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2015-01-14 17:56 GMT+02:00 <>:
> Valerio Schiavoni: why am i a troll?

>From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) [jargon]:


          1. v.,n. [From the Usenet group alt.folklore.urban] To utter a
          posting on {Usenet} designed to attract predictable responses or
          {flame}s; or, the post itself. Derives from the phrase "trolling for
          {newbie}s" 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. See also {YHBT}.

          2. n. An individual who chronically trolls in sense 1; regularly
          posts specious arguments, flames or personal attacks to a newsgroup,
          discussion list, or in email for no other purpose than to annoy
          someone or disrupt a discussion. Trolls are recognizable by the fact
          that they have no real interest in learning about the topic at hand
          - they simply want to utter flame bait. Like the ugly creatures they
          are named after, they exhibit no redeeming characteristics, and as
          such, they are recognized as a lower form of life on the net, as in,
          "Oh, ignore him, he's just a troll." Compare {kook}.

          3. n. [Berkeley] Computer lab monitor. A popular campus job for CS
          students. Duties include helping newbies and ensuring that lab
          policies are followed. Probably so-called because it involves
          lurking in dark cavelike corners.

          Some people claim that the troll (sense 1) is properly a narrower
          category than {flame bait}, that a troll is categorized by
          containing some assertion that is wrong but not overtly
          controversial. See also {Troll-O-Meter}.

          The use of `troll' in any of these senses is a live metaphor that
          readily produces elaborations and combining forms. For example, one
          not infrequently sees the warning "Do not feed the troll" as part of
          a followup to troll postings.