Like any pejorative term, it can be used as an ad hominem attack, suggesting a negative motivation. Whether someone intends to disrupt a thread or not, the results are the same if they do." Popular recognition of the existence (and prevalence) of non-deliberate, "accidental trolls", has been documented widely, in sources as diverse as Nicole Sullivan's keynote speech at the 2012 Fluent Conference, titled "Don't Feed the Trolls" Regardless of the circumstances, controversial posts may attract a particularly strong response from those unfamiliar with the robust dialogue found in some online, rather than physical, communities.As noted in an OS News article titled "Why People Troll and How to Stop Them" (25 January 2012), "The traditional definition of trolling includes intent. Experienced participants in online forums know that the most effective way to discourage a troll is usually to ignore it, because responding tends to encourage trolls to continue disruptive posts – hence the often-seen warning: "Please do not feed the trolls".For example, the mass media have used "troll" to mean "a person who defaces Internet tribute sites with the aim of causing grief to families".In addition, depictions of trolling have been included in popular fictional works, such as the HBO television program The Newsroom, in which a main character encounters harassing persons online and tries to infiltrate their circles by posting negative sexual comments. Some readers may characterize a post as trolling, while others may regard the same post as a legitimate contribution to the discussion, even if controversial.
The relationship between trolling and flaming was observed in open-access forums in California, on a series of modem-linked computers.It referred to use of "...decoys, with the mission of drawing..away..." Commonly, what is meant is a relatively gentle inside joke by veteran users, presenting questions or topics that had been so overdone that only a new user would respond to them earnestly.For example, a veteran of the group might make a post on the common misconception that glass flows over time.Sometimes it is used as ala vagaa kireema (අල වගා කිරීම) – "planting potatoes".
People or profiles who do trolling often are called "potato planters" – ala vagaakaruvan (අල වගාකරුවන්).
Long-time readers would both recognize the poster's name and know that the topic had been discussed repeatedly, but new subscribers to the group would not realize, and would thus respond.