Humorous description of how one Trolls.
To really be a successful troll is not as simple as you think.
Being banned after your second post is not being a successful troll.
Having everyone put you on ignore is not being a successful troll.
To be a successful troll you must either
- Nuke the message board
- Colonize it.
Nuking happens when a mod doesn’t ban you and other posters flee so that you (and your duals and/or “best friend”) are the only active members. You have killed that Message Board.
Colonizing happens when you actually take over the MB. When it is virtually a branch of Trollkingdom.
As a Troll, it is pointless to waste a keystroke typing *&^&%^. You’ll be banned, the post deleted. No one, perhaps not even the person you are aiming at, might see it. Where’s the victory in that?
Victory comes when you get on a Message Board take it apart, either destroying it with a Nuke or making it your playpen.
Your first mission as a Troll is to find a victim Message Board. You can judge your skill by the kind of MB you take down. Greatness comes from being able to take down a Message Board which shouldn’t have let you on in the first place. I’m talking about Christian Message Boards where you admit you are an atheist from post one. Women’s Message Boards, where you state you are a man.
For you to take down these “obverse” Message boards is equivalent to winning an Olympic Gold Medal. There is more than one way to do it; but basically, it requires a little effort.
Log on, lurk a bit to get the trends, make a few harmless posts. Then start your own thread. Create a dual and keep it lurking. Some MBs check for duals. If you have another account that you’ve never used, it doesn’t qualify as a dual. If challenged you can always reply that you didn’t want to use that Nick so created another account. If you have access to two ISPs or use a proxy server, you can activate your duals immediately. However, it is better to turn a real poster into your zombie. This is someone whom you can make your “best friend” by pretty little pms. Having a “red shirt” who will jump in to take that bullet meant for you is priceless. It ensures your continuation on the MB and may give you a martyr.
S/M topics are always useful. If you are careful and phrase them properly, avoiding obscenity or lecherous language, you can turn any site, even “Toys for Tots” into an S/M forum.
Most mods are stupid enough to think this is a free speech issue. When other posters object to your thread, be careful how you attack them. Go for the roundabout ‘tongue in cheek’ method, tossing in something you know will hurt. If during your lurk you learned Jim is over sixty, ridicule his age; “Did you take your heart medicine?” Where you don’t know enough about other posters to compose that zinger; lie. claim they have ’stalked you’.
Stalkers always claim their victim is stalking them. On message boards, this often works because the posters are usually oblivious to what each other is doing.
That a particular poster never made a single post to you doesn’t matter. If the Moderator or the poster confronts you, make the lame apology; “Sorry (name) I meant someone else..” And leave it at that. What you want to do is portray yourself as a “victim” whose freedom of speech is being threatened. That all one hundred members are the opposite of what you claim to be only adds to the “freedom of speech” cache.
There are MBs where the Mod won’t put up with foolishness and might ban you. You are not yet defeated. Find the owner of the MB and whine. If the Owner is the Mod, leave quietly. Most owners are too busy doing something else to watch their Message Board. This is why they appoint stupid people to unpaid labor as moderators.
Nine times out of ten, the Owner will overrule his/her own Moderator to please you. Take this as a “kill”. When you pop back onto the Message Board, as a clear slap in the face to the Mod, unless s/he is a person of no pride, s/he will quit. If s/he doesn’t officially quit, s/he will never touch your posts. You can raise your attacks a bit, go into more offensive details which chase posters. When decent posters realize you have absolute run of the MB and their opinions mean nothing, they leave.
Never forget, for the majority of people a Message Board, is just a by the way diversion. They have no stake in keeping this particular MB “up”. Many belong to other Message Boards. Not logging on to the one you are trolling isn’t a flake of dandruff to them. Gives them more time to post elsewhere. These members will leave without a sound.
There are others who really liked the Message Board you are destroying. They might make a ‘Good Bye Cruel Message Board’ announcement. Jump on those announcements. Proclaim how you never tried to run them, how sorry you are for them to leave. This adds to your point score.
Now that you’ve proved your power, slowly begin ‘culling’ the members. Begin with the most vulnerable. Anything s/he posts, criticize. Don’t make a clear cut personal attack, attack the post. If the poster responds, keep going until s/he loses her temper and attacks you.
Report that poster to the Mod. If it is the same Mod who banned you, it’s another slap in the face. As the Mod can’t ban you, the other poster, getting no protection, stops posting.
As you kill off the weaker posters, toss a few zingers at the stronger. Report them even if they haven’t responded to your posts. If the Mod hasn’t quit before, (or if this is a replacement Mod) s/he should quit right about now. Getting a Mod to quit is true victory. Running a few posters here and there are frills. Anyone can do that. One doesn’t have to be a Troll to cause posters to exit. Only a first class Troll can chase a Moderator.
This gives you the run of the Message Board. If there are still fools posting, up the temperature on your attacks. If you haven’t created duals yet, do so. If you have, deploy them. Have your duals abandon all reticence. Make the nastiest attacks on all other posters, (save your “best friend”).
This should drive the remaining fools off of the MB. They have no Moderator to complain to, it is too much trouble to find the Owner. And why should they subject themselves to your attacks?
They will leave. If, by some chance, the Owner arrives, it is your duals who are doing the damage, not you. The Owner can ban all of them. Since you and your best friend should be the only active posters, You might might wind up being appointed the Mod.
If you want to colonise it with your troll friends, cool. If you already have a few MBs under your belt, simply leave. Your work is done.