This blog post is inspired by a resolved YAP Q
which was in turn inspired by another resolved YAP Q
& who knows who & what inspired that one.
And the Question was: Is there such a thing as harmless trolling?
I will not give out the links anymore but I will give a special mention to Ms. agua ♥ dulce for that YAP Question.
But to answer this Q, we have to first know what a TROLL is.
And officially Yahoo Answers defines a troll as someone who intentionally and persistently posts inflammatory messages about sensitive topics to bait users into responding or provoking a confrontation.
Of course if you think about it, YAers with obscene Avatars &/or nasty Names are also by this definition trolls–even if all their Q & As are not inflammatory.
YA also consider people to be trolls when they persistently misuse product features.
And there are many YA features that trolls constantly misuse.
Among them using the ratings system to negatively target others. (i.e. thumbing down all the answers of a particular user/users).
Cloning another user’s avatar, name & profile and pretending to be that person, sometimes asking horrible and obscene questions & giving malicious answers.
Reporting someone’s questions and answers in order for Yahoo Answers to give out violation notices for the stupidiest of reasons. (I call this the Paparazzis)
Creating multiple accounts & using them for the purpose of gaining points.
And many more I am sure.
Now back to the topic of harmless trolling.
Who do you think among the different types of trolls are harmless, if any?
And I know that you know about all the other types of trolls, so what are you waiting for, tell us about it & click on Comments below.
ADDITIONAL: I posted this link from an earlier Trolling Blog Post and if you will read it, Jane, a YA Staff, stated that having an extra account in itself is okay as long as you follow YA community guidelines. What do you think?