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USA On May 25, 2020




Chicago, Illinois
#1New Post! Oct 28, 2005 @ 23:18:39
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!).


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"
stumblinthrulife On April 16, 2008

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Lake Saint Louis, Missouri
#2New Post! Oct 28, 2005 @ 23:19:09
STICKY

And somewhere more prominant than the jail.
chuck8303 On April 03, 2007
Troll



, Oklahoma
#3New Post! Oct 28, 2005 @ 23:19:38
I'm a troll
earthangel On March 19, 2010




Sunbury On Thames, United King
#4New Post! Oct 28, 2005 @ 23:34:06
Totally agree! with stumblinthrulife! STICKY!!
annski729 On July 24, 2016




, United States (general)
#5New Post! Oct 28, 2005 @ 23:45:00
Sticky?
unspokenwords On October 16, 2019




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#6New Post! Oct 28, 2005 @ 23:46:41
Meaning it should be the Main thread on the TFS jail thread..will always stick too the top..someone on here told me what sticky meant before..and thanks too that person!
annski729 On July 24, 2016




, United States (general)
#7New Post! Oct 28, 2005 @ 23:47:36
@unspokenwords Said
Meaning it should be the Main thread on the TFS jail thread..will always stick too the top..someone on here told me what sticky meant before..and thanks too that person!


Oh cool. I think I've read that before actually, I just forgot.

Cool! Thanks

....Was it kyahbean?
unspokenwords On October 16, 2019




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#8New Post! Oct 28, 2005 @ 23:50:33
I think it was actually.. thanks kyahbean!!
annski729 On July 24, 2016




, United States (general)
#9New Post! Oct 28, 2005 @ 23:51:38
@unspokenwords Said
I think it was actually.. thanks kyahbean!!


Ok then yeah I definitely read that thread!
friendswithatroll On November 13, 2005




Atlanta, Georgia
#10New Post! Nov 13, 2005 @ 07:40:00
Hi yall I like Trolls - I'm rootin for yall!! Heyyyy My best friend's a troll!
El_Tino On August 10, 2020
booyaka!





Albuquerque, New Mexico
#11New Post! Nov 13, 2005 @ 07:54:02
@friendswithatroll Said
Hi yall I like Trolls - I'm rootin for yall!! Heyyyy My best friend's a troll!


Does you friend live under a bridge?
mhee On March 05, 2006




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#12New Post! Nov 26, 2005 @ 00:23:54
@chuck8303 Said
I'm a troll




reiko On March 27, 2006

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New York, New York
#13New Post! Nov 26, 2005 @ 00:25:46
Ask Jonnythan! He has a pic of a troll! lol
meatyveganman On December 10, 2005




, Illinois
#14New Post! Dec 09, 2005 @ 23:32:36
Woo. I was confused, not certain what a troll was. I thought it would be one of those things that were relatively unknown but offend people anyways. Nothing to promote, sell, or offend here. Guess i'm off "scot free." Never did understand that phrase.
inventor On December 14, 2005
Troll



Juneau, Alaska
#15New Post! Dec 12, 2005 @ 08:26:17
This hole is nothing but an on-line insane asylum. Self absorbed punknocrats with too much free time. Chimps banging away in hopes of actually writing something that humans might recognize. Give enough red-necks enough shotgun shells and enough road signs.....
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