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There has been a lot of us vs. them on the posts lately, along with a word I just don't understand. Can someone tell me the definition of the term "trolls?"
trolls 29.Apr.2003 13:31


Trolls are people who post for the purpose of illiciting an response. The purpose is not to be helpful, but to incite people.

And they troll the www looking to stir things up.

Well... 29.Apr.2003 14:15

Trilox Woodsman

Trolling is where you go deep sea fishing for whatever will bite your hook. Needless to say, this is a site created for and by hypocrites who want to casually sit around and pat each other on the back about what a good job they are doing spreading their socialist propaganda. Meanwhile they lead a typical capitalistic lifestyle just like the people they claim to hate. Any opinions that differ from this are not tolerated...

trilox has no life besides this 29.Apr.2003 14:29


or he's paid to be here. ignore the troll.

Well said! 29.Apr.2003 14:39


well said Trilox Woodsman!

Interesting... 29.Apr.2003 14:43

Sars Larson

...that the self-proclaimed former communist known as Trilox
has chosen the handle "The Woodsman", which happens to be the title of a recent movie about a convicted pedophile who escapes from prison.

trawling 29.Apr.2003 15:10


I believe the word for that type of fishing is 'trawling' but the troll/trolling thing works, I guess.

Certain people like myself use this site as it was originally intended; that is, as a source of news and a community publishing resource for, yes, primarily those of us who don't consider commercial mass media to be very reliable due to their capitalistic structure and its inherent biases.

Certain others apparently think that we, like them, spend most of our time reading internet message boards, and have mistaken the open-publishing function of indymedia websites for one of those. Trilox and his friends seem to be under the impression that because we read indymedia material we must be unaware of the existence of ideas other than our own and require their intervention to enlighten us. Since they would appear to be generally mistaken in this last assumption, they have been received with something less than gratitude by people who do not find the revelation that a bunch of dorks consider them mistaken to be particularly vital to their lives, and thus Trilox and friends have developed elaborate fantasies that they are being persecuted in a grand conspiracy to silence their earth-shaking expose's. This group of persons has been loosely lumped together under the general descriptor of "trolls" which describes those who post on internet message boards simply to get provoke other people into acknowledging their existence.

huh? 29.Apr.2003 15:44


Trolls are bad ass america lovers (ass lovers? ass america? bad america? bad lovers?) who get jacked up at the site (sight?) of RATS (do they get up on chairs and scream?) or as you may commonly refer to non-productive citizens (trolls?). They (the trolls, I assume) are angered at the fact they could never really get thier (their?) shit together for a prudent and meaningful life and for this they have my pity. (It's good to know the troll lover has pity for his/her peers, although it's rather difficult to make sense of the posts.)

woo hoo, he said ass america 29.Apr.2003 19:56

brown frown

wipe it like you mean it. put some brown in the red, white and blue. USA #2. these colors don't run, but might come in handy if you have the runs. save a tree.

while advocating wiping your ass with the american flag for some time now, I actually got around to it recently and I have some tips. don't use one of those cheap chinese made ones, you really need to get a good old fashioned cotton one. smooth.

KD Lang album? 29.Apr.2003 23:15


Anybody have the new KD Lang album? I just trashed all my gansta rap CD's and wanted something to listen to.

Definitions as found on HyperDictionary 30.Apr.2003 09:07



8 entries found.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]

Troll \Troll\, n. [Icel. troll. Cf. {Droll}, {Trull}.] (Scand.
A supernatural being, often represented as of diminutive
size, but sometimes as a giant, and fabled to inhabit caves,
hills, and like places; a witch.

{Troll flower}. (Bot.) Same as {Globeflower}
(a) .

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]

Troll \Troll\, v. i.
1. To roll; to run about; to move around; as, to troll in a
coach and six.

2. To move rapidly; to wag. --F. Beaumont.

3. To take part in trolling a song.

4. To fish with a rod whose line runs on a reel; also, to
fish by drawing the hook through the water.

Their young men . . . trolled along the brooks that
abounded in fish. --Bancroft.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]

Troll \Troll\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Trolled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Trolling}.] [OE. trollen to roll, F. tr[^o]ler, Of. troller
to drag about, to ramble; probably of Teutonic origin; cf. G.
trollen to roll, ramble, sich trollen to be gone; or perhaps
for trotler, fr. F. trotter to trot (cf. {Trot}.). Cf.
1. To move circularly or volubly; to roll; to turn.

