IP is full of trolls, but typically those associated with IP, not those online. The IPKat, however, is both a blog and part of the IP community, and therefore can take a wider look a trolls. So, for you delectation, some economics of internet trolls (a person who deliberately provokes, often in an abusive manner, for the sake of provoking):
|My home town's beloved "Fremont Troll"|
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|Troll-face1 by Martin Alleus|
- Expected Costs of trolling are a function of:
- The act of trolling (t)
- Expected punishment, which is a function of:
- probability of detection and being found guilty (p)
- punishment in the form of a fines or incarceration (n).
- Expected Benefits of trolling are a function of:
- The ability to act on impulse (m)
- Status enhancing effects (s)
|Troll by Doug Wildman|
N.B. Edited 11/11/15 to correct an error in the cost - benefit function.