🔎 Troll (Usenet and Internet)


A troll (artist view).

or troll is an action likely to create a controversy by provoking the participants of a discussion space (such as a forum, newsgroups or wiki) in a computer network (A computer network is a group of devices connected together by…)SPECIALLY Page (The Internet is the global computer network that makes services available to the public…) and Usenet. The word also defines a user who uses this type of action.

By metonymy, we talk about a troll for a MeSSAge (Information theory was developed to mathematically define the degree…) whose character is likely to cause controversy or is too provocative, without seeking to be constructive, or to which one does not wish to respond and which one tries to discredit by naming it as such.

The word “troll” can also refer to a DeBAte (Debate is a (constructive) discussion on a topic, specific or essential, announced in advance,…) conflicting as a whole. In most cases, the evaluation is based on the repetitive or cartoonish aspect of the argument, then the participants can everything (The whole understood as the totality of what exists is often interpreted as the world or…) both are called “trolls” and “trollers”.

The origin of the term

The term troll comes from the expression trolling or trolling which is a line fitted with hooks (not to be confused with fisherman fishing which is fishing with a trawl, a large funnel-shaped net), polemical remarks that constitute a troll being considered, metaphorically, as bait for contributors to be hooked. Persons guilty of trolling gradually they were called Trolls, in allusion to the monsters of Norse mythology; moreover, in the game Dungeons and Dragonstrolls have regenerative abilities, severed limbs grow back in a few hour (Time is a unit of measurement 🙂the comparison with the topics of discussion that multiply is even more reasonable.


A discussion is said to ignite when exchanges multiply between participants and the tone rises. The origin of the conflict – if there is a conflict – is not necessarily a troll, or at least not necessarily a “willing” troll. We only speak of a troll when we think we have detected a desire to argue that goes beyond the desire to move forward in a discussion.

No sign of fed trolls.

The troll’s methods of action range from simple insults to floodthrough various procedures, such as

  • to never agree on any matter, or conversely to always be of one mind. The goal then is not to give notification (Anderlik-Varga-Iskola-Sport (Anderlik-Varga-Ecole-Sport) is used to designate a…) but to stir up controversy;
  • never agree with an interlocutor considered awkward, calling him out falseuneducated, naive or even trollish;
  • allusion to a related but highly controversial debate (for example, allusion to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a debate on Egyptian politics);
  • form attacks (for example, starting answers with the phrase “it’s nonsense”);
  • off topic (personal attacks, misappropriation of the essence of the debate);
  • double talk;
  • threatening colors;
  • insults directed at a group of people (defined by nationality, religion, political opinion, ETC.) and enables the promotion of new interventions;
  • judgment of the will;
  • denunciation and/or defamation;
  • bluff;
  • sophistication;
  • mockery of the facade to camouflage malicious intent;
  • brotherly banter and private joke ;
  • mixed (A mixture is a union of two or more solid, liquid, or gaseous substances…) flattering some and insulting others, to attract both allies and enemies. When the troll’s goal is play or provocation, he tries to maximize his own Number (The notion of number in linguistics is treated in the article “Number…) of opponents. On the contrary, if he is determined to harm, he will try to have as many allies as possible and isolate his victim;
  • “Slogan speech” is also a method used by the troll who wants to poison a discussion, thus turning it into a simplified form of the original debate.

The subject “goes to a troll” if the participants in the debate “fall into the trap” set by the troll and start a sterile discussion away from the original topic. We tend to say that the only solution is in the sentence Don’t feed the Troll »in French “Don’t feed the troll”, meaning ignore the troll or don’t feed it. issue (Matter is the substance that makes up any body that has a tangible reality. It is…) to argue.

The troll often changes state. Here, victim or misunderstood genius; there a charming friend who seeks support; again aggressive and provocative or disinterested adviser. He is always tough, sometimes abandoning the argument, but never the subject that fixates him. Thus, an ignored or disgruntled troll will constantly try to ignite the discussion. The persistent troll is tied to a topic and always turns the debate around, usually a concept, a simplistic idea, or even a keyword. Generally, if the discussion gets heated enough and the arguments run out, the troll or one of those feeding it eventually gets to point (graphics) Godwin.

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