In Internet slang, a troll is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion, often for their own amusement. This sense of the word “troll” and its associated verb trolling are associated with Internet discourse, but have been used more widely. Media attention in recent years has equated trolling with online harassment.
In Chinese, trolling is referred to as bái mù (Chinese: ??; literally: “white eye”), which can be straightforwardly explained as “eyes without pupils”, in the sense that whilst the pupil of the eye is used for vision, the white section of the eye cannot see, and trolling involves blindly talking nonsense over the internet, having total disregard to sensitivities or being oblivious to the situation at hand,
Two studies published in 2013 and 2014 have found that people who are identified as trolls tend to have dark personality traits and show signs of sadism, antisocial behavior, psychopathy, and machiavellianism. The 2013 study suggested that there are a number of similarities between anti-social and flame trolling activities. In another study (2014) it was suggested that the noxious personality characteristics known as the “dark triad of personality” should be investigated in the analysis of trolling, and concluded that trolling appears “to be an Internet manifestation of everyday sadism.” Their relevance is suggested by research linking these traits to bullying in both adolescents and adults. The 2014 study found that trolls operate as agents of chaos on the Internet, exploiting hot-button issues to make users appear overly emotional or foolish in some manner, and also exploiting people with sensitive personalities by deliberately attacking them. If an unfortunate person falls into their trap, trolling intensifies for further, merciless amusement.
It is also possible that Trolls are suffer from poor self esteem, and wanting to belong. But lacking in social skills, Trolls approach a blog in a gungho manner, criticizing and attacking members, thereby destabilizing the blog and weakening the camaraderie of the group. An uncontrolled Troll can spell the end of a successful blog/website because then members will stop posting out of fear of being attacked. In any blogs/websites where free discussions take place, there is criticism and there is destabilizing attacks for the purposes of breaking up the group. So now we come to the question of….
What do we do with Trolls?
If a troll tries to provoke you, just ignore them. They’re not worth your time or emotional distress. Try not to take anything personally. If you can, try to have a good laugh and think about how sad it is that people actually feel the need to insult complete strangers on the Internet. This is why novice Internet users are routinely admonished, “Do not feed the trolls!” The 2013 study found that trolls often have a high expectation of what it means to be successful, which is higher than they are able to attain, and this results in them resenting others who think they are successful but who fall below their standards.
Or…. we can go Troll hunting. Mike has got the lisence, Al will supply the Troll bats and also offer taxidermy service if you want to preserve your Trolls as tropy. Al also sells hunting outfits for those who want to get into real mood. Captain is game warden to make sure you guys don’t exceed your Troll quota. Angeleyes and Don are available for hire as trackers. Will give discount for pensioners and disabled. 🙂
All funds raised will be donated to the PFB beer and popcorn fund. HAPPY HUNTING!