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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RE: OverANALizing
by Vanders on Wed 25th Jan 2012 14:19 UTC 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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RE[3]: OverANALizing
by Vanders on Wed 25th Jan 2012 19:22 in reply to "RE[2]: OverANALizing"
Vanders Member since:
2005-07-06

"An internet without trolls would be boring.

That would only stand if there were nothing else to do on the Internet besides troll.
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I'm not sure ones opinion can or can not "stand".

Boredom, which can be a symptom of clinical depression


Are you trolling?

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RE[3]: OverANALizing
by Gestahlt on Wed 25th Jan 2012 20:39 in reply to "RE[2]: OverANALizing"
Gestahlt Member since:
2011-10-17

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..


It might get too far, but if its funny for the moment, why not? In the end the guy throwing with the cranberries has to deal with the consequences and its up to him if it was worth the swollen eye (and sometimes it is).

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