We know people with primitive and prejudicial views like these could not and do not have the resources to play the markets - at any level. So who are these individuals? What do they really want? My instinct tells me they're sociopathic misfits. This medium levels the playing field and provides them a moment of fantasy wherein they have the power of the pen. Elsewhere in their lives I'd guess nothing is working and they've become deeply alienated from society at large.
I believe that many of these characters are a danger to themselves and others. The cruel and unbridled racism and sexism expressed by this posters is a clear marker for some pretty abnormal psychology: self-hate, low self-esteem etc.
Your observations are spot-on, this is a very odd message board. Take a look at the GOOG message board, and you'll see maybe 15 or 20 topics introduced/commented in a single day. Here you'll see over 2000! And 99% of the comments are nonsense or worse.
Paid posters, intent to spread FUD (fear uncertainty doubt), ahead of earnings. No one without incentive exhibits the qualities the bashers exude with every post. nVidia used similar viral and illegal marketing campaigns to spread FUD a few years back until the backlash become the only prominent response. The backlash against the current crop of individuals whose sole intent is to discredit apple, its products, and shareholder value hasn't hit its stride yet, though I'd expect we will see the backlash overtake the viral marketers (posters, and those writing the articles) within a few weeks and possibly days.
The level of FUD now begins to sink itself.
I don't think they're paid posters. There would be no reason for the profane and insulting language if that were the case. It's worse and frankly, more depressing in that there is no reason other than isolation and self hate.
The level of civility here diminishes by the month. We wonder what kind of people can charge into a school or a post office and shoot innocent victims, you're seeing that kind of random hate and prejudice right here.