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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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OverANALizing
by Gestahlt on Wed 25th Jan 2012 12:31 UTC
Gestahlt
Member since:
2011-10-17

And sometimes people are just overreacting.


Everyone trolls. There is no exception.

And besides, i hate those lame forums where everyone is nice to each other. Thats utter BS. If you have passion about something you get worked up and a heated discussion might start. Its not a bad thing and people who cant deal with being called names.. well its the internet. Your fist cant reach through the screen and hit the opposites face. Belive me, most people who are insulting others havent the balls in the real-life to lift a finger when confronted. So there is no point in shitting yourself about some stupid insult from a mental 100 years old.

Gimme thumbs down suckers!

*Trolling mode off*

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RE: OverANALizing
by Valhalla on Wed 25th Jan 2012 12:35 in reply to "OverANALizing"
Valhalla Member since:
2006-01-24


Everyone trolls. There is no exception.

I believe you are thinking of masturbation.

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RE[2]: OverANALizing
by shawnhcorey on Wed 25th Jan 2012 14:34 in reply to "RE: OverANALizing"
shawnhcorey Member since:
2009-11-05

OMG. An unintentional troll. Ban it, ban it, ban it. ;)

Claiming someone is an unintentional troll is just an excuse for censorship. Thinking up complex excuses for doing what you want means you're feeling guilty about it and want to shift the blame to someone else.

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RE[2]: OverANALizing
by Gestahlt on Wed 25th Jan 2012 17:54 in reply to "RE: OverANALizing"
Gestahlt Member since:
2011-10-17

Mental masturbation ftw!

Yeah! It feels good to ejaculate your words into someones face. Even if it is a totally stupid subject, it can be very satisfying. The trick is that yourself shouldnt be pissed off about the excrements that other people might leave in a forum.

Means: dont get yourself offended about someone who tries to measure his e-peen. If you do, you got the smaller one.

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RE: OverANALizing
by Vanders on Wed 25th Jan 2012 14:19 in reply to "OverANALizing"
Vanders Member since:
2005-07-06

And besides, i hate those lame forums where everyone is nice to each other. Thats utter BS.


I thought the same thing. An internet without trolls would be boring. Do we really want to create some sort of electronic Victorian diner party where everyone is stiffly polite to each other?

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RE[2]: OverANALizing
by jimmmy on Wed 25th Jan 2012 17:58 in reply to "RE: OverANALizing"
jimmmy Member since:
2012-01-02

An internet without trolls would be boring.

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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