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Troll
  • v. ,n. To utter a posting on Usenet designed to attract stupid responses or flames. May derive from the phrase "trolling for newbies" or some similar construction. The well-constructed troll is a post that induces lots of newbies and flamers to make themselves look even more like idiots than they already do, while subtly conveying to the more savvy and experienced that it is in fact a deliberate troll. If you don't fall for the joke, you get to be in on it. Some people claim that the troll is properly a narrower category than flame bait, that a troll is categorized by containing some assertion that is wrong but not overtly controversial.