Troll / Trolling definition

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  1. 482214 macrumors 6502

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    Hello. I've been using this forum for several weeks now and attempting to read posts over the various sections... 1 word/term that gets used a lot in a random way is troll/trolling?!

    What does this mean.

    I tried searching under definition... What does it mean, etc etc but no luck through the search engine

    Just interested really as some of the posts make for interesting reading!

    Thanks
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    From the Forum Rules:
     
  3. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troll_(Internet)

     
  4. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    You won't get a standard definition
    It means different things to different people

    Basically it is just an insult and means "I disagree with what you are saying, and you are saying it just to stir things up"
     
  5. 482214 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the very speedy replies

    Cheers

    Chris
     
  6. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    If you need any help with imagining the troll, some help:
     

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  7. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Don't worry. Most are harmless and some keep the place lively. Many seem to hang out at Geostationary Plaza. :D
     
  8. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Let's give you an example…

    I come into the MacBook Pro forum and I start a new thread titled Why are Apple owners so stupid into buying overpriced crud?! and then with the post:
    Okay that was an example of trolling. I insulted people for their buying decisions. I only said negative things about Macs [on an Apple forum] and only positive things about other products. I picked an over-discussed topic like pricing and made it a point. I didn't really add anything to the discussion except to cause arguing (because inevitably people will defend the Apple products they own, especially on an Apple forum).

    (Food for thought… what I said about Thinkpads are true to the ones I've owned.)
     

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