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Submissions/The Art of Trolling

After careful consideration, the Programme Committee has decided not to accept the below submission at this time. Thank you to the author(s) for participating in the Wikimania 2015 programme submission, we hope to still see you at Wikimania this July.

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The Art of Trolling

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Sometimes we love trolls, sometimes we hate them and sometimes trolls just leave us standing there, mouth wide open and utterly confused. But whatever our attitude is: nobody escapes trolls. They are everywhere: on wiki, on mailinglists, at conventions, on mailinglists about Wikis... But this is not a talk to lament, but one to celebrate. Indeed, trolls can be destructive in a most negative manner. But they don’t have to be. To troll means to do the unexpected, to play with expectations, to be disruptive and to do the action that is not supposed to happen - but this can be constructive and creative as well as destructive.

Historically some form of trolling has always been present in society. We will dig a little into this and how modern technologies radically changed the now widely used techniques of trolling. Through the excercises we hope to give the audience a better understanding of how trolling can disrupt everyday life in a productive manner - showcasing skills of both the old masters and the new.

Based on ten years of trolling experience as troll, admin and - most importantly - trolling admin, several years experience as professional community manager and polished up with actual scientific research this talk will offer:

A typology of trolls from the plain boring to the the unsettling one, the evil one to the inspiring troll.

The talkwill showcase tips and tricks for effective trolling. It will showcase tips and tricks for playing with expectations - how to identify them, subvert them and turn them around in your favor.

Is trolling is done right everybody involed should have fun.

But good trolling is not only fun, it actually is a short way of solving problems and initiate solutions that in other ways could hardly be found. This presentation will give a short outlook on the uses trolling can have:

it can de-escalate conflicts it can open up new perspectives it can integrate different viewpoints it can loosen up stalemate positions it can bring people together

Troll for love and understanding.

  • WikiCulture & Community
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30 minutes
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  1. --Claudia.Garad (talk) 13:33, 24 February 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  2. Sage (Wiki Ed) (talk) 01:04, 25 February 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  3. Sadads (talk) 17:35, 2 March 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  4. I'm likely to be critical of any presentation which makes apologies for trolls, but I'm still interested. CT Cooper · talk 22:25, 10 March 2015 (UTC)[reply]
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