Well written article posted by permission from author. Trolls Recently I was asked to write an article on trolls for a group of board moderators on another website. I was very surprise that several of the people had little to no knowledge about trolls; it was suggested that I should perhaps make some of the information public in the hopes of helping others identify this potential threat. I would first like to note that in my experiences on the Web, and as a site host, I have learned that a majority of the people who surf the Internet, post on message boards and chat rooms, and generally befriend each other, are real, legitimate, true, and honest people. Because of the dangers out there, some people may be more reluctant to share information and therefore can appear suspicious, but they are certainly not deceitful or out to intentionally hurt others. There is a small group that are dishonest and deliberately target and attack others. The anonymous nature of internet life has allowed them to take advantage and downright hurt people. I am a true believer that the main defense against these individuals is education. I will also note that I don't claim to be an authority on this issue. As a site owner I have done extensive research on this issue and have had "hands on" experience dealing with trolls, giving me a significant amount of real life reference. I hope our readers will find this information helpful.