Now that election season is upon us, we can expect more trolls to crawl out from under the bridge and create mischief in the comments sections of various blogs and websites.
What is an internet troll? According to Wikipedia:
In Internet slang, a troll is someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, 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 a desired emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.
(Interestingly enough, if you do an internet search, you will find that the term ‘cyber troopers’ doesn’t seem to be widely used outside Malaysia – or at least it doesn’t show up high in search engine results. The term seems to be more closely associated with computer games.)
As mentioned, trolls aim to disrupt discussion, provoke flame-wars and sow confusion, distrust and disunity. They often thrive on attention. So, as they say, don’t feed the trolls.
Discerning readers should be wise enough to spot their underlying motives or agendas especially during this election season.
The aim of this blog is to promote a healthy discussion of issues. As blog owner, I have the right to moderate, edit or delete comments in line with the comment guidelines policy of this blog. But with the number of comments here, that’s a huge ask. So do your bit too and exercise your discretion in dealing with trolls so that we don’t deviate from a thoughtful discussion of the issues at stake.