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Playing With: Internet Backdraft
Basic Trope: Discussing a certain topic online is an instant Berserk Button to the online community.
  • Straight: Someone brings up a topic only to be met with a tirade of angry comments.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Someone mentions a topic which not only started lengthy arguments, but also led the OP to be immediately banned from the internet forums.
    • Someone mentions a topic and this has made him the most hated user on the internet.
    • Someone mentions a topic and everyone posts hateful comments to the OP and to each other.
    • The topic is so much heated that it only lasts up to 100 pages of angry posts.
  • Downplayed: Someone mentions a certain topic; they give him a slight rebuke for mentioning it in their boards.
  • Justified:
    • The online community sees the topic as offensive and inappropriate.
    • The online community is just full of rude, hot-headed, and unpleasable assholes.
  • Inverted: An online community is full of rude, abrasive, and unfriendly users, but they're feeling in a good mood after a new user brings up a topic which everyone is happy to talk about.
  • Subverted: An angry internet response turns into "I was just messing with you, dude!"
  • Double Subverted: "...but seriously, GTFO and never come back, u noob!"
  • Parodied:
    • Someone brings up a topic which causes the user's computer to be destroyed.
    • Someone brings up a topic which causes the internet to be completely shut down.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Someone doesn't get heat for the topic they are talking about.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "Now that's a lot of hateful comments all because of one topic."
  • Invoked: The user happens to be a troll who delights in stirring up conflict on the internet.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: The administrators makes a list of topics that new users shouldn't talk about to make sure the forums is a safe and friendly place.
  • Discussed: "That's the internet for you. Full of users who haven't went to anger management classes because they don't like one mere topic."
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed:
  • Played For Drama: The person on the receiving end of the backlash was the WRONG PERSON to call out. Personal information is leaked, identities are stolen, and the forum/website finds itself inoperable due to a vindictive onslaught of DOS attacks and viruses virtue of a member of Anonymous in a bad mood.

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