[Air-L] Is there any published research on "trolling"?

sava saheli singh savasaheli at gmail.com
Wed Jul 25 09:51:39 PDT 2012


this is absolutely the nicest thing I've read about trolls recently, by
Erin Kissane:
How to Kill a Troll: http://incisive.nu/2012/how-to-kill-a-troll/



On Wed, Jul 25, 2012 at 12:46 PM, Burcu Bakioglu <bbakiogl at gmail.com> wrote:

> I agree with Thomas over here. Fighting trolling is a losing business, the
> more you respond, thousand times more they respond. All of these readings
> mentioned here possibly won't give you any more insight on fighting it.
> Especially in virtual worlds this is rampant under a slightly different
> name: griefing, but it is the same deal. i have a long list of reading on
> the phenomena but didn't want to spam everyone with the reading list. If
> you are genuinely trying to stop trolling on your blog or anywhere else:
>
> -ignore disruptive behavior... these guys are mainly attention whores
> (their term, not mine). So if you ignore them, they get bored and go
> away...
> -turn on any protective settings like moderation, if you are in a virtual
> world you would have ban capabilities in your sim/region
> -in the online piece that someone else had mentioned, Judith Donath's
> piece, there are some useful cues and how these guys act. The piece is a
> bit outdated but still useful. Donath mentions: They usually pretend to be
> in on the cause and start asking silly questions, you explain, they pretend
> not to understand, you explain more etc... In Second Life for instance, the
> blogger/character Prokovy Nova pretends to fight griefers and defend free
> speech and stuff, and at the same time, trolls and antagonizes bunch of
> blogs from Henry Jenkin's blog to Techcruch to Terra Nova with epic long
> blog comments... from which s/he is banned... I think she is banned from 10
> blogs at least.
> -or they attack you somehow, you defend, they attack more etc...
> -Also in Cole Stryker's Epic Win for Anonymous, there is a useful troll
> category list earlier in the book... the book is not exclusively about
> trolling, but it does touch upon it...
>
> It takes various shapes and forms. But the truism is the same: don't feed
> the troll. Meaning ignore/delete/block... fighting is not an option.
>
> My two cents...
>
> BsB
>
> On Wed, Jul 25, 2012 at 10:56 AM, Thomas Jones <tajone02 at syr.edu> wrote:
>
> > Lost the original message, but I would be apprehensive about being able
> to
> > fight or combat trolling, psychologically or sociotechnically. Online
> > community governance is a slippery slope sometimes.
> >
> > Though, I would be interested in reading Griefer Wars when published.
> >
> > Thomas Jones
> > @othertomjones
> > http://about.me/othertomjones
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone
> >
> > On Jul 25, 2012, at 11:38 AM, "Burcu Bakioglu" <bbakiogl at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >
> > > I am also co-authoring a book with Peter Ludlow called Griefer Wars
> > > that focuses on trolling and griefing in online and virtual spaces.
> > > But not published yet...
> > >
> > > Sent from Merlin
> > >
> > >
> > > On Jul 25, 2012, at 10:33 AM, Alexander Furnas <zfurnas at gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> > >
> > >> Hi Tom,
> > >> It is on the old side (talks about trolling in UseNet etc.), but I
> > think Judith Donath's "Identity Deception in the Virtual World" from
> > Kollock and Smith (eds.) Communities in Cyberspace is really really
> > excellent.
> > >> It talks about how trolling is a form of identity signaling/identity
> > deception with specific community level ramifications and goals. It is
> > absolutely worth a read   and quite highly cited (~910 cites).
> > >> In fact, I imagine perusing the google scholar list of articles that
> > cite it would be of help to you as well.
> > >> Here is an html version of the paper:
> > http://smg.media.mit.edu/people/judith/Identity/IdentityDeception.html
> > >>
> > >> Best,
> > >> Zander
> > >> On Jul 25, 2012, at 2:11 PM, matt g wrote:
> > >>
> > >>> Hi Tom,
> > >>>
> > >>> You might check out the following pieces from Gabriella Coleman:
> > >>>
> > >>> "Phreaks, Hackers, and Trolls and the Politics of Transgression and
> > >>> Spectacle." In _The Social Media Reader_, ed. Michael Mandiberg. New
> > York:
> > >>> NYU Press, 2012.
> > >>>
> > >>> "Hacker and Troller as Trickster."
> > http://gabriellacoleman.org/blog/?p=1902
> > >>>
> > >>> Best,
> > >>>
> > >>> Matt
> > >>> --
> > >>> Matthew K. Gold, Ph.D.
> > >>> http://mkgold.net | @mkgold
> > >>>
> > >>>
> > >>> On Wed, Jul 25, 2012 at 3:14 AM, Tom Williamson <
> tom at skepticcanary.com
> > >wrote:
> > >>>
> > >>>> Hello everyone,
> > >>>>
> > >>>> I am new to Internet research, and I was wondering if anyone had
> > published
> > >>>> anything on "trolling"? Trolling is a big problem in the
> blogosphere,
> > and I
> > >>>> am interested in ways to combat it.
> > >>>>
> > >>>> I come from a bioinformatics background, and I have devised an
> > experiment,
> > >>>> based on randomized double-blind controlled trials, to test the
> > various
> > >>>> ways to combat trolling. Would anyone be interested in such a trial?
> > >>>>
> > >>>> Thanks,
> > >>>>
> > >>>> Tom
> > >>>>
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>
> Burcu S. Bakioglu, Ph.D.
> Postdoctoral Fellow in New Media
> Lawrence University
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