celadon lord of missed boats (lord_cellytron) wrote in polloftheday,
celadon lord of missed boats
lord_cellytron
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Trollz

Just curious about how people feel about trolls. I've seen an increasing number of individuals posting on LJ communities that people are perceiving to be trolls based on their unbelievable stories (and the fact that they just created their LJ account two minutes ago, and they're only part of one community, and they haven't posted anything to their personal journal, and their userpic is a flashing middle finger, and a host of other telltale signs of trolldom).

But whenever I see a troll, I feel a little bad for them, because I know I used to be pretty hard to rein in when I first came online. I posted insulting topics and created drama at message boards without thinking because I was young, didn't know any better, and thought it was fun to behave like a hoodlum because it's just the internet!!!!!!!1LOL You know, there but for the grace of god go I and all that.

(Luckily, I grew out of it in my mid-teens when I realized what a complete idiot I was being!)



Poll #966634 The Troll's Advocate

Have you ever sided with/defended someone on a web forum who others perceived to be a troll just out to create drama?

Yes, because I agreed with what they said and didn't believe they were a troll, just inexperienced. Everyone starts somewhere.
13(14.9%)
Yes. Maybe they were trying to cause trouble, but I didn't give them the satisfaction.
1(1.1%)
Yes, because most of society's greatest minds don't fit into neat little molds and I don't want to mock the next Einstein!
0(0.0%)
No, but I didn't join in on the mocking, either. It's a waste of time for everyone.
66(75.9%)
No, I posted hilarious cat macros mocking the idiot. Get off my internet!
7(8.0%)

Have you ever been accused of being a troll?

Yes
19(21.1%)
No
68(75.6%)
I'm not sure what a troll is.
3(3.3%)

Have you ever been a troll?

Yeah, maybe when I was much younger/first on the internet. I thought it was funny.
10(11.2%)
Yeah, and I still sometimes create fake accounts to troll communities I don't like. It's awesome!
2(2.2%)
Someone thought I was, but I was serious and I didn't know it would create so much drama.
10(11.2%)
No!
62(69.7%)
I still don't know what a troll is.
5(5.6%)

Do you believe trolls can be reformed into productive, intelligent members of internet society?

Of course they can. It's a phase. It'll pass.
21(23.6%)
Sure, anything's possible.
36(40.4%)
I've never seen it happen, but I suppose it can.
24(27.0%)
Probably not. They'll probably end up bitter and leave the internet for good.
3(3.4%)
No.
5(5.6%)
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