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Why People Troll and How to Stop Them
on Wed 25th Jan 2012 06:58 UTC
Why do people troll? Can we prevent trolling or limit the damage trolls do? Here are some thoughts on trollology derived from academic studies and web research.
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on Wed 25th Jan 2012 17:58 UTC in reply to "
An internet without trolls would be
That would only stand if there were nothing else to do on the Internet besides troll.
Boredom, which can be a symptom of clinical depression, is no excuse for bad behavior. My personal boredom doesn't justify me standing up in a crowded theater and yelling "Oh my god, he's got a bomb!" just to see everyone scramble. There are other things I can do to entertain myself besides going out of my way to cause others grief (both on or off the Internet).
Do we really want to create some sort of electronic Victorian diner party where everyone is stiffly polite to each other?
There's a difference between being impolite and being destructive. Spreading disinformation and taking advantage of people for your own amusement isn't simply being rude or impolite. You can be rude without doing such things.
Just because there's a general rule against food fights doesn't mean everyone's out to get a Victorian dinner party going. Most people don't care if you put your elbows on the table but catapulting cranberries at people wearing white shirts is going too far.
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