Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Do not feed the Trolls!

A little history for the script kiddies out there:

In the late 1960's the Advanced Research Projects Agency at the US Department of Defense had successfully completed the construction of a new national computer communication network - the ARPANET. This network connected the leading research institutions in the country as well as various military and government facilities. By 1971, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, due to its pioneering research into computing with the ILLIAC machines, was connected to this network.

In the spring of 1988, a certain freshman of the College of Engineering at the UIUC was shown a room full of VT-100 terminals and discovered the wonders of the Internet. It was then when he first encountered trolls.
An Internet troll, or simply troll in Internet slang, is someone who intentionally posts controversial or contrary messages in an on-line community such as an on-line discussion forum or group with the intention of baiting users into an argumentative response.

I will not name names, but please, readers of the blogs - do not feed the trolls. They thrive on responses. Like weeds they choke the positive discussions in the comments. And you will never win an argument with them because that is not their aim. It is difficult, but the reward is great.

Spread the word!


Blogger Shoshana said...

Hmmmm, I wonder who that certain freshman could possibly be.... ;)

November 14, 2007 12:33 PM  
Blogger Lubab No More said...

> Do not feed the Trolls!

Good advice. I should apply it more often. :(

November 14, 2007 1:35 PM  

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