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  • Trolling

      Aliases: trolls,

    Trolling is a behavior that is commonly observed in online communities, where individuals post messages that are intended to incite reactions from others, often leading to arguments and conflicts. Trolls typically use humor, sarcasm, or exaggeration to provoke emotional responses from their targets, and often display a lack of empathy or concern for the impact of their actions on others. In some cases, trolling may be driven by a desire for attention, a need for validation, or simply a desire to cause chaos and disruption.

    Trolling can take many different forms, ranging from mild and harmless pranks to more extreme and harmful behaviors such as cyberbullying, hate speech, and online harassment. While trolling is often viewed as a negative behavior, some argue that it can serve a constructive purpose by challenging established norms and stimulating critical thinking.

    An example of trolling in an online community would be a user deliberately posting a controversial opinion on a discussion forum, knowing that it will provoke strong reactions from other users. The troll may then respond to these reactions with further inflammatory messages, escalating the conflict and disrupting the flow of conversation. In some cases, trolls may also engage in personal attacks and harassment, making it difficult for other users to participate in the discussion.

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