HOW TROLLS CONTROL AN INTERNET FORUM

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You may well wonder about the material we have chosen to present below. For one thing, it has been around for a while, though mostly on obscure websites. For another, its authors are unknown. More important, we cannot say how accurate, overall, is the analysis offered in it.

Nonetheless, it is tantalizing — and raises some important issues, no matter its provenance.

The document claims to reveal the techniques — dirty tricks, really — that are practiced by trolls, saboteurs, provocateurs, disinformants, spies and other government operatives, as well as their fellow practitioners of the dark arts.

One thing is certain: we’ve all experienced the frustration of dealing with this phenomenon. We just don’t always recognize it for what it is.

Without even knowing it, you may have witnessed these techniques in action. Perhaps in a political forum that feels somehow manipulated to suppress certain facts and points of view. Or in the deceptive comments that often follow a controversial article. Or in the disruptive behavior at a town hall meeting that seems oddly choreographed. Or at a meeting of activists where the “wrong” people seem to be taking over.

Like toxic mushrooms, the words and actions of these operatives can look harmless. That is why they can so easily poison the well of information.

You may be tempted to write off trolls as harmless nuts, but that may not be the case at all. We know from experience that some of the less harmful techniques described here are a cousin of a PR tactic called “astroturfing,” a tried and true method of some of the most powerful corporations and private interests in America. It is a classic control technique, wielded by those on top to prevent “inconvenient” facts from reaching the public, and to neutralize any action the public may want to take should they learn of these facts.

You are most likely to see these techniques at work where discussion centers on such high-stakes issues as political assassinations, the destruction of land and lives by oil companies and other corporations, the man-made causes of climate change, and so on.



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We are a small site and do not suffer that much because there are a large majority here awake to various degree. But on P.ie in the old days the 911 thread, the Jfk thread and wind and global warming threads were constantly baraged.
 
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i posted this as comedy
and it was 1000% not in any way directed at the forum or owners
im sure some (a very small amount) posters can fall under the umbrella at some point but not the forum its self or owners
just for clarification
 
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its for anybody else reading id rather just clarify
i posted for fun and will refer for anyone i feel is trolling in time and not the forum its self mgft1

P.S. I just found the other smileys mgft9
 
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We are a small site and do not suffer that much because there are a large majority here awake to various degree. But on P.ie in the old days the 911 thread, the Jfk thread and wind and global warming threads were constantly baraged.

So the p.ie moderation team did not like the way those threads were monopolized by crazy wing nuts and took some action....
 

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Come on- your mentioned threads are just conspiracy bullshit and not worth any consideration.
Fair play to any descent mod to bin such trash!

Did it ever occur to you that even if threads are complete off the wall insanity - you don't have to read them. Indeed, their titles usually tell you what they are going to be about.
 
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