"I have the sneaking suspicion that if I asked one and actually got them to take the question seriously, I might get an answer like "I say the things I say because you all need to lighten up." Or "I'm just telling it like it is and you all are persecuting me."
The question then being, why do trolls repeatedly (and many have a history of the same modus operandi across successive message boards) feel the need to position themselves as 'lighteners-up' or 'straight-talkers' in the face of considerable opposition? What is it about these roles that appeals, particularly, to trolls? I suspect it relates, again, to early experiences of relating to one's peers and, as you suggest, putting an ego-protective gloss on what might otherwise be regarded as social failure. More positive to tell oneself 'people are too po-faced/pretentious to handle my edgy humour/no-bulls**t approach' than 'people avoid me because I'm irritating'."
(Or have I?)
At-least by the definitions in this thread anyway.
> I guess I have you to thank for "making" me? *two smacks*
Nah, I think you have a 5 minute knee-trembler down a side-alley to thank for that.
I was agreeing with another post and giving my reasons for doing so.
Snake10 - a troll is a big ugly hairy creature that lives under a bridge or a person who delierately winds up a person on a chat forum.
Hedfix is both.