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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 10-30-2020, 05:07 AM Thread Starter
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Did you ever troll?


Did/Do you troll people online?

Or are you always trying to be genuine?

Do you think it has any positive psychological effects for the troll?

It doesn't have to be mean or offensive stuff either. I mean just the general concept of trying to get a response from people by saying things that don't really represent what you believe (I hope that's the right definition, I can't bother to look it up now, lol).

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I used to like going on Omegle and trolling. My favourite thing to do on there was pretending I was old and correcting people’s grammar, saying it made me sad to see what had happened to English. It was never to try to hurt anyone. It was only for fun.

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I don't think SAS wants to know about have you troll. It is like saying did you ever stalked. SAS doesn't need this.


Hopefully a modorator will see this.


I guess it is OK.
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There was a period of time back around 2008 - 2010 where I would ridicule religion, mostly on yahoo. At the time I felt religion was responsible for most of the world's problems, but later found that it was not necessarily religion but people themselves. I kind of miss living in such a black and white world, where everything was simple and made sense - but alas such a world doesn't exist. Arguing with people over religion, especially when I started to argue with nice people over religion - just got depressing.



I could troll if I wanted to, it really is incredibly easy to do. I often see things online that people take entirely way too seriously, and it would be all to easy to just pull a few strings, to get them to go absolutely nutty. I just don't like doing it, I don't like feeling like a complete sleazeball that takes advantage of others. I can't really stand people that do it either, it is like they are taking advantage of people who just don't get it. I think it makes people feel powerful, and that is why the typically enjoy doing it - I just don't have that drive, and if anything it makes me feel like I am playing on easy mode at the expense of others, which in turn makes me feel bad.

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I did a lot of phone pranks as a kid. Like ordering pizza to a neighbor's apartment and listen to them argue with the delivery guy.

One night some kids i didnt like in my town had a party in the backyard, campfire and all. So i went there through the woods and pretended to be a bear. It worked too well and they took the party inside lol. I guess i should be glad the father of that girl who organized the party didn't come out with a shotgun haha. Man, did i ever have a good laugh though.

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I trolled people on RuneScape back in the day. That game brings something else out in me haha. For the most part I prefer being genuine. I definitely don't like the sort of trolling which is cruel.

I value the sort of trolling which is just pure unadulterated silliness and nonsense.

I also value the sort of trolling that has some sort of revelatory quality to it (showing some usually awful people for who they are). I like watching All Gas No Breaks or Internet Comment Etiquette on YouTube for this reason.

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post #7 of 25 (permalink) Old 10-30-2020, 10:30 AM
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Yes. I do it. Just for getting people's reaction about the particular subject of troll.
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Did/Do you troll people online?
No.

I used to be a lot more acerbic and confrontational than I am today but never trolled outright. There's worthwhile conflict and one you get into exclusively for ****s and giggles and the latter just doesn't appeal to me.

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Or are you always trying to be genuine?
If I'm honest, I'm not sure how 'genuine' any of us are. To slightly paraphrase Mark Twain, everyone is a moon and has a dark side which they never show to anybody. I try to be a better version of my self but how successful I am is not for me to judge.
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I am a pretty genuine person online for the most part, but I have no problem saying what I think about someone or something even if it gets me an infraction or whatever, lol. Like my latest tweet: https://twitter.com/iAmCodeMonkey89/...38286367137794

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I used to like going on Omegle and trolling. My favourite thing to do on there was pretending I was old and correcting people’s grammar, saying it made me sad to see what had happened to English. It was never to try to hurt anyone. It was only for fun.
That's pretty funny, honey bunny.

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No. I was mercilessly trolled off the first few forums I belonged to, spent many nights crying to myself over it because back then there was no such thing as "cyberbullying" and I was just being "hysterical," and I never understood the point of just being a d*** to a total stranger for the fun of it. (I've never dealt with "friendly" trolling, that I'm aware of--it's all been incredibly cruel.) It's just mystifying to me. Plus the energy and effort required merely to pretend to be somebody you're not...I can't fathom that, either. (I did try that a couple of times, once to try to fit into a group I technically didn't belong in but I was interested in the subject, once to try to start anew on a forum I was trolled off of. Was promptly found out both times (banned the first, called out by one of my critics the second), so I obviously suck at it.)

Spoilered just because I ran on and I hate cluttering the page with crap people will skim past. (I've gotten trolled over my writing style in the past, BTW.)

