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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 19:28 UTC in reply to "
It is perfectly possible to express a controvercial viewpoint in a polite enough way that others will be willing to politely disagree and not mod you down.
No it isn't. No on the internet it isn't.
On another level, when someone does try to be expressive in a collective, Web 2.0 context, she must prioritize standing out from the crowd. To do anything else is to be invisible. Therefore, people become artificially caustic, flattering, or otherwise manipulative.
There is no other way I can say my piece IMHO than to be very aggressive otherwise I am ignored. It is very true.
Also the majority of people posting have absolutely no idea what they are on about.
The majority of articles on this website is written by someone who has no idea about Software Engineering practices or basic Ideas about Specifications and Testing.
I think Thom once had a go at me saying you can't know what a application is doing if you don't have the source code. In fact there is a whole field of testing called "Blackbox" testing that is dedicated to this.
If he read maybe some basic texts on the subject such as the "Art of Software Testing" (I have the first edition that talks about Fortran a lot).
It is honestly a sad state when you cannot express your opinion without basically having to be in someone elses face.
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