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[4]: Trolls
by lucas_maximus on Thu 26th Jan 2012 18:53 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Trolls"
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You can't troll a troll mate. :trollface:

I see your point. I don't care much for it though.

But if you actually read the Q&A on the book, you might actually understand my motivations for being quite abusive sometimes on here.

Sometimes the only way to be noticed is to be a troll. Sometimes the other person is a f--king idiot.

Especially when you have the "hive mind". I used to be the biggest "Freetard" there was back in 2004 - 2005. I used to use Linux (Slackware) and I used to argue tooth and nail about "freedomz".

I started learning about Software Development in 2004. I remember seeing some guy trying to vain to connect his Gentoo laptop to wireless (and I was trying the same in Slackware) ... the guy released his "homework" under a GPL license ... and this got me thinking.

It has been a long Journey and I pretty much sit for 8 hours a day in front of a computer hacking things from PHP, C#, JS, Perl and a few other things, on my lovely Quad Core Xeon Workstation with dual 24 inch monitors ... while listening to Heavy Metal and I get paid quite well for it. I also use a CentOS and OpenBSD VM if I need some *nix stuff (can't be arsed with cygwin).

So when someone says you are an idiot and you are pretty sure they can't write a line of code or don't know some basic principles that are a well known facts .. you tend to get abusive.

I honestly don't believe there are actually many on the internet in General commenting about tech articles or writing them that have even read some classic Software Engineering texts such as "Code Complete", "The Art of Software Testing", "The Mythical Man Month" and the "Tao of programming" (that load of rubbish seems to become more accurate on a day to day basis in the industry), I am sure there are a few more but I have missed them.

Edited 2012-01-26 19:13 UTC

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