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COINTELPRO Techniques for dilution, misdirection and control of a internet forum. (Trolling 101)
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Posted on 01/16/2009 12:36:53 PM PST by Sidebar Moderator

Thanks to many FReepers who have sent us this information. Apparently, this is floating around the Internet now. It is a guide to trolling. While it may or may not be fake in its origins, we do see these techniques all the time and felt it would be good to share with everyone.

______________________________________________________ COINTELPRO Techniques for dilution, misdirection and control of a internet forum..

There are several techniques for the control and manipulation of a internet forum no matter what, or who is on it. We will go over each technique and demonstrate that only a minimal number of operatives can be used to eventually and effectively gain a control of a ‘uncontrolled forum.’

Technique #1 - ‘FORUM SLIDING’

If a very sensitive posting of a critical nature has been posted on a forum - it can be quickly removed from public view by ‘forum sliding.’ In this technique a number of unrelated posts are quietly prepositioned on the forum and allowed to ‘age.’ Each of these misdirectional forum postings can then be called upon at will to trigger a ‘forum slide.’ The second requirement is that several fake accounts exist, which can be called upon, to ensure that this technique is not exposed to the public. To trigger a ‘forum slide’ and ‘flush’ the critical post out of public view it is simply a matter of logging into each account both real and fake and then ‘replying’ to prepositined postings with a simple 1 or 2 line comment. This brings the unrelated postings to the top of the forum list, and the critical posting ‘slides’ down the front page, and quickly out of public view. Although it is difficult or impossible to censor the posting it is now lost in a sea of unrelated and unuseful postings. By this means it becomes effective to keep the readers of the forum reading unrelated and non-issue items.

Technique #2 - ‘CONSENSUS CRACKING’

A second highly effective technique (which you can see in operation all the time at *********) is ‘consensus cracking.’ To develop a consensus crack, the following technique is used. Under the guise of a fake account a posting is made which looks legitimate and is towards the truth is made - but the critical point is that it has a VERY WEAK PREMISE without substantive proof to back the posting. Once this is done then under alternative fake accounts a very strong position in your favour is slowly introduced over the life of the posting. It is IMPERATIVE that both sides are initially presented, so the uninformed reader cannot determine which side is the truth. As postings and replies are made the stronger ‘evidence’ or disinformation in your favour is slowly ‘seeded in.’ Thus the uninformed reader will most like develop the same position as you, and if their position is against you their opposition to your posting will be most likely dropped. However in some cases where the forum members are highly educated and can counter your disinformation with real facts and linked postings, you can then ‘abort’ the consensus cracking by initiating a ‘forum slide.’

Technique #3 - ‘TOPIC DILUTION’

Topic dilution is not only effective in forum sliding it is also very useful in keeping the forum readers on unrelated and non-productive issues. This is a critical and useful technique to cause a ‘RESOURCE BURN.’ By implementing continual and non-related postings that distract and disrupt (trolling ) the forum readers they are more effectively stopped from anything of any real productivity. If the intensity of gradual dilution is intense enough, the readers will effectively stop researching and simply slip into a ‘gossip mode.’ In this state they can be more easily misdirected away from facts towards uninformed conjecture and opinion. The less informed they are the more effective and easy it becomes to control the entire group in the direction that you would desire the group to go in. It must be stressed that a proper assessment of the psychological capabilities and levels of education is first determined of the group to determine at what level to ‘drive in the wedge.’ By being too far off topic too quickly it may trigger censorship by a forum moderator.

Technique #4 - ‘INFORMATION COLLECTION’

Information collection is also a very effective method to determine the psychological level of the forum members, and to gather intelligence that can be used against them. In this technique in a light and positive environment a ‘show you mine so me yours’ posting is initiated. From the number of replies and the answers that are provided much statistical information can be gathered. An example is to post your ‘favorite weapon’ and then encourage other members of the forum to showcase what they have. In this matter it can be determined by reverse proration what percentage of the forum community owns a firearm, and or a illegal weapon. This same method can be used by posing as one of the form members and posting your favorite ‘technique of operation.’ From the replies various methods that the group utilizes can be studied and effective methods developed to stop them from their activities.

