by KimW
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From a post made by a Mod a few years back.

Then there's everyone's favorite - The Troll. These are people (and I employ the term here quite loosely) who use various techniques to draw others into arguments or pointless debates.

The term comes from the fishing technique by the same name, which involves pulling bait or a lure on a line behind a boat, hoping the fish won't see that it's a trap and will hook themselves.

Trolls can sometimes be subtle, and seem like the usual confused person expressing an opinion. They can sometimes be obvious, such as the ones asking for advice and refusing to acknowledge or consider what's offered. And they can sometimes just come out with it, posting outrageous nonsense that's guaranteed to start an argument if anyone takes them seriously.

If you suspect you're dealing with a troll, either flag their posts or, if there's a senior person involved who's engaging them after stating what they are, pop some popcorn and enjoy the show. A few of the more experienced people here will often carry on the discussion in order to let the less experienced become more familiar with the mindset of trolls.

Trolls are sneaky, cowardly creatures. They like to start trouble and then sit back and watch as others argue. If you call them on their games, they may respond by stating some seemingly harmless reason for their comments. They most commonly throw a tantrum or start to devolve into even lower life forms, right before your eyes.

Some will switch gears, and claim to be engaged in "performance art." Those people should be laughed out of the place, as they deserve.

Unless you're really experienced in dealing with them, your best bet is to flag their posts, and explain it with the phrase, "Looks like a troll." The mods can usually recognize the species pretty well. If they can't tell for sure, it's probably not a thread that needs to be left anyway.

Don't confuse trolling with outright racism or other hate speech. There's a name for animals who post that sort of thing on public forums, but it's not suitable for use here. The best use for such creatures is hauling large piles of heavy rocks from here to there and back to here again - ad nauseum.
  • Profile picture of the author Bill Farnham
    Well, that's all well and good, but we'd be much better off as a Nation if we simply took all the cats and dogs and pet horses and used them to feed the poor and hungry.

    It's about time you should be able to walk into a fast food restuarant and buy something that was actually fast before it was food.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    A fine example shows up already.
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    Just when you think you've got it all figured out, someone changes the rules.

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      *note to self*

      Whenever traveling through VA never stop at any restaurants with "Bill's" in the name...no matter how good the locals claim the BBQ is.
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      • Profile picture of the author Christopher Fox
        This site is good for some laughs and goes way back:

        http://redwing.hutman.net/~mreed/index.htm

        A troller is in their list.

        Troller is looking for a response...ANY response, and he will chum the waters with complaints, insults, compliments, and inflammatory tidbits hoping that someone...ANYONE, will take the bait. Generally quite harmless - practices a form of catch and release. Nonetheless, he can upset the delicate ecology of a discussion forum. Once a forum becomes aware of his presence, however, all feeding activity ceases and Troller must move on to more promising waters.

        Don't forget to click 'begin' & 'next warrior' and sit back and laugh. What kind of warrior are you?
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    Originally Posted by KimW View Post


    Don't confuse trolling with outright racism or other hate speech. There's a name for animals who post that sort of thing on public forums, but it's not suitable for use here. The best use for such creatures is hauling large piles of heavy rocks from here to there and back to here again - ad nauseum.
    Okay, um wait just a minute here, dude. Did you compose that whole triad just to insult MY kind of people? Rockhounds? So you find hauling rocks around futile **** do ya? You or your wife have any jewelry with cabochons or crystals in them? HHMMM? Do ya? Oh that whole thing was just accidental and not even thinking about being insulting....right? Hya. I bet you or your wife is wearing rocks of some fashioning right now.

    And don't try to hide behind the other warriors -- I'm Talking To YOU Mr rock carriers are stupid creatures. Wanna come over and say that right to my face? HHmmmm? Do ya? Do you feel lucky?
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      if we simply took all the cats and dogs and pet horses and used them to feed the poor and hungry.
      I'm going to start an alternative restaurant and do it the other way around. Will use trolls rather than the hungry....once they've been turned into pet food there'll be enough people food for everyone.
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      • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
        Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

        I'm going to start an alternative restaurant and do it the other way around. Will use trolls rather than the hungry....once they've been turned into pet food there'll be enough people food for everyone.
        What will you call your new food ... Trollent Green? :rolleyes:





        Hmm...that didn't work as well as I thought it would when the idea popped into my head. Maybe I've been hanging out in that "pun" thread too much lately.
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        • Profile picture of the author Kay King
          Nothing so fancy. Just trollburgers served with rhetoric fries. Kickass cake for dessert.

