• They're unhappy and angry?
  • What drives them is attention.
  • Simple they are bored and very unhappy and hate to see others happy and helping each other - Stupid is as Stupid does + 5
  • They're not worth studying. Forget them. They're "taking points" that don't mean anything! How big of a loser is that?! :)
  • Well, it would be interesting to study, wouldn't it? I think we probably know quite a few of the reasons...aside from some of them being juveniles. Fear, boredom, ignorance, bad parenting, jealousy, blind hatred. I think it's a combination of many things. We've witnessed it in excess in Y/A.
  • This is a very entertaining site: Many of these troll-like personalities are amusingly portrayed:
  • Graffitti for the internet!
  • An Internet troll is a person who takes pleasure in sowing discord on the Internet. Trolls usually use pseudonyms, and their aim is to provoke biased others to take up their cause. The overarching goal is to damage people, entities, or ideas with which the Internet troll disagrees, or to provoke controversy. Internet trolls are a perennial problem wherever they can find an immediate Internet audience: discussion boards (forums), USENET groups, blogs, wikis, and other Internet venues that allow open access. The original definition of "troll" was much narrower. When first used, it meant an Internet utterance (or the person making that utterance) that was deliberately incorrect and was intended to lure innocent readers to reply with a correction. The troll or his or her confederates would then ridicule the responder for not having realized that the original statement was a joke. For example, the assertion that "light can't travel in a vacuum" was a frequent troll on the USENET newsgroup alt.folklore.urban in the 1990s. The word has nothing to do with the mythical creatures of Norse folklore; rather, it is derived from "trolling," a method of fishing, and is a metaphor for attempting to "catch" unsuspecting readers. [1] Internet trolls are additionally interested in meeting their own attention-needs, which are often unmet in their real life, and may suffer from various psychological disorders. Whether trolling is a protected free speech activity or whether it amounts to libel and defamation depends upon the nature, content, and result of the statements by the troll. _________________________________________________________________ Comments trolls are the bane of most sites; where as the vast majority of people may never comment on a post (as is certainly the case with TechCrunch) those that do usually fall into one of three categories. Legitimate commenters, who have something thoughtful to say and/ or add to the conversation (for and against), link spammers who comment on the off chance they might get some traffic as a consequence of their comment (sometimes these fall into the first category..hard to tell) and trolls, who make it their business to criticize anything written and the people who wrote it, in some sort of sad attempt at self validation by being nasty towards others for the sake of it. Like taking drugs, trolling is a poor mistress that demands more and more to feed the self satisfying addiction that props up their self esteem.
  • It would be good to do a study. According to many comments and questions I see on AB, some people just think it's funny and do it for fun, sort of like poking an ant hill with a stick.
  • They don`t like it when you prove them wrong.They are too ready to run you down as stupid, but when they can`t do that they take points,because they are impudent to do anything else...IndiannaJ seems to have the best definition,they have an agenda.

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