Troll

Definition

In internet speak, a troll is someone who posts material on a forum in order to cause arguments and disagreements. They might flame for example, or post something that is off topic or post deliberately confrontational ideas in order to start an argument.

Description

A Troll (internet) was founded through social networking, “The most likely derivation of the word troll can be found in the phrase "trolling for newbies", popularized in the early 1990s in the Usenet group, alt.folklore.urban (AFU)”[1].

The Troll is defined as someone who posts irrelevant, off topic or offensive topics that offends users and provokes a response which disrupts on-topic conversation or changes the conversation to their own ends. They can also flood the topic with posts, spread rumours-lies, threaten people, break policies of the site, and have numerous aliases. They also have no desire to contribute or learn about the topic.

If a Troll is trying to annoy you when online, the best way to deal with a them is to ignore them as any response is enjoyable to them.

Trolling means deliberate going about the action of causing arguments in a discussion group.

Do not feed the trolls abbreviated to DNFTT - means don't encourage trolling by replying to argumentative or off topic posts.

External Links

http://www.angelfire.com/space/usenet/

References

1. Tepper, Michele (1997). "Usenet Communities and the Cultural Politics of Information". in Porter, David. Internet culture. New York, New York, United States: Routledge Inc. p. 48. ISBN 9780415916837. Retrieved 2009-03-24. "

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