A troll is someone who posts off-topic, extraneous, or inflammatory messages with the intent of provoking an emotional response or disrupting the normal discussion.
– Live Science
Unmasking Reddit’s Violentacrez, The Biggest Troll on the Web from Gawker. I often wonder who these people are in real life, especially the ones who troll on bereavement pages. How do these people exist?
Word Of The Week: Doxing, from Fritinancy. Is doxing okay when it comes to trolls? Sometimes, I think.
Online Anger: Where It Comes From and How to Control It from The Good Men Project. Oh no! Someone on the Internetz is wrong!
Trolls’ Online Comments Skew Perception Of Science from Live Science. Not the news I wanted to hear.
Definition of ‘Concern Trolling’ from Wise Geek
Cyber Bullying Category on Wikipedia, of which Troll is one entry.
THE ART & SCIENCE OF MODERATION – FREE SPEECH VS FREE AUDIENCE from Finally, A Feminism 101 Blog (Part 2), explaining the 1-9-90 rule.
How Nasty Comments Can Change The Way We Think from Gawker
How Online Trolling Is The New Punk Rock, from Esquire
Trolls On Twitter Do Not Necessarily Represent America. America will be glad to hear that, from Mother Jones
We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be.
– Kurt Vonnegut
So Necessary When Disagreeing With People Online — some logical fallacies in poster form from Fuck Yeah, Feminists!
What do trolls get out of all this time on the Internet? “When you argue and win, your brain floods with different hormones: adrenaline and dopamine, which makes you feel good, dominant, even invincible. It’s a the feeling any of us would want to replicate. So the next time we’re in a tense situation, we fight again. We get addicted to being right.” from Explore.
For hobby trollers: An Idiot’s Guide To Free Speech from Jezebel
Why do trolls argue so badly? Don’t they get more practice than anyone? How Arguing Can Undermine Rationality from FTB.
The Psychology Of The Internet Troll explains in a word what allows the Internet Troll to function: Disinhibition
From sock puppets to astroturfing: the language of online deception from Oxford Dictionaries
The Trouble With Trolls from Bitch Media
Does Online Hate Silence Us? from The Daily Dot
And it is precisely because those attitudes are so pervasive and widespread that I do not believe that trolls arbitrarily choose from the various types of awful they see around them without any pre-existing tendencies; trolling, it seems to me, reflects attitudes you already hold to some degree or another before you get on the internet.”