I know, it’s not too long that I last posted this, but…since then, there were enough events going on that makes it worth to rewrite the whole thing again.
As always, all rumors of the trolls will be groupped into trolls campaigns (refer to my earlier summary for more details), but this one there is also a proxy trolls campaign.
Simply, these proxy campaigns are those that lasted up to a month (excluding holidays). Once the 1-month deadline has passed and the same rumor still persists (the rumor needs to be relatively active), the proxy campaign is then automatically upgraded to the full trolls campaign.
Now, without further ado, let’s get to the timeline summary!
Early high school trolls: Late 2008 to mid 2009
These annoyances weren’t called trolls back then, but rather bullies, because of their use of physical means to attack me. Current forms of annoyances were non-existent, E.G ask.fm spam campaign, or Facebook trolls. From what I can remember, the rumor that these trolls/bullies used were almost the same as was used by the trolls today.
First trolls campaign: Late 2009 to mid 2010
This was the first trolls campaign that were carried out by a group of my friends that I can properly labled ‘trolls’. Mainly, these rumors/annoyances/attacks were carried out in a non-violent manor. The rumor spreads quickly, but it was not very intense. Even the Valentines gift order in February 2010 didn’t result in a sudden increase in intensity of the rumors, from what I can remember.
Second trolls campaign: Late 2010 to April 5th, 2012
This was the longest, and the most painful trolls campaign, spanning 2 academic years. This trolls campaign, particularly the later phase, saw the emergence of the current forms of trolls (mainly Facebook trolls), where trolls attack virtually every statuses/wall posts that I made, with the most notorious incident being on 14 February 2012, where a wall post that I wrote on my friend’s Facebook wall was swamped by over 100 troll comments. This was also the first time where the exact end date can be defined, and also the only trolls campaign that spans multiple academic years. Sixth trolls campaign (see below) came pretty close, but it was cut short mainly because the girl the trolls claimed that I liked had left STA at the end of year 12.
Third trolls campaign: 23 May to 31 August 2012
This was the start of a series of short trolls campaign, spanning 6 months or less. This trolls campaign was started on Facebook, and then gradually spread out into the open. The most notorious incident was probably on my status, about 2 days later, where it was swamped by dozens of troll comments, and also at one point, the trolls even threaten to declare a trolls war, but it never happened. Also, the trolls have started to use posts on my former blog to annoy me.
Proxy for the fourth trolls campaign: 31 August to 11 September 2012
This was the first proxy trolls campaign that was being launched. None of the incidents provoked by the trolls appeared to be notorious, and it was quickly killed by the fourth trolls campaign. Also as of this point, Facebook trolls started to decline.
Fourth trolls campaign: 11 September 2012 to 18 February 2013
This trolls campaign was launch perhapse of some sort of a weird incident that, until now, I still can’t think of how to explain it properly. Like previous trolls campaigns, the rumor the trolls created spreads very quickly. There were even attempts to start a new trolls campaign, but it failed. The most notorious incident was around 7-11/12 December, where the trolls had attempted to create a new rumor to counter the existing rumor, in hopes of complicating the situation and to hopefully kill the existing rumor by force, but the effects of that move gradually wears off. Also at this point, Facebook trolls was virtually dead.
Fifth trolls campaign: 18 February to 25/26 May 2013
This trolls campaign was rather unusual, because it was created using the Valentines Day gifts that I ordered as a base. This actually started around 14/15 February, where a member of the trolls had successfully coerced me into giving out the list of people I ordered Valentine gifts for. But…then, the campaign began to take on an even weirder bath, by combining rumors of the past trolls campaign into a single rumor.
First ask.fm spam crisis (a.k.a exam season crisis): 25/26 May to 7 June 2013
This was not associated with any trolls campaign, and also not a new trolls campaign. Rather, this was most likely the show-off of a new, more effective way to troll me. I basically created an ask.fm account to see how it works and whether I like it. Then…I simply shared a link to my profile, in hopes of getting more questions. But…this was the tipping point; what actually happened is that I get hundreds of troll messages on my ask.fm profile within a short span of time. These messages were almost like the usual rumors that I seen in school. In fact they were technically the rumors that the trolls created in school. I bet, the trolls chose ask.fm because they can hide their identity, which would make it impossible for me to find out who posted those messages, and it seems that it will never end, until one of my friend decided to intervene and ask me to temporary disable my account, which worked like magic. I dubbed this ask.fm spam crisis the exam season crisis because it occurred during the time where IGCSE exams were still going on.
Sixth trolls campaign: 11 September 2013 to 4 July 2014
This trolls campaign was quite long, but not too intense. In fact, the clear sign of this can be seen on September 10th. The rumor that the trolls created spreads quite quickly, and…what’s worse is that the trolls used a combination of usual school trolls and ask.fm trolls. None of the incidents created appeared to be particularly notorious, even though plots exists to create a counter rumor to forcefully kill the existing rumor. There were also plots to launch a new trolls campaign, but they didn’t evolve into anything meaningful.
October/November ask.fm spam crisis: October/November 2013
Right, after that catastrophic exam season crisis, I thought that there would be no more ask.fm spam crisis, but I was wrong; terribly wrong. This new wave of spam campaign was based on a news item in the media, of which the trolls have managed to successfully falsify. I guess, the motive behind is that to annoy me to the point where I would ask one of my friend to intervene again, and then the trolls would exploit that chance to create a new trolls campaign.
May ask.fm spam crisis: May 2014
This spam crisis is rather spread out, as there were 2 distinct waves of attack; one in early May and one in late May. The first wave lead to a new fear that the next trolls campaign would involve someone in another year, as…eventually one of my friend in year 10 back then have to intervene and tell the trolls to stop annoying me on my ask.fm profile. The second wave was rather exploitative, in a way that it exploits the extra holiday that was the result of the military coup in Thailand a day before.
July ask.fm spam crisis: July 2014
This was rather a brief spam crisis on ask.fm, but it did strengthen fears that the new trolls campaign will involve people in another year.
Proxy for the seventh trolls campaign/seventh trolls campaign: 20 June to present
The status of this was still being decided, because, this new rumor has been going on since June 20th, without any new rumor. There was one, on September 19th, but its potential was too small. This new rumor that was created on June 20th confirmed my earlier fear that the new trolls campaign will involve people in another year. What’s worse is that; the girl the trolls falsely claimed that I like was not 1 or 2 years younger, but 5! This new rumor was directly the result of an incident in the common room that day, where…I had been coerced by the trolls to say the names of my year 7 friends back then.
Now, the future…
As stated earlier there are still chances that a new trolls campaign could erupt, and this could happen anytime. Once again, the trolls might resort to claiming that I like girls in other years, perhaps they ran out of choices in my year; the trolls might easily achieve this by forming client groups in other years to discover and create new rumors for the trolls, although I haven’t seen this happening, as of yet.
Anyways, that’s it for now…