Came across this "academy" today, quite arbitrarily, while researching "trolling", "flaming", "debating techniques", etc. because I'm old skool and
want to know what all the jargon means.
This site apparently is a guide to trolling -- and it appears to be serious!
I read the 12 types, and was flabbergasted to see that I myself "could be considered" one of the types. I am by no means a "Troll", and this rather
Recently there was a thread about the US State Dept wanting to start up "Viral Peace" trolling; which I thought of posting but found on ATS search was
already brought up...that is included on this Academy's main page.
Still.....it made me wonder....am I, inadvertently, really a type of "troll"?
Anyone else see a description that could "fit your style"?
I don't know what to make of this. It seems to be presented as a legitimate way of "taking down an opponent", even with specific articles for use in
contentious areas like politics, religion, and the like...
The 12 Types of Internet Troller
June 6, 2012
The twelve types of troller are quite unique and will be grouped into pairs because some are quite similar and differing in that one group posts kudos
to be friendly and the other flames to be nasty.
Troller -- Character Type -- Description
Lurker: Silent calls by accident, etc., clicking on adverts or ‘like’ buttons, using ’referrer spoofers’, modifying opinion polls or
user kudos scores.
Elder: An elder is an out bound member of the community, often engaging in “trolling for newbies”, where they wind up the newer members
often without questioning from other members.
Troll: A Troll takes part in trolling to entertain others and bring some entertainment to an online community.
Big Man: A Big Man does trolling by posting something pleasing to others in order to support their world view,
Flirt: A Flirt takes part in trolling to help others be sociable, including through light ’teasing’
Snert: A Snert takes part in trolling to harm others for their own sick entertainment
MHBFY Jenny: A MHBFY Jenny takes part in trolling to help people see the lighter side of life and to help others come to terms with their
E-Venger: An E-Venger does trolling in order to trip someone up so that their ‘true colours’ are revealed.
Wizard: A wizard does trolling through making up and sharing content that has humorous effect.
Iconoclast: An Iconoclast takes part in trolling to help others discover ‘the truth’, o ten by telling them things completely factual, but
which may drive them into a state of consternation. They may post links to content that contradicts the worldview of their target.
Ripper: A Ripper takes part in self-deprecating trolling in order to build a false sense of empathy from others.
Chatroom Bob: A chatroom bob takes part in trolling to gain the trust of others members in order to exploit them.
Detailed analyses or character descriptions are given after the list.
This amazes me...!!
Really? There's an "art" to trolling, and people do it on purpose to upset the apple cart or disprove things? Or even stranger, to "expose" the "true
colors" of others in an attempt to shed light on trouble (a positive thing)....?
I had no idea. Please, ATS, tell me if this is common knowledge and I'm just too "old" and "internet illiterate" to even fathom such a thing...
I hope to high heaven I am not, and have never been, a "troll" on purpose...
If this thread gets any traffic, I'll be surprised, but..yes, I'm willing to share which one "seems" to fit me if others can be as honest as well..
Is this really for real? Are you guys and gals aware of these categories? Doing these things on purpose? Or am I just hopelessly naive? I feel like
I've been "pigeon-holed" without even knowing there were "categories" to "label" me with!
Every post I make, every thread start, is in earnest, and comes from my gut, my instinct, and my deeply held principles.
Now I'm some kind of "troll"?
edit on 2-8-2012 by wildtimes because: (no reason given)