- Ted Frank (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote:
- > The purpose of trolling is not to "deliberately start a flame
- > war". Deliberately starting a flame war is flame-baiting, and
- > requires absolutely no intelligence to post something obscene
- > that'll get people mad.
- > Trolling is more subtle. It's a tactic to discourage flaming,
- > by posting intelligently and cleverly crafted (but marked)
- > inaccuracies; someone attempting to flame a posted troll finds
- > that he has acted too rashly and has succeeded only in making
- > a fool of himself. It's a device to teach people not to
- > immediately hit "F" to demonstrate how superior they are to
- > the great unwashed uninformed. It reinforces netiquette;
- > compare flame-bait, which encourages the breakdown of
- > netiquette.
- > A good troll is an impressive thing.
- > Anyone can start a flamewar. Go to group X and post "X
- > SUCKS!!!!". Trolling is much more difficult.
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