[quotemsg=21307668,0,481389][quotemsg=21307561,0,1288980]Dear Nathaniel - Steam and Valve have no right or business defining words of the english language - what is the point of your article? Steam and Valve can call anyone and anything trolling - why are you writing about Valves opinion of what is what? Are you their servant, spokeperson, PR guy, pushing the Valve idea of what a troll is, what trolling is, what the behaviour is etc etc etc! Where did you read its up to Valve to decide or weigh in????!!!! How did you come to the conclusion that their opinion is worth reporting, articles etc! And also why?[/quotemsg]
A business has the right to refuse service to anybody. The word and actions that define troll is relevant to them. They are telling us but one definition of the word. One word that is relevant to the way they conduct business. Do they own the word troll? Nope. Are the trolls under the bridge affected by Steam defining what their trolls do? Nope. They defined but one definition of troll that is relevant to their business. Do you think Steam just decided to define a word? No. Gabe, who is the $1.5B Captain of this behemoth of a ship, was obviously affected by these trolls and decided to stop this.
Steam is worth over $4B and therefore changes that they make are substantial and their consumers need to be informed. Tom's understands this so they act accordingly.
The point is Steam has changed the way they do business and that will affect millions of consumers. A number of Tom's readers are also gamers so this change will affect the way they make decisions. Should Tom's and Anandtech stay quiet about such a substantial change to a $4,000,000,000 company? No. The fact that you feel otherwise indicates many things. [/quotemsg]
I believe you were just trolled on an article to define / crack down on trolls.
shrikecurse = troll