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Top 10 Internet Trolls
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Top 10 Internet Trolls
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Before social networking sites and chat rooms came along, there were forums, message boards and mailing lists on the internet, which allowed people to interact with each other in relative anonymity. At that time, text strings were about the only thing that really went around, because even images had to be downloaded before they could be viewed. Some people discovered that it is possible to string sentences together that outrages, frustrates or angers completely unknown people on the web. This was a source of amusement, but it soon became more than that. The activity was known as trolling, but getting the right reactions from people, and at the right time, required considerable psychological insight. Some trolls would simply start a Star Wars Vs Star Trek thread; sit back, as furious fights broke out between respectable forum members as they strove to prove their side the stronger. Five words and every single self-respecting geek on the forum would fight it out till their keyboards broke. Trolling became an art form, and at the turn of the century, became a lost art form. This was not before a handful of trolls left their indelible mark on the online community, and the world at large. Here is a listing of the ten most infamous trolls to be every let loose on the internet.


10: Willy on Wheels

Willy on Wheels is probably the most famous "editors" of Wikipedia after Jimbo Wales himself. Willy on Wheels was hanging out in one of his favorite script kiddies/troll hangouts on an IRC channel. Now someone on that IRC channel just picked up a bunch of pages from Wikipedia - the English language encyclopedia that ANYONE can edit - and mass moved it. This gave Willy on Wheels and his buddies an idea, and they mass moved pages on Wikipedia, putting strange re-directs, and cross-linking to irrelevant pages. They also began adding "on Wheels" as a mainstay to every article they came across. So entries on Wikipedia read like "Braille Music on Wheels", "Paul Robert Bing on Wheels" and so on. As the moving and redirects were visible only to SysOps on Wikipedia, the "on Wheels" bit was something that everyone could see. Willy on Wheels and his friends wrote a script in PERL, the same language used by the mediawiki engine, to mass move and rename many pages at once, as well as add the "on Wheels" tag. Sorting through the mess took a long time. Unfortunately by then, hoards of impersonators had jumped in, and had started to vandalize Wikipedia along the same lines.

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1. Anonymous

Anonymous is a bunch of random people on the web working together, with a whole bunch of extremely successful attacks that they can claim credit for. Thousands of users gather together under the banner, and they have a code, one of the central tenets of which is "Anon is Legion." Anonymous is the most active trolling community there is. There are a few Anonymous who make the tools, plan out the raids, and lay down the procedure. Everyone else simply follows them, and Anon's strength is in the numbers. The trolls gather together in a handful of online forums and image boards. These are ebaumsworld, something awful, and the chans (4chan, 7chan, 888chan among others). The tools are hosted at websites such as insurgen.cc, where raids are mentioned along with the tools. What have these people done? They fixed the TIME magazine poll, for the personality of the year. Not only did they fix who won, but they also fixed the first 10 winners, spelling out the words MARBLECAKE, ALSO THE GAME. The list is official, for everyone to see, and TIME could not do anything about it.

At first, Anonymous just wanted to put moot (the owner of 4chan) at the top of the list. This was easily achieved, without even scripts or any kind of coding involved. This was achieved by giving Moot high ratings, while rating everyone else as low as possible. TIME caught up, and shaved off the top 5% and bottom 5% of the votes from their counting system. This was a small challenge to the might of Anon, and they responded. Scripts were written that gave random values to everyone on the list, but with a certain target window in mind. Each person on the list was given a particular position on the list. Deployed from different IP addresses from around the world, there was nothing that TIME could do, but publish their obviously fixed poll.

Recently, Anonymous made #gorillapenis a trending topic on twitter in a span of a few hours. It started off as an idea; the whole operation was blamed on ebaumsworld, when it was actually 4chan that came up with the gameplan. While a bunch of people used #gorillapenis from their own twitter accounts, insurgen.cc hosted scripts that allowed people to quickly create multiple twitter accounts, then spam with random text including the word "#gorillapenis". Twitter was (relatively) fast to act, and the trending topic was removed.

Another famous raid was a whole bunch of Anons posting porn clips on YouTube. Anon focused on spamming YouTube with a large quantity of small clips. As YouTube users began flagging offending clips, Anon started flagging perfectly normal clips as porn, which confused those managing YouTube even further. Then Anon pulled tricks like having a regular video play for the first few seconds before porn suddenly showed up.

