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Posted by dexter-189875 - Created: 14 years ago
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Posted by szozu - 14 years ago

And one of the dirtiest tactics of trolls is to post after changing their user name to those of some of the newsgroup regulars, making it almost impossible at first sight to distinguish the troller from the trollee, and causing even more havoc! Usenet newbies are particularly vulnerable when this happens.

Lana 

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Posted by dublinmike-182617 - 14 years ago

Love the pond slime bit...........classic, and nearly always (to spare some AI users) true.

Mike

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Posted by mike-179830 - 14 years ago

The biggest shift regarding "trolling" since its early definitions is that an activity once regarded as semi-legitimate by the digerati (after all, it only targetted "clueless newbies" or, better still, "pond slime from AOL" and could easily be spotted by those In The Know), it is now deprecated by all and considered one of the more significant breaches of netiquette.**************
Mike

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Posted by szozu - 14 years ago

On Usenet, trolling is when someone purposely posts on a subject designed to yank everybody's chain; it can be either insulting or provocative, but it's basically a post thrown in to get a rise out of people.

Although trolling is often sophisticated, it can also be very basic and just plain annoying when engaged in by a band of pre-adolescents who decide to bombard a newsgroup. Tactics such as changing their user name after every few postings makes it impossible to filter them with the newsreader software.

Although trolling can occur anywhere on the net, it's most commonly seen in Usenet, since 99% of all newsgroups are unmoderated and anyone can post there. Dedicated trollers use a remailer to preserve their anonimity.

Lana

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Posted by mike-179830 - 14 years ago

It's original, USENET-era definition is here. However, its meaning has evolved a bit: it generally refers to the act of posting messages to a discussion forum/newsgroup/mailing list that are intended to provoke an intemperate reaction, often by simply being off-topic, offensive or (apparently) willfully stupid or obtuse, but sometimes by being altogether more sophisticated (a common characteristic of trolls is to pretend to be what - or who - they are not, and use preconceptions associated with their constructed character to "back up" their comments).

In its most general sense, a troll is just someone who posts messages to a Forum such as this merely to annoy others or to show off in some way.

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Mike