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Re: Beware The Troll, A Practical Guide

  • Subject: Re: Beware The Troll, A Practical Guide
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 02 Aug 2006 14:25:47 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: schestowitz.com / ISBE, Manchester University / ITS
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__/ [ Mark Kent ] on Tuesday 01 August 2006 16:16 \__

> begin  oe_protect.scr
> 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.
>> http://www.teamtechnology.co.uk/troll.htm
>>> 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.
>> http://www.teamtechnology.co.uk/troll-tactics.html
>>> 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.

Best wishes,


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