Baffled

Sep. 12th, 2017 12:14 pm
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People keep spontaneously mentioning to me that a certain person who screwed me over is a follower, not in the Facebook sense but in the sense of being a natural minion in search of a leader. Why would that be considered useful information?

Date: 2017-09-12 04:31 pm (UTC)
gingicat: drawing of me based on wedding photo (Default)
From: [personal profile] gingicat
In the foot soldier sense, maybe? That is to say, they're proselytizing the views of the person they've chosen as a leader.

Date: 2017-09-12 05:09 pm (UTC)
redbird: closeup of me drinking tea (Default)
From: [personal profile] redbird
Useful to you, I don't see. Useful to people who think they can excuse this person, maybe.

Date: 2017-09-12 06:54 pm (UTC)
redbird: closeup of me drinking tea (Default)
From: [personal profile] redbird
I don't know why, but there are people who still seem to believe "it wasn't my idea, boss" is a defense. (At this level, "I'll testify against the ringleader/mastermind in exchange for leniency" isn't a relevant offer.)

Date: 2017-09-12 07:05 pm (UTC)
gingicat: drawing of me based on wedding photo (Default)
From: [personal profile] gingicat
That's what I meant above.

Date: 2017-09-12 05:10 pm (UTC)
flick: (Default)
From: [personal profile] flick
Might people be suggesting that the screwing over happened because the person is following someone else's implicit instructions to do so?

Date: 2017-09-12 07:11 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] flick
Ah, ok: I hadn't realised that you knew it. Maybe the people telling you didn't, either?

(As in: yes, that person screwed you over but you might also want to keep an eye on that *other* person for potential future trouble.)

Date: 2017-09-12 09:38 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tiger_spot
Yeah, that would be my first guess; "The follower's not the real threat; you need to look for the leader to figure out who to watch for future threats."

Date: 2017-09-12 06:08 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nelc
So you can entice the minion over to follow you? Do you have cookies?

Or they're trying to aim you at whoever they claim the minion is following, for reasons of their own.

Date: 2017-09-12 06:59 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I don't know how to read this except as "they're not a bad person, they're just a person who does bad things".

Date: 2017-09-12 10:33 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rdm
I read the first as more "They are a bad person doing bad things, but can I get them to do *my* bad things?"

I mean, if an Evil Overlord can't steal a minion from another Evil Overlord, who are they going to steal one from?

The second, well, I guess that means there is another Evil Overlord trying to make James his unwitting minion.

You know what? I really wonder about the quality of judgment in Evil Overlords.

Date: 2017-09-13 09:33 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] ba_munronoe
If Evil Overlords had good judgement, they'd be in some other line of work.

Date: 2017-09-13 03:36 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dwight_benjamin_thieme
Either that or they're ahead of their time.

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