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#156109 - 08/14/03 05:25 PM Definition of a Troll  
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Islenutt Offline
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This term has come up several times recently.
Here is a definition from a website that was posted here a few days ago that I found interesting. laugh

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!).

#156110 - 08/14/03 07:45 PM Re: Definition of a Troll  
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Unfortunately I believe this Troll is here to stay.Wait till next week we will have another super alias for this bloke and he as usual will protest too much-Marty is in for a miserable late summer.

#156111 - 08/14/03 08:14 PM Re: Definition of a Troll  
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Pedro, get with Jim and trap this S.O.B. Maybe that will run him off.!


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#156112 - 08/14/03 08:17 PM Re: Definition of a Troll  
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Very true Pedro...
I wanted to post the definition for the sake of clarity... we now all know what we are dealing with. smile

#156113 - 08/14/03 08:24 PM Re: Definition of a Troll  
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Islenutt: You hit the nail on the head. I'm so guilty of feeding the trolls. I have to learn to control that tendency.

To some people, any attention is good attention. Poor souls.

#156114 - 08/14/03 08:28 PM Re: Definition of a Troll  
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Turnbun - we all fall into that trap once in a while. Pure stupidity is hard to ignore anywhere in life.
This did give me the chance to look at your wedding photos!
They were beautiful, thanks for sharing.

#156115 - 08/14/03 08:57 PM Re: Definition of a Troll  
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Awwww, thanks! I like to post them for people getting married on AC so they can see what a "real" wedding looks like on the island.

#156116 - 08/14/03 09:14 PM Re: Definition of a Troll  
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That's great Turnbun! And beautiful pics they are too . . . just so long as you didn't post them for "the sake of clarity". hee hee

A fish and a bird can fall in love, but where will they build their nest?

#156117 - 08/15/03 05:49 AM Re: Definition of a Troll  
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For those that may be interested, the link that offers an abundance of information about flaming and related topics is:

Happy reading and food for thought.

#156118 - 08/15/03 04:44 PM Re: Definition of a Troll  
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Seems like someone hasn't read the suggested material! :rolleyes:

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