Why do people troll?

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  1. Dillinger

    Dillinger Master Guru

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    Since when did troll become a word to describe a sociopath with malicious intent?

    Last time I checked it was a harmless prankster that at the end of the day was hilarious. Nowadays any sick bastard that says a rude comment about the death of someone is a troll? No!
     
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  2. Basquedude

    Basquedude Member Guru

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    Nowadays n00bs dont even know what trolling is and the only bigger n00bs are the ones doing it.
     
  3. ---TK---

    ---TK--- Ancient Guru

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    ^^you know what trolling is dont you?
     
  4. F1refly

    F1refly Ancient Guru

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    People troll in real life just the same.
     

  5. Basquedude

    Basquedude Member Guru

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    Yes its what you are doing right now ;)
     
  6. EspHack

    EspHack Ancient Guru

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    i was going to troll this thread but this OP is soo serious...

    btw the word" troll" is getting a bit over-hyped, they have always been there, but now they got a funny name thats all :)
     
  7. nm+

    nm+ Don Cappuccino Staff Member

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    Yes, lets give the state more power to arrest over hurt feelings. Next up: Political opinions I don't like.

    Trolling like that is juvenile and speaks to a very insecure person. You just don't go after people for that.

    That said, normal trolling, especially of political threads, can be hilarious. Taking the piss out of people who take themselves too seriously can be a lot of fun (Just don't do it here).
     
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    Pill Monster Banned

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  9. IcE

    IcE Don Snow Staff Member

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    Yes, let's start arresting people for thought crimes now. What a genius idea.
     
  10. Texter

    Texter Ancient Guru

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    This thread reminds me of when Charlie Demerjian crossed the line according to some guy...
     
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  11. ---TK---

    ---TK--- Ancient Guru

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    Eh limited status
     
  12. StewieTech

    StewieTech Chuck Norris

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    Let´s just say that there´s good trolls and bad trolls and somewhat between there´s respect and funny.
     
  13. Speed Weed

    Speed Weed Maha Guru

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  14. Strikerx80

    Strikerx80 Ancient Guru

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    sometimes when bored, it can be fun. when i troll i spout crap that i dont even mean, just to see how many people get butt hurt over it. i look at it sorta as a social experiment. maybe if people would react less to what others think and stay focused on themselves a lot less bull**** laws would exist.
     
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    Penal Stingray Banned

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    In real life u call em bullies sometimes it involves physical actions now the internet version is trolls.
     

  16. cockneysean

    cockneysean Master Guru

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    Although I do agree with you, there is something I do need to point out and say to you and others.

    I take it we are all familiar with the internet meme that the internet is serious business?

    People should try to turn the other cheek, so to speak. If some arse wants to act the fool on the internet because it makes him feel big then he should be ignored to the nth degree. It is the emotional and angry responses that make these trolls feel that they have achieved their purpose.

    Without your responses these trolls will soon feel very deflated.

    Food for thought huh?
     
  17. hallryu

    hallryu Don Altobello

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    Cracking university study on the 'trolling' phenomena here.
     
  18. Leafblower

    Leafblower Ancient Guru

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    The reason why people troll is because it's fun, but I think OP might be getting bullying confused with trolling. Trolling is when you just try to make someone, angry, and not really with the intent to hurt them. Bullying is the intention of being cruel. and hurtful toward someone. Some deterring factors are damaging things, irreversible consequences, etc.

    Also you must remember feelings are subjective so if someone trolls someone and they take it too seriously, you can't blame the troll for not being a mind reader who can predict the future. It would be no different than punishing someone for liking something someone else doesn't like.
     
  19. Gazebo

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    People were trolling each other all history of mankind. Although it was not called "trolling" back in the days. For example Shakespeare - great troll. Or Pushkin or Richard Feynman (my favorite!). And now we consider these people as great scientists, artists.
    And there were always people like OP - saying that we must put'em all in jail, that we need more control and so on. 1984....
     
  20. ROBSCIX

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    No, they are writing down their thoughts in an attempt to hurt another person and that is a very big difference.
     

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