Donath on trolls
I still think this is the best trolling definition I've come across. Donath on trolls:
"Trolling is a game about identity deception, albeit one that is played without the consent of most of the players. The troll attempts to pass as a legitimate participant, sharing the group's common interests and concerns; the... members, if they are cognizant of trolls and other identity deceptions, attempt to both distinguish real from trolling postings and, upon judging a poster a troll, make the offending poster leave the group. Their success at the former depends on how well they—and the troll—understand identity cues; their success at the latter depends on whether the troll's enjoyment is sufficiently diminished or outweighed by the costs imposed by the group.
"Trolls can be costly in several ways. A troll can disrupt the discussion on a newsgroup, disseminate bad advice, and damage the feeling of trust in the newsgroup community."
How might a troll troll a site that counts blogs? And should they be asked to leave.
(I never considered Iraq Blog Count a cocktail party, but hey, if praktike, richsanter et all think they are getting free canapes here - what the heck).