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spiral78



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2014 8:16 pm    Post subject: Trolls Reply with quote

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/02/11/tech/web/online-trolls-sadists/index.html?hpt=hp_c5

Apparently they really are people to steer clear of (and keep off of forums).
Not really surprising, but interesting!

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If you've ever complained that the trolls junking up online comment sections are a bunch of sadistic psychopaths, you might be onto something.

An online survey by a group of Canadian researchers suggests that Internet trolls are more likely than others to show signs of sadism, psychopathy and "Machiavellianism": a disregard for morality and tendency to manipulate or exploit others.

"It was sadism, however, that had the most robust associations with trolling of any of the personality measures," says an article by psychologists from the University of Manitoba, University of Winnipeg and University of British Columbia. "In fact, the associations between sadism and ... scores were so strong that it might be said that online trolls are prototypical everyday sadists."

Sadism is a tendency to take pleasure in other people's pain or discomfort.
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2014 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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As defined in the article, online trolling is "the practice of behaving in a deceptive, destructive, or disruptive manner in a social setting on the Internet with no apparent instrumental purpose."

So, as opposed to cyberbullying, saying nasty things during an argument over politics or even making hateful comments that reflect the commenter's true feelings, trolls are offensive for the sheer enjoyment of it. Or, in Internet parlance, "for the lulz."

"Trolls operate as agents of chaos on the Internet, exploiting 'hot-button issues' to make users appear overly emotional or foolish in some manner," the article reads. "If an unfortunate person falls into their trap, trolling intensifies for further, merciless amusement. This is why novice Internet users are routinely admonished, 'Do not feed the trolls!'."


Amen.
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MuscatGary



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 5:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And I thought it was just bored individuals who need to get a life!
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damn_my_eyes



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 5:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If only this could happen to all the trolls.

Curtis Woodhouse, the former footballer turned light-welterweight boxer, has finally taken matters into his own hands. After being subjected to a persistent stream of abuse by an anonymous Twitter user going by the name of @Jimmyob88, he decided to short-circuit the disjunction between the real and virtual worlds.

He offered a £1,000 reward to anybody who could give him @Jimmyob88's identity and address. Then he turned up, threatening to "give him a right pasting".


http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/jakewallissimons/100206764/boxer-vs-twitter-troll-boxer-wins-an-example-to-us-all/
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scot47



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Trolls are bad but the ORCS are REALLY scarey !
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's the kulaks you have to watch. Not to mention the Trotskyites...
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grahamb



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 8:01 pm    Post subject: Enemies Reply with quote

Oldies out there will remember this from the BBC comedy "The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin":

[Jimmy is explaining to Reggie what kinds of people his secret army will be against]

Jimmy Anderson: Wreckers of law and order. Communists, Maoists, Trotskyists, neo-Trotskyists, crypto-Trotskyists, union leaders, Communist union leaders, atheists, agnostics, long-haired weirdos, short-haired weirdos, vandals, hooligans, football supporters, namby-pamby probation officers, rapists, papists, papist rapists, foreign surgeons - headshrinkers, who ought to be locked up, Wedgwood Benn, keg bitter, punk rock, glue-sniffers, "Play For Today", Clive Jenkins, Roy Jenkins, Up Jenkins, up everybody's, Chinese restaurants - why do you think Windsor Castle is ringed with Chinese restaurants?

Reginald Perrin: You realise the sort of people you're going to attract, don't you, Jimmy? Thugs, bully-boys, psychopaths, sacked policemen, security guards, sacked security guards, racialists, Paki-bashers, q u e e r-bashers, Chink-bashers, anybody-bashers, rear Admirals, q u e e r admirals, Vice Admirals, fascists, neo-fascists, crypto-fascists, loyalists, neo-loyalists, crypto-loyalists.

Jimmy Anderson: Do you think so? I thought recruitment might be difficult.

Politically incorrect, but hilarious.
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2014 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A cracker of a series!
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grahamb



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 15, 2014 3:52 pm    Post subject: The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin Reply with quote

A belter of a series!
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A topper!
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grahamb



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 10:17 pm    Post subject: I didn't get where I am today... Reply with quote

A humdinger!
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 4:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A corker!
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jaffa



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Was that a spin-off from "The Rise and Fall of Reginald Perrin"? Very Happy
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fat_chris



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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2014 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A jolly good time!
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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2014 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A rip-roaring success!
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