In this question I came across a term I haven't seen before: "edgelord". What does it mean?
I can guess from the context in that question but I am hoping for an explicit explanation.
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Not really an RPG term, but I suppose if it comes up in the context of an RPG website it’s a reasonable question to ask here. The biggest difficulty is citing the definition, as it’s slang, and recent slang at that, but it turns out that Wiktionary has a definition:
(informal, pejorative, Internet slang) A person whose attitudes or activities make them seem edgy.
where edgy here means
(slang) Cool by virtue of being tough, dark, or badass.
Generally speaking, edginess is widely seen as sort of cliche and overdone, to say nothing of melodramatic, which is why edgelord is noted as a pejorative. Reminiscent of the darker and edgier themes and tones that got kind of played out in the ’90s—see ’90s anti-hero. “Darker and edgier” is supposed to be more “mature” but it’s often seen as a kind of immature idea of maturity.
In an RPG context, an edgelord is a character—or the player of a character, especially if that player regularly plays such characters—that is edgy, especially overly so. Usually it’s a pretty mild pejorative—often admitted and claimed by the player him-or-herself. It’s admitting that the character is kind of melodramatic and fits a certain, somewhat-cliche, archetype.
However, it is not always mild. The question you link, for example, is not being particularly mild about the complaint here. Particularly when applied by others, it can indicate that the character in question is cliche and annoying—and that the player is taking the character seriously and thinks their edginess actually is cooler or more mature, which is even more annoying. This was the problem indicated in the linked question, for example.
An edgelord is Internet-community slang for someone who's cultivated an "edgy" persona, usually with a high degree of nihilistic sentiment and behavior. Contextually, it's often used to imply this edgy persona is so ridiculous that it rings hollow — an act, a front, a form of trolling.
The spirit of the original question was that the characters' over-the-top nihilistic tendencies were bringing down the game.
There's not much else to it, really.
It's not an RPG term.