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Whats a Troll? Answered

I keep seeing the word Troll in reference to something to do with negative posts. At one time a bunch of people were calling me a troll because of a couple posts I put up here for entertainment. What classifies as a Troll? and why a troll? why not some other name?

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chaoscampbell
chaoscampbell

Reply 13 years ago

That pretty much sums it up nice and clean. Thanks. I was offended when I was called one over that particular incident..... but reading that definition I guess thats exactly what I was for that particular post. Elle oh Elle

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

Well, the point is that most trolls "are" trolls. Almost everywhere they go, with every post. If you were really looking to stir up a fight, you may have been acting "like a troll", but do you do this as a habit ?

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chaoscampbell
chaoscampbell

Reply 13 years ago

no the only time I do is if I'm stuck at work and have like no sleep....... I need something to keep me from passing out and looking for a fight anyway from grumpy lack of sleep. But I do pick a contraversial point of view I actually believe in.... but usually have to serpass my own contraversial opinion to keep the oxygen on the flames. sorry guys :) won't happen again..... well....err.... not on instructables anyways

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

I still reserve the right to NOT call that trolling. ;-) I guess I had better watch it or I will be next with that title, eh? A discussion is one thing, but the habit of always being opposite everyone else, is trolling, IMHO.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

13 years ago

Here is my definition, then I will supply a clinical one:

Definitions(s) mine:
Troll #1: a creature that waited under bridges for unsuspecting travelers, and harassed them as they passed.
Troll #2: one that pulls a fishing line behind a slow moving boat in hopes of catching something.

In either case, the NET troll is one that likes to stir up trouble where ever they can find it. Normally a troll will be relentless in having the last arrogant word in a conversation, and they tend to simply turn peoples words back on themselves, just negating everything (for fun and profit.....the profit being their definition of fun).

The clinical definition:
Internet Troll link

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

BTW: of all the sites I visit, I have not crossed paths with anyone here, that I would define as a troll. ....