To dress and troll the tongue, and roll the eye.

2. To send about; to circulate, as a vessel in drinking.

Then doth she troll to the bowl. --Gammer

Troll the brown bowl. --Sir W.

3. To sing the parts of in succession, as of a round, a
catch, and the like; also, to sing loudly or freely.

Will you troll the catch ? --Shak.

His sonnets charmed the attentive crowd, By
wide-mouthed mortaltrolled aloud. --Hudibras.

4. To angle for with a trolling line, or with a book drawn
along the surface of the water; hence, to allure.

5. To fish in; to seek to catch fish from.

With patient angle trolls the finny deep.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]

Troll \Troll\, n.
1. The act of moving round; routine; repetition. --Burke.

2. A song the parts of which are sung in succession; a catch;
a round.

Thence the catch and troll, while ``Laughter,
holding both his sides,'' sheds tears to song and
ballad pathetic on the woes of married life. --Prof.

3. A trolley.

{Troll plate} (Mach.), a rotative disk with spiral ribs or
grooves, by which several pieces, as the jaws of a chuck,
can be brought together or spread radially.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 [wn]

n : (Scandinavian folklore) a supernatural creature (either a
dwarf or a giant) that is supposed to live in caves or in
the mountains
v 1: circulate, move around
2: cause to move round and round; "The child trolled her hoop"
3: sing the parts of (a round) in succession
4: angle with a hook and line drawn through the water
5: sing loudly and without inhibition
6: praise or celebrate in song; "All tongues shall troll you"
7: speak or recite rapidly or in a rolling voice

From Jargon File (4.3.0, 30 APR 2001) [jargon]

troll v.,n. 1. [From the Usenet group alt.folklore.urban] To utter a
posting on {Usenet} designed to attract predictable responses or
{flame}s; or, the post itself. Derives from the phrase "trolling for
{newbie}s" which in turn comes from mainstream "trolling", a style of
fishing in which one trails bait through a likely spot hoping for a
bite. The well-constructed troll is a post that induces lots of newbies
and flamers to make themselves look even more clueless than they already
do, while subtly conveying to the more savvy and experienced that it is
in fact a deliberate troll. If you don't fall for the joke, you get to
be in on it. See also {YHBT}. 2. An individual who chronically trolls in
sense 1; regularly posts specious arguments, flames or personal attacks
to a newsgroup, discussion list, or in email for no other purpose than
to annoy someone or disrupt a discussion. Trolls are recognizable by the
fact that they have no real interest in learning about the topic at hand
- they simply want to utter flame bait. Like the ugly creatures they are
named after, they exhibit no redeeming characteristics, and as such,
they are recognized as a lower form of life on the net, as in, "Oh,
ignore him, he's just a troll." Compare {kook}. 3. [Berkeley] Computer
lab monitor. A popular campus job for CS students. Duties include
helping newbies and ensuring that lab policies are followed. Probably
so-called because it involves lurking in dark cavelike corners.

Some people claim that the troll (sense 1) is properly a narrower
category than {flame bait}, that a troll is categorized by containing
some assertion that is wrong but not overtly controversial. See also

The use of `troll' in either sense is a live metaphor that readily
produces elaborations and combining forms. For example, one not
infrequently sees the warning "Do not feed the troll" as part of a
followup to troll postings.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (09 FEB 02) [foldoc]


An {array} language for {continuous simulation}, econometric
modelling or statistical analysis.

["TROLL Reference Manual", D0062, Info Proc Services, MIT

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (09 FEB 02) [foldoc]


An {electronic mail} message, {Usenet} posting or other
(electronic) communication which is intentionally incorrect,
but not overtly controversial (compare {flame bait}), or the
act of sending such a message. Trolling aims to elicit an
emotional reaction from those with a hair-trigger on the reply
key. A really subtle troll makes some people lose their


An alternate definition 30.Apr.2003 18:25


Alternate Definition: Troll (noun): A courageous voice of conscience. Often spotted on Indymedia sites.