troll1. v.,n. [From the Usenet group alt.folklore.urban] To utter a posting on Usenet designed to attract predictable responses or flames; or, the post itself. Derives from the phrase "trolling for newbies" which in turn comes from mainstream "trolling", a style of fishing in which one trails bait through a likely spot hoping for a bite. The well-constructed troll is a post that induces lots of newbies and flamers to make themselves look even more clueless than they already do, while subtly conveying to the more savvy and experienced that it is in fact a deliberate troll. If you don't fall for the joke, you get to be in on it.
diaphoresis: Fark == Trolls
halfof33: lordjupiter: I'm sure that's how it seems in Red Glasses Land.See this is how it starts, folks.SIGH
halfof33: Between the Give Joe the Bird thread and the Benghazi threads, Noah could have floated an Ark on the tears of morans calling me a troll.Me: There was no protest outside the embassy.Morans: YOU TROLLMe: the Administration admitted it todayMorans: YOU TROLLMe: Quote from AdministrationMorans: NO LINK YOU TROLLMe: LinkMorans: IGNORE LINK YOU TROLLMe: Link from some libolardo siteMorans: IT IS IRRELEVANT!!!! YOU TROLLme; le sigh.
sodomizer: How most people read this:Anyone saying anything I don't like is a troll.At least, that's how many people use the term around here and on /.
Chabash: Wait, so if Legend of Zelda was a chick, do you think they would date Metroid?
aselene: Dovetailing nicely with his assertion that the new definition of "troll" is "someone who says something you don't like," is Fark's longtime definition of "troll" as "anyone who dares express the conservative point of view, especially in stimulating, thought-provoking ways."
thisisyourbrainonFark: [play.esea.net image 496x602] /oblig
doubled99: I assume most people come here for general conversation and entertainment. Even if a "troll" isn't genuine in his post, who cares? If you had a hour long debate and it kept you busy and interested, what difference does it make?
Day_Old_Dutchie: So, where's the FARK original troll[img254.imageshack.us image 352x320]Come out, come out, wherever you are!
Millennium: The overuse of the troll accusation in contemporary Internet culture comes from the same epistemological lock that the "my opposition doesn't think" meme does: the idea that one's own opinion is not merely correct, but the only sensible conclusion.
Cythraul: PirateKing: I was under the impression that trolling was simply the deliberate stating of a position contrary to or derogatory to that of your target, regardless of one's personal position, in order to create an emotional response rather than a rational one.Just calling someone an asshole does not a troll make.Trolls are also assholes, but an asshole is not necessarily a troll. Make sense?
PirateKing: I was under the impression that trolling was simply the deliberate stating of a position contrary to or derogatory to that of your target, regardless of one's personal position, in order to create an emotional response rather than a rational one.Just calling someone an asshole does not a troll make.
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