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Trolling was originally a mind … ==Origin==
Trolling was originally a mind game on [[Usenet]], when the Internet was about contributing useful knowledge in discussions rather than blogging about one's daily routine, with comments disabled. The mind game involved trolls in the guise of n00bs who would lure group members into taking the trolls' questions seriously. The first usage where trolls were listed was in the group ''alt.gothic''.
Trolling, as with [[graffiti|graffiti]], is an art-form susceptible to abuse from the 12-year-old wannabe boogiemen of the Internet, but when done right, sophisticated trolling can produce memorable laughs.
The troll phenomenon is heavily based on the "LULmining" concept, seeking victims for harassment and delivering unspeakable inconveniences upon them for the sole purpose of building tensions beyond stress threshold, resulting in a "troll success event" - the byproduct of which is pure "LUL ORE". This ore is then collected by the participants, who choose to either retire, or reinvest their lulz into the thread to mine for deeper lulz.
Nowadays, the term is is often abused as an excuse to hide stupidity; for example: two users engage in a debate, when one realizes [[your argument is invalid|his argument no longer holds up]], and then, in an attempt to save face, he derails the debate by accusing his opponent of "trolling".
Or the even more simple version; someone expresses a dissenting opinion in a on-going circle jerk. Correctness of the expressed opinion or whether the user was genuinely well-meaning or not does not matter in this case. The participants in the circle jerk will immediately scream "TROLL!!!" at the top or their lungs, and cry and [[rage]] until a moderator bans the offender. If the circle jerk is of a slightly more intelligent nature (but that is not saying much), they will instead label the dissenter a "concern troll."
This has rubbed off on the [[old media]], where "Troll" is the common go-to word for describing bad people on the Internet in a way that parents and the elderly can understand.
This development has caused "trolling" to become the ultimate cop-out argument for attempting to shut up people who disagree with you, and the new [[Godwin’s law]] for Internet debate.
*Don't be too obvious. Someone will see through the troll and call you out. You'll end up looking like a fool and your actions will be quickly forgotten.
*Use facts to build up lies.
*Point out every single logical fallacy you can find in your opponent's arguments.
*Avoid political / ideological forums. These sorts of place generally deal with endless onslaught from political / ideological opponents. They probably seen every trick in the book and dealt with thousands of trolls.
*Use pictures to illustrate your arguments.
*Use a thesaurus to look up long words to make yourself seem more intelligent than you actually are.
*Be creative. Be absurd, yet subtle. Mention an obscure meme, if you can. If someone falls for this sort of troll, it'll be the most memorable and enjoyable. Take a look at [http://help.com/post/157569-i-used-to-live-in-philadelphia-unti this Help.com thread] for a good example. this Help.com thread] for a good example.