This is my second post of 2017; in fact my second post for today. I think it’s been ages since I last posted multiple times during a day.
Anyways, this post is going to be almost identical with a post back in April 2015. In fact the below text is taken straight from one of the April 2015 entries, with the introduction bits stripped of course.
So for new blog readers, the below text is a timeline of all the trolls campaigns I’ve experienced in high school (ahh, the days of the trolls! Reading the entry, or to even think about it, is really a trip down memory lane for me, even though they’re all bad memories). The dates and descriptions of each trolls campaigns will be exactly as what I’ve written back in April 2015, but the following thing will be changed.
Prototype for the seventh trolls campaign and the seventh trolls campaign: These will simply be merged into the seventh trolls campaign, but will just be split up into 2 phases. The reason is that, the prototype for the seventh trolls campaign actually lasted too long to qualify as a prototype. In my opinion, a prototype for a trolls campaign should not last for more than 2 weeks. Rather than deleting those sections and writing things from scratch, I’ll simply just rename the event titles themselves, and also make changes to any descriptions that might still make reference to the old titles.
So, the concept of the timeline is the same as in my previous posts, but for those of you lazy people that are too lazy to use the blog’s search function, I’ll explain the concept once again.
The timeline is split into different trolls campaign, based on a central theme, which is…rumors that I liked a particular girl. Each campaign is started when the trolls created new rumors, but won’t officially be designated as a trolls campaign until there’s sufficient evidence that the said rumor is spreading wildly, or it had been in existence for some time (at least a month of almost continuous activities relating to the rumor), and ends when, in most cases, the trolls manufactured another rumor, or by precipitating some sort of a crisis that kills the rumor. Prototype campaigns are those that have potential to become the full blown trolls campaign, but they haven’t been around long enough, there is little activities associated with them, or they’re used as a pretext for a new full trolls campaign.
Anyways, enough of the explanations…let’s get to the timeline itself…
Early high school trolls: Late 2008 to mid 2009
The very first form of high school trolls that I encountered when entering high school, were not really in a form of a troll, but rather called ‘bullies’ since they seems to use physical means to annoy me, but at some point they showed characteristics of a modern trolls campaign, like exploiting rumors but those were not so significant.
First trolls campaign: Late 2009 to mid 2010
The first form of the trolls campaign that I saw appeared in late 2009, being triggered by someone who wrote down my top secret back then on a whiteboard. The rumor was tense at times, but I’m sure the rumor was no match for what I saw in the last 2 years or so. The highpoint of this was the Valentines rose gift thingy, but that did not cause much increase in intensity. In fact, there is an attempt to launch the second trolls campaign in late April 2010, but the campaign was rather short-lived, as I will explain further below.
Prototype for the second trolls campaign: Late April 2010 to late June/early July 2010
As mentioned above, there was an attempt to launch a new trolls campaign, and the guy behind this was successful somewhat in creating a trolls campaign. Although it was like a full trolls campaign, with the rumor spreading around, I decided to give it a prototype status because of its short life, and there were no real attempts of making it spread too rapidly. The rumor was that I liked a new girl that came to my year in late April, which is obviously not true, but this demonstrated that this kind of rumor could be successful for the trolls, and this very same scheme was used to create a rumor for the subsequent trolls campaigns, except for the prototype for the seventh trolls campaign.
Second trolls campaign: Late 2010 to April 5, 2012
This was the longest trolls campaign, and the basic methods for the trolls to annoy me for the rest of high school was pretty much set in stone. The rumor that the trolls manufactured spreads around quickly, but it wasn’t until year 10 or so that it intensified, partly because I started using Facebook ever more actively, opening a new platform for the trolls to annoy me, and I remember some of my statuses/posts dating from early 2012 have over 100 comments, consisting of nothing but troll comments! This was also the first trolls campaign that I was able to define the exact end date, and this trolls campaign was probably the only one where the end was precipitated by factors outside of the trolls’ control – the girl the trolls claimed that I like left school.
Third trolls campaign: May 23, 2012 to August 30, 2012
Well, after the second trolls campaign died down there was a gap, but then the third trolls campaign quickly take over to fill the gap. Once again, this trolls campaign was based on falsified rumors that I liked a new girl that came to my school at the start of year 10. The majority of the activities was on Facebook, hense this marked the peak of the Facebook trolls, although troll comments on Facebook continued into the first term of year 11. The highpoint of this was when the trolls threatened to declare a trolls war on me, but as it turns out this was not the case at all.
Prototype for the fourth trolls campaign: August 30, 2012 to September 11, 2012
This prototype trolls campaign was, once again, based on a rumor of the same pattern, and it is the shortest prototype trolls campaign, or indeed, the shortest trolls campaign ever. Annoyances shifted from Facebook to more in-school annoyances, as the trolls viewed that it is more effective.
Fourth trolls campaign: September 11, 2012 to February 18, 2013
This trolls campaign was reasonably long and painful, but not as painful and as long as the second trolls campaign. Facebook trolls have virtually died out, as the trolls shifted their full focus to annoying me in school instead. I can see at least 2 attempts by the trolls to end this trolls campaign, the first in late September was not successful, but the second one in early December almost succeeded, when the trolls decided to provoke some sort of a crisis to bring me down somewhat, but they did not succeed.
Fifth trolls campaign: February 18, 2013 to May 25/26, 2013
This was the first trolls campaign that the rumor is based on a Valentines gift. It started when one member of the trolls demanded that I hand over the list of people that I ordered gifts for. I initially refused, but eventually have to cave in to the demand. As it turns out, the person who demanded this eventually spread it around and thus, the fifth trolls campaign was born. At first the rumor focused on a single girl, and then it diversified into I don’t know, around 3-5 different girls or something, but the rumor is really getting more complicated by this time. There was an attempt to launch another trolls campaign, but it was short-lived as, the main stopper was the study leave and the IGCSE exams.