These are however, just a few of the more recent trolling activity by anonymous. Rest assured that there is much more to come from at least this group.


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RE: Top 10 Internet Trolls
9. Jai Maharaj


Jai Maharaj is one of those people who go around Internet groups imparting knowledge and wisdom. Jai Maharaj is someone who has taken his own interpretation of Hinduism to heart, and intent on propagating the tenets to everyone on the internet. Every Usenet group that ever existed has witnessed some sort of Jai Maharaj-related activity, but he haunted the groups relating to culture, astrology and vegetarianism the most. Jai Maharaj had a large repository of vegetarianism, the Hindu caste system, and astrology related articles, and copy pasted sections of them repeatedly, contriving them to fit any discussion that was going on. All the effort was mostly an early variant of spamming, to advertise for an online astrology related store by the name of mantra.com. Jai Maharaj is often cited as the number 1 reason why people stopped using the discussion boards on Usenet.


I think we have a few of these in here
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FOR U ''OLD FOLK'' WHO HAVENT BEEN ON THE INTERNET THE PAST FEW YEARS, THE WORD ''TROLLiNG'' REALLY DiDNT COME INTO EXiSTANCE TiLL AFTER 2009, THATS WHEN IT WAS MAiNSTREAM, IT WAS MAiNLY USED ON 4CHAN AND OTHER MESSAGE BOARDS. EiTHER WAY IT IS OVER USED.
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U DONT KNOW ANYTHiNG.  Wrote: (03-26-2011 02:52 PM)
FOR U ''OLD FOLK'' WHO HAVENT BEEN ON THE INTERNET THE PAST FEW YEARS, THE WORD ''TROLLiNG'' REALLY DiDNT COME INTO EXiSTANCE TiLL AFTER 2009, THATS WHEN IT WAS MAiNSTREAM, IT WAS MAiNLY USED ON 4CHAN AND OTHER MESSAGE BOARDS. EiTHER WAY IT IS OVER USED.
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RE: Top 10 Internet Trolls
The Evil AC  Wrote: (03-26-2011 02:43 PM)
9. Jai Maharaj


Jai Maharaj is one of those people who go around Internet groups imparting knowledge and wisdom. Jai Maharaj is someone who has taken his own interpretation of Hinduism to heart, and intent on propagating the tenets to everyone on the internet. Every Usenet group that ever existed has witnessed some sort of Jai Maharaj-related activity, but he haunted the groups relating to culture, astrology and vegetarianism the most. Jai Maharaj had a large repository of vegetarianism, the Hindu caste system, and astrology related articles, and copy pasted sections of them repeatedly, contriving them to fit any discussion that was going on. All the effort was mostly an early variant of spamming, to advertise for an online astrology related store by the name of mantra.com. Jai Maharaj is often cited as the number 1 reason why people stopped using the discussion boards on Usenet.


I think we have a few of these in here

I think I used to post on two forums that were entirely populated by him.
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RE: Top 10 Internet Trolls
louiswinthorpeIII  Wrote: (03-26-2011 02:53 PM)
U DONT KNOW ANYTHiNG.  Wrote: (03-26-2011 02:52 PM)
FOR U ''OLD FOLK'' WHO HAVENT BEEN ON THE INTERNET THE PAST FEW YEARS, THE WORD ''TROLLiNG'' REALLY DiDNT COME INTO EXiSTANCE TiLL AFTER 2009, THATS WHEN IT WAS MAiNSTREAM, IT WAS MAiNLY USED ON 4CHAN AND OTHER MESSAGE BOARDS. EiTHER WAY IT IS OVER USED.
That is nice cap lock man.

