How to distinguish idiots from trolls?

Mr Garrison famously said, there are no stupid questions, only stupid people. But I believe that some of them are actually trolls.

JoeN: Mr Garrison famously said, there are no stupid questions, only stupid people. But I believe that some of them are actually trolls.

I never got the whole troll thing. How is saying "i'm acting like an idiot on purpose" different from being an idiot? I seem them as the same.

wizdum:

JoeN: Mr Garrison famously said, there are no stupid questions, only stupid people. But I believe that some of them are actually trolls.

I never got the whole troll thing. How is saying "i'm acting like an idiot on purpose" different from being an idiot? I seem them as the same.

It is a question of intent. An idiot is simply reflecting their inner nature, while a troll is trying to get people stirred up...

So the former is an indication of the inner nature of an individual, while the latter is an indication of the inner nature of a group...

A troll is an idiot that needs people to react to him personally because it gives him a sense of power. If you don’t react to the troll he will go away because he is not getting his warped need for “power” fulfilled.

The same rules apply - if a genius argues with a fool, who wins?

Even the word troll; monster and/or fishing from a slow moving boat.

The troll might also be a fan or worker for a competing product just sowing disruption. But that's more on gaming forums.

wanderson:

wizdum:

JoeN: Mr Garrison famously said, there are no stupid questions, only stupid people. But I believe that some of them are actually trolls.

I never got the whole troll thing. How is saying "i'm acting like an idiot on purpose" different from being an idiot? I seem them as the same.

It is a question of intent. An idiot is simply reflecting their inner nature, while a troll is trying to get people stirred up...

So the former is an indication of the inner nature of an individual, while the latter is an indication of the inner nature of a group...

I was implying that acting like an idiot on purpose is an idiotic thing to do.

So you saying i should change my username to ATMega? :~ Who is mr garrison anyway?

Who is mr garrison anyway?

Mr Hat's sidekick.

SouthPark lol, that explains everything :)

Are these people really trolls, would goblin not be a more accurate description?

I think Mr Hanky would be more accurate still.