Skip to comments.Troll Dissection 101: Can You Spot and Counter Troll Comments?
Posted on 01/29/2010 4:33:57 PM PST by Brugmansian
Troll Dissection 101 is an ongoing series where well take you through troll droppings we find, and give you our take on what the DNC and Obama propagandists were trying to accomplish with them.
What follows is a comment caught today in spam filters, with our breakdown of the psychology employed in it.
Wed love to say the DNC and Obama propagandists behind these things incorrectly think Americans are so stupid theyll fall for this stuff, but in reality, a good many people DO fall for this stuff. The problem, weve found, is that Americans in general are just SO NICE.
They are good, honest, decent people who approach the world thinking all those they encounter are good, honest, and decent people too. Thats why trolls are always given the benefit of the doubt and, largely, why people like BigotBasher, Wonk Hussein, Rumproast, Daily Kos, Snarkopolitan, DemocraticUnderground, and others on the Left are allowed to keep doing the things they do to attack people. Most people who are attacked dont want to fight back, because fighting back is unpleasant, just as thinking about trolls deliberately trying to trick and demoralize people is unpleasant as well. Its truly creepy knowing there is a legion of Obama supporters working always behind the scenes in Psy-Ops to bamboozle the blogosphere, but thats precisely whats going on .
TODAYS TROLL DROPPING: . . .
Pahleeeze, you actually think they have a brain?
Though I know they exist, the example cited on their site sound a bit paranoid to me...but what do you want from Hillary supporters...hope I don’t sound like a troll
The people who fund the crazies aren’t stupid.
A real Democrat would never spam, troll, or send fake or misleading communications to the media.
Yours very truly,
Anyone who disagrees with me is a troll :)
Anyone who agrees with me is a well disciplined troll :(
I once dared to ask a question about Sarah Palin and was also accused of being a troll.
They are a little excitable at Hillbuzz. But, if they are what they say they are and the reaction to them has been what they relate, they have reason to be paranoid. The left is vicious when it comes to defectors.
Trolls trolling trolled trolls :)
Do you kow the secret behind FR.
Fr has a VAST audience of intelligent, thoughtful and yes Funny talented people.
The sites you mentioned are hate-filled depressing diatribes of tired ole Commie/Fascist/Socialist/dum jingoism.
Trolls don’t last on FR becuase of the above mentioned shortcomings.
Money doesn’t buy a brain.
Sir yes sir! :-)
If the economy collapses, and anarchy ensues, wait until the left sees how vicious the well armed right can be when protecting family and home.
I didn't mention any sites.
Trolls dont last on FR becuase of the above mentioned shortcomings.Money doesnt buy a brain
Well yeah. Of course. But FR isn't the target. I post on many forums, forums not specifically political and those forums are what Sorosian Center for American Progress trolls target. They aren't after activists on the other side. No point.
Some of them, the "purist" and "concern" trolls, are quite good.
***They are good, honest, decent people who approach the world thinking all those they encounter are good, honest, and decent people too.***
That also happens to our young college kids. They trust everyone (except their parents) and get swept into the orbit of professorial propagandists. There’s the residue of *respect for your elders* and that *prestige* thing.
AND some of them ARE on FR and have been for years.
Example: Someone who has only been around for a short time raising the issue of troll-filtering.
Good Read. Thanks. I laughed at quite a few of the lines in it, especially the tom cruise-john travolta one.
I frankly love it when they come here, I want to debate people with different views, not listen to everyone validate everything I say.
We don’t want to be like them and kick everyone off we don’t agree with, only post from polls that we like, and ignore any opposing viewpoints. I think a simple *barf alert* is enough for controversial/propaganda articles.
Inane - I thought the poster might actually offer something like his headline suggests - but no, nada. Something is amiss here.
You didn’t mention the Kitties!What about the Kitties?
STARWISE has the posting of the EYORE and CONCERN TROLLS. I think the disruptor (divide and conquer trolls) fit into one of the categories, right?
Still cracks me up.
I thought this was a zot thread.
I started reading this earlier and also on a thread with one of the pures.
The typical Palin basher who can only answer in circles.
Sarah Palin bashing is quickly getting out of hand.
It’s already grown tiresome. She made her intention known. It’s old news. She has since made NEW news. Where is the praise?
