“Script Kiddies” is, of course, a pejorative term that arose amongst the “oldbie” community when the sudden onslaught of “newbies” arrived on the Internets with the rise of AOL. While it has since been redefined to refer to amateur hackers who think they’re all badass because they can download a piece of malware and use it to join in on a mass hack-attack, originally it referred to the simple act of connecting to the internet. When I first joined the Internets, you had to open a TTY Terminal window, and actually type in your commands. Some of you likely remember this, and let’s see how many commands you still remember. Remember having to type “ATDT 2503640042” or whatever the number would have been? Manually issuing handshake commands, mucking about in Unix terminals. It was all great fun, even if most of us had no idea what we were doing. Then, along came AOL, with automated dialing software, scripts for almost everything, polished interfaces, and no exposure to the command-lines behind the scenes. “There goes the neighbourhood”, we thought.
If only we had known how right we were. I’ve spent the last few days on various enthusiast forums, looking for guidance and tech support for the various projects I’m putting off working on. It has been absolutely amazing, the levels of incompetence that can be found on these boards. You generally will find a half-dozen genuinely helpful, knowledgeable people, another dozen or so who may not have the knowledge base, but will try and help in whatever way they can.
Then there are the rest. Hundreds upon hundreds of useless “script kiddies” who are lucky that breathing is an involuntary reflex. Wrecking sites is almost a hobby for them, and it breaks my heart to see how awful they can make a site become.
So what’s your opinion? Where — apart from the most obvious candidates: AtomicToasters, Hooniverse, Redacted, 4Chan, MarthaStewart.com — would you find the worst offenders? What sites have the worst communities… in the world?