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  1. Standard memberGrampy Bobby
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    27 Oct '14 18:39
    "Boredom is the main cause... "

    "Boredom is the main cause of 'trolling' and 'cyberbullying' on social media sites, a study shows. People troll on Twitter and Facebook because of seven reasons including boredom, amusement and revenge, according to experts. In a study looking at 4,000 online cases of trolling, linguist expert Dr Claire Hardaker found culprits were from all ages and backgrounds. Dr Hardraker of Lancaster University's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences said: “Aggression, deception and manipulation are increasingly part of online interaction, yet many users are unaware not only that some of these behaviours exist, but of how destructive and insidious they can be.

    “An incredible amount of time and strategy can be involved in trolling, as my research into the techniques they use highlights." She found people trolled for seven main reasons, such as digressing from a topic at hand and moving onto sensitive issues. Trolls also criticised faults which they displayed themselves, such as punctuation errors, to deliberately provoke exasperated responses. Some asked deliberately naïve questions to make people feel guilty, which others gave dangerous advice to encourage risky behaviour.

    She also found trolls broached taboo topics in an insensitive way, or plainly attacked people without any justification. Another technique was to send the same offensive message to multiple groups of people in a ‘spamming’ tactic. Dr Hardaker, whose findings were published in the latest edition of the Journal of Language, Aggression and Conflict added:

    * "The image of trolling is that it is mainly the work of young people, but the fact is trolls come from all ages and backgrounds. * "They will use different strategies to trigger the response they want from people. Some of these are a lot sneakier than others. It is not just about personal abuse. * "Trolls are also becoming more and more sophisticated. The aggravation typically springs from the degradation of the 'signal-to-noise' ratio.

    "The time-wasting noise of one troll-post is relatively easily ignored, but the noise of hundreds of replies to the troll-post, and complaints about those replies, can entirely drown out the worthwhile content." She also warned that trolling can develop into more serious behaviour including cyberharassment and cyberstalking. A number of celebrities have become the victims of trolls, including Blue Star Duncan James, who recently revealed he received several homophobic messages on Twitter and The Voice judge Jessie J, who has also been the subject of abuse on the social media network.

    Here are the top seven reasons for trolling and why they are so effective:

    1: Digressing from the topic at hand, especially onto sensitive topics. Not necessarily overtly argumentative, this tactic frustrates its targets with its pointlessness and circularity. Digression onto sensitive topics triggers the strongest reactions.

    2: Being hypocritical, especially for a fault that the critic then displays themselves. A simple tactic, often this is pedantic criticism of grammar, spelling or punctuation in a post which itself contains proof-reading errors to provoke exasperated responses from others.

    3: Displaying antipathy, by taking up an alienating position, asking pseudo-naïve questions. This tactic is heavily reliant on deceiving the group it is aimed at and covertly manipulates egos, sensitivities, morals and feelings of guilt, usually to trigger emotional responses. It can also create moral dilemmas.

    4: Endangering others by giving dangerous advice, encouraging risky behaviour. A trolling strategy designed to masquerade as help or advice whilst actually causing harm and/or forcing others to respond to prevent harm. It relies on the target's social responsibility and moral obligation.

    5: Shocking others by being insensitive about sensitive topics, explicit about taboo topics. This appears to succeed mainly due to the strength of feeling provoked by the deeply personal and extraordinarily hurtful nature of the troll's insensitivity. It triggers a desire to retaliate that is stronger than the desire to deny the troll the satisfaction of a response.

    6: Being aggresive by insulting, threatening, or otherwise plainly attacking them without provocation. This is open and deliberate aggression without any clear justification with the aim of antagonising its target into retaliating.

    7: Crossposting - sending the same offensive or provocative message to multiple groups then waiting for the response. The message sent by the troll in this tactic is totally off topic and irrelevant. This deliberately careless 'spamming' tactic can result in potentially thousands of users being inundated with unwanted or irrelevant messages."

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/10145636/Top-reasons-for-trolling-include-boredom-and-amusement.html

    Wow! Some serious subterfuge is going down on the internet according to this 2013 UK Technology News Study. Let's be thankful the 'trolling' and 'cyberbullying' epidemic on Twitter and Facebook hasn't spread yet to Red Hot Pawn. If it ever did and disruptive/self serving trolls and bullies stalked their victims on these public forums, what actions would you take?
  2. Standard memberhakima
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    27 Oct '14 18:41
    ...yawn...
  3. Dumnonia
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    27 Oct '14 18:45
    Originally posted by hakima
    ...yawn...
    ^^ alerted for trolling...
  4. Standard memberhakima
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    27 Oct '14 19:50
    Originally posted by divegeester
    ^^ alerted for trolling...
    What is "^^" ?
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    27 Oct '14 19:52
    Originally posted by hakima
    What is "^^" ?
    Post above 🙂
  6. Standard memberHandyAndy
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    27 Oct '14 21:33
    Originally posted by Grampy Bobby
    [b]"Boredom is the main cause... "

