Friday, January 15, 2010

A Look at the Internet Troll

What is an Internet Troll?

"In Internet slang, 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[1] or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion." -- Wikipedia.

Here are some classic responses from top trollers on the site, CrazyOnTap. If you look at most of the responses, you cannot even tell what is being discussed. This is the classic tell of a troll post. The topic of discussion could be economics or the Iraq war, it doesn't matter because the classic troll will completely stray off-topic.

Discussion about Creationism:

"that's from reddit.
and this is a troll. foad." -- argv

"well, i have it on good authority that you have some batshit insane ideas as well.
the difference? you lack the courage of your convictions to post what you believe on your cubicle." -- argv

Discussion about Jaron Lanier and the recent NY Times entry on the hive-mind:

"Dude, I can't even take you seriously anymore, when you ask too many of these questions in a row." -- STH

"To answer the original, stupid, and banal question: no, CoT isn't a mob. Neither is the Internet.
The reason that it's a stupid question is that you can't simplify the dynamics of a huge system of interaction to a yes or no" -- Ward

On the tragedy in Haiti:

"Toast doesn’t toast toast, toast toast toast." -- argv

On Java vs C Performance:

"Hell that article is ugly. I couldn't even bring myself to skim it." -- Wayne

On Tiger Woods

"you probably think that because he's black, right? or maybe it's because of the lifestyle you lead?" -- argv

There you have it, trolls will start discussions about nothing.


-- Dodo bird image from wikipedia.


-- Ron Paul 2012

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