          Not an endangered species - and I'd be doing a public service.
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        • Profile picture of the author John Durham
          Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

          What will you call your new food ... Trollent Green? :rolleyes:





          Hmm...that didn't work as well as I thought it would when the idea popped into my head.
          I aqree but it was worth a good shot Dennis. "Good game, good game!"
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    Kim,
    wth are you gonna update that new blog anywayz????
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    • Profile picture of the author KimW
      Originally Posted by Andie View Post

      Kim,
      wth are you gonna update that new blog anywayz????
      Andie,
      Soon I hope. I actually have been under the weather this week with,can you believe it, a cold!
      I haven't had a cold the whole time I was waiting for my transplant,so I see something ironic in it...lol.
      Take Care,
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  • Profile picture of the author SteveJohnson
    They like to start trouble and then sit back and watch as others argue. If you call them on their games, they may respond by stating some seemingly harmless reason for their comments.
    Where's the harm in that? Cheap entertainment
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    Anyone else catch the return?
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    Whatever happened to the guy that kept creating new riddle threads in the OT forum, lol?

    Classic!
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  • Profile picture of the author John Durham
    If you see a troll, he's probably hungry, so another thing you can do is throw a twinkie about 20 feet away, and he will go run for it, then you can get away!

    Hope this helps someone.

    Ps.

    Another thing you can do is just empty your pockets and say "Okay, I'll join your list, I'll join your list!"

    Then he will go away.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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    Originally Posted by Ken_Caudill View Post

    A troll is anyone who disagrees with you.
    That's the exact kind of thing a troll would say...
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    <In his best trollish voice> I disagree!
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    • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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      Originally Posted by KimW View Post

      <In his best trollish voice> I disagree!
      Very well. It begins...

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      • Profile picture of the author John Durham
        [QUOTE=Joe Robinson;6129050]Very well. It begins...

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        Classic!
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    I'm shocked!!
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    I kind of want to buy an image for my sig just to put that there.
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    • Profile picture of the author KimW
      Originally Posted by Ashera View Post



      I kind of want to buy an image for my sig just to put that there.
      I'll sell you the space for only $99.95, today only though.
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      • Profile picture of the author Ashera
        Originally Posted by KimW View Post

        I'll sell you the space for only $99.95, today only though.
        I'm in, should I wire the money to your bank account in Nigeria for that sweepstakes I won? Or just send over my bank details ASAP?
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          Originally Posted by Ashera View Post

          I'm in, should I wire the money to your bank account in Nigeria for that sweepstakes I won? Or just send over my bank details ASAP?
          Oh,so you are wanting the yearly price, I thought was today only price.
          Your bank info and first born child will be fine. But don't send the first born til its been potty trained,too messy before then.
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          • Profile picture of the author Ashera
            Originally Posted by KimW View Post

            Oh,so you are wanting the yearly price, I thought was today only price.
            Your bank info and first born child will be fine. But don't send the first born til its been potty trained,too messy before then.
            Sounds good, I'll just need your home adress, birthdate, maiden name of your mother, and your social security number in order to process the payment.
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        • Profile picture of the author John Durham
          Originally Posted by Ashera View Post

          I'm in, should I wire the money to your bank account in Nigeria for that sweepstakes I won? Or just send over my bank details ASAP?
          No I will send you a check, I want you to deposit it, and then only when it clears, I want you to take 10k and send a money order for half the amount to Mari "Green" in PA, and the other half to my shipper for me name Tom "Brown" in Atalnta GA.

          Be sure to make out the money order for no more than $5000 each, then you can take out your commission from whats left of the deposit for helping me process my orders.


          Sorry hadda do it. I got taken for 12k this way once selling a Wallpaper load, back when I was green. Never happened again. Learned the first time.

          I took part of the money out of the bank, because the check actually cleared the first bank, and blew it...then sent the money orders as instructed....

          Then a week later, the second bank said the check was bogus and I owed my bank 12k.
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  • Profile picture of the author KimW
    Ok, I know now you must be legit, if you had asked for my astrological sign I would have been worried!
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