According to Wikipedia, the free internet encyclopedia, it is.... 'internet slang for someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking other users into a desired emotional response, disrupting normal on topic discussion'.
Strange, I thought it was a weird little creature who is afraid to show it's face, with some kind of growth defect, and cotton wool coming out of it's head.
I opened up the comments for anyone to post, because several people told me they would have liked to comment but couldn't because they don't have a google account, or similar.
You may remember the inflammatory remarks which appeared on my recent posts about what I put in my front garden. I left most of them there because it made the anonymous poster look a bit silly, but I did have to remove the last one when it got personal. It's a shame that anonymous abused my offer. Today I found an insulting and offensive comment on my post, The BIG decision. This I have removed, because I have the power to do so.
I have had experience of trolls on a forum that I visit, so I know all about them, but with a forum the problem can soon escalate and the whole infrastructure can be put in jeopardy within hours. So, Mr, Mrs, or Miss Anonymous, because this is my blog, I can post anything I like here, I can also delete anything I like. It's not a case of cherry picking the nice comments, to make me look like a nice person, anyone with a valid and intelligent point of view is welcome. What I wont tolerate is trouble makers that poke their nose in and slag me off for no reason other than to watch the sparks fly. They will not fly, you will be zapped.