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Forum topic by DKV posted 07-31-2015 04:19 PM 1906 views 0 times favorited 38 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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DKV

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07-31-2015 04:19 PM

In Internet slang, a troll (/ˈtroʊl/, /ˈtrɒl/) is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory,[1] extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response2 or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.[3]

Most folks think of trolls as the above definition. However, I feel there can be other definitions. Let me give you one of mine.

There are numerous ways to inflame and disrupt an online community. A person that attempts to strictly control discourse and invade the privacy of others is a form of troll. Taking away our right to convey our thoughts and restrict those thoughts to only “accepted” thoughts is trolling. A troll attempts to build the community in their image of what it should be. To me that is very disrupting and not acceptable to the community as a whole.

Recently, an individual, with almost religious fervor has attempted to change and set rules we should all follow. Response to his flaming troll post and his posts attempting to gain “insider knowledge” to site information would suggest he was unsuccessful.

I don’t expect total acceptance from the community on my thoughts. However, I am thankful for the ability to put those thoughts out there. I also wholeheartedly accept rebuttals and negative comments. It’s all part of participating in the world of Internet forums.

The self-important individual of whom I speak did get one thing right in his troll post. This is a good forum. As long as we stay vigilant the forum will remain a place woodworkers can gather for free information sharing and fun.

-- This is a Troll Free zone.


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Stewbot

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#1 posted 07-31-2015 04:29 PM

So basically you are saying…. We have two trolls?

But in all seriousness.

Trolls live under bridges and make you solve brain tickling riddles before given the right to cross.

-- Hoopty scoop?

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DKV

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#2 posted 07-31-2015 04:50 PM



So basically you are saying…. We have two trolls?

But in all seriousness.

Trolls live under bridges and make you solve brain tickling riddles before given the right to cross.

- Stewbot


Exactly…

-- This is a Troll Free zone.

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nkawtg

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#3 posted 07-31-2015 04:50 PM

What causes a person to be a blue collar worker? = Choice…

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DKV

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#4 posted 07-31-2015 04:53 PM


What causes a person to be a blue collar worker? = Choice…

- nkawtg


Exactly…

-- This is a Troll Free zone.

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crank49

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#5 posted 08-01-2015 04:04 PM

Congratulations, this thread has been up a couple of days without being closed.

-- Michael: Hillary has a long list of accomplishments, though most DAs would refer to them as felonies.

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Clint Searl

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#6 posted 08-01-2015 06:31 PM

Then there are those who think their posts are so important that if anyone dares respond in a way that the poster deems insufficiently respectful, that “anyone” is immediately blocked.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#7 posted 08-01-2015 06:37 PM



Then there are those who think their posts are so important that if anyone dares respond in a way that the poster deems insufficiently respectful, that “anyone” is immediately blocked.

- Clint Searl

You must be referring to “Dan’um Style” and a few other. But, I’d be surprised if DKV has a block list.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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DKV

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#8 posted 08-02-2015 01:28 AM

I am not a blocker, I am a blockee.

-- This is a Troll Free zone.

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Clint Searl

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#9 posted 08-02-2015 03:07 PM

Right you are, AKGuy.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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crank49

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#10 posted 08-03-2015 03:19 AM



I am not a blocker, I am a blockee.

- DKV


BS
You have had me blocked for years.

-- Michael: Hillary has a long list of accomplishments, though most DAs would refer to them as felonies.

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#11 posted 08-03-2015 05:24 AM

I am not a blocker, I am a blockee.

- DKV

BS
You have had me blocked for years.

- crank49

If you’re blocked by someone, you can’t post to a thread the blocker starts. DKV started this thread. If DKV has you blocked it would be impossible for you to post in this thread.

Yes, there is some BS going on somewhere.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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bandit571

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#12 posted 08-03-2015 03:19 PM

At least no one has posted a can of troll repellent spray…..

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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crank49

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#13 posted 08-03-2015 09:54 PM

You’re correct. I thought I was replying to a comment from Dan-um
Sorry DKV, didn’t mean to dis you.

-- Michael: Hillary has a long list of accomplishments, though most DAs would refer to them as felonies.

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AlaskaGuy

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#14 posted 08-03-2015 11:55 PM


You re correct. I thought I was replying to a comment from Dan-um
Sorry DKV, didn t mean to dis you.

- crank49

:) well I’ve done that before :). I’ve never found being blocked by someone a loss.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#15 posted 08-04-2015 07:40 AM


I just couldn’t resist :)

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