 
I could do into detail here about the numerous, NUMEROUS trolls I've dealt with over the years, some not quite as bad as others (a couple I actually managed to have decent, mature convos with after getting past their a**holery--still would never trust them as decent people since they didn't initially approach me in a mature manner, themselves), but eh, nobody reads it. Suffice it to say that it's still technically ongoing, as long as I'm posting online it'll be ongoing, because I'm a perfect target (gullible and overemotional), the only reason it ever "stops" (enters a lull) is because the current troll gets banned for a while and/or gets bored with my lack of response (I've learned to usually trust my intuition about who the trolls are and not take the bait) so moves on for a while. I think the only reason it's in a lull right now is because this is the only site I'm really active on anymore (I'm completely ignored, ridiculed, and/or, yes, openly trolled everywhere else I've tried to fit in) and it's mostly dead here. One of the trolls I'm most familiar with (he was really persistent targeting me a few years ago) did show up here recently, though, and I was tricked into responding to one of his threads though I caught on fast. I think he or a similar troll also attempted to trick me into chatting on Reddit but 1. I don't do chat, and 2. details in the message made me 90% certain it was a troll and even if it wasn't, by now I don't bother responding to most people, troll or not. I've learned. Plus anxiety.

I do occasionally respond to others in a manner that doesn't reflect my real feelings--i. e., sarcasm--when the other party has said or done something to deserve it. I've never considered that trolling, though, because I'm pretty obvious about it (I'm not good at detecting sarcasm in others, so I'm surprised if I pull it off, myself), plus it's momentary/occasional in nature, not ongoing. I try (sometimes fail) not to make it an ongoing thing because that opens me up to accusations of harassment and, having been on the receiving end, I really don't want to be like that.

The exception is my commentary on subjects that irritate me, for example, politics (lately--I never cared before, in fact I hate politics, most political posts here are way over my head), or others' mistaken views on romantic/social prospects of people like me (I gave up my sarcastic posts about that because I irritated people too much, but it still bothers me), I remember posting some stupidly sarcastic stuff about my cable company long ago, etc. I react with extreme sarcasm when things bother or frustrate me. It's my way of trying to emotionally deal with overwhelming things, while also hoping to amuse others (I'm always writing for an audience--writing just for myself doesn't benefit me, why else post it publicly?), but I'm apparently terrible at it because the usual response I get--if I get one at all--is a dead serious "Why are you letting this upset you so much?--you really need to chill." (Back in 2000, this was phrased as "It's only the Internet! Log off and go for a walk!" I've actually tried going for walks, BTW, but the frustration comes right back afterward. :/ Sleeping on things helps sometimes.) Nobody ever understood that my sarcastic posts WERE my attempt to get it out of my system and "chill."

So...since sarcasm is my only way to deal with frustration online, but everyone hates how I do it, I don't really have a way to deal with my frustration aside from trying to hold it in. I get bitter seeing so many other people pull off sarcasm successfully and entertain others with it, get admiration for being hurtful trolls while being kind gets ridiculed or ignored, etc.


...I seem to have written myself into a circle indicating that maybe trolls do what they do out of misplaced frustration, but I don't believe that. The trolls I've dealt with genuinely seem to revel in just being malicious a-holes who feel better tearing down total strangers for no reason. I don't understand that. At least go after the actual people who hurt you, huh? That's still being an a-hole but at least it makes a bit of sense. I hate when people don't make sense.


Since if anyone actually read that it could maybe be misconstrued as me thinking I'm "superior" to others (I've gotten that accusation more than once, too), it isn't. I think I'm actually inferior in a way, in that this is something everybody else "gets" or at least doesn't let get to them, but I'm a gullible, overemotional moron who sucks at expressing sarcasm just as much as I suck at detecting it. I wish I were clever. Or at least thicker skinned.

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oh definitely. between the ages of 11-16, i was such an online troll. being horrible to ppl on the internet. i was definitely taking out my internalized anger out on other ppl anonymously. it made me feel good at the time. i took out the hatred people put on me on to other people. callling them nerds and losers when that was what people were calling me irl. so it's kinda crazy how it's all a cycle. i couldn't troll now. i barely comment on youtube vids because of it.


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I don't lie to troll people, but I do find it a bit funny when religious people assume I'm demonic or something and have definitely played with that before in small ways. Another thing is sometimes people overreact to other weird things about me and that can be funny occasionally depending on my mood. It does get a bit old though when everyone thinks you're an evil creep etc.

I guess if you're weird enough you can troll people by being genuine in terms of emotional reactions.

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I'm disappointed that nobody in these videos ever seems to know what's going on I think there might have been one where they did but not sure where it is:




Thalmor calling the kkk is a hilarious idea.

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Depends on what you mean by it, I guess

I often say things I don't fully believe in, because I want to see if there's a discussion to be had in the idea - what support and oppose the thought. mainly with friends (I'm open about not believing this, but it can be pretty much anything, as an example I used to talk to my friend about how segregation by sex would be the optimal way to organize society - something I obviously don't believe in, but I wanted to try to make the argument).

I believe that arguing for things you don't believe in, is important to justify your beliefs.


as for what I think trolling is:
I do think someone just messing with you for a bit, as long as it's done in a positive way, is alright and good.

But I think 'trolling' is more referred to when people act with malicious intent, trying to harass or bother people who often haven't even done anything to them.

And I don't think that does anything good for anyone.

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I've never seen the point in it, or really understood it beyond that it's just saying something provocative for the purpose of getting reactions.
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I just express my personal opinion and get called a troll

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