Trolling was always cool. And funny.
What made trolling bad is the internet became mainstream and the 'casuals' started misusing the word.
Trolling was an art. A form of stand up comedy. It is aimed at entertaining everybody, well except for the person who takes the bait if they have no
sense of humour.
Real trolls are not "garbage cowards playing tough guy behind a keyboard", those are just plain arseholes and have their own terms like "Keyboard
warrior" or "jerk"
Trolling was posting in all seriousness that "the sky is red", and having that one person, the unofficial and involuntary "straight guy" of your
comedy act, usually some noob to the net, take the bait and discuss in length why you're wrong and "the sky is blue" as you add more and more
outlandish claims to proceedings as you go.
While everyone else can see what is happening and everyone gets a good giggle. Even the 'victim' if they have a sense of humour.
So yeah, trolling has always been cool and bragworthy if you're a good one.
It's the misuse of the word that is uncool.
But hey, words are always evolving. Usually through people who have no idea what a term actually means, who are usually part of a flock of sheep that
just echo each other.
Damn used to have a large troll thread that would of been a great example of real trolling on a site that is now gone.
Everyone was talking gibberish and stupid and this one guy came along and addressed us all seriously.
Was hilarious stuff, especially after the penny dropped with him and he saw the joke.
Damn I wish I had screen shotted it.
Posting on ATS "HILLARY/DONALD IS A NAZI" or having a different opinion to someone, or just being an a-hole does not a troll make.
Seriously you say anything now that is not mainstream feelgood echo chamber PC nonsense, give any opinion that is not someone else and people
automatically call you a troll.
Yep, it's a term misused and abused.
So to correct you OP, maybe you really want to ask, "When did being an arsehole keyboard warrior become cool?"
edit on 15-8-2018 by
AtomicKangaroo because: had to embed dark magics and spirit traps in post. you have been warned. The FSM will get you if you read this.