advocacy. Believes autism is an injury that can be cured, but this takes around 75 years. Answers mostly (d).
Lurtroll: This one claims to be silent while speaking loudly and carrying a big chip on his shoulder. Uses phrases like "you people" liberally. Claims to know everything about his favorite bloggers from diagnostic labels to what brand of toilet paper they use. Demands ever more personal information while hiding behind pseudonym. This may be you if most of your answers were (c).
Nottroll: When disagreeing with something, this person is civil about it. His or her comments are rarely deleted or disapproved by blog owners. If you chose mostly (a) answers, you are probably not a troll.
Agritroll: This troll arrives with hoe in hand, ready to dig in the dirt. Some might think she is preparing the soil for new crops. Don’t believe it. Is that a shovel in the back of her pickup? She comes to bury self advocates in her generous piles of manure. If the (b) responses best describe your trolling, this one may be you.
Disclaimer: These trolls are semi-fictional. They are not generally recognized diagnostic categories (though some have been proposed for inclusion in DSM V).