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Posted on Sun, Jan 03, 2010 23:39

This is a pretty good discussion of trolls. Trolling and Harassment provided by remnant on the net What is a troll? The traditional definition of a troll refers to a member of a community or usenet group who makes posts deliberately designed to attract responses of outrage or indignation. It is the troll's intent to "hook" unsuspecting members into responding, (hence the term "trolling"), thus providing him/her self with the satisfaction of knowing they have impact on others. A distinction must be made between true trolls, newbies who are undergoing growing pains as they attempt to adjust to community standards, and regular community members who simply have strong but otherwise harmless, dissenting opinions. Trolls should be removed, newcomers assisted, and contributing community members given at least a modicum of respectful distance. Types of Trolls Before we begin, it's worth noting that the term "troll" is one of the most frequently cited insults in the online environment. It is often used to brand, silence or scapegoat a member with a dissenting or unpopular opinion. The purpose of this article is to assist those in online communities in determining what a true troll is and what actions can be taken to prevent their creation, welcome, and ability to inflict any harm. In our experience with online communities, there are four types of trolls... 1) Mischievous: Such trolls have a humorous intent. Often, they are a "regular" who has temporarily adopted a new identity in order to play a good-natured prank. They are not abusive to members and rarely create trouble within a community. Generally there is no harm in responding to them. Some members may find mischievous trolls to be annoying, particularly if their presence leads to lengthy threads that distract the community from its true intent; other members inevitably find that the troll's humor and light-hearted antics provide the community with an opportunity to laugh together, thereby enhancing and strengthening community bonds. 2) Mindless: Mindless trolls have a tendency to post lengthy stories of questionable belief thus promoting good facial tone in members due to excessive eye-rolling. They are generally harmless. On rare occasion, the ficticious posts of a mindless troll may lead to insightful debate and discussion. Aside from encouraging them, there is generally no harm in responding. 3) Malicious: A malicious troll arrives with the intent of being blatantly abusive to the group and/or specific individuals within the group. One of their characteristics is that within a very short time of gaining access they begin targeting and harassing members using both low-end and high-end tactics. In some cases, the troll has a prior history with the group or someone within the group. In other scenarios, the troll is simply looking for a fresh meat market. 4.) Destructive: Around 1999 a new form of troll began to appear on the net in mail groups and online communities. The primary purpose of this type of troll is to completely destroy the group it has infiltrated. Destructive trolls may work on their own, or possibly in teams or gangs. Trolls have two ways of gaining access to a community: from the outside or from the inside. Outside trolls are newbies or visitors who are new to the community, or only sporadic visitors and guests. They are less likely to target specific members and will be content with "hooking" anyone. Inside trolls are comprised of mischevious, bored, disgruntled, angry, scapegoated or wounded regulars who may have turned to trolling as a result of actions that occurred within the community. They frequently have a bone to pick with a specific member or a select group of members. Unmoderated or poorly moderated environments are not only more susceptible to malicious or damaging trolls, they are also more likely to create the conditions that invite them. This is because the members themselves have very little in the way of actual power. With few other options at their disposal they will often resort to intimidation tactics and personal attack with the hope of verbally overpowering the offender. If the offender is a true troll, this will only reinforce the troll's sense of purpose, inflames his/her ire, and let him or her know who the willing targets are. Informal community leaders, those who are empathic to others or those sensitive to the slights of injustice are more likely to step forward in cases of troll attack and thus, become their target.


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Posted on Fri, Jan 08, 2010 16:57

If you have spotted anything posted on MM that you know to be untrue, that is obviously someone who is trolling, why not post it here, so we can have some examples. It might be nice for MMers to know who is a troll don't you think. You don't even have to mention the name, just the text.


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Posted on Thu, Jan 07, 2010 13:09

I just had a troll post trash to this blog. I returned the favor and deleted his post. He was using a girls name. Or then, he may be a girl who uses a guys name. Who knows. Darn, I forgot to block the person. Back in a min. lol


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Posted on Thu, Jan 07, 2010 10:34

AMEN 4 Ws amen  I have two hate mails  from the latest troll a very mailcious troll weve had lately. I spotted him/her /it and reported it and i think hes gone. Great blog, BTW are you missing looking at my butt?



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Posted on Wed, Jan 06, 2010 02:34

Quoting: Originally posted by shazbot82
we always DO have SOME trolls,,it comes with the territory.


It doesn't have too. It's easy to fix.


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Posted on Tue, Jan 05, 2010 12:14

Quoting: Originally posted by lonelybeachgirl

Is this a new game we are playing here?

Why don't you just report them and get them removed?



One of them has been reported many times by many people but they won't remove him. Trolls cause drama, which may be fun for some, but unfortunately they also can cause damage to our country. Traitors to the US are not someone I care be on the same site with but in this case members have no control of who or what type of freaks are on the site. Unfortunately my nature is such that I try to limit their damage and get sucked into their game. They looks like fools, but I guess they love the attention. I sure wish they would get a life.


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Posted on Tue, Jan 05, 2010 10:50

Quoting: Originally posted by Curious2078

Just did!!!!! 



DO TELL!!!! I don't have the energy to sift through them but can typically tell by content otherwise.


Courtney :)

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Posted on Tue, Jan 05, 2010 09:53

Quoting: Originally posted by wwww12345
btw, we do have trolls on here. See if you can spot them.


Just did!!!!! 



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Posted on Tue, Jan 05, 2010 06:10

Quoting: Originally posted by wwww12345
btw, we do have trolls on here. See if you can spot them.


Is this a new game we are playing here?

Why don't you just report them and get them removed?



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Posted on Tue, Jan 05, 2010 04:26

We have a troll on here that deletes any post I make that proves he is a troll and a ignorant fool. Now he has even blocked me from posting at all. Can you guess who it is?


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Posted on Tue, Jan 05, 2010 04:18

Quoting: Originally posted by shazbot82
interesting... I thought trolls lived under bridges and ate little kids


Oh they are much more evil than that.


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Posted on Mon, Jan 04, 2010 23:15

we always DO have SOME trolls,,it comes with the territory.


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Posted on Mon, Jan 04, 2010 14:16

btw, we do have trolls on here. See if you can spot them.


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Posted on Mon, Jan 04, 2010 01:57

interesting... I thought trolls lived under bridges and ate little kids


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