Linked by Howard Fosdick on Wed 25th Jan 2012 06:58 UTC
Editorial 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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Why would you want to stop troll?
by MORB on Wed 25th Jan 2012 23:22 UTC
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Trolling is merely adopting whatever position will annoy people. It doesn't mean that someone with a point of view that annoys you is necessarily a troll. And what if he is? If his point of view annoys you, clearly it means that he has a point that you can't or are unable to refute.

One issue I have with that whole "trolling must stop" thing is that often, people will abusively label "troll" anyone they don't agree with or who have an opinion so different from their own that they refuse to acknowledge it and instead reject it as trolling.

"you have to be trolling" is one of the most annoying cop out in a forum discussion.

Note that simply being insulting or offensive is not trolling. Trolling is often pretty much nothing more than playing devil's advocate.
If getting your opinions challenged annoys you, then perhaps you should avoid engaging in discussions with people on the internet.

Edited 2012-01-25 23:30 UTC

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