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[2]: OverANALizing
by jimmmy on Wed 25th Jan 2012 17:58 UTC 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[4]: OverANALizing
by jimmmy on Wed 25th Jan 2012 20:13 in reply to "RE[3]: OverANALizing"
jimmmy Member since:
2012-01-02

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.

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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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RE[4]: OverANALizing
by jimmmy on Wed 25th Jan 2012 21:54 in reply to "RE[3]: OverANALizing"
jimmmy Member since:
2012-01-02

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).

And what consequences does one hiding in anonymity face? They're just going to be destructive without consequence. So, I guess the analogy only holds if the cranberry chuckers actually have to deal with the consequences.

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