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  •  Types of trolls (0+ / 0-)

    Below, I'll post a series of comments containing definitions of various types of trolls. Reposted from "The definitive guide to Trolls" by matthew at ubuntuforums

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    by opendna on Thu Feb 17, 2011 at 03:42:10 AM PST

    •  Sophist Troll (0+ / 0-)

      Sophist Trolls, or "philotrolls," fancy themselves Enlightened Philosophers or Learned Experts of the highest order. Often well educated, Philotrolls are capable of speaking intelligently on a number of topics, and when the spirit moves them they can be worthwhile forum participants. Unfortunately, Sophist Trolls are an extremely hostile and intolerant species.

      When confronted by opinions with which they do not agree – particularly when they do not see any means of successfully arguing their contrary views – Sophists resort (repeatedly) to a variety of intellectually dishonest tactics. Most often, this is characterized by an overly snide, condescending, patronizing attitude. Philotrolls consider anyone with whom they do not agree to be "immature," and are fond of quoting that old saw that "A little knowledge is a dangerous thing."

      When cornered they are quick to resort to personal attacks. A philotroll's bag of rhetorical tricks includes a variety of transparent ploys, such as willfully misinterpreting the opponent's words, committing Straw Man fallacies, accusing his or her opponents of engaging in the very tactics used by the philotroll, and so forth.

      When engaging in their sophistry, philotrolls are among the most hypocritical and aggravating of trollkind.

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      by opendna on Thu Feb 17, 2011 at 03:43:04 AM PST

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