Technique #5 - ‘ANGER TROLLING’

Statistically, there is always a percentage of the forum posters who are more inclined to violence. In order to determine who these individuals are, it is a requirement to present a image to the forum to deliberately incite a strong psychological reaction. From this the most violent in the group can be effectively singled out for reverse IP location and possibly local enforcement tracking. To accomplish this only requires posting a link to a video depicting a local police officer massively abusing his power against a very innocent individual. Statistically of the million or so police officers in America there is always one or two being caught abusing there powers and the taping of the activity can be then used for intelligence gathering purposes - without the requirement to ‘stage’ a fake abuse video. This method is extremely effective, and the more so the more abusive the video can be made to look. Sometimes it is useful to ‘lead’ the forum by replying to your own posting with your own statement of violent intent, and that you ‘do not care what the authorities think!!’ inflammation. By doing this and showing no fear it may be more effective in getting the more silent and self-disciplined violent intent members of the forum to slip and post their real intentions. This can be used later in a court of law during prosecution.

Technique #6 - ‘GAINING FULL CONTROL’

It is important to also be harvesting and continually maneuvering for a forum moderator position. Once this position is obtained, the forum can then be effectively and quietly controlled by deleting unfavorable postings - and one can eventually steer the forum into complete failure and lack of interest by the general public. This is the ‘ultimate victory’ as the forum is no longer participated with by the general public and no longer useful in maintaining their freedoms. Depending on the level of control you can obtain, you can deliberately steer a forum into defeat by censoring postings, deleting memberships, flooding, and or accidentally taking the forum offline. By this method the forum can be quickly killed. However it is not always in the interest to kill a forum as it can be converted into a ‘honey pot’ gathering center to collect and misdirect newcomers and from this point be completely used for your control for your agenda purposes.

CONCLUSION

Remember these techniques are only effective if the forum participants DO NOT KNOW ABOUT THEM. Once they are aware of these techniques the operation can completely fail, and the forum can become uncontrolled. At this point other avenues must be considered such as initiating a false legal precedence to simply have the forum shut down and taken offline. This is not desirable as it then leaves the enforcement agencies unable to track the percentage of those in the population who always resist attempts for control against them. Many other techniques can be utilized and developed by the individual and as you develop further techniques of infiltration and control it is imperative to share then with HQ.


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To: Sidebar Moderator
Technique #3 - ‘TOPIC DILUTION’

Not trolling, I just have a short attention span and my mind wanders a bit.
41 posted on 01/16/2009 1:11:40 PM PST by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: null and void; Calpernia; Fred Nerks; pissant; george76; PhilDragoo; Candor7; MeekOneGOP; ...
Thanks, nully. homosexual minority humpback whales ping?

Okey dokey.

Ping to the article and #30.

42 posted on 01/16/2009 1:11:56 PM PST by LucyT ("Sleep is for people who can't handle caffeine." ...Slings and Arrows)
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To: Sidebar Moderator; 1 Olgoat; 103198; 10Ring; 11Bush; 1stbn27; 2ndClassCitizen; ...

D.C. Chapter Master Ping List

Some very, very interesting and informative reading.

Actually I’m pinging you all so next time the MODs get upset with me, they’ll think I’m their friend and go easy on me by only suspending my account for 24 hours.

[Mr] T


43 posted on 01/16/2009 1:15:40 PM PST by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: Sidebar Moderator; All

TECHNIQUE #7 — Thread Trashing (made famous on FR)

Again involves fake accounts and a small cadre of rabid, but “arms length posters” who post angry and usually mild profanity filled towards the original poster, or worse yet, gang up on any “loyal opposition” postings. These escalate with the intent of getting the thread moved first to chat, then smokey backroom, and finally pulled by the mods, just to make sure no one see that the original post flew in from the “lunatic fringe”.


44 posted on 01/16/2009 1:15:58 PM PST by xcamel (The urge to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it. - H. L. Mencken)
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To: Mogwai; Sidebar Moderator

Mogwai said — “Good point! Being new doesn’t make someone a troll. It’s disagreeing with me that does. ;-)”

Hoo boy...! Being “old” doesn’t make one a troll either... :-)

But, you’re right, disagreeing with someone on a “hot topic issue” will get you to be called a troll *real fast* — uggghh...

