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Old 29-01-2004, 12:25 AM
Geoff Miller
 
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mrbog writes:

Actually I never even heard the term "trolling" until now.
I just looked it up at usenet.com. It's where people
make posts like "hitler was right!!" Funny that it's
called "trolling"- I mean trolls are passively evil but
doing something like that would is pretty active...



Wrong metaphor. Trolling is a type of fishing that involves
running a boat at low speed while trailing a baited hook
through the water. In the Usenet sense, trolling means
"fishing" for emotional responses.

Your "mythical beings who live under bridges and waylay
hapless travelers" interpretation is a common misunder-
standing. It's what causes so many people to erroneously
refer to people who troll as "trolls." The correct term
is *troller.* A troll is a provocative article posted by
a troller, just as a hack is an ingenious stunt performed
by a hacker.



Geoff

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