To explain it to someone unfamiliar with your examples, currently Troll
is being used for both friendly humorous teasing that would fit under The Gadfly
and really harsh, cruel manipulation. As the person who launched The Gadfly
in the first place, I can tell people here that it originally came to be because the Troll
article was supposed to be about internet trolls and had all its example stripped out. That means there are three concepts at play here, but let's put internet trolls aside for the moment.
However, people are not using The Gadfly
when they should be because it's not an established term. Troll is, but trolling is very loosely defined and refers to both teasing and cruelty. Attempts to rectify this have resulted in us apparently coming up against admin fiat to leave the troll page alone despite the very widespread misuse and apparent lack of the second trope.
edited 24th Nov '12 9:05:35 PM by Arha