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    Psychology of an Internet Troll

    Psychology of an Internet Troll

    Another reader submitted infographic, called Psychology of an Internet Troll.

    It’s too large to post in its entirety, but here are a couple of screen shots which explain a lot:

    Psychology of Troll 1 Psychology of Troll 2

    They say not to feed the trolls.  But we knew that.

    Psychology of Troll 3


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    punfundit | February 24, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Obvious troll is obvious.

    TrooperJohnSmith | February 24, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    It’s funny that the definition of “trolling” is highly dependent on the site, the dialogue and the particular “culture” of the regular posters.

    I have been banned from the DU and Daily Kos for posting – mainly responses – which are tolerated on most Conservative blogs and sites. The Left is a strident echo-chamber, where nothing is tolerated, except the official party line. On the other hand, at conservative sites, or those that are kind of middle-of-the-road, there seems to be less ad hominem responses to opposite views and more of a desire to convince, using facts, figures and logic.

    The reason for this difference, which has been discussed before, is that the Left is more attuned to emotional argument, ideological alignment and dependence on party-line memes (e.g. ‘Bush tax cuts for the wealthy’, ‘Bush destroyed the economy’, ‘gun control lowers crime’, etc.). On the other hand, Conservative dialogue tends to be more fact and logic-based, which we all know is anathema to most on the Left.

    Anyway, my real IP has been banned by Kos, DU and some others, so I post regularly using proxy servers. They don’t want divergent opinions, and the mods are all terribly thin-skinned, especially the little fruitcake Marcos. I was most recently banned from DU last Wednesday, and I’m laying low on Kos, having angered the natives in the last 48-hours. I make it a point to be polite, but I will resort to sarcasm when pushed hard, yet I’ll never indulge in ad hominem attacks on anyone but politicians. Yeah, they consider me a troll, but in the classical sense, I’m not by a long shot.

      Human behavior is chaotic. It is bounded with intermediate behavior following a probabilistic distribution. This enables us to predict average behavior by the principles adhered to by each individual. There will, of course, be temporal and spatial oriented deviations, but the principles, among other guides (both passive and active), act as a sink to motivate a convergence.

      Must disagree; what is called trolling depends heavily on the site.

      Places that cannot tell the difference between marrying outside of the group they assign you to and genocide— much less those that engage in “those guys are hateful and violent, let’s call for their murder”– should probably not be taken too seriously when they call disagreement while offering uncontested but disliked facts “trolling.”

    I retain my sanity through frequent dissociation from the virtual world.

    Many, if not most, people cannot handle the alternate universe, especially over an extended duration.

    Ban the looking-glass!

    BannedbytheGuardian | February 24, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    I am immune to trolls & being called a troll.

    I have a genuine troll cap made in the Faroe Islands which wards against all things troll. It is also very warm with lengths of woollen strands on the top that spin around in the wind . These help to prevent one from being blown over a cliff .if you can see them in your vision the wind behind is very strong.

    I would post a pic but I do not want to give away my secrets .

    NeoConScum | February 25, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    ‘Fraid, Rags, we’ll agree to disagree on the Troll Feeding Ish-Shoe. I believe that ANY response, challenge, proof demand, etc, etc. maketh their day. IF your eyes are diverted to their loathsome, cluttering, NEEDY way…They sigh and pump the fetid air of their Grammy’s Basements with their smooth little fistums.

    But, hey, like trial lawyers I dwell in the murky depths: Television Steaming Piles of Art. (-:

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