Jun 26, 2013 4:20 PM GMT
Class, class, please settle down. It's time for my final lesson.
The most misused word on the Internet is: Troll.
Before it was used online, the word meant, "to drag a fishing line in water in hopes that it'll get the attention of a fish, who will take the bait, and then flip the fuck out."
It was then used on the Internet to describe a troublemaking type of person. An Internet Troll is someone who writes or behaves on the Internet, with the intent to cause others to react, get angry or show some other entertaining emotional response.
They are looking for something to laugh at. Trolls will say things which they don't even mean, and manipulate in order to create a giggle for themselves. The Internet Troll doesn't care about any consequences to others, or backlash. The Troll doesn't feel any insults dealt back to him or her.
Often when a troll is called out, others think it is synonymous with "meanie".
Things that don't make someone a troll:
-having a different opinion than you
-being an ugly green monster, weak to fire
-living under a bridge
-being stupid or a noob
-asking for help
-revealing a shameful secret
-eating small billy goats
-being destructive, hurtful, argumentative
Trolls could pretend to do any of those, but none of those make a poster a troll.
What a lot of people mean when they call "Troll" is "Flamer".
A flamer is someone who argues and makes personal attacks (or flame wars), not for their own entertainment, but because they want to put other people down. When flamers write nasty stuff, they aren't laughing behind their monitor, they are worked up and aiming to humiliate.
While the damage from a troll or a flamer can be similar to a site's community, the difference is fairly simple. If they're laughing at everyone, they're a troll; if they're pounding their fist on the table, they're a flamer.
Note: Given the embarrassment of being viewed as a hateful forum warrior losing his shit; flamers sometimes will claim they are just trolling. Please beware of these flimsy attempts to save face.
The recommended treatment of a troll is to avoid taking the bait, and block them. This method is overly simplistic, as there can be false-positives, as well as the consequence of leaving the unaware newer members on their own to deal with trolls who are infamous among elder members.
Extra credit: The term "Sock Account" refers to existing users making a second account to say things they feel unable/afraid to say with their legitimate account.
That is all. You have been a wonderful bunch of students and the time taken to write these is made worthwhile by your willingness to read all dem words.
An honourary diploma is attached to the honourary mail I sent to each of you.
Live aware and with care,