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Trolls
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Troll Hunter    Posted 01-30-2005 at 04:16:24       [Reply]  [No Email]

What is a troll?
In Usenet newsgroups and email discussion lists, a troll is not a grumpy monster that lives beneath a bridge accosting passers-by, but rather a provocative posting intended to produce a large volume of frivolous responses. The term can also refer to someone making such a posting ("a troll") or to the action ("trolling", "to troll").
The content of a troll posting generally falls into one of several categories. It may consist of an apparently foolish contradiction of common knowledge, a deliberately offensive insult to the readers of a newsgroup or mailing list, or a broad request for trivial follow-up postings. The result of such postings is frequently a flood of angry responses. In some cases, the follow-up messages posted in response to a troll can constitute a large fraction of the contents of a newsgroup or mailing list for as long as several weeks. These messages are transmitted around the world to thousands of computers, wasting network resources and costing money for people who pay to receive Usenet news or download email. Troll threads also frustrate people who are trying to carry on substantive discussions.

People post such messages to get attention, to disrupt discussion, and to make trouble. The best response to a troll is no response. If you post a follow-up message, you are contributing to the resulting clamor and most likely delighting the troller. Before posting a response, consider the following questions:

Have responses already been posted by others?


Will my post add any information that others are not likely to be aware of already?


Is the issue resolvable, or will discussion turn into name-calling?


Should I send private email instead of posting publicly?


Will I later regret the contents of what I am posting?
Please deal with trolls constructively, and do not participate in trolling. You will help make Usenet and mailing lists much more enjoyable forums for discussion.

egh




Grove r    Posted 01-30-2005 at 07:23:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well egh...you have pretty well described each and every poster that has ever posted on this board, in one sense or another....so that means we are all trolls??? I thought the finger pointing and name calling were all behind us....too bad...I was realy hoping this board was changing and had a good future....try to have a good one....R.E.L.


Vic in Kenefick    Posted 01-30-2005 at 04:54:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
I thought trolling was something you did behind a boat!


Alias    Posted 01-30-2005 at 04:27:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
So, accordingly, if a guy says he's not feeling well and one responder says take care and get better, no one else is supposed to convey a similar sentiment?

Look, what I've found out is, in a family everyone talks at once. And, the same phrase is repeated over and over. But that's ok, because, in a family you're allowed to do these things. So, forget the rules of etiquette and just enjoy being part of the Kountry Life family. Ok? .......gfp


Troll Hunter    Posted 01-30-2005 at 04:52:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
This thread was posted without the intentions of offending the good citizens of the KL, but more as a warning to the trolls who have been frequently haunting the KL, and they know who they are. I apologize to any one who takes this as a attack. Enjoy the fellowship of the Country Life.


KellyGa    Posted 01-30-2005 at 06:05:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
I got it egh :) Thanks for posting it.


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