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Offline thaiga

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Beware Internet trolls
« on: April 18, 2015, 03:25:36 PM »
Algorithm 'identifies future trolls from just five posts'

A website commenter who will end up being banned for antisocial behaviour can be spotted with 80% accuracy simply by examining their first five posts, claim researchers

It is possible to tell comment trolls apart from other users simply from looking at the way they write, researchers have found.

Studying the comments on three sites – CNN, Breitbart and IGN – over an 18 month period, the researchers at Cornell and Stanford universities found that users who went on to be banned wrote differently to other users in the same comment thread, using fewer words indicative of positive emotion.

Future banned users also tended to write comments that were more difficult to read than typical users, the researchers found.

“We find that such users tend to concentrate their efforts in a small number of threads, are more likely to post irrelevantly, and are more successful at garnering responses from other users,” the researchers add, in a pre-publication paper titled Antisocial Behavior in Online Discussion Communities.

“Studying the evolution of these users from the moment they join a community up to when they get banned, we find that not only do they write worse than other users over time, but they also become increasingly less tolerated by the community.

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Re: Beware Internet trolls
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2015, 04:25:28 PM »
It's true, one can spot from the first posts, the nicks, signatures and even the avatars already who might cause trouble to the forum. In my nine years of forum administration I could always tell very early, who came for trolling. There are thousands of strategies, how to take the wind out of a troll's sail. It's important to appraise correctly, who is just a naive harmless newbie or a troll setting up his cannons, watching him patiently and politely and calmly render his attack useless. Then you don't need to ban, they'll give up or expose themselves as trolls very early. And no other trolls show up for long. :)

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Re: Beware Internet trolls ♦ What Is Internet Trolling
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2015, 01:12:27 PM »
What Is Internet Trolling ?

The Internet provides individuals with a sense of anonymity they can’t get through many other avenues. This leads to a problem that is known as Internet trolls. These trolls are individuals who spend their time on websites, taking advantage of the anonymous nature of their account. This results in behavior that individuals would not normally participate in, such as cyber bullying and other online problems. This is an important aspect of cyber safety everyone should understand. so What Is Internet Trolling ?

What Is Internet Trolling? Inflammatory Comments

One of the behaviors for which Internet trolls are known are inflammatory comments that are designed to start an argument. These individuals hide behind the anonymity of a made-up name to attack the views of others on a chat room, blog or forum with the intention of making people angry and starting a fight. These individuals don’t care whether they hurt someone with their comments. They are simply looking for drama for the fun of it. Some websites will ban individuals who seem to be around for the sole purpose of trolling.

Who Is Most Likely to Go Trolling?

Many of the individuals who troll the Internet have less-developed egos. They may have emotional or mental issues and use the Internet to express their aggression and dissatisfaction with their lives. Attacking others makes them feel better about themselves

What Is Internet Trolling? What Can Be Done?

Urban Dictionary suggests not answering obvious trolls when they make inflammatory comments. If they can’t get a reaction from individuals, they aren’t going to continue posting. They will move on and find a different place to try their tactics

Internet trolls have a tendency to really draw out the worst in people.

Their goal is to create as much hatred and dissension as possible in a seemingly harmless environment. They will take often trivial matters and turn them into huge fights that can cause rifts in online relationships and may even cause a major disruption of the website.

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