Old King Troll
Ah, nothing like the classics. So much trolling, so much irony.
Since my original post to this thread almost seven years ago (itself arguably a
targeted troll aimed at trolls
), and over a year before becoming an ATS mod,
my time on the staff has given me much exposure to the issue and a great many opportunities to ponder the finer points of trollcraft.
So naturally I can't resist plugging my own essay
on the subject.
Trolling, And What To Do About It
What I've learned over the years is that, from a certain point of view
, anyone can be
considered a "troll" and labeled such for simply disagreeing
or making a
that someone else dislikes, which makes the label somewhat nebulous and
Hence my focus on "trolling" versus "trolls". Zeroing in on problem behavior rather than attempting to classify members is a much better approach,
in my opinion.
And perhaps most ironic of all, one of the most common and classic trolling tactics is to
call other people trolls.
In this way, the Law of Irony is ever upheld.
“The only immutable law of the universe is the Law of Irony.”
-- Majic, quoting himself, ironically enough