First ask.fm spam crisis: May 25/26, 2013 to June 7, 2013
This was something that I didn’t foresee would happen. It all started when I discovered ask.fm from one of the many posts in my Facebook news feed. I then decided to check it out and found it to be very easy to use and decided to share a link to my profile, unknowingly that the trolls are waiting on their news feed, ready to refresh the page so to see and to click on the link I shared, and…the result is, the very first ask.fm spam crisis was born, and it also marked a turning point as the crisis opened a new platform for the trolls to annoy me. I doubt, this was made possible by the fact that most of the trolls have finished all of their IGCSE exams by then, so they have lots of free time. The crisis was brought to an end when, due to pressures from some of my friends, I disabled my account for a while.
Sixth trolls campaign, the second and the third ask.fm spam crises: September 13, 2013 to June 20, 2014
Once again, new academic year, new trolls campaign arrives. This time, however, the rumor did not originate in the school or from Facebook, but rather, from ask.fm. By this time, the trolls have started taking advantage of the fact that they’ll be anonymous when posting on my ask.fm, to annoy me as I will not be able to trace them. Not long after, a second ask.fm spam crisis hits, taking advantage of a news report of a fire somewhere in Bangkok. Basically, the trolls falsified the news and blaming me for starting the blaze, which is unquestionably false, and I viewed it as a propaganda by the trolls. The timing was also questionable, because…why would they want to do it on a holiday? The answer is, they want to spoil my Pattaya trip. This crisis was not brought to an end until mid November or so. In March, I saw at least 2 attempts to start a new trolls campaign, but as it turns out the trolls didn’t really put much effort into making it happen. Then, in May, the third ask.fm spam crisis hits, this time the trolls exploited my views on a certain section of the Thai criminal code and turn it into a propaganda to annoy me. One of my friend in year 10 back then attempted to intervene, but the attempt was short-lived as the campaign resumed on the night of the military coup, continuing on to the next day when the school was closed, though the crisis was short-lived either.
Seventh trolls campaign phase 1: June 20, 2014 to October 29/November 12, 2014
This was perhaps the first trolls campaign to feature multiple phases. Though it could be considered as a prototype, I’d consider it as part of the seventh trolls campaign because of its duration of 4 months. The event that in some ways paved the way for this trolls campaign is…a serious incident on April Fools Day on April 1st, 2014 which resulted in the whole class being barred from using the tutor base during lunch and break. This effectively forced me to find new places to hang out, and…as always, the trolls are always around, ready to pounce whenever they feel that what I was doing/who I was socializing with is worth the effort to troll on. It was triggered when the trolls used pressure tactics to force me to reveal the name of my best friends who were in year 7 at the time. As a result, this trolls campaign was the first where the girl the trolls claimed that I like was not in my year; not 1 or 2 years younger, but 5! But the good news is that, the trolls have not managed to spread it outside of year 12 ; otherwise this phase of the seventh trolls campaign would have been more deadly, and I mean…a lot more deadly. If the trolls’ message manages to reach the ears of year 7 students, then this phase of the trolls campaign is virtually impossible to stop, and even if only a single year 7 student knew about it, it wouldn’t take long before everyone in year 7 knows about it. My theory is, the person who precipitated the incident on April Fools Day probably knew that, if the incident was serious enough, then my class tutor would bar the whole year group from using the tutor base during break and lunch, and the person behind this incident probably knew that I would have literally nowhere to go once the ban comes into effect. But however as year 13 began, the trolls appear to show little interest in spreading the rumor they’ve created on June 20th further, even though in theory they could do so.
Seventh trolls campaign phase 2 and the fourth ask.fm spam crisis: October 29/November 12, 2014 to April 24, 2015
This was the second phase of the final trolls campaign, and this phase of the campaign witnessed a number of new and unusual ways that the trolls have used to annoy me. As the trolls knew that it’s their last chance to get me, they decided to start using physical means to annoy me. The second phase of the seventh trolls campaign itself began either on October 29th or November 12th, as on both days there were new rumors, although traces of starting point of this phase of the campaign could be found as early as October 17th, or even going back as early as a wave of ask.fm spam that hit me in mid July. Although to my relieve, for this phase of the campaign the girl the trolls claimed that I like was only 2 years younger than me, but nonetheless the campaign itself was annoying. To my surprise, the trolls appeared to have abandoned this rumor altogether when 2015 starts. As time was running out, they decided to use a combination of pressure, threats and intimidation tactics to force me to cave into their demands, or to force me to say things that they desire. A new wave of ask.fm spam crisis also hits, this time the campaign was so bad that, I have to make a decisive decision to disable my account permanently, although this was also due to pressures from my friends and a teacher who eventually found out about it, but this is a good thing because now the trolls can no longer annoy me anonymously, and just the last week, there were no new activities at all as most, or indeed all members of the trolls decided to go on an early study leave. This whole seventh trolls campaign confirmed my fear that, as the time on them run out, they will turn to creating rumors involving people from younger years.
To summarize, the long struggle against the trolls was inconclusive, as I wasn’t able to bring the trolls down, but the trolls wasn’t able to destroy me completely either.
So…there you go, an updated version of the timeline of the trolls campaigns. As mentioned, the descriptions of all trolls campaigns before the seventh one were entirely copied from my blog entry from April 2015.