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Was I a Troll Boy?

Are You Guilty of These 5 Embarrassing Facebook Mistakes?  Was I trolling here, or does criticism not a troll make?This image presents a real conversation over social media taking place in the last 24 hours.  My correspondent: a social media agency, whose identity is obscured to protect the… well… you decide.

You won’t be able to find this conversation any longer; my comments have been deleted, and I’ve been banned from commenting on the social media agency’s page any longer. This afternoon, I received a brief one-sentence e-mail reply from the social media agency: “Go fuck yourself troll boy.”

Since I can’t continue the conversation on the social media agency’s page, I’d like to continue the conversation here. I don’t think I was a troll here. I think I was offering a pointed but substantive criticism, and I don’t think that’s trolling.

More than tell you what I think, though, I’d really like to know what you think.

What is a troll?

Was this trolling? If you think so, what was the behavior that qualified it as trolling? If you think not, what would you call it?

Should posts like that be made over social media? To ask a subtly different question, should posts like that be allowed over social media?

Should comments like this be made over social media? Should comments like that be allowed over social media?

Please let me know what you think. I’m all ears.

P.S. Our own policy at Irregular Times, in case you’re curious, is only to delete bot-deposited spam messages, but to allow all others.

4 thoughts on “Was I a Troll Boy?”

  1. J Clifford says:

    Mostly, I think K… Social Media is guilty of writing a really boring, predictable article.

    Putting a sex link bait photo on an article isn’t offensive to me so much as it is overdone and insulting to the reader.

  2. Stephen Kent Gray says:

    http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/FanService

    Fan service is a concept common to otakus and people who read enough manga or watch enough anime eventually. It has spread to various other forms of media by now. Adding fan service to articles is becoming more common now. I added the TV Tropes page for more info on the concept.

    FYI, I am a huge otaku and watch/read tons of anime/manga.

  3. Bill says:

    Nowadays it seems inevitable that a meme loses all meaning as it becomes broadly adopted. “Troll” has come to mean “I dislike you.”

  4. Bruce Nappi says:

    Jim,

    There are many approaches and attitudes to running a blog. I have been told, in one case, not to attempt to summarize discussion because “reaching a conclusion” would stop the discussion. I’ve been told in another case that my input wasn’t useful to the writer because it was too intelligent and insightful. The goal of the author was to attract idiots that he could tear apart.

    There are many ways of viewing the “process” of commenting on blogs. Some people do it just to see their comments in print ( narcissists). Others just want to fume off to see their anger in print because they interpret its aggregation with other rants as clan support (people who are afraid). In my own case, I enter blogs because I respect the writers and believe there is value in communicating ( a builder ). You can see why I dropped out of the first two examples. Look in the mirror. Be honest with yourself. Why are you spending valuable time with that blog? Your question, “Was I a Troll Boy?” is seeking an objective answer from what appears to be a mostly objective Irregular Times following. To understand the statement you were sent, first ask, who was the source and what is their agenda? They threw you an “ink blot test”. Your real question should be: was I a Troll Boy in their world? The answer appears obvious. Your time is better spent with people who appreciate you.

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