To start with, the page quotation is Poe's Law
, not Troll
. I think it should be removed or replaced.
As for the description, much of it is trivia. If I were to just cut part of it, it'd look something like this (I've not added parts for non-internet trolls):
A malcontent that posts messages specifically designed to enrage, confuse, and/or infuriate as many people as possible.
A case-in-point of the GIFT
, the troll delights in sowing chaos; he is enamored by the thought that he can set off total strangers and derail entire forum topics by posting one simple message.
At the same time, anonymity shields him from the uncomfortable realization that total strangers are currently fantasizing about his brutal and painful death
In the world of fan fiction, an author who intentionally posts a story that is stupid, badly spelled, or otherwise insincere is also referred to as a 'troll', as are the stories in question themselves. The goal of such trolls seems to be to either laugh at the people who like their fic
, because they're obviously stupid
, or to laugh at the possibly self-righteous criticism they receive from more "serious" fic writers. See Troll Fic
Also note that a genuine troll doesn't need to be announced as such. One fallacious use of the term "troll" is to mean "somebody I disagree with". When you see somebody declare their opposition a troll during a debate (especially if it's later in the debate or it's against an established member of the community), it's an Ad Hominem
attack as a desperate ploy to win. As such, this in turn became one of trolling tactics. In most civilized communities, it is similar to Godwin's Law
in its ability to automatically derail the argument and destroy the respectability of the invoker.
Trolls are a form of griefer. Griefer
as a specific term often refers to a person who trolls people in online video games by interfering with play and doing everything they possibly can to ruin the fun of other people trying to play the game normally (or stupidly
They are not known for their logic
Note that if what somebody says is truly their honest opinion, no matter how dumb or incomprehensible
, they are not a troll. They may still be idiots
For an article about mythological trolls, see All Trolls Are Different
edited 9th Jan '13 6:18:59 PM by AnotherDuck