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What is a troll?

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HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs Wed 28-Aug-13 18:45:12

I've just read a thread where someone got very excited about "catching" their first troll... I don't understand what it means!

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Thu 29-Aug-13 10:13:35

Well since "Troll hunting" is frowned upon I can only guess that the person was rude or a newbie! Either way...a troll is someone who comes on an internet forum and winds people up on purpose by posting inflammatory remarks or makes up stories to get a reaction.

Sometimes they are perverts who want to get a thrill by getting people to discuss things which wouldn't normally be discussed. Once you've been here a while, you get to know the signs.

WendyBaropen Thu 29-Aug-13 11:00:18

It's about intention as much as it is action
a troll is someone who posts something hoping to cause hurt, upset or anger, or who posts high drama to get attention, that sort of thing.

HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs Thu 29-Aug-13 22:52:39

Oooh ok that makes sense now - I had thought it was only a word used to describe bullies, but the possible troll had posted something a bit pervy, so it might have been that.

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