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Re: OT: Troll definition (was RE: Mission Statement)


I always thought it was someone that waits for an interesting couple of words and
then jumps on them, thrashing and trashing until the ether is filled with useless
diatribe.  Much like the Troll of old that would wait under a bridge until an
unsuspecting wanderer would cross the bridge, jumping on them and thrashing and
trashing until the troll was satisfied, often filling the woods with the

Not much of a difference.


Doug Loss wrote:

> On Tue, 3 Aug 1999 18:26:37 -0500, "Ian Bicking" <bickiia@earlham.edu> wrote:
> >
> >> > (mostly Slashdot trollers and journalists with a desire to
> >> > spread FUD)
> >>
> >> Wow! some words new to me :)
> >
> > This is often caused by trolls, which are
> > people who say inflamitory things that cause long and pointless
> > debate over a question that was never really sincere in the first
> > place, a question usually posed by someone who won't even bother
> > to read the followup.  I don't know why they decided to call these
> > people trolls, but they are infectious in Internet culture.
> It comes from fishing, where trolling is dragging a baited line behind a boat,
> hoping for a fish to strike it.  The analogy is fairly obvious, I think.
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