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    Default What is a "Troll"

    I have read of individuals being called a troll. I thought it meant someone who looked at the site (forum) but never contributed, but that definition doesn't seem to fit.

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troll_%28Internet%29

    your definition was of a "lurker"

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    You're thinking of a "Lurker".

    A troll is some one who post something with the intent of stirring the pot or leading a thread off topic. Usually the poster has nothing useful to contribute to the given thread, they just try to bait others into an exchange of increasingly heated posts. Hence the term, "Don't feed the Trolls", which means, don't take the bait, don't help them grind their axes.

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    Thanks guys

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    You obviously have no clue how the internet works...
    If the women don't find ya handsome, they should at least find ya handy

    http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y19...186/Rotary.gif

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ggerg1186
    You obviously have no clue how the internet works...
    So then the proper response to Ggerg1186 would be "DNFTT"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ggerg1186
    You obviously have no clue how the internet works...
    Fabulous!
    "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Horst
    So then the proper response to Ggerg1186 would be "DNFTT"
    You're a quick study.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BMW Rider
    A troll is some one who post something with the intent of stirring the pot or leading a thread off topic. Usually the poster has nothing useful to contribute to the given thread,
    see post 4 here for an example

    http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/showthread.php?t=52173


    ....or maybe even this post
    Last edited by Mcgyver; 01-28-2012 at 03:03 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BMW Rider
    You're thinking of a "Lurker".

    A troll is some one who post something with the intent of stirring the pot or leading a thread off topic. Usually the poster has nothing useful to contribute to the given thread, they just try to bait others into an exchange of increasingly heated posts. Hence the term, "Don't feed the Trolls", which means, don't take the bait, don't help them grind their axes.
    It is also applied wrongly to people who are not part of a local consensus. Go along with the crowd or be deemed a troll, as it were. When this tactic works it strengthens the consensus without improving the population of participants.

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