An individual who chronically trolls in the sense that he/she regularly posts specious arguments, flames or personal attacks to a newsgroup, discussion list or in email for no other purpose than to annoy someone or disrupt a discussion. Trolls are recognizable by the fact that they have no real interest in learning about the topic at hand -- they simply want to utter flame bait. Like the ugly creatures they are named after, they exhibit no redeeming characteristics. As such, they are recognized as a lower form of life on the Net, as in "Oh, ignore him. He's just a troll."
Here's another good treatise on trolls and flames: »en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_troll
Please be advised: The term "troll" also applies to situations where an individual intentionally baits another user by posting matter he/she knows will lure the other into responding emotionally. The moderators of this site are adept at recognizing this for what it is, and they will take prompt action to prevent it.
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