Contrary to what has been suggested in low circles, the "Six Trolls" in my Gmail account name is not
a reference to my six children. There are many things that describe my lovelies, some great, but "troll" is not
one of them! Their momma done raised 'em better'n that!
The "Six Trolls" are responsible for a great quantity of the social-media sludge that clogs the pipelines of the Internet. If history judges on-line social media in the long-run as bane or boon to civilization, the "Six Trolls" will surely play a role.
The Six Trolls are, in no special order:
- Indignant. "I can't believe this <outlet> permits this kind of <disparaging label> to be printed in its pages!"
- Jealous. Can't believe this is getting more attention than my own failed blog or my own brilliant comments, etc
- Stalker. Has a lot of free time to violate the privacy of the enemy blogger or commenter, with the goal of assassinating character, revealing contradictions, or simply infecting others with hate.
- Pedant. With a lofty sense of superiority, this troll flings sarcasm and insult as if it were constructive criticism or insightful debate. Occasionally, this troll doesn't even bother reading the article or comment that is being trolled, and may be interested only in changing the subject.
- Spambot. This troll attempts to hijack the article and the comment stream with nonsense; it is usually cut-n-paste gibberish or stock vitriol; often this troll is being paid or otherwise rewarded for such acts of webspace terrorism.
- Agent-Provocateur. This troll usually pretends to be something they really aren't to incite any kind of reaction; this troll's input may be in support or in opposition to the original article as long as it is inflammatory; the goal is often to raise the article's visibility, redirect attention elsewhere, or simply take pleasure in being responsible for other's overblown reactions. Some agent-provocateurs are paid for their efforts or hope to profit from hijacking valuable pubic attention.