Strictly speaking, an internet troll is a sometimes mischievous, sometimes bloody minded, sometimes downright nasty pain in the neck who seeks people out on-line to wind up, flame, get into a row with, take the piss out of or stalk and all this just for the hell of it and to show off to their “friends”, the other trolls. They are mostly harmless, but can still ruin you day if you’re not expecting them. If you know what they’re about, their blow is softened and you can laugh them off for the sad, irritating little people that they really are.
The internet is also rife with other pests, as catalogued here, and it is useful to be aware of them so you can defend yourself, your wits and your sense of humour from them.
I am constantly updating the catalogue, so stick this in your feedreader to get any new trolls and pests of the internet.
click a troll, any troll:
No one knows if she is a hateful gobshite in real life, buy viagra or if it’s all a very lucrative act, medical but she is unlikely to come out in The Guardian any time soon, revealing that it was an elaborate trick, to fool us all, to show us up as troll bait.
She is a snob of the most petty kind, insults anyone *she* deems “common” (hahaha, oh, my dear….), and makes sweeping offensive judgements on air about people of whose lives she knows nothing.
Is she just a lucky idiot or a genuinely malevolent troll? I don’t think it really matters… we should just ignore her. Like all trolls.