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  Troll - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In Sweden, trolls adopted many of the traits of the land-wights (vättar, compare Icelandic landvættir) and thus came to be inclined to thieving and the abduction and consumption of humans which, in the case of infant abductees, was substituted with a changeling.
Female trolls may conspire to force the prince to marry their daughters, as in East of the Sun and West of the Moon, or practice witchcraft, as in The Witch in the Stone Boat, where a troll usurps a queen's place, or The Twelve Wild Ducks, where she turns twelve princes into wild ducks.
The green Forest Trolls of Zul'Aman (the Hinterlands), the icy blue Ice Trolls of Northrend and Khaz Modan, the large Dark Trolls of Ashenvale, the mysterious Desert Trolls of Tanaris, and the numerous Jungle Trolls.
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 Internet troll - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Skillful trolls know that an easy way to upset the person is to falsely claim that they are a "troll." In forums where most users are similar to each other, outsiders may be perceived as trolls simply because they do not fit into the social norms of that group.
The troll attempts to pass as a legitimate participant, sharing the group's common interests and concerns; the newsgroups members, if they are cognizant of trolls and other identity deceptions, attempt to both distinguish real from trolling postings, and upon judging a poster a troll, make the offending poster leave the group.
Trolling can be described as a breaching experiment, originally conceived of by sociologist Harold Garfinkel, which, because of the use of an alternate persona, allows for normal social boundaries and rules of etiquette to be tested or otherwise broken, without serious consequences.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Internet_troll   (6360 words)

 Internet troll - Internet-Encyclopedia.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Self-proclaimed trolls often style themselves as Devil's Advocates or gadflies, challenging the dominant discourse and assumptions of the forum they are "trolling" in an attempt to subvert and introduce different ways of thinking.
The terms "trolling" and "troll-posting", like the term flamebait, originated as a fishing metaphor: like people who troll for fish, trolls were "baiting" reactions of anger, shock, or argument.
Effect change in user opinions: A troll may state extreme positions to make his or her actual beliefs seem moderate (this often involves sock puppeteering, where the "bad cop" is a sock-puppet troll) or, alternatively, play the role of "Devil's advocate" to strengthen opposing convictions (with which he or she usually actually agrees).
www.internet-encyclopedia.com /ie/i/in/internet_troll.html   (3096 words)

 Troll - Encyclopedia Dramatica
A person who brings life to a tired, dull internet message board by purposeful attempts to start flame wars or Internet drama by posting comments that are patently absurd, yet still inflammatory enough to enrage the stupid, irrational and humorless.
As a verb, "to troll" is probably a corruption of "trawl." Troll is fine as a verb since trawling for comments and flames is innate troll behavior.
A "Troll" is a mythical monster that lives under a bridge and surprises people who try and cross the bridge with some bizarre puzzle or challenge that they must complete before crossing.
www.encyclopediadramatica.com /index.php/Troll   (937 words)

 Internet troll - Anarchopedia
Trolls are the most challenging faction because they are typically diverse, and very often refuse to accept the community point of view as a neutral point of view, or accept any pigeonholing or labelling of their views by others.
Trolls may also do intricate politics if they play a double role that they have an user account that is kept distinct from, unassociated with, trollish edits.
Trolls sometimes apply grammar so ambiguous that it is indecipherable what is actually being said - troll poetry for instance is a deliberate attempt to break up and apply cognitive dissonance to some terms, such as claiming to be "a propriate" as a response to someone else thinking they are inappropriate.
eng.anarchopedia.org /Internet_troll   (987 words)

 Wikinfo | Internet troll
Though technically different from flaming, which is an unmistakable direct personal attack, trolls often resort to innuendo or misdirection in the pursuit of their objective, which is to create controversy for its own sake, discredit those with whom they disagree, or sabotage discussion by creating an intimidating atmosphere.
The role of Internet trolls is also disputed, some viewing them as playing some role in the limiting of groupthink, and the prevention of forming any kind of false consciousness by acting as devil's advocate.
Internet trolls tend to have inferiority complexes and difficulty with authority.
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 Internet Trolls   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Trolls are utterly impervious to criticism (constructive or otherwise).
Trolls have been known to become so irritated at having their spoofs identified that they have learned to write in another person's style.
Trolls crave attention, and they care not whether it is positive or negative.
members.aol.com /intwg/trolls.htm   (2164 words)

