Ted Frank (email@example.com) 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
> 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.