Someone on an Internet Forum
Board, who repeatedly harasses
another person, intending to drive them
off the Forum
, and/or ruining the entire Internet experience of the target by following them
to other boards
to continue the harassment.Griefers
are adept at following Forum
rules while violating their spirit...or have managed to ingratiate themselves with
Administrators, so that they rarely get punished for their actions.Griefers
are basically cowards who hide behind a screen name and would not have the sack
to say to anyone's face, what they say to people online.
1. Making "clever" comments
- Making carefully crafted nasty comments
to or about another member. The comments stay
within the rules while violating the spirit of the rules.
or dogpiling: Recruiting others (usually their online friends) into joining them
in targeting the victim
3. Flame-baiting: See #1 above - done in order to goad the victim
into responding in a manner in violation of the rules, out of anger - causing the victim
to then be punished/banned by the Forum
Administrator (pets of Forum
Admins frequently do this
and get away with
4. Stalking: After driving the target off the Forum
, following them
to other Forums to continue the attacks.
5. Drive-by: Signing up under
a different name in order to take a cheap shot at the target. Griefers
also frequently use other tactics, including using a fake IP address when griefing, in order to avoid punishment.