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  1. Ted Frank ( wrote:
  3. > The purpose of trolling is not to "deliberately start a flame
  4. > war". Deliberately starting a flame war is flame-baiting, and
  5. > requires absolutely no intelligence to post something obscene
  6. > that'll get people mad.
  7. >
  8. > Trolling is more subtle. It's a tactic to discourage flaming,
  9. > by posting intelligently and cleverly crafted (but marked)
  10. > inaccuracies; someone attempting to flame a posted troll finds
  11. > that he has acted too rashly and has succeeded only in making
  12. > a fool of himself. It's a device to teach people not to
  13. > immediately hit "F" to demonstrate how superior they are to
  14. > the great unwashed uninformed. It reinforces netiquette;
  15. > compare flame-bait, which encourages the breakdown of
  16. > netiquette.
  17. >
  18. > A good troll is an impressive thing.
  19. >
  20. > Anyone can start a flamewar. Go to group X and post "X
  21. > SUCKS!!!!". Trolling is much more difficult.
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