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U DONT KNOW ANYTHiNG.  Wrote: (03-26-2011 02:52 PM)
FOR U ''OLD FOLK'' WHO HAVENT BEEN ON THE INTERNET THE PAST FEW YEARS, THE WORD ''TROLLiNG'' REALLY DiDNT COME INTO EXiSTANCE TiLL AFTER 2009, THATS WHEN IT WAS MAiNSTREAM, IT WAS MAiNLY USED ON 4CHAN AND OTHER MESSAGE BOARDS. EiTHER WAY IT IS OVER USED.

yeah, trolling didnt exist b4 2009. Jptdknpa

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devil RE: Top 10 Internet Trolls
munit  Wrote: (03-26-2011 03:03 PM)
U DONT KNOW ANYTHiNG.  Wrote: (03-26-2011 02:52 PM)
FOR U ''OLD FOLK'' WHO HAVENT BEEN ON THE INTERNET THE PAST FEW YEARS, THE WORD ''TROLLiNG'' REALLY DiDNT COME INTO EXiSTANCE TiLL AFTER 2009, THATS WHEN IT WAS MAiNSTREAM, IT WAS MAiNLY USED ON 4CHAN AND OTHER MESSAGE BOARDS. EiTHER WAY IT IS OVER USED.

yeah, trolling didnt exist b4 2009. Jptdknpa

NO Dumbass THE WORD ''TROLLiNG'' DiDNT EXiST. THE ACT OF TROLLiNG EXiSTED BUT NOBODY HAD A NAME FOR IT, I WOULD KNOW. 4 CHAN AND FORUM TARDS LABELED IT THAT.
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RE: Top 10 Internet Trolls
DO YOU KNOW HOW TO READ?  Wrote: (03-26-2011 03:06 PM)
munit  Wrote: (03-26-2011 03:03 PM)
U DONT KNOW ANYTHiNG.  Wrote: (03-26-2011 02:52 PM)
FOR U ''OLD FOLK'' WHO HAVENT BEEN ON THE INTERNET THE PAST FEW YEARS, THE WORD ''TROLLiNG'' REALLY DiDNT COME INTO EXiSTANCE TiLL AFTER 2009, THATS WHEN IT WAS MAiNSTREAM, IT WAS MAiNLY USED ON 4CHAN AND OTHER MESSAGE BOARDS. EiTHER WAY IT IS OVER USED.

yeah, trolling didnt exist b4 2009. Jptdknpa

NO Dumbass THE WORD ''TROLLiNG'' DiDNT EXiST. THE ACT OF TROLLiNG EXiSTED BUT NOBODY HAD A NAME FOR IT, I WOULD KNOW. 4 CHAN AND FORUM TARDS LABELED IT THAT.

Trolling/Flaming same difference and I'm pretty sure it existed b4 2009

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devil RE: Top 10 Internet Trolls
munit  Wrote: (03-26-2011 03:07 PM)
DO YOU KNOW HOW TO READ?  Wrote: (03-26-2011 03:06 PM)
munit  Wrote: (03-26-2011 03:03 PM)
yeah, trolling didnt exist b4 2009. Jptdknpa

NO Dumbass THE WORD ''TROLLiNG'' DiDNT EXiST. THE ACT OF TROLLiNG EXiSTED BUT NOBODY HAD A NAME FOR IT, I WOULD KNOW. 4 CHAN AND FORUM TARDS LABELED IT THAT.

Trolling/Flaming same difference and I'm pretty sure it existed b4 2009

Flaming was a word that replaced ''trolling''' back then. You never saw a message board with a rule that said that ''NO TROLLiNG'' Before 2009.
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f*cking noobs.
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i'm no n00b. term has existed for a long time even if popularized more recently http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troll_(Inte...ly_history

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munit  Wrote: (03-26-2011 03:25 PM)
i'm no n00b. term has existed for a long time even if popularized more recently http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troll_(Inte...ly_history

If you look at the refrences most of them are from 2009 and 2010, including a couple rare one's from 08, this wikipedia page was made around that time therefore proving my point.
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LoP Guest  Wrote: (03-26-2011 03:33 PM)
munit  Wrote: (03-26-2011 03:25 PM)
i'm no n00b. term has existed for a long time even if popularized more recently http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troll_(Inte...ly_history

If you look at the refrences most of them are from 2009 and 2010, including a couple rare one's from 08, this wikipedia page was made around that time therefore proving my point.

Ridiculous. I've been on chat boards for the past 10 years. I've heard that term many times (both actually "flaming" and "trolling.")

And this thread is getting trolled all on it's own....

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