WHAT IS A TROLL?
Original post made by Michael Austin, Pleasanton Meadows, on Jun 26, 2014
A troll has a difficult time putting together three or four sentences. The troll usually limits his commentary to a few brief words in a sentence or two or less. Intending for it to be upsetting, to upstage, or to inflame and irritate. The troll will post web links unrelated to the discussion. A troll is always anonymous, believing his anonymity is secure the troll will write hideous commentary and ridicule others that are writing commentary, and the troll will write nonsensical commentary.
Basic break down of a troll as taken from Wikipedia:
Psychological characteristics of trolls. - Two studies published in 2013 and 2014 have found that people who are identified as trolls tend to have dark personality traits and show signs of sadism, antisocial behavior, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism.
The 2013 study suggested that there are a number of similarities between anti-social and flame trolling activities, and the 2014 study suggested that the noxious personality characteristics known as the dark triad of personality should be investigated in the analysis of trolling, and concluded that trolling appears "to be an Internet manifestation of everyday sadism."
Their relevance is suggested by research linking these traits to bullying in both adolescents and adults. The 2014 study found that trolls operate as agents of chaos on the Internet, exploiting hot button issues to make users appear overly emotional or foolish in some manner. If an unfortunate person falls into their trap, trolling intensifies for further merciless amusement. This is why novice Internet users are routinely admonished, "Do not feed the trolls!"
The 2013 study found that trolls often have a high expectation of what it means to be successful, which is higher than they are able to obtain, and this results in them resenting others who think they are successful but who fall below their standards. "Hatter gonna hate" sums up this line of thinking.
As taken from Wikipedia.