I wonder, sometimes if actually being a Christian and posting things of the Bible (which I think are the *absolute foundation* of being conservative) — will eventually be considered trollish...

But, aside from that, certainly disagreeing with some posters about the Obama qualifications issue is one thing that surely will get you called all sorts of names, from idiot, to stupid to troll, to Obot, to... (I forgot all the names... )...

[ posting here to mark this thread for future reference; good material... ]


45 posted on 01/16/2009 1:16:36 PM PST by Star Traveler
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To: Dead Corpse
We've got a few long term members that everything they post seems to fall into one or more of these categories.

I defy you to look at all of my 451 threads and 76,349 replies and find any evidence of that...

46 posted on 01/16/2009 1:16:38 PM PST by null and void (Hey 0bama, now that you've caught the car, what are you going to do with it, hmmm?)
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To: null and void

Does that harken back to the “nuke a gay whale for Jesus” movement from the late 1980s?


47 posted on 01/16/2009 1:18:30 PM PST by Velveeta
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To: Velveeta

harken s/b hearken


48 posted on 01/16/2009 1:19:24 PM PST by Velveeta
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To: Velveeta

Yes. Do you want me to upgrade your membership?


49 posted on 01/16/2009 1:19:34 PM PST by null and void (Hey 0bama, now that you've caught the car, what are you going to do with it, hmmm?)
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To: null and void

What are the upgrade advantages?


50 posted on 01/16/2009 1:20:24 PM PST by Velveeta
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To: Sidebar Moderator

“abusing there powers”


51 posted on 01/16/2009 1:21:26 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing! I'm a doctor, and I won't touch that thing!)
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To: null and void

Wasn’t exactly talking about you either. Was thinking more along the lines of the former “robertpaulsen” and some of the other Bigger Government RINO’s here.


52 posted on 01/16/2009 1:22:15 PM PST by Dead Corpse (What would a free man do?)
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To: xcamel

You were saying — “... who post angry and usually mild profanity filled towards the original poster, or worse yet, gang up on any ‘loyal opposition’ postings. These escalate with the intent of getting the thread moved first to chat, then smokey backroom, and finally pulled by the mods, just to make sure no one see that the original post flew in from the ‘lunatic fringe’.”

Yep, I’ve seen those things happen. I may post something that is what I may call “loyal opposition” (in being a good conservative but not agreeing with certain individuals) and then, I see all sorts of posts back, name-calling, sometimes very crude and possible cussing (disguised, of course... LOL...) and all of a sudden, when I’m posting a “clean and nice response back” — and I push “post” — the thread is *gone*!!

It happens...

[ I better hurry and push “post” before this thread disappears... LOL... ]


53 posted on 01/16/2009 1:22:30 PM PST by Star Traveler
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To: Velveeta
What are the upgrade advantages?

Unlimited spam.

54 posted on 01/16/2009 1:23:20 PM PST by null and void (Hey 0bama, now that you've caught the car, what are you going to do with it, hmmm?)
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To: null and void

(It’s made from Spam whales)


55 posted on 01/16/2009 1:24:17 PM PST by null and void (Hey 0bama, now that you've caught the car, what are you going to do with it, hmmm?)
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To: Dead Corpse
Welllll, as long as you weren't exactly talking about me, I'll let it slide. This time.
56 posted on 01/16/2009 1:25:55 PM PST by null and void (Hey 0bama, now that you've caught the car, what are you going to do with it, hmmm?)
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To: null and void

I'm in!!!!

57 posted on 01/16/2009 1:26:02 PM PST by Velveeta
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To: Velveeta

Done!


58 posted on 01/16/2009 1:27:17 PM PST by null and void (Hey 0bama, now that you've caught the car, what are you going to do with it, hmmm?)
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To: Sidebar Moderator

Very interesting. Bookmark, for sure.


59 posted on 01/16/2009 1:27:33 PM PST by Thumper1960 (A modern so-called "Conservative" is a shadow of a wisp of a vertebrate human being.)
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To: Star Traveler

The worst is when you nail a moonbat hard, and then they post personal information on FR about you - yes - it’s been done to me. I could not believe the poster was not banned for life for that one.


60 posted on 01/16/2009 1:27:59 PM PST by xcamel (The urge to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it. - H. L. Mencken)
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