Here, this is my favorite brand:I agree that a troll doesn't HAVE to be amazing. A troll is just more strategic in attaining the goal. An "amazing" troll would be impressively effective at trolling, I suppose. I'm just trying to distinguish the fact that one can be a douchebag without being a troll.
Wanting to verbally take down a user or a forum is douchebaggery. But part of the strategy of being a troll is to avoid obviousness. If it's obvious douchebaggery, then there's no way it will work out because then people will be on the alert (thus the saying, "don't feed the trolls"). A troll has to put on the appearance of sincerity, and usually this requires taking a feigned interest in the forum topic. In the case of one very famous troll post, the troll was pretending to be an American complaining about his own country. In fact, he was a Brit stating common European complaints about America based on stereotyping of American culture. If he had been seen as just another non-American America basher, his troll wouldn't have been so successful. As it was, the forum members were so taken in by the OP that their entire energies were put into responding to the troll thread, which became so long and complex, and which was cross-posted to so many other usenet forums, that it became severely disruptive of normal activity on many other forums as well as the original one.
That IS amazing.