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Excellent question.

If you want to get all technical about it, I believe the word Trollcraft originated as a mod in Minecraft.

That’s not how I’m using it though.

I probably stole it from someone, but I may have made it up entirely. I don’t remember where I first heard it, so, dibs.

You are familiar with the term trolling, yes? I think the most common accepted definition of a troll is just someone who’s being a dickbag on the Internet. That’s not really what a troll is though. It can be tough to pin down a precise definition for trolling. The definition I subscribe to, is this one:

Trolling is trying to get a rise out of someone. Forcing them to respond to you, either through wise-crackery, posting incorrect information, asking blatantly stupid questions, or other foolishness. However, trolling statements are never true or are ever meant to be construed as such. Nearly all trolled statements are meant to be funny to some people, so it does have some social/entertainment value.
“Trolling” isn’t simply “harmful statements”. Intentionally insulting/libelous statements are “flaming”.

Trolls are very clever, and often don’t want you to realize they are trolling you.

So trollcraft, the way I use it, is meant to imply something like “the art of trolling” or “the Magic of the mind” that elevates a response from General Dickbaggery, to Masterful Dickbaggery.

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