Screwtaping is a term used
in the world of internet
forums. It is used
the action of bumping
a particularly old topic thread
by posting an ironic or humorous reply to a previous
It is not known
whether the term refers to a particular poster, however the action of 'Screwtaping' is thought to have
originated on the popular internet
wrestling forum, Wrestlecrap, and since
then has gone on to become a common
occurance on many forums, wrestling and non-wrestling alike.
Many advocates of the 'Screwtape' phenomenon talk
about the 'Art of Screwtaping' which encourages it only to be used
sparingly, and in an ironic manner. A typical example would involve a thread
where posters discuss their predictions
for the world title match at Wrestlemania. A 'Screwtaper' would then reply to the thread
weeks after the event
place, stating their
' which describe
the eventual outcome in detail.
Over the years, this
phenomenon has become more common
to the point
where now many posters will just 'Screwtape' a thread
for the sake of it with no real sense of humor or irony. This
has caused many other users to become highly irritated by these actions and as a result, several internet
banned the use of 'Screwtaping'. However, many users still continue
to defy the odds
and 'Screwtape' when they
get the chance
Post 1: Made in Aug of 2005
Hey, I hear that Christian
might be leaving the WWE... I don't think its true, he's just starting
to get a push...
Post 30: Made in May of 2006
I predict Christian
will leave WWE and become the TNA Heavyweight Champion...
That is a great
example of Screwtaping!
Man, I Screwtaped
a thread at WC yesterday, the mods almost
had a shit-fit!