Trolling seems a regular occurrence on MN but some are more obvious than others. As mothers we like to think we instinctively sniff out such creatures, but what exactly gets us thinking? Without berating those with genuine problems with benefits, work patterns, mental health etc.
cliches 'my benefit claiming neighbour has three boyfriends living with her all claiming DLA while she makes £££££ on the side and has a giant tv, AIBU to shop her?' 'a muslim looking man shouted forrin words at me on the tube whilst wearing a backpack and looking at my DD- AIBU to report him to the police as a terrorist peedo?'
Things that are designed to get people riled. That's only one kind of trollery though - and fairly harmless. The 'I was raised in a box under a railway bridge, my parents both died in a fire, then my cat died, and I had to raise all 27 of my siblings with an income of tuppence ha'penny a week' type are just shit.
I think the most stylish sophisticated trolls are the ones who start out with a seemingly innocuous dilemma, then post more and more outlandish details as the thread goes on while vigorously defending their own position and refusing to take any of the sensible advice offered.
Some of them are really though. That thread about the super-rich SAHM who fancied her gardener got more and more like a bad Mills & Boon the more it continued. It was one of the funniest things I've read on MN ever, until it got deleted.