Mark Twain has the answer for trolls (image)

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Re: Troll definition on the internet
In reply to Jere Landis, Jun 18, 2012

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"Do not feed the trolls" and "DNFTT" redirect here. For the Wikipedia essay, see Wikipedia:Deny recognition.

The "trollface", first appearing in 2008, is often used to indicate trolling in contemporary internet culture. Modern usage of the word itself dates from 1980s.

In Internet slang, a troll is someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion. The noun troll may refer to the provocative message itself, as in: "That was an excellent troll you posted."

While the word troll and its associated verb trolling are associated with Internet discourse, media attention in recent years has made such labels subjective, with trolling describing intentionally provocative actions and harassment outside of an online context. For example, mass media has used troll to describe "a person who defaces Internet tribute sites with the aim of causing grief to families.

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