A disagreement on an Internet message board wherein
one person says something
wrong or offensive, and a large number of people
comment in response to tell the person how wrong and/or horrible they
are, and continue to disparage the original commenter beyond any reasonable time limit.People
commenting at the same time, without realizing others are jumping on the person as well, do not make a dogpile. The requirement is to join in with
group to yell at an easy
target, or to get popularity
points for being seen to agree with
the group. They
see that everyone else
is doing something
, and they
The original commenter typically does not respond at all, because they
are completely overwhelmed or scared off. Once a dogpile has been established, an apology from the original commenter is less
likely to be effective.
A dogpile in action
A 10:00 AM: "That song
B 10:01 AM: "Um, that's really
C 10:01 AM: "That's not an okay thing to say."
D 10:02 AM: "Fuck you."
E-Z over the next 12 hours: "FUCK YOU, ASSHOLE."
A: "Sorry, I didn't realize that word was offensive."
12 different people: "Stop trying to backtrack, you piece of shit!"