 Consumer Savvy Tips: Avoiding an Internet Troll
Internet trolls are people who become very, very nasty for no other reason than to stir up a mess.
I used to be involved with an animal welfare organization and even the group message board for that organization had an Internet troll who would throw lies and insults around the board to purposely stir up trouble for the other members of the board.
Just remember, as tempting as it is to give into an Internet troll and lash back when they lash out at you, the safest and wisest course of action is to ignore the troll and wait for them to go on their way.
www.consumersavvytips.org /avoiding_an_internet_troll.html   (442 words)

 Internet Trolls
The troll posts a message, often in response to an honest question, that is intended to upset, disrupt or simply insult the group.
For trolls, any response is 'recognition'; they are unable to distinguish between irritation and admiration; their ego grows directly in proportion to the response, regardless of the form or content of that response.
One troll famously tried to infiltrate a mensa group; the results read like 100 trolls and one regular, it didn't have a chance - but it was stupid enough to persist until removed.
www.flayme.com /troll   (723 words)

 What is an Internet troll?
Large Internet communities such as Fertility Friend's circles are victims of a specific type of abuse which is commonly called Internet trolling or troll.
An Internet troll is an individual (or a team of people) who construct an online identity and use it on message boards and discussion groups for specific abuse purposes.
Trolls are not worth the time and effort to investigate the details of their lies.
www.fertilityfriend.com /TechFaqs/What_is_an_Internet_troll.html   (596 words)

 Anti Troll FAQ   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
On a deeper examination, it could be concluded that the existence of mkm protects mk from the worst of the outright trolling, presumably because in the case of drastic problems, subscribers could move to mkm.
Whether the trolls are the infantile kind with a strange sense of fun, or the evil kind intent on destruction, the result will be the same.
Clearly an individual Troll may be in one, or several of these groups, or indeed in none at all.
www.hyphenologist.co.uk /killfile/anti_troll_faq.htm   (4788 words)

 A Preliminary Survey of Internet Troll Species   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
While the ordinary human inhabitants seldom seem to differentiate among trolls, and trolls do have a common habitat, being encountered almost exclusively on Internet discussion boards, it is clear, from distinctive behavior patterns and different modes of habitation, that there are multiple species of trolls.
Since these trolls’ purpose is to propagate their message, they tend to be posting the same materials to multiple discussion boards at any given time, and will continue posting that same material on other discussion boards even when members of some one discussion board refute or show serious flaws in what they posted.
Pretender Trolls, Trollus Disguisus - This type of troll tries to keep their troll nature and purposes concealed by pretending to be something they are not - political philosophy, education, profession, national origin - to gain credibility or or evade the cautions of other discussion forum denizens.
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 Troll Definition
It's supposed to be troll in the sense of trawl.
A troll is deliberately crafted to provoke others with the intention of wasting their time and energy.
Thus, the "best" trolls either have some good but unpopular points, or twist one's logic in ways that the victim cannot articulate their way out of, making the troll's points more tolerated, the victim more frustrated and retaliatory, and giving him/her somewhat of a fan-base.
c2.com /cgi/wiki?TrollDefinition   (3676 words)

 What is an Internet Troll? (Posting Guidelines - Netiquette) What is a Forum Troll?
A troll is someone who inspires flaming rhetoric, someone who is purposely provoking and pulling people into flaming discussion.
Troll is usually an expert in reusing the same words of its opponents and in turning it against them.
Trolls were inclined to thieving, and fond of carrying off children.
curezone.com /forums/troll.asp   (2166 words)

 Mother Tongue Annoyances » Further Reflections on the ‘Internet Troll’
To my knowledge, I have not in over 10 years of near-daily Internet use observed an Internet troll use what appeared to be a legitimate identity in his or her comments.
Brittney Gilbert posted recently at her Sparkwood & 21 weblog and attracted a pedestrian, garden-variety Internet troll who refers to himself/herself as "Conservationist." Conservationist's attached e-mail address (which he/she appears to change for each comment post) is re@lly.who.else.could.it.be.
The chief motivation of the Internet troll appears to be the positive psychological/emotional payoff he or she receives by inciting a negative psychological/emotional response in others.
www.mtannoyances.com /?p=367   (2029 words)

 Mother Tongue Annoyances » On the "Internet Troll"
Today I'd like to address the subject of the so-called "Internet troll." Let us begin by considering the pithy classic "The Fox and Grapes" from the Aesop's Fables canon, which stands as one of my favorite pieces of wisdom literature:
One hot summer's day a Fox was strolling through an orchard till he came to a bunch of Grapes just ripening on a vine which had been trained over a lofty branch.
This entry was posted on Friday, September 9th, 2005 at 9:49 AM and filed under Internet, Blogging.
www.mtannoyances.com /?p=124   (708 words)

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