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Troll: Linux is not an OS, explain non-US don't compare.

Chacham (981) writes | more than 10 years ago

User Journal 5

Feeling silly. How's this attempt at trolling? Taking insanecarbonbasedlif's comment, i added boldness. Though, i'm not sure the words were done correctly. Also, this troll was definitely of lesser quality, since i had absolutely nothing to say, and simply pushed to get it.

Feeling silly. How's this attempt at trolling? Taking insanecarbonbasedlif's comment, i added boldness. Though, i'm not sure the words were done correctly. Also, this troll was definitely of lesser quality, since i had absolutely nothing to say, and simply pushed to get it.

And the worst part of all this is i loaded the front-page to get a recent story. I feel dirty now.

5 comments

Judging a troll is easy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8371461)

There are three criteria to judge any troll.

1) Direct replies. This indicates the general flamebaitiness of the troll. The more direct replies, the more likely it is that your post is flamebait (rather than a true troll).

2) Total replies. This is the number of total replies to your comment including replies to replies. Since total replies imply a flamewar (as constructive threads generally die after a few repetitions), it is a gauge of the actual trollishness of the troll. The optimum balance is around 4/1 total replies to direct replies, but this can be skewed if the number of direct replies is very low (which is an indicator that another troll has successfully fed your troll and that the success of your troll is not really your own).

3) Moderation. The more the better. Up, down, sideways, inside out, it doesn't matter. A +5 Troll is the Holy Grail as it indicates that the moderators haven't got a clear grasp of the content of your troll and are completely befuddled by it. Obviously, you should strive to make your post as interesting and insightful as possible without going overboard and posting a valid opinion, because once you are at -1 Flamebait the troll is effectively dead.

To judge your troll, it looks like you have zero direct replies, zero total replies, and only one moderation (-1 flamebait).

Not that great, but a decent first try. Remember, the key is to find the balance, the 'wa' if you will, of the troll. Everyone has something they believe in strongly, so you have to touch that nerve very delicately in order to make them react strongly. Hit someone with a hammer and you'll knock them out, but hit them with a flyswatter and you can have fun all day long.

Re:Judging a troll is easy (1)

insanecarbonbasedlif (623558) | more than 10 years ago | (#8374558)

I think the AC is right, being more subtle would definately give your trolls a much longer life, and probably increase the responses you get. If you can get a few responses, and then gently, but condescendingly (this is a hot button for many /.ers... they don't like condescending replies, but they don't realize that is what they are reacting to, and so they'll go off the deep end attacking your "position") reply to some of them, you can get quite a thread going with a minimum of effort.

Regarding the bolding; it's pretty much a matter of taste, but you're always looking to bring attention to your post, and not appear too annoying, so it's a balance. I think you did fine in that regard...

Re:Judging a troll is easy (1)

Chacham (981) | more than 10 years ago | (#8374671)

being more subtle

Hmm...

but condescendingly (this is a hot button for many /.ers... :)

--

OK, i think agree. It certainly sounds good. But, how would you have written that comment?

Re:Judging a troll is easy (1)

insanecarbonbasedlif (623558) | more than 10 years ago | (#8375379)

Here's a rough go at it:
From the /. summary:
Linux operating system

I expect the uniformed reporters to get this wrong, but slashdot readers and editors should know that Linux is not an operating system. Linux is just a kernel. Linux/GNU is an Operating System, in that it is both a kernel, and a set of tools to make said kernel useful. Mis-use of technical language on a technical website only serves to undermine the credibility of the Open Source movement.

And why say ATO (Australian IRS equivalent)? It wastes more time than saying simple "Australian Taxation Office", and doesn't explain anything to non-USAians who don't know what "IRS" stands for. Spelling it out uses both less words and less keystrokes and, get this, is more easily understood.

Re:Judging a troll is easy (1)

Chacham (981) | more than 10 years ago | (#8375779)

Very good. :)

Pointed away from the user we are trying to troll. I'll have to try again later. Thanx.
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