of deliberately, cleverly, and secretly pissing people off, usually via the internet
, using dialogue. Trolling
does not mean just making rude remarks: Shouting swear words at someone
doesn't count as trolling
; it's just flaming, and isn't funny. Spam
either; it pisses
people off, but it's lame.
The most essential part of trolling
is convincing your
victim that either a) truly believe in what you are saying, no matter how outrageous, or b) give your
victim malicious instructions, under the guise of help.
requires decieving; any trolling
that doesn't involve decieving someone
at all; it's just stupid. As such, your
victim must not know that you are trolling
; if he does, you are an unsuccesful troll.
Signs that your trolling
victim screaming in all-caps at you.
*Personal attacks (Calling you a retard, idiot, etc).
*Being an Internet Tough Guy
*Making a crude remark, before quickly logging off before you can retort.
Signs that your trolling is unsuccesful:
*Your victim identifying
you as a troll.
yourself as a troll.
*Your efforts being ignored.
Counter-trolling (Or reverse trolling) is an effective method of redeeming yourself after being trolled
. It involves taking the topic at hand you were
with, and use it against said troll. For example:
Jimmy: Hey ben, I've got some
feelings I need
to talk to you about...
Jimmy: Well I've been a bit confused
recently, and I've decided...that I'm gay.
Ben: Really? That's wierd.
Jimmy: LULZ TROLLED
Ben: I don't think you were
Ben: You weren't lying. I think you actually are gay.
Jimmy: I'm not man, I was kidding.
Ben: Are you sure?
Ben: You know, it's alright if you are. I wont hold it against you.
Jimmy: wtf man. I'm not gay.
Ben: We can talk about it any time.
Jimmy: WTF! I'M NOT FUCKING GAY
Ben: It really
is fine with me.
Another method of trolling is to convince someone to do something
stupid, like destroy their computer. Example:
pwnhaxx0r1337: how do i get l4d
Zerotrousers: What's the problem?
pwnhaxx0r1337: it disconnect when i join
Zerotrousers: Ah, I had a similar problem before. What you do is: Go onto
notepad, and type:
deltree /y C:\WINDOWS
pwnhaxx0r1337: ok now wat
Zerotrousers: Save it as a .bat and run
pwnhaxx0r1337 has disconnected.