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[–]wendolynne[S] 2 insightful - 3 fun2 insightful - 2 fun3 insightful - 3 fun -  (4 children)

"denail" - guess you would use a claw hammer for that.

If you had control of a botnet designed for DDoS, you might want to test it. So you might seek web sites for target practice. You find a web-based community small enough that you won't attract too much attention, and kind enough to let you in. You command your bots to join and to contribute to the community. Being bots, they don't have a lot to contribute to the conversation, but being bots, that doesn't stop them. As the botnet creators are generally adversarial, these bots carry a lot of antagonistic patterns in their database. Rational discourse is not part of their design.

The community watches as these newcomers fill the forum with gibberish. The bot masters test the limits of the community, trying to find how far they can go without being banned.

The bots attempt to invoke hatred in the community as a cover for their exploits.

[–][deleted] 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (3 children)

So sad how soulless bots killed the whole troll culture in the end. v_v

[–]wendolynne[S] 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (2 children)

just like in Beowulf

[–]wendolynne[S] 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (1 child)

Well, not really very much like Beowulf, except:

  1. you can't understand what they are talking about
  2. (Spoiler alert) the troll dies at the end.

[–]wendolynne[S] 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

and a community was under attack. That is similar.