Summer Troll School, Class II
- First, let me apologize for the severely mangled and truncated
emails that arrive in the inboxes of 'individual emails' surscribers
when posting from the web in Rich-Text Editor; they have to be read
on the web. So this time, I'm doing plain text to avoid this
particular Yahoo-bug, and I'm posting from Warsaw, Poland.
Official Press Release Part 5
Now, there are trolls and there are cybertrolls, and some of us are
In our experience with online communities, there are four types of
1) Mischievous: Such trolls have a humorous intent. Often, they are
a "regular" who has temporarily adopted a new identity in order to
play a good-natured prank. They are not abusive to members and
rarely create trouble within a community. Generally there is no harm
in responding to them. Some members may find mischievous trolls to
be annoying, particularly if their presence leads to lengthy threads
that distract the community from its true intent; other members
inevitably find that the troll's humor and light-hearted antics
provide the community with an opportunity to laugh together, thereby
enhancing and strengthening community bonds.
2) Mindless: Mindless trolls have a tendency to post lengthy stories
of questionable belief thus promoting good facial tone in members
due to excessive eye-rolling. They are generally harmless. On rare
occasion, the ficticious posts of a mindless troll may lead to
insightful debate and discussion. Aside from encouraging them, there
is generally no harm in responding.
3) Malicious: A malicious troll arrives with the intent of being
blatantly abusive to the group and/or specific individuals within
the group. One of their characteristics is that within a very short
time of gaining access they begin targeting and harassing members
using both low-end and high-end tactics. In some cases, the troll
has a prior history with the group or someone within the group. In
other scenarios, the troll is simply looking for a fresh meat market.
4.) Destructive: Around 1999 a new form of troll began to appear on
the net in mail groups and online communities. The primary purpose
of this type of troll is to completely destroy the group it has
infiltrated. Destructive trolls may work on their own, or possibly
in teams or gangs.
Trolls have two ways of gaining access to a community: from the
outside or from the inside. Outside trolls are newbies or visitors
who are new to the community, or only sporadic visitors and guests.
They are less likely to target specific members and will be content
with "hooking" anyone. Inside trolls are comprised of mischevious,
bored, disgruntled, angry, scapegoated or wounded regulars who may
have turned to trolling as a result of actions that occurred within
the community. They frequently have a bone to pick with a specific
member or a select group of members.
Unmoderated or poorly moderated environments are not only more
susceptible to malicious or damaging trolls, they are also more
likely to create the conditions that invite them. This is because
the members themselves have very little in the way of actual power.
With few other options at their disposal they will often resort to
intimidation tactics and personal attack with the hope of verbally
overpowering the offender. If the offender is a true troll, this
will only reinforce the troll's sense of purpose, inflames his/her
ire, and let him or her know who the willing targets are. Informal
community leaders, those who are empathic to others or those
sensitive to the slights of injustice are more likely to step
forward in cases of troll attack and thus, become their target.
Our own trolls belong to category 1 and 2, not 3 and 4, although Di
& Pete & other hole dwellers including Uncle Oz, think we're out to
discredit and destroy them. They think so because the very purpose
of their organization & group is to discredit and destroy everyone
and everything anthroposophical, so they project their own aims and
purposes and intentions on harmless trolls, gnomes, undines, and
fairies. (We also know that they have a strong aversion to angels.)
Anyway, these hole dwellers have recently been discussing how to get
all anthro-trolls, including Yours Truly who is perceived to be the
Troll King in the Dovregubben Hall in the mountain (read Henrik
Ibsen's Peer Gynt for details), blocked, banned, or suspended from
Yahoo, which would include, of course, Anthroposophy Tomorrow. And
who knows who else among my fellow AT subscribers might be targeted
by such a purge.
A Yahoo ID may belong to anybody or to manybody, but an IP may
identify anybody's exact physical location, including apartment
number. So here's some useful IP info:
The IP assigned to a cable- or DSL modem is given for somewhere
between 24 hours and 30 days (with most being for 1-4 days). Half
way through the period, the modem asks for a renewal. If a renewal
is granted, you keep the same IP. So if you keep your DSL or cable
modem on for a year, you will most likely have the same IP the whole
time. Likewise if you turn it off and back on again inside the IP
lease period, you will get the same IP you had when you turned it
off. It is only when you turn off the cable modem for longer than
the IP lease that the IP expires and you get a new one when you turn
it on again. 24 hours should be enough most of the time, but it
could take longer.
IPs are assigned in blocks, usually by region. So simply getting a
new address, while removing the certainty, won't always hide you.
Your new address will come from the same block, and anyone can look
up IP addresses and see down to the city neighborhood to where they
are assigned. So the hole dwellers will still know it's you, but if
you're not trolling with your new IP, nobody can suspend or ban that
address, because they can't ban an entire neighborhood or a whole
town. That would be like the US or Israeli military blasting an
entire refugee camp to get at one terrorist, and we all know how
outrageous that is. I don't think Yahoo behaves like Pentagon or the
Israeli military command.
Did I say something critical of Israel's politics? I guess that
makes me an anti-Semite. If some Mossad folks would have said so,
you can bet your bottom dollar that Di & PS will say so.