View Full Version : What means this "troll job" wordnoize?

12/07/2009 9:27pm,
I keep hearing this word as I waste hours of unemployment scrolling the threads here. Someone up my internet IQ please. Thank you.

12/07/2009 9:43pm,

12/07/2009 10:01pm,
Basically. they're dishonorably intentioned drama instigators, right? Thanks again.

12/08/2009 5:29am,
What Is A Troll?

The term derives from "trolling", a style of fishing which involves trailing bait through a likely spot hoping for a bite. The troll posts a message, often in response to an honest question, that is intended to upset, disrupt or simply insult the group.

How can troll posts be recognised?

No Imagination - Most are frighteningly obvious; sexist comments on nurses' groups, blasphemy on religious groups .. I kid you not.
Pedantic in the Extreme - Many trolls' preparation is so thorough, that while they waste time, they appear so ludicrous from the start that they elicit sympathetic mail - the danger is that once the group takes sides, the damage is done.
False Identity - Because they are cowards, trolls virtually never write over their own name, and often reveal their trolliness (and lack of imagination) in the chosen ID. As so many folk these days use false ID, this is not a strong indicator on its own!
Crossposting - Any post that is crossposted to several groups should be viewed as suspicious, particularly if unrelated or of opposing perspective. Why would someone do that?
Off-topic posting - Often genuine errors, but, if from an 'outsider' they deserve matter-of-fact response; if genuine, a brief apposite response is simply netiquette; if it's a troll post, you have denied it its reward.
Repetition of a question or statement is either a troll - or a pedant; either way, treatment as a troll is effective.
Missing The Point - Trolls rarely answer a direct question - they cannot, if asked to justify their twaddle - so they develop a fine line in missing the point.
Thick or Sad - Trolls are usually sad, lonely folk, with few social skills; they rarely make what most people would consider intelligent conversation. However, they frequently have an obsession with their IQ and feel the need to tell everyone.

Adam Alexander
12/08/2009 10:28am,
Now you know what a troll is. The next step is knowing that it's tied, colloquially speaking, with "strawman" for most misused term on the Internet.

12/08/2009 10:37am,
Ok...now we know that. What's a "duck-job"?

Mr. Machette
12/08/2009 12:44pm,
Ok...now we know that. What's a "duck-job"?
Something illegal to perform in 47 states?

12/08/2009 3:52pm,
Thanks. Now that I have a name for them, I've seen many.

12/08/2009 11:58pm,
Ok...now we know that. What's a "duck-job"?

If you don't know, you can't afford it.