We often hear many other online members call others a troll.
But what exactly is a troll?
Troll - Originally given it's name after the wicked troll creature of children's tale, The word "troll" describes a member that is abusive or obnoxious . He/she uses shock value to promote arguments and disharmony in online communities. An internet troll is someone who stirs up drama and abuses their online anonymity by purposely sowing hatred, bigotry, racism, mysogyny, or just simple bickering between others.
Trolls like a big audience, so they frequent blog sites, news sites, discussion forums, and game chats. Trolls thrive in any environment where they are allowed to make public comments.
If experience is gained, trolls can be detected automatically. This allows online members to stay clear of the trolls usually harmful intentions
Throughout the many years I have been on this site, I have observed different types of trolls.
Below I will list them, in efforts to make you more aware of the different forms they take on.
1. Godzilla Troll
The more you respond to this troll, the larger and bigger he grows. Replying to him, makes him feel he has power over you. He continues to post with vengeance. The profanities and the hatred he spreads doesn't end. He can be seen as a bully because he constantly tries to demean others and engages in harmful language.
2. Poisonous Troll
Like the Godzilla troll, he also harbors a lot of hate and vengeance. What causes this troll to differ from Godzilla, is that he has the power to influence others. When he posts a message, other members tend to take on a similar hateful tone. A lot of commenters, don't realize they are being poisoned with his toxins. He is the most influential of all because he can allow your topic of discussion to turn into a battlefield.
3. Comic Troll
This troll is the least harmless. Usually he/she posts or comments to give himself a few laughs. He is very bold and blunt, and at times will say the most outrageous things. Sometimes this troll is able to make other members laugh along side of him. Although obnoxious at times, he allows room for you to love him because he may add humor to an otherwise boring topic.
4. Celebrity troll
This troll usually reveals his/her identity because he doesn't hide behind an anonymous username. He is the boldest of all trolls because he allows himself to be seen. Since this person comments frequently he is well known, so much so that he has taken on a celebrity roll. This troll is usually the most verstaile of all because at times he can be poisonous, godzilla or a comic.
5. Catfish troll
This troll is extremely attractive! or so you think? When you research his/her identity it's clear to see the photos she claims is hers is not. Even when caught, this troll usually refuses to admit it. This catfishes main purpose is to decieve others and attain a level of attraction (from others) that he/she doesn't recieve in the real world. This troll is very attention seeking and will often post pictures of themselves asking for opinions. Sometimes this troll private messages others in attempts to stir up a normal conversation. This troll may appear normal in behavior to some, but is very harmful in the sense that he/she is decieving and stealing another person's identity.
6. Intoxicated troll
This troll blurts out utter non-sense. He usually rambles on and on. It is at times difficult to make out exactly what he is saying. When he is in a poor mood, he will leave 3 word replies to various different questions or topics. Members usually see his responses as un-helpful and irrevelant. This troll's existence is usually short, since he serves no main purpose and tends to fade away quickly. Unlike the other trolls, he eventually sobers up and takes on a more conforming/helpful roll.
How can we stay clear of trolls?
Simply ignore, block or report them!
The more you respond,
The more they multiply!
Enjoy your topic of discussion by not feeding the trolls!
The atmosphere will be a lot more enjoyable that way!
And yet, will we ever come to an end of discussion and talk if we think we must always reply to replies? For replies come from those who either cannot understand what is said to them, or are so stubborn and contentious that they refuse to give in even if they do understand.
Thanks for reading!
- For my personal inside scoop of the Gag community and some laughs please see: Gag Mag! (The Original)