What is a Troll?

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What is a Troll?

Post  Jimmy Saville on Sun Jun 13, 2010 5:22 am

What Is A Troll?......
The term derives from "trolling", a style of fishing which involves trailing bait through a likely spot hoping for a bite. The troll posts a message, often in response to an honest question, that is intended to upset, disrupt or simply insult the group...........

Usually, it will fail, as the troll rarely bothers to match the tone or style of the group, and usually its ignorance shows.

Why do trolls do it?
I believe that most trolls are sad people, living their lonely lives vicariously through those they see as strong and successful......

Disrupting a stable newsgroup gives the illusion of power, just as for a few, stalking a strong person allows them to think they are strong, too..........

For trolls, any response is 'recognition'; they are unable to distinguish between irritation and admiration; their ego grows directly in proportion to the response, regardless of the form or content of that response.......

Trolls, rather surprisingly, dispute this, claiming that it's a game or joke; this merely confirms the diagnosis; how sad do you have to be to find such mind-numbingly trivial timewasting to be funny?..................

Remember that trolls are cowards; they'll usually post just enough to get an argument going, then sit back and count the responses (Yes, that's what they do!)...............

Troll - Angler or Underbridge Dweller?


How can troll posts be recognised?

No Imagination - Most are frighteningly obvious; sexist comments on nurses' groups, blasphemy on religious groups .. I kid you not.................

Pedantic in the Extreme - Many trolls' preparation is so thorough, that while they waste time, they appear so ludicrous from the start that they elicit sympathetic mail - the danger is that once the group takes sides, the damage is done................

False Identity - Because they are cowards, trolls virtually never write over their own name, and often reveal their trolliness (and lack of imagination) in the chosen ID. As so many folk these days use false ID, this is not a strong indicator on its own!...............

Crossposting - Any post that is crossposted to several groups should be viewed as suspicious, particularly if unrelated or of opposing perspective. Why would someone do that?......................

Off-topic posting - Often genuine errors, but, if from an 'outsider' they deserve matter-of-fact response; if genuine, a brief apposite response is simply netiquette; if it's a troll post, you have denied it its reward.
Repetition of a question or statement is either a troll - or a pedant; either way, treatment as a troll is effective...................

Missing The Point - Trolls rarely answer a direct question - they cannot, if asked to justify their twaddle - so they develop a fine line in missing the point......................

Thick or Sad - Trolls are usually sad, lonely folk, with few social skills; they rarely make what most people would consider intelligent conversation. However, they frequently have an obsession with their IQ and feel the need to tell everyone. This is so frequent, that it is diagnostic! Somewhere on the web there must be an Intelligence Test for Trolls - rigged to always say "above 150".........................

Who is at risk?
Any newsgroup, bulletin board, forum or chatroom can attract trolls, but they don't have the brains to attack nuclear physicists, and they are drawn to the quick response where sex, religion and race are found; so politics is easy prey.......................

One troll famously tried to infiltrate a mensa group; the results read like 100 trolls and one regular, it didn't have a chance - but it was stupid enough to persist until removed..........................


When Should You Be Concerned?
Usually, no, though fractured funny bones and occasional waves of nausea have been reported...................

When Trolls become persistent and personal, you may need to consider the possibility that it has fermented into an Internet Stalker - equally pathetic, if not more so - but sometimes requiring weedkiller..................

I say fuck 'em.......Pathetic wankers.......

Never the less, an irritation!!



A&D seems to deal with them well..........Not much Trolling here!! lol
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Re: What is a Troll?

Post  El Guapo on Sun Jun 13, 2010 7:07 am

Interesting post but I think the term Troll is often also too over used.

All too often a debate will be raging and somebody will jump in to present a completely different spin on things. Suddenly everyone turns and calls that person a troll...

I think there's a very fine line between being a troll and just trying to be controversial.

So how do we tell the difference between a troll and somebody trying to stimulate a discussion by being as extreme in their views as possible?

Going one further why do so many people also assume that in a moot discussion everyone actually supports the view that they are putting across?

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Re: What is a Troll?

Post  Jimmy Saville on Sun Jun 13, 2010 10:10 am

I think there is a very obvious difference between someone offering a different, maybe even contraversial view and a Troll....

The previous post was most obviously one of a Troll!!

scratch

But hey! who cares?! study
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Re: What is a Troll?

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Re: What is a Troll?

Post  El Guapo on Sun Jun 13, 2010 2:53 pm

Couldn't resist posting this...lol




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