Tuesday, March 9, 2010

What’s a troll and what is trolling?

So what is a troll anyway?
• Wikipedia says: “a troll is someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room or blog, with the primary intent of provoking other users into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.”
• Urban dictionary says: “One who posts a deliberately provocative message to a newsgroup or message board with the intention of causing maximum disruption and argument. ”
• Encyclopedia Dramatica says: “A troll, most commonly encountered on the internet, is any person who purposely causes controversy in a web community and disrupts shit for his own amusement.”

So to sum it up a troll is an asshole.

What does a troll do?
A troll engages in the act of trolling.
Trolling is considered a lost art form, in a nutshell trolling is like playing a prank. There is to much to consider in the act of trolling to sum up in this article.

More to come!

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