My completely baseless
assumption was that kevintharp was working
for the Oregonian and was looking to whip up some rhetoric and vitrol so he could keep a job during the layoffs at the same.
Originally Posted by kevintharp
Axel, thanks. Great points. I'm not sure what trolling is, so - I can't speak to that.
"In Internet slang, a troll is someone who posts controversial, inflammatory, irrelevant or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room or blog, with the primary intent of provoking other users into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion."
From Urban Dictionary
"Being a prick on the internet because you can. Typically unleashing one or more cynical or sarcastic remarks on an innocent by-stander, because it's the internet and, hey, you can."
"Trolling is the act of purposefully antagonizing other people on the internet, generally on message boards."
Welcome to the Internet.