What Is Trolling?

I wanted to write an article to explain exactly what trolling is. But I’m sure you all know, so I won’t…

Wikipedia says:

“Trolling is Internet slang, a troll is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal, on-topic discussion, often for the troll’s amusement.”

Urban Dictionary says trolling is:

“Being a prick on the internet because you can. Typically unleashing one or more cynical or sarcastic remarks on an innocent by-stander, because it’s the internet and, hey, you can.”

And cites the example:

Guy: “I just found the coolest ninja pencil in existence.”
Other Guy: “I just found the most retarded thread in existence.”

Trolling is quite common in video games. Usually done by people with little or no skill and by people
with little to no emotional intelligence. These people can’t deal with things not going their way and vent their frustration by taking it out on other people.

If this is you, please proceed to uninstall your brain.

This is the end.

Stop reading now.