    "Boredom is the main cause of 'trolling' and 'cyberbullying' on social media sites, a study shows. People troll on Twitter and Facebook because of seven reasons including boredom, amusement and revenge, according to experts. In a study looking at 4,000 online cases of trolling, linguist expert Dr Claire ...[text shortened]... ng trolls and bullies stalked their victims on these public forums, what actions would you take?[/b]
    You neglected to mention the trolls who copy/paste.
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    27 Oct '14 22:10
    Originally posted by HandyAndy
    You neglected to mention the trolls who copy/paste.
    i beg to differ...
    i think that this line here,

    "Another technique was to send the same offensive message to multiple groups of people in a ‘spamming’ tactic."

    covers robert's favorite form of dulling the senses...
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    27 Oct '14 22:12
    Originally posted by hakima
    What is "^^" ?
    sweet innocence...
    like a child...

    lawdy, darlin', i love you so...
  9. Standard memberhakima
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    27 Oct '14 22:551 edit
    Originally posted by rookie54
    sweet innocence...
    like a child...

    lawdy, darlin', i love you so...
    I thought they were nipples...

    ...which are rarely an indication of boredom in humans

    ...or apparently alert trolls...

    i love you all the way to the bra hooks--oh wait! that's another thread. ;-)
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    27 Oct '14 23:46
    Originally posted by Grampy Bobby
    If it ever did and disruptive/self serving trolls and bullies stalked their victims on these public forums, what actions would you take?
    On the occasions that you have continued to send me unwanted PMs even after being asked to stop, I have [1] tried to tell you so firmly and not been drawn into a discussion of why you were doing it, [2] raised it in public forum when it continued [on one occasion anyway], and eventually [2] ignored you. Your taunt about how I could just block you if I wanted it to stop, I ignored also. I suppose I could have contacted the web site but in the end it proved unnecessary.
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    28 Oct '14 06:07
    Originally posted by FMF
    On the occasions that you have continued to send me unwanted PMs even after being asked to stop, I have [1] tried to tell you so firmly and not been drawn into a discussion of why you were doing it, [2] raised it in public forum when it continued [on one occasion anyway], and eventually [2] ignored you. Your taunt about how I could just block you if I wanted it ...[text shortened]... gnored also. I suppose I could have contacted the web site but in the end it proved unnecessary.
    And now you spam us by bringing this up as often as you can. I've only heard this story a dozen times now.

    Really, not very many of us can really be arsed to care much about this. Take it up with the powers that be in Feedback and spare us all the tedium of hearing this story another dozen times.
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    28 Oct '14 06:251 edit
    Originally posted by Suzianne
    And now you spam us by bringing this up as often as you can. I've only heard this story a dozen times now.
    A "dozen times"? I reckon this is the third time it's been mentioned. And it's completely on topic. Grampy Bobby raised ~ yet again, for the umpteenth time, and with a sizeable copy paste, yet again ~ the issue of "trolling". At the end he asked us "what actions would you take?" if we felt trolled, so I replied with an account of how I dealt with his unsolicited and unwanted PMs.

    I've only heard this story a dozen times now.

    If you've heard stories about Grampy Bobby pestering people with PMs "a dozen times" then maybe mention of the problem is wholly relevant to this thread.
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    28 Oct '14 06:26
    Originally posted by Suzianne
    Take it up with the powers that be in Feedback and spare us all the tedium of hearing this story another dozen times.
    If you'd read my post to the end, you'd have seen that I wrote that I could have contacted the web site about Grampy Bobby's PMs but in the end it proved unnecessary.
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    28 Oct '14 07:41
    Originally posted by FMF
    If you'd read my post to the end, you'd have seen that I wrote that I could have contacted the web site about Grampy Bobby's PMs but in the end it proved unnecessary.
    I've had the same experience with GB, the most recent being during his alleged self-imposed sabbatical (or whatever it was he called it) following "dating site gate". I politely asked GB a number of times not to persist in PMs to me debating forum topics just because he was on a self-imposed ban. In the end I had to put him on "ignore".
  15. Standard memberGrampy Bobby
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    28 Oct '14 09:211 edit
    Since trolls and cyber bullies require online disinhibition and a support community of likeminded peers, one action if the epidemic ever spread to RHP: remain alert for unhappy people who tend to gravitate to the warmth of a toxic herd.
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