[Air-l] groups and trolls

J. J. japeks at hotmail.com
Sun Sep 24 15:08:32 PDT 2006

Not all trolls are bad (Stories from the Moominland come to mind). Not all 
"spoilers" are mean. I suspect that the tribe mentality exists anywhere 
where people can define themselves as "us" versus "them" regardless of the 
means by which exchanges occur. Evan among trolls themselves.


>From: "Rosanna Tarsiero" <rosanna at gionnethics.com>
>Reply-To: air-l at listserv.aoir.org
>To: <air-l at listserv.aoir.org>, <drseskow at cox.net>
>Subject: Re: [Air-l] groups
>Date: Sun, 24 Sep 2006 23:39:03 +0200
>So that you know...
>You asked:
>"I feel that you are grading me, paragraph by paragraph."
>It happens *very* frequently in listserv involved in research of *any*
>kind.... in virtual communities of practice of researchers, the
>"peer-to-peer" spirit is a weird one. It's an egalitarian one among 
>it's a top-down one between an expert and a newbie (instantly defined
>"troll" if s/he doesn't conform to the top-down part of the norm).
>Oddly, this is a tribal aspect of communities of researchers. Participants
>post in a given way, with a given lingo (not discussing, but putting
>references interspersed in what they write as if they were writing an
>article), and honor and recognition are highly valued.
>It's particularly interesting to see online exchanges because they make the
>tribe apparent.
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