owl_bundy saidsee, here's the thing. there's good trolling and then there's bad trolling. good trolling done right is entertaining, hilarious, and be seen as a joke where it can be taken lightly. BAD trolling is basically when someone just is down right offensive, just wants to stir up shit, annoying and boring. it's basically meant to hurt people or make them feel bad. there's very few people in here that know how to do good trolling. they can crack a joke on somebody, piss them off without offending them. most of the trolls in here do BAD trolling. they'll say some homophobic, racist, sexist or some downright weak shit that is just corny.
you have some people that are hypersensitive though where they don't know how to take a joke or joke around where you can't say anything. you also have other posters that seem to get entertained at bad trolling where they feed into it. they basically won't say anything when someone steps out of bounds.
I don't think Failed attempts at comedy, or even Effective comedy are considered "Trolling".Trolls
sit under a bridge, in a shadowy, decrepit mossy pit. They throw mud at passers by, and hope for a reaction. They're meant to be hated, they AIM to be hated. Anonymity on the internet created this archetype.
These are the people who, in my opinion, keep the CORE of this forum alive.
They may scare away the casual visitor, here for helpful advice about fitness and gay life, but they keep the rest of this 'community' interested.
Let's look at this honestly: people ranging above ~500 posts are not here for surface level engagement. They are here to gain a sense of community and learn something about each-other through the process.
Can you imagine how boring this place would be if everyone just posted positive affirmations and repeated different versions of the same tired rhetoric? Trolls not only throw a wrench in the machine of popular belief with their absurd opinions, but they spark debate, bond people together, etc etc etc.