Who's who: A guide to TDPF personalities

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Re: Who's who: A guide to TDPF personalities

Postby Huckleby » Fri Apr 17, 2009 9:35 am

jjoyce wrote:There's a difference between being provocative and being a troll.

So true.
Somebody who annoys you is being provocative.
Somebody who annoys me is a troll.

Back in the medieval period of the internet, the late 1990's, discussions were pretty much all done on usenet using newsreader programs. (If you don't know what this means, think of interconnected telegraph machines.) It was mostly or totally unmonitored. "Trolls" were emotionally-disturbed people who tried to ruin the discussions by posting racist or obscene graffiti, or by just spamming a topic with dozens of posts so it got too annoying to scan past their posts and the posts of fools who inevitably responded too them. Trolls were truly little social crimminals.

Nowadays, in the age of enlightenment and correctness, anybody who is annoying is called a "troll." It really is an insult to the trolling tradition.

My opinion in general is anybody who is incapable of ignoring some other poster really needs to grow a skin.

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Re: Who's who: A guide to TDPF personalities

Postby thebookpolice » Fri Apr 17, 2009 10:46 am

Isn't the front page thedailypage.com?

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Re: Who's who: A guide to TDPF personalities

Postby gozer » Fri Apr 17, 2009 1:49 pm

the trollophobe -- someone who has a bit of trouble accepting criticism and the fact that people may disagree with them, and is not a very good arguer to begin with, giving the reason for falling back on this conspiratorially-tinged bromide of calling lots of folks trolls. also characterised by inability to focus and ignore things. could really be more tolerable if they puffed up about 10 pellets of opium before posting. comes in several subspecies:

the crosspost conniption person -- particularly interested in closing off communication and cross-pollination of ideas, perspectives, and world-views.

the topic drift klansman -- a more extreme version of the above.

the bandwidth weasel -- an even more inept arguer than most trollophobes, given the readily demonstrable falsehood of their usual argument about whether something is a good use of bandwidth, as if this were still the days of 75 baud modems.

the sock-puppet theorist -- the most conspiratorially-minded of the group, seems to post more when the lithium has worn off.

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