What is a Troll?

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  1. kdesign7 macrumors 6502a

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    Alrite, so .. Ive mentioned before in a few other posts, that im new...

    But what the hell is a troll??
     
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  3. kdesign7 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    lol!

    yes yes, I know that.. I know what a troll is.. its that cute lil doll that lil kids use to have with long hair or something? or the troll under the bridge,

    but ive heard a few ppl use the word Troll like.. they are describing a type of .. 'user'? I dunno.. thats what im guessing, but I Still dont get it.
    lol
     
  4. ditzy macrumors 68000

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    Someone who says something just to annoy the locals.
     
  5. kdesign7 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    LOL..
    locals.. nice

    btw.. Im a huge fan of Lex... hes cool.

    Well the term troll is very weird to me.. but im sure ill grasp onto it shortly.. or something. lol
     
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    Moved from iPad discussion subforum to Site & Forum Feedback subforum.
     
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    omg, I hope no one calls me a troll then!

    but it says on that link .. people who go off topic? Im hella bad for that... but I think in a good way? I think. I dunno.
     
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    You will probably get broad definitions for this including someone who is just annoying, but to me a "troll" is someone who says things just to bait someone else into a (meaningless) argument or that just tries to get a rise and reaction by their statements.

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
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    Actually it is people who start a thread just to bring attention to themselves, which pretty much describes you. So you are a troll. Proud? Hopefully the moderators will remove this thread as off-topic. You do know that only teenage girls use terms like lol and omg.
     
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    To many people, a troll seems to be someone you disagree with. Personally, I think it's a term best avoided.
     
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    :D. Good job! Sometimes it's difficult to give definitions, what is better than an example of trolling?
     
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    I just searched for lol and omg on MRoogle and apparently this site is made up of 80% teenage girls. Who knew.
     
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    In many instances, they make this place fun. :D
     
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    Agreed.

    An example topic would be something like "WHY BUY IPHONE WHEN X PHONE DOES SO MUCH MORE?!?! IPHONE SUCKSSSSS"

    This could be a "serious" topic, but you'll usually be able to tell within 5 posts that it isn't.
     
  18. notjustjay macrumors 603

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    Yes. A troll is someone who posts deliberately inflammatory or annoying or obsequious messages just to get a rise out of people. For example, on a Mac forum such as this one, a troll post might talk about how Macs suck and are only for losers while PCs were the only real computers. Back in the early days of DVD, I remember trolls posting that DVD was never taking off and VHS would rule forever. A troll might post all about left-wing ideologies in a right-wing forum. Or go into a religious forum and declare that their beliefs are all lies and challenge them to rebuttals.
     
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    people without any friends who are trying to get as much social contact by the only means left to them.
     
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    This is good against trolls"
     

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    What Skunk said. Everyone's a troll now if they don't follow the status quo on any forum :rolleyes:

    Real trolls get banned quickly, you won't meet any on MR, or if you do they're banned pretty fast..
     
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    Just take a trip to /b/, sooner or later you will realize what a troll is.\

    OR..

    You can read the definition of a troll.
     
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    In addition to the inflammatory comments etc., think of trolling as a verb. Someone who goes from thread to thread looking to cause trouble or continuously repost the same or similar comments.

    A troll will often start a thread with a post and also go around to any other threads that are in any way similar or sometimes not and paste that post as a reply in those other threads rather than limiting the discussion of it to their own thread just to try and drive home their point as much as possible. They may not even be doing so to irritate posters so much as to try and get this point across to as many people as they can, but they don't really engage in discussion, they simply continue to duplicate their already expressed opinion which can make it seem increasingly closed-minded and angry.
     
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