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Someone I respect once described SZStuff as "the most troll-friendly site he'd ever been on".

I have had a pleasant few days with the forum behaving more like a forum.  Some interesting Discussions and Blogs have been around and a relative absence of trolling.  I saw that someone asked "What is a troll" so the Wiki article is here.

As it's quite a long I suppose most people won't read it all, so I've extracted a few pieces below.

In Internet slang, a troll is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a forum or blog) with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.

A popular early article defining and explaining the issue of Internet Trolls included the suggestion, "The only way to deal with trolls is to limit your reaction to reminding others not to respond to trolls." The advice to ignore rather than engage with a troll is sometimes phrased as "Please do not feed the trolls."

As noted in an OS News article titled "Why People Troll and How to Stop Them" (January 25, 2012), "The traditional definition of trolling includes intent. That is, trolls purposely disrupt forums. This definition is too narrow. Whether someone intends to disrupt a thread or not, the results are the same if they do."

Two studies published in 2013 and 2014 have found that people who are identified as trolls tend to have dark personality traits and show signs of sadism, antisocial behavior, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism.

Do you agree that unintentional disruption is the same as intentional?

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Yes - just how I imagine them too.

Which of course makes you one of them.

Was Satan's Little Helper a troll or a flamer?

Ofc unintentional disruption is not the same as intentional. Its just difficult to distinguish them. But well, dont have to. If trolls have stayed in a forum for a while, other members could tell.

People differ. Its too common we have different opinions about things and thats exactly why we have discussions. Even an internet community needs orders and serious ppl (unless itself is a troll community). There doesnt have to be a harsh restriction. The awareness is more like accepted through common practice...and mood. Some may be easily provoked simply because others dont agree with them but it is still fine if the argument is overall "reasonable".In that case, "i will shove a fork in ur ass. why? see wikipedia: www...... " is okay. LOL.

Idk trolls but i guess an obvious thing about them is they want attractions...and yes i agree that its better to ignore them than engage with them...However, I could be a troll, if im annoyed by a troll. ;))

@yeah. U have a face of a troll.

lol mb a lil bit but its only because im a gay...

where did you "copayed and pasta'd" that sentence?? 

+1

Thanks for taking the time to respond - complete with capital letters and fewer impenetrable abbreviations.

I basically agree with what you say.  Yes, we need to disagree in Discussions, but there is a Monty Python sketch which addresses the issues - the Argument Clinic - the key line being "An argument is a connected series of statements intended to establish a proposition". We have not had that recently.  We have had the insults and contradictions.

I also troll sometimes, but I'm always ready to back up what I say.

lol...u r such a troll...we all know whats going to happen now lol

You mean besides your head buried up his arse? 

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