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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 20:32 UTC in reply to "
I'm not sure ones opinion can or can not "stand".
And the sky is bright green with purple stripes, in my opinion. Because it's an opinion I can't be faulted even if the opinion is based on a fallacy. I'll just call any attempt to point out the fallacy a "difference of opinion" to nullify the points I can't counter.
Clever deflection. Now stop trolling and tell me how one's personal boredom justifies unwelcome or harmful behavior.
Respond or don't but unless you bring something meaningful to the discussion, I won't be responding further. "
Ah, there you can be productive by provocating. Sometimes you need poke the people a bit to get something useful out of them or even get some entertainment for the rest of the crowd.
I did this several times in the past and i really dont mind if someone is pissed.
For example, my wifes cousin is with the army. I just slandered against it without any reason (except to kill time). There he needed to justify himself and told me quite a few interesting facts about the duty and daily routines of a soldier which led also to a purposeful conversation.
When i asked him regulary with being polite, he didnt tell much. Just pretty generic stuff.
This logic applies to a lot of situations and i think it is good sometimes to take a provocative stance just to initiate some interesting discussions and reflections you usually wont get with agreeable or polite customs.
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