They see me trollin...

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    Jun 25, 2012 5:11 PM GMT
    So apparently trolling has a whole bunch of different definitions on here. Can range from just viewing the topics without saying anything to constantly posting with a sock (sock puppet) account. What does it mean to YOU?
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    Jun 25, 2012 7:32 PM GMT
    Posting can be an art form, political platform, comedy routine, porno war, up to the second news; which you will find here first, mindless chit chat, or the most annoying trolling you ever did see. Be yourself, don't get lost in the forums, don't lose your self in the game, live like you're dying, and dance naked like noone watching... that's hot. icon_twisted.gificon_twisted.gificon_twisted.gif What was I saying... oh yeah, just be you, forget the haters. icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 25, 2012 8:42 PM GMT
    Trolling comes from a fishing terminology where you toss out chum to attract fish and see what bites.

    Same concept in internet trolling. They post inflammatory comments with the hopes to stir things up and incite a flame war. Unfortunately most guys on this site aren't too keen on Trolling and internet culture in general. So this site is easy game. And that's why the trolls keep coming back. Infinite supply to get their lulz on. icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 25, 2012 8:57 PM GMT
    Trolling = saying something that someone else disagrees with.
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    Jun 25, 2012 9:55 PM GMT
    xrichx saidTrolling comes from a fishing terminology where you toss out chum to attract fish and see what bites.

    Same concept in internet trolling. They post inflammatory comments with the hopes to stir things up and incite a flame war. Unfortunately most guys on this site aren't too keen on Trolling and internet culture in general. So this site is easy game. And that's why the trolls keep coming back. Infinite supply to get their lulz on. icon_lol.gif


    Trolling is dragging (often multiple) fishing lines behind a slow moving boat. Chumming is not trolling. I suppose you could chum as you troll but unless you're heading in a tight circle, you'd waste your chum. Chumming I think is generally associated with holding a position.

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    Jun 25, 2012 10:48 PM GMT
    yourname2000 said^^ Yeah, I've used the fishing analogy before too, and I think it really fits.

    Real trolling is actually a lot of fun....it's verbal sparring with worthy opponents. And I would suggest that humans have been "trolling" each other for millenia. Just look at a movie like "Dangerous Liasons"...the quick tete-a-tete within the court was a blast....invigorating entertainment to all, except the ill-prepared.

    The only problem with it (imo) is when amateurs wander onto the playing field and get "hit". Part of that is a lack of understanding of the venue, I think: some guys are actually here thinking they're creating "friends"....like real friends that you go to a barbeque with or help paint a fence. That's as stupid as the person who was complaining that the english being used on here was texting-type rather than the queen's formal english...of course it is!

    We need a new deviation of the word "friend" for internet forum friendships.... just like neighbours are neighbours, aquaintances are aquaintances, work mates are work mates...the people you meet and get to know in an internet forum will never be friends like people you went to school with....we show too little of a contrived public face in a forum for such depth to really occur (imo.)

    If you understand the limits of the medium --and appreciate it for what it is instead of cursing it for what it never will be--it's a great place to be. My advice would be, though, if you're looking for friends through a computer screen, you need to do a 180....real friends are in the real world. My interactions on RJ are more like when two rugby teams hit the pub after a good game --camaraderie, competitiveness, insight, and challenges that make one think....all in a fun and safe, boisterous environment.

    So for me, trolling is affection....like chumming with bar friends. Sure sometimes you really do have to slap someone down, but most of the time it's just an excuse for clever word-play. And again, I think humans have been enjoying that forever, this is just a new medium to do so.

    EDIT: Holy shit: that was my 9000th post! icon_biggrin.gif


    Congrats, hon! I need to find visual memes for "Over 9000!", LOL.
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    Jun 25, 2012 11:00 PM GMT
    Maybe I'm a bit old school but there was nothing affectionate about trolling. It was all about getting a rise out of people and disrupting the usual routine of a site. What YN2000 described is a recent interpretation of trolling. But I consider that just trash talking amongst long time or established members.
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    Jun 25, 2012 11:06 PM GMT
    intensity69 said
    yourname2000 said...
    EDIT: Holy shit: that was my 9000th post! icon_biggrin.gif


    Congrats, hon! I need to find visual memes for "Over 9000!", LOL.
    Damn newbs... icon_razz.gif