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What do you mean when you say the word "troll"?


Asked by Anonymous at 2:41 AM on Jun. 6, 2009 in Just for Fun

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  • I take it to mean that the poster is someone who is only seeking attention or trying to start some sort of commotion. I've also read it used to refer to a man or non Cafemom member posting questions to see what riot they can start among the mothers.

    In public groups, it is someone who doesn't belong and is only there to gather potentially embarrassing/hurtful information to later post in their own group to, again, start a commotion. Like a "breastfeeding nazi" in a formula feeder group.

    Answer by risonski at 2:56 AM on Jun. 6, 2009

  • Depends on the context

    There's the Billy Goats Gruff, under the bridge kind.

    There is another spelling (trawl) since we're thinking, not reading: it's a kind of fishing.

    There is the internet/bullein board/email list kind -- usually in concert with a friend or two who join in order to start arguments among the regulars and disrupt the cameraderie.

    Answer by LindaClement at 3:25 AM on Jun. 6, 2009

  • Someone who posts just to get a rise out of somebody, to start a fight, or etc. Most of the time you can recognize who is a troll (usually an anon) by the ridiculous question they post.

    Answer by srhmldndo at 7:57 AM on Jun. 6, 2009