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Trolls 101 —- How To Identify Trolls And Forum Spies
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How To Identify Trolls And Forum Spies
(Cryptome) Cointelpro Techniques for dilution, misdirection and control of a internet forum. There are several techniques for the control and
manipulation of a internet forum no matter what, or who is on it.
Technique #1 – ‘Forum Sliding
If a very sensitive posting of a critical nature has been posted on a forum – it can be quickly removed from public view by ‘forum sliding.’ In
this technique a number of unrelated posts are quietly prepositioned on the forum and allowed to ‘age.’ Each of these misdirectional forum
postings can then be called upon at will to trigger a ‘forum slide.’ The second requirement is that several fake accounts exist, which can be
called upon, to ensure that this technique is not exposed to the public.
Technique #2 – ‘Consensus Cracking’
A second highly effective technique (which you can see in operation all the time at www.abovetopsecret.com...
) is ‘consensus cracking.’ To
develop a consensus crack, the following technique is used. Under the guise of a fake account a posting is made which looks legitimate and is towards
the truth is made – but the critical point is that it has a very weak premise without substantive proof to back the posting.
Technique #3 – ‘Topic Dilution’
Topic dilution is not only effective in forum sliding it is also very useful in keeping the forum readers on unrelated and non-productive issues. This
is a critical and useful technique to cause a ‘Resource Burn.’ By implementing continual and non-related postings that distract and disrupt
(trolling ) the forum readers they are more effectively stopped from anything of any real productivity.
Technique #4 – ‘Information Collection’
Information collection is also a very effective method to determine the psychological level of the forum members, and to gather intelligence that can
be used against them. In this technique in a light and positive environment a ‘show you mine so me yours’ posting is initiated. From the number of
replies and the answers that are provided much statistical information can be gathered. An example is to post your ‘favourite weapon’ and then
encourage other members of the forum to showcase what they have.
Technique #5 – ‘Anger Trolling’
Statistically, there is always a percentage of the forum posters who are more inclined to violence. In order to determine who these individuals are,
it is a requirement to present a image to the forum to deliberately incite a strong psychological reaction.
Technique #6 – ‘Gaining Full Con-trol’
It is important to also be harvesting and continually maneuvering for a forum moderator position. Once this position is obtained, the forum can then
be effectively and quietly controlled by deleting unfavorable postings – and one can eventually steer the forum into complete failure and lack of
interest by the general public
Remember these techniques are only effective if the forum participants do not know about them. Once they are aware of these techniques the operation
can completely fail, and the forum can become uncontrolled.
Here you go ATS members. I encourage you to read the entire article.