Friday, April 22, 2005

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).


#4/22/2005 09:02:00 am Assalam Aleikom Blogger richsanter

i'd like to know what any of this has to do with me and why my name was mentioned. i made a comment to ladybird, not to emigre, and i made sure everyone knew who said it. i think it is pretty careless to just throw names and wild accusations out there like that. some people have good reputations that they would love to keep intact. i'm sure this post will soon disappear like all my other posts i make, but that is ok. i've said my peace.

#4/22/2005 11:30:00 am Assalam Aleikom Blogger cile

some of the people have worked before in EX YUgoslavia. here's a comment from Jo, considering web-communication then and there:

this link offers some articles of useful history on internet and communication in EX YUgoslavia,
still quite relevant for Iraq I would say

blogs did not exist in the 90's, but newsgroups were also spoiled by hatemail and stupidity

sometimes it is just to easy to speak...


#4/22/2005 07:48:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Anonymous Eddy is a more orignal definition of the word "troll". As you can see, it doesn't always indicate malicious intent. "Flame" is a more appropriate word in that case, but I suppose what's happening here is really a combination of the two.

#4/22/2005 11:14:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Blogger praktike

I don't understand what you mean, emigre. When have I ever trolled here? I like this site and have said so repeatedly.

Also, who eats canapes at a cocktail party?


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