When posting two of Sarah’s major FB articles countering Obama’s state of the union speech, etc.this Pure
blew it off.
They resent it that Sarah isn’t going 3rd party.
The Pures would rather have Obama for a 2nd term then
Conservative Sarah Palin.
FR is loaded with these loons.
That post is a little troll like, considering that you have been knocking Palin since the first day that you signed up.
Point proven. All ideas are open for debate on freerepublic except for Palin. It doesn’t matter that I’d vote for if she got the nomination. It doesn’t matter that I think she’s probably the best of the field so far. Lets not even have a primary or even look for other candidates. To paraphrase Al Gore on global warming, “The 2012 GOP debate is over.”
No, the point proven is that you made a troll like post, playing innocent, while actually you have been knocking Governor Palin since the first day that you signed up here on Nov. 5, 2008.
Trolls play games like that.
I’m enamored with Bachmann and like Palin ok so I’m obviously a plant.
I pointed out that you have been knocking Palin since you signed up, and now you say something almost positive about her for about the first time.
Why yes I did! Because asking questions about someone is the same as knocking that person.
Operatives who troll the internet don’t worry about posting stuff to existing threads. They tend toward provocative headlines, especially those that foment division. For example, the “Palin campaigning for McCain” headlines have been perfect for them. How stupid do you have to be to criticize Palin for being loyal to the guy who brought her to the nation’s attention and gave her the opporunity to be, as Vice President, a heartbeat away from the Presidency? And yet there have actually been arguments here about this! It’s embarrassing. The trolls succeed when that happens.
Look, your posting history from the day that you signed up has been anti Palin, I pointed that out because of your little self serving post early in the thread, and now you are doing another troll like thing, chewing up ground with nothing posts.
Good post, and you are correct. Freepers are very good at sniffing out the scumbags, and the mods are very good at getting rid of tem when alerted. They often know who they can listen to and trust on that accord.
Look, questioning a candidate is not being anti that candidate. Before signing up, I was a lurker since 1998 or so, whenever Drudge still had a link to the site. If troll is defined as not yet 100% behind Palin then I must be a troll. Yesterday, on another forum, I was called a teabagger. Now I’m a troll. Split the difference and call it a trollbagger.
There are a few that can be used to incite a troll,...
... and some that can have a subtle double meaning, which will go right over the heads of the less intelligent n00bs and trolls alike.
And there are some that are anything but subtle!
Hope that helps!
And welcome to FreeRepublic! (another useful troll detecting statement)
Do me a favor and post that question.
I can’t even find you asking a question about Sarah Palin, all I see are statements.
Not asking a question. Questioning her abilities. That is legal. I don’t think we asked enough questions about GWB and got a sort of wish-wash big govt guy who was good with defense and who cut taxes but not by much. I wonder if the other side regrets lining up so quickly behind Obama. I’m not comparing Obama to Palin by any means but let’s be sure.
I like to have one of them try and hand me a loaded question, and seeing how long it takes to unload it, dissassemble it, and hand it back to them in pieces without pulling the trigger.
So now you admit that you did not ask a question, then who called you a troll for asking a question?
Some of those supporting Mrs Palin share a like mindset with a lot of the birthers - an insistence that you agree with them totally and unconditionally. Deviate from this rule and you will find that you've stepped thru the looking glass and now find yourself in Wonderland. (Many Palin extremists are also birthers. No surprise there)
Extremists in any group, though usually a minority, are the most active and most vocal, as well as being, at worst, mentally unbalanced, at best, emotionally unbalanced.
The irony of this is that if you could have asked Palin herself your question she would have willingly and politely answered, not calling you a "troll". Assuming it's a reasonable query.
He says now that he never asked a question about Governor Palin, so who called him a troll for asking a question? There wasn't the chance for irony.
Perhaps I give some of you too much credit, and you're just fecking idiots after all.
I didn't write the headline. Familiar with Hillbuzz? Rush has mentioned them. You might not like this particular essay but they are worth listening to. Hillbuzz has caused more than a little grief on the left. Like Horowitiz and Radosh, they know how it operates from the inside.
I bookmarked this page for reference when I spot the next post from one of the bad boys.
Usually, there is a leading outrageous statement followed by gang-tackling from the mob of flamers.