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* A troll is someone who purposefully attempts to cause harm to others, be they the author or any other person who posts a comment. They usually stray from the topic and their language is designed to do nothing more than insult the person they target.
Trolls are not necessarily just people who overtly present their insults. Their point is to derail just enough so that they can be accused of doing so, then become combative in nature as a “defense.” That way, they get to express their disdain or disapproval of the author in a way that seems justified.