Troll

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An internet user who posts messages deliberately degenerating a discussion. They may post numerous and often contradictory messages aiming to entice newbies into a heated discussion. Typical trollic posts will contain:

  • Killer phrases - i.e. "Linux sucks"
  • Lack real supporting evidence - i.e. "your operating system is slow and everyone knows it"
  • Engage in ad hominem attacks - i.e. "you're an idiot, you suck at everything"
  • Poison the well - i.e. "you Windows users can't possibly understand anything in computers"
  • -isms - i.e. Racism, Sexism, Nationalism, etc.

They also tend to be rambling, dischordant, lengthy, and/or poorly written.

Also: Trolling (verb)

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