In the context of the Internet, a troll is a person who makes inflammatory or hostile comments, which by effect or design cause disruptions in discourse, or a post made by such a person. Trolling can be described as a breaching experiment, which, because of the use of an alternate persona, allows for normal social boundaries and rules of etiquette to be tested or otherwise broken, without serious consequences.
Self-proclaimed "trolls" may style themselves as devil's advocates, gadflies or "cultur jammers," challenging the dominant discourse and assumptions of forum discussions in an attempt to break the status quo of groupthink. Critics have claimed that genuine "devil's advocates" generally identify themselves as such out of respect for etiquette and courtesy, while trolls may dismiss etiquette and courtesy altogether. As a pejorative, the term "troll" may also be a slander of opponents in heated debates, a tactic often used by trolls and non-trolls. (SOURCE: WIKIPEDIA)
Why do I concern myself with this? Because I was a victim when this Teacher Sol blog was just less than a month old (which was last month). I was so upset that I wasn't able to sleep soundly that night, thinking about who impersonated me and posted nasty things to a popular blog; the readers there sincerely believed the nasty comment made by the troll that I couldn't take to read the attacks made to my name. Yes, I was "accused guilty before proven innocent". The sad thing was that nobody among the attackers apologized after it was proven that the ISP used by the troll was from the Philippines. I am grateful to have good friends who believed in me that I couldn't do such a hideous thing, and I had to write an APPEAL TO BLOGGERS to express how I felt about the whole incident.
Sounds familiar? Did it happen to you or someone you know? We have to be careful, the troll is ready again to victimize those who are weak. You don't have to be so naive to be a victim. My blogger friend who was victimized yesterday was good with the internet technology: "medyo nahihiya ako. being a hacker myself, and an advocate of security, it was my own site that had been broken into. i admit i'd been not that tight about my passwords. it's a unique pwd, but i hadn't changed it for quite some time now". Our troll could be a hacker too!?
MAJOR TOM (see his April 25 entry), I believe you are not who they believe you are. Please continue blogging because we miss your entries. You were one of the first victims months ago. It could happen to anybody, it could happen to YOU too. Let us all be aware and beware.
To the troll, here's our song for you..."TROLLIN" .