The Psychology of Trollers and Spammers

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by RightHand, Sep 23, 2014.

  1. RightHand

    RightHand Been There, Done That RIP 4/15/21 Moderator Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Yes, we know them when we see them but we also know how to show them to the door if they don't change their wicked ways

    Trolls divert online discussions into non-productive, off-topic venues. They pose as part of a community only to disrupt it. Trolling is anti-social behavior.

    Some of the techniques trolls use to accomplish their objectives are:
    • Pithy put-downs
    • Name-calling and insults
    • Ad hominem attacks that try to negate an opinion by alleging negatives about the person supporting it
    • Impugning other's motives
    • Emotional rants
    • Bullying and harassment
    • Completely off-topic posts
    • Posting inaccurate "facts"
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  2. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

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  3. Dont

    Dont Just another old gray Jarhead Monkey Site Supporter+++

    While reading this post I was struck with the similarity of tactics used by those who believe in global warming and liberals...
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  4. NotSoSneaky

    NotSoSneaky former supporter

    In real life every troll is a coward.
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