A Troll is ....

A few years ago, a particular elder in a particular tradition had some trouble. A person joined this elder's group and caused a lot of trouble and a lot of pain. In the process of attempting to heal from this very painful situation the elder in question came up with the idea of a 'troll'. This would be a person whose malign intent and machinations would be the detriment of any group that admitted him or her. A scourge to the honest and upright folk of the Craft.

The problem I have with this is that such a definition also creates a very handy scapegoat. After all, it wasn't MY fault, the troll did it. Whatever 'it' was. Defining a troll means that the definer is the good guy. The wounded party. Innocent. And of course, such a paragon of purity bears no responsibility for the harm done by malicious trolls. If I sound cynical, it's because I am.

Now, all that being said, feel free to hit one of the links, read through the troll stuff and use it if you find it useful. To me, there is too much of a lack of personal responsibility in my labeling someone else that way - I don't like what it does to me. That doesn't mean it can't work for you. One caveat: the site in question has recently been re-designed such that I cannot seem to find a link that will go to the particular section, so for now, all the links lead to the "main page". Sorry about that. So, anyway here goes:

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Once upon a time in the land of purity