07 June 2005


A troll is basically one who posts messages intended to insult and provoke per fas et nefas

For each person who responds, the poster (the troll as a person) will consider that person "caught". The troll (the troll as an action) is considered to have been a complete success if it disrupts beyond repair the normal traffic on a newsgroup or on a messageboard.

In extreme cases, trolls are posted by groups of trollers and crossposted to unrelated newsgroups in an attempt to destroy those groups by flooding them with flames and off-topic ranting.


Thirty - Eight Ways to Win an Argument
from Schopenhauer's "The Art of Controversy"

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