Disclaimer: I apologize to anyone who might have been unduly frustrated by my antics on the BITSAT 2013 group. I respect everyone who tried to help incoming freshers, and all the people whose names are mentioned in the pictures below once again have my sincerest apologies. Robin van Persie, whose picture will adorn a lot of this article, is also respected duly by me and all the members of Enli8en.
Most commentary on the internet is essentially done anonymously, using unidentified pseudonyms. These usernames can take on an identity of their own, and are frequently separated and anonymous from the actual author. According to the University of Stockholm, this is creating more freedom and less accountability.
The average internet troll is usually a product of sheer boredom. Very few trolls actually act out of malice. Lavish Reddy is not unlike the average troll in this way. I am profoundly amused at how he has evolved from a befuddled fresher to a man with mastery over the English language, and with quite a bit of wit as well.
- Aditya Shirodkar
We have definitely had extremely witty comebacks to something a friend said or to something a boss said. A lot of times, we had to let that go because it was rude, insensitive and unsociable. We have also been in a situation where we've wanted to or have intentionally irritated others. This, dear reader, lies at the crux of trolling. These ways of irritating people, have been classified into groups with fancy names like "Pseudo-naive trolls". So much for a spiteful thing to do huh? It is human to feel irritated. It is not out of the ordinary to want to provoke a response out of someone by saying something outrageous. Social customs dictate that we don't do it. We adhere to it most of the times. Well, who would want to miss an opportunity to let off some steam when they can get off with it? Trollers are humans with a slightly antisocial sense of humour. They do it because they see no consequences for their bad behaviour or prank and the internet is a platform to express or showcase themselves anonymously.
- Anshul Ravichandar
In the start of the summer of 2013, I was incredibly bored because none of my friends were free yet. So, I decided to tap into a resource which keeps many BITSIANs busy in the summer: helping juniors to get through their admission procedures and letting them know what to expect at BITS. The following are the steps that I followed to make it so that people in BITS – Goa would actually await my arrival on campus (once more, an apology to those who didn’t get an opportunity to mess with the clueless repeater from RVCE).
Step 1: Make the persona depicted in your account seem stupid/inconsequential.
Step 2: Add to that a convincing back story to let people think that you are a hard working engineering student who wants to get upgraded from another college to one of presumably good brand name, Birla Institute of Science, Goa Campus. To increase the plausibility of your account and to not have to find the picture of a random Indian dude as your profile picture, pretend to be a hopelessly fanatic football addict with a man-crush on Robin van Persie.
Step 3: Join a Facebook group which helps out people with similar aims as yours: to get into BITS.
Step 4: Introduce yourself in the group you just joined. Focus on the football fanaticism that your profile so bluntly displays. Use broken English with common “Indianizations”: “I am having to go driving to office where I am working”. Basically just go overboard on your “-ing”s. Be sure not to overdo this stage! If you do, you will be booked as an obvious troll.
(Do note that the "Diksha Goel" here is also a troll account.)
Step 5: Get startling replies such as:
Step 6: Don’t forget to lower your apparent Intelligence Quotient by replying like this:
Step 7: Further involve others by asking passive questions like the next one. People will get to know you this way.
Step 8: Now anger these same people by asking a question which will cause you to look completely befuddled and definitely not worthy of joining a college with as much repute as BITS - Goa.
Step 9: Expect colourful replies.
Step 10: Take the floor out of the IQ range; drop it into the abyss.
Step 11: Garner general applause for your well promoted stupidity.
Step 12: Feel BAD that you have wasted so much of your time in becoming a successful, low-level troll.