__/ [ Mark Kent ] on Tuesday 01 August 2006 16:16 \__
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> High Plains Thumper <hpt@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>> Seeing that c.o.l.advocacy has a chronic problem with trolls, I thought
>> the following links might be helpful to advocacy members.
>>> The term "troll" can mean a number of different things, but in essence,
>>> a troll is a person who aims to have 'pleasure' at your expense. There
>>> are two main types of trolls.
>>> The following is a further extract from the FAQ (Frequently Asked
>>> Questions) of the mailing list that is dedicated to trolling. It will
>>> help you to understand what type of person you are up against...
>>> "Anyone can walk into alt.sex and post that pornography should be
>>> banned. Anyone can walk into rec.sport.baseball and say "baseball sucks".
>>> It takes unbelievable skill and discipline to cause a PROLONGED flame
>>> war. That is what we do. But it can only be done with talent, and numbers
>>> to match that talent. We only bring into the fold people who have the
>>> knack to use smarts to incite chaos, not stupidity to incite being
>>> ignored when people see a post and know what you're up to."
> It's our troll-feeders who need the most education here; they do not
> seem to grasp that troll-feeding is not all that smart...
True. Apart from trolls there are those with poor posting
habits or those who ask technical questions just for the
sake of it, not out of necessity (social problems may be to
blame). In technical newsgroups (I have in mind particular
people in the context of Web-related newgroups), it is
better not to fuel such bland conversations because they
steal attention from those who truly seek assistance.
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