The Art of Trolling.

Trollin'

“What is a troll?” you might ask –  and no, it’s not a little ugly creature that lives underneath a rock and annoys Ronja in the woods.  I’m talking about the scum of the interwebs: the real troll.

In the world of the internet, a troll can be spotted in many ways. A troll is someone that will go against the direction of the people it is around, posting inflamatory, irrelevant, or off-topic messages in a discussion board, blog, or thread with the sole purpose of causing controversy or simply to enrage or make fun of the people involved. Many times, trolls can be funny, but usually this is not the case.

There are different ways a person can become a troll, once they become trolls, they stop being people in the eyes of the internet. Most of the time trolls, in real life, are geeks who have nothing better to do than go on 4chan and play WoW in their parents’ basement. Trolling can be done by posting comments that contradict common knowledge in order to get a lot of comments back, that deliberately insult the readers of a thread, or causing misfortune to the readers who are not aware that they are being trolled and are not familiar with it. There are also the real-life trolls, though these are rarely seen, they are pranksters who just mess with people. Trolls are always anonymous, therefore not many are seen in reality.

Some of you might be familiar with the troll face:

This character is what is most commonly used to personify a troll. If you encounter and identify a troll you must remember some of the basic rules of the internet, these are the ones concercing trolls:

–       Rule #14 – Do not argue with trolls, it means they win – Do NOT feed the troll. This means that if you spot a troll, IGNORE IT! If you engage in an argument with the troll, it has already won.

–       Rule #19 – The more you hate it, the stronger it gets – I think this rule speaks for itself.

–       Rule #20 – Nothing is to be taken seriously – Anything anybody says can easily be ignored, this rule especially applies for trolls.

The sole purpose of a troll is to cause revolt and misfortune, though sometimes extremely humorous, trolls are never to be accepted, so remember, don’t feed the troll, and most importantly: don’t be a troll!!

By: Humberto De Armas, IB12

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12 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by George Bush on October 2, 2010 at 6:38 PM

    Im 12 and what’s this??

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  2. Posted by Anonymous on October 3, 2010 at 9:47 PM

    George Bush why don’t you delete system 32 and then i’ll explain it for you =)

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  3. Posted by Zorica Loncar on October 4, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    I think that this is something interesting and true beacuse I know what you are talking about, I have some geek friends that likes to ”troll” and that is
    pretty annoying so I think that it is good that you write about something like this that other newspapers normally don’t. And to you who already has commented on this, a ”troll” is a person that is annoying on the internet in different ways.

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  4. Posted by Anna SP1a on October 4, 2010 at 7:37 PM

    Thats pretty interesting, I didnt know any of this before. I just thought they were random people that had nothing better to do.. But I guess thats kind of what your saying, in a way.
    But anyway, cool article I liked the way you wrote it too 🙂

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  5. Posted by Simon Ljungberg Sp2b on October 4, 2010 at 10:42 PM

    I´ll have to say that the fact you are stating that all trolls are “geeks”, is pretty disturbing. It witness about your way to factorise people only from your point of view. What you might mean is that “trolling” is a geeky behaviour and on that I can agree. Because annoying people on the internet is fairly childish. However it is a subject that touches everyone who is out on the internet and it´s fun that you bring this up since everyone, sometime have this feeling of despite for them inside. Well done!

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  6. Posted by Francisco on October 5, 2010 at 9:54 AM

    When I read it there wasn’t a time where I didn’t stop smiling I found this topic funny and interesting

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  7. Posted by Per on October 5, 2010 at 9:55 AM

    I think this troll is true and relevant to some people who blogg alot. As for myself i dont really care if people “troll” on things like a song on youtube which alot of people do. Im not there to comment im there to listen so i dont waste my time or energy on other peoples comments

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  8. THIS ARTICLE IS FULL OF WIN

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  9. Posted by Martin Carlsson on December 6, 2010 at 2:19 AM

    interesting

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  10. Posted by neatix on December 30, 2010 at 8:36 PM

    Wrong. Some people from the internet are so annoying with their thoughts and beliefs about some topics or in some random discussions that other people (“the trolls”) are getting very angry with those plain retards and want to show them that they are mistaking in an ironic and sarcastic way. The posts may seem irrelevant because “the troll” is against stupidity. That’s all. Or at least that is what I saw that trolls do. I never encounter a troll with the descriptions above.

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