So, it’s about 3-4 months since I last publish this kind of summary. Since then, things had changed a lot, including the addition of a new trolls campaign.
But, the basic concepts are the same as my previous summaries, so I’m not going to repeat them here; click on the older posts link near the bottom of this page to find the previous summary, which tells you the basic concepts of classifying trolls campaigns and the duration of each one. Alternatively, you could try searching for something like ‘trolls summary’, which would be faster than scrolling through posts, and my previous summaries should be in the search results.
Anyways, let’s get to the main content of this post…
Early high school trolls: Late 2008 to mid 2009
The first form of what I would eventually classified as trolls appeared when I first started high school. Back then, there were no organized groups of trolls, and no distinct trolls campaigns. Although at some point they did started using the theme of me liking a girl as their bases to annoy me, but it wasn’t used extensively.
First trolls campaign: Late 2009 to mid 2010
The first form of what I will call a proper trolls campaign appeared in late 2009 when I was in year 8. Oh yes, by this time I had moved to STA, due to unsolvable problems with my previous school. Again, there were no organized groups of trolls to carry out the attack, and the campaign did not appear to be too strong. Until this point, there were no Facebook trolls.
Second trolls campaign: Late 2010 to April 5th, 2012
This is the start of a modern form of a trolls campaign, and is the longest, and is also the first trolls campaign that I was able to record its exact end date (day, month, year). This trolls campaign spans almost 2 years, and I can say it’s the worst. It began in late 2010; this trolls campaign…I can say was pretty groundless; they simply picked on one of the new girls that arrived in year 9 (although the fact that I may have knew her since year 7 may be a catalyst). At first things were pretty much like the first trolls campaign (although matters did came to a head in January 2011), but things quickly calmed down.
As year 10 began, this trolls campaign continues, but with a more intensifying tone. Things came to a head in late January 2012 when I first experimented posting on othe people’s wall. After that, February was a month of catastrophe. On one of the posts on someone’s wall, the comment sored to over 100, and this is the time when Facebook trolls and organized groups of trolls came into existence. Also by now the trolls had learned to drag people into the conflict by tagging them on Facebook. March 2012 was pretty calm, with the exception of the night on March 12th when the trolls launched what I will codename ‘Operation Comment Flood’ on one of my post on someone’s wall, that is, over 20 comments within a few seconds! Then, things appeared to have calmed down a bit. But, as term 2 of year 10 is drawing to a close, the trolls did use the April Fools Day to launch another attack, which lead to the end of the second trolls campaign on April 5th.
Third trolls campaign: May 23rd, 2012 to August 30th, 2012
This was the first trolls campaign that once again I was able to record its start date. It had actually began on the night of May 22nd, but it did not burst out into the open until the following day. Tagging people on Facebook was used more extensively by the trolls to drag people into the conflict. The end of year exams the following week has helped to keep things calm, but that wasn’t the end of the story. After the exams, the trolls began using this blog as another place to launch an attack, based on my posts here, although indirectly; they had even threatened with a trolls war but it never materialized.
Fourth trolls campaign: August 30th, 2012 to September 11th, 2012
This is, I can say, the shortest trolls campaign ever yet, lasting for less than 2 weeks. Tagging on Facebook had declined, so as the intensity of Facebook trolls. Instead, the focus went to the school, where the trolls were still active. The girl the trolls used was once again a new student in year 11, and I can say it is probably one of the most groundless trolls campaign I had ever seen.
Fifth trolls campaign: September 11th, 2012 to February 18th, 2013
This trolls campaign wasn’t the longest, but wasn’t the shortest too. Facebook trolls appears to continue to decline, in favor of the school trolls. It wasn’t as intense as the second trolls campaign, but matters did came to a head in December 2012 when they launched what I will codename ‘Operation Campaign Killer’, or in other words, use some false rumors about relationships to try to end this trolls campaign. However as 2013 began, things were pretty calm.
Sixth trolls campaign: February 18th, 2013 to now
I can say this is the first trolls campaign that had some valid grounds, since it occured immediately Valentines Day. It began on one night during the half term holiday when I got a message from one of the trolls, asking me to reveal who I ordered roses for. At first I refused, but the trolls insisted on having the list, so I decided to hand over the list. Actually I knew already that they were planning this, but in order to stop them nagging me I have to hand over the list.
Then, as the school began, my fear came true. The sixth trolls campaign was based one one of the girls they picked from the list, but eventually was expanded to include everyone that I had ordered roses for. I can say this trolls campaign so far was relatively calm, and this was the first time that I had witnessed the slow decline of the school trolls, which shows that the trolls are getting weaker and is less willing to annoy me.
Another sign that the trolls are weakening is that I had begun to witness series of conflicts between the trolls. These were pretty small, until April 29th, when due to some weird reasons, severe conflicts erupted between the trolls themselves, and eventually lead to what I will codename ‘Operation Power Seizure’, when an extremist faction emerged and overthrew the previous leader of the trolls, although these conflicts had never seen openly, but rather this tense conflicts was confined to just on Facebook, or I thought so, since I still have to observe whether anything strange will happen, since this tense conficts erupted just 3 days before the end of year 11.
As you can see, tover time there are gradual evolution in the forms of trolls and the way they annoyed me over time.
As of today, things were calm, thanks to the IGCSE exams. But I do not know what will happen during the summer holiday. The trolls are now under a new, extremist leader, who love taking extreme actions, and who knows what will happen; maybe in year 12 the conflicts on April 29th may burst out into the open, or they may have cooled down by now and try to restore the previous leader; only time can tell.
Although conflicts between the trolls are signs that the trolls are weakening, there is some chance that they will strengthen again, as one of the member told me that they will take an imaginary IB course called ‘Trolling Higher Level’. This may have also contributed, in due part, to the execution of Operation Power Seizure. Nevertheless, since this is just my theory, things can appear different to what I’ve written here. But to avoid further questions I would like to state that these were pretty much my own theory about the trolls, and might not be 100% true.
That’s it for now…