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currently reading the Urban Dictionary entry for Trolls and Spammers. :read:

 

Trolls and Spammers @ Urban Dictionary

Someone who is purposefully posting on a forum/messageboard/site sith[sic] the sole aim to irritate the regular members.

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The long-term troll:

These guys don't mind waiting around for the fun to begin. They may pretend to be an average n00b, and give themselves the stereotyical interest(s) of the average member of said forum, then once having a few posts they will gradually try to spread dissent.

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The sophisticated troll:

This type will usually have some sort of distaste for whatever the said message board is discussing and try to cause annoyance as opposed to destructiveness. They will parody the members and see how much they can get over their heads. Subtle pisstaking being their route. They'll usually get banned in the end but will annoy an entire community using this drawn out approach.

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The rank and file spammer:

These are the first to pop into peoples minds, they are similar to the examples stated in the first paragraph. No previous experience necessary, this lot will swarm in, again, usually under proxies to maximise the destructiveness, and spam the place to hell. Only causes mild irritation if not in large numbers.

 

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Poison Arrows: North American Indian Hunting and Warfare by David E. Jones (2007)

 

Cover review by Wayne Van Horne, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Kenesaw State University: "A unique contribution to the field of American Indian ethnology. ... This information has never been compiled before, and I doubt that many ethnologists in the field have ever suspected the extent to which poison was used among North American Indians."

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Just finished the "War dogs" trilogy by Greg Bear...cool like all his books.

I though I’d read most of Greg Bear’s novels, since I got interested in him after reading his mind-blowing Eon in or not long after 1985, but when I failed to find a Wikipedia page for the War Dogs series (a good Wikipedia editing project for you, sanctus – Wikipedia’s only as good as we its editors make it) and went to his “all my books” page, I see he’d been writing a novel or 2 a year for the past nearly 40 years! I’ve barely scratched the surface of the goodness that is the writing of Greg Bear. :)

 

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CraigD, Eon is one amazing story! It also has a follow up and a book in the same universe. Check them out.
Forge of God and Anvil of stars is also amazing (mainly second one).

Slant was cool, but I think i was a bit to young to really get it, not sure whether I read Darwin's radio.

The 2 halo books he wrote are "ok-" the second I did not finish.

Started now Nemesis by Alex Lamb.
 

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