How Russia’s Troll Army Hit America. The documents show instructions provided to the commenters that detail the workload expected of them. On an average working day, the Russians are to post on news articles 50 times. Each blogger is to maintain six Facebook accounts publishing at least three posts a day and discussing the news in groups at least twice a day. By the end of the first month, they are expected to have won 500 subscribers and get at least five posts on each item a day. On Twitter, the bloggers are expected to manage 10 accounts with up to 2,000 followers and tweet 50 times a day.
posted by shivohum
on Jun 2, 2014 -
Gavin Aung Than's Zen Pencils
) deviated from its usual "illustrating great quotes" format for a little story, "The Artist-Troll War": part one
, part two
, part three
, part four
. You can't argue with that, can you? Well, Kris Straub, whose webcomics include the pychological-horror of Broodhollow
), the satirical sci-fi of Starslip
and the "I was Meta before you knew what it meant" Checkerboard Nightmare
, used his usually-quick-and-dirty gag comic Chainsawsuit
and kind-of here
) to make a response
posted by oneswellfoop
on Mar 23, 2014 -
In yet another attempt to bring order and usefulness to the comments section of a high traffic news site, Gawker has implemented a new comment system
. They are borrowing the basic concept from Slashdot that most comments will never be seen, and thus the focus is to find the interesting conversations that do occur under the article, and promote them with no regard for chronological order . The system shows some promise, although it clearly has a ways to go as a recent article failed to highlight replies in the comments from the subject of the article.
Also of note, the photo of Nick Denton used in the article is by MeFi's own mathowie
posted by COD
on Jun 24, 2012 -
It is really hard for me to make this post. For a while I stayed silent because I did not want to put myself in the range of fire. Everybody loves Kickstarter. They have, after all, revolutionized the economy. Kickstarter is the number one crowdfunding site in the world and the talk of the startup scene across the globe. Unfortunately Kickstarter recently banned me for circumstances beyond my control. - Is Kickstarter banning users for being the victim of stalking?
posted by Artw
on Apr 14, 2012 -
Founded in 2004 as a place to catalog LiveJournal drama rejected from Wikipedia, Encyclopedia Dramatica
rapidly became the premier site on the web for all manner of lulz
. Intended "in the spirit of Ambrose Bierce's The Devil's Dictionary,"
ED grew into a sprawling crowdsourced compendium of memes, subcultures, communities, personalities, and the endless feuds and controversies spawned by 4chan
and other anonymous imageboards
. While comprehensive, the site developed a reputation for nastiness -- full of "ironic" (?) racism, gratuitous porn, organized attacks on other sites, and disturbingly thorough dossiers on perceived enemies, all dripping with vicious snark (just check out their entry on MetaFilter
). But now, after more than six years, it appears the troll has become the trolled. Founder Sherrod "Girlvinyl" DeGrippo, allegedly disillusioned
by the site's legal woes
and nihilistic trajectory
, has permanently shuttered the site
and replaced it with OhInternet
, a slicker, cleaner, Web 2.0 effort modeled after more respectable internet guides like Know Your Meme
(which recently sold to Cheezburger Networks
for a cool $N million
, discussed here
). Backups and mirrors abound
, but as for the source? Pool's closed... forever
posted by Rhaomi
on Apr 15, 2011 -
Zeno of Elea, Socrates and Jesus, Weev said, are his all-time favorite trolls. He also identifies with Coyote and Loki, the trickster gods, and especially with Kali, the Hindu goddess of destruction. “Loki was a hacker. The other gods feared him, but they needed his tools.”
The New York Times investigates the ever-evolving, LOL-corrupting, epileptic-seizuring, iPod-leaving-on-gravestone-ing phenomenon of major Internet trolling, featuring interviews with Jason Fortuny, Weev, and a gentleman named Christopher Poole (prev
). [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast
on Jul 31, 2008 -
"NetVocates then recruits activists and consumers who share the client’s views in order to reinforce those key messages on targeted blogs – and rebut misinformation when appropriate.
company, and some other blogs
making noise about it.via sonofsamiam
posted by signal
on Jul 5, 2006 -
Is this the troll to end all trolls?
It purports to be a list of "reichwingers" (sic) with their home addresses, but closer investigation shows that all the addresses given belong to car parts stores. So who was the intended target of this hoax? Left, right, or maybe everyone?
posted by Steven C. Den Beste
on Apr 20, 2006 -
Shelley Winters Dead and Trolls Appear
It was pretty sad today to see that Shelley Winters died. She was a better actress than most of her movies and a bit of a hottie
before she outlived her peers
and lost her physical appeal. Nice to see that the trolls used the occasion to bash
her pretty mercilessly, mostly focusing on her weight and overwhelming a condolence board. Is there any topic people can be civil
on? How long before someone loses their shirt
and unmoderated forums/comments become a thing of the past?
posted by jbielby
on Jan 14, 2006 -
The troll gap
- Despite heroic American efforts such as the "Kick/nuke their ass and take the gas" troll, "Each year, the Institute for Comparative Troll Studies publishes a report on the state of trolling vis a vis national security of the United States. This year, the outlook is not good..."(via Kuro5hin)
posted by troutfishing
on Feb 25, 2003 -
I forgot this was still around,
but the Dick List is alive and kicking. If everyone could put the dicks they know in that database, I'm sure it would be the size of Altavista.com. Read some of them, they are still trolls living among us.
posted by mathowie
on Aug 3, 1999 -