Is trolling on a thread a form of self-importance? Is it a way for someone to artificially boost their self perception? Their ego? Why does this happen? It ruins otherwise productive and enjoyable conversations. It's really too bad.

How do you react to a troll? Do you engage them? Just remove yourself from the thread?

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Some folks just like to mess with your head.

But why?

What does it do for them?

I don't know about hatred, but I can definitely see them trying to bring other people down to make themselves feel better 

It's fun to watch people make fools of themselves over nothing.

I did this once. I posted something about getting flamed on the net and was it an extension for Doom (a game) and let's flame each other up! I got some very funny responses, including, "All you need to get flamed is an Internet connection and a brain the size of a quark, and you obviously have both."

Won't do it again. It's no fun for the ones fooled, and if you think about what a jerk you are being, mo fun for the troll either. As mickey says below: Pretyy sad, going to that trouble for attention.

I'd totally be down for playing Doom!  Well, I've never played it, actually.

I depends on the kind of troll, some do it for the attention, others use it for a power trip, and some use it as a tool to show the absurdity of something they see going on in the thread.

I guess I'm talking the first two.

Pretty sad, looking for attention and a power trip from a discussion forum.

How do you react? You don't. Rule #1 about trolls is not to feed them. They die from lack of attention. 

People troll because it brings them enjoyment. They get a laugh out of it. As for any deeper reason, perhaps it may show insecurity or something. I'm not a psychologist though. 

TY

My problem is seeing the Troll for the other view.  I like to engage people on this group expecting a good conversation and perhaps learn a new way of looking at things that broadens my education and view of the subject.   

I would agree. 

Ill second that .
Also there is a fine line between trolling and injecting humour .

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