Seven Habits Of Highly Obnoxious Trolls

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Accepted Session
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Scheduled: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 from 9:00 – 9:45am in B202/03

Excerpt

Developing more effective habits isn't just for the good guys. We'll discuss seven methodologies that make trolls more effective---and tell you what you can do about it.

Description

Stephen Covey’s 1989 book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People “presents an approach to being effective in attaining goals by aligning oneself to what he calls ‘true north’ principles of a character ethic that he presents as universal and timeless.”

Another character ethic that is universal and timeless is that of the “troll”. The practice of disrupting communication using trolling techniques is probably as old as communication itself. We’ve all done it, but some of us have gotten good at it, and regularly “attain our goals”. In this talk we discuss seven techniques:

  1. Rush In (Where Angels Fear To Tread): A true troll doesn’t wait around for an opportunity. Trolls make their own opportunities.
  2. Play For The Endgame: An aimless troll is a failed troll. Every sentence should have an end in mind.
  3. Pick The Best Play: An obnoxious troll has done the research, and wastes no time with strategies likely to fail.
  4. Think Win-Lose: Trolling is like fishing—a zero-sum game. The more fish lose, the more the troll wins.
  5. Avoid Understandings: Poor communication between the troll and among the victims is a key to success.
  6. Help ’Em Troll Themselves: The troll’s target community, properly leveraged, can be more effective than the lone troll ever could.
  7. Sharpen The Axe: The truly obnoxious troll is practiced, prepared and proud.

Given this impressive array of effective habits, how do you have a chance? We’ll suggest some time-tested strategies for dealing with even the most obnoxious troll: Identifying The Troll, Fishing For The Troll, Starving The Troll and Turning The Troll.

The session will be interactive, and trolling fun will be had by both the speakers and the audience.

Speaking experience

Speakers

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    Biography

    Selena Deckelmann is a consultant and database analyst for Emma.

    She’s a major contributor to PostgreSQL. She speaks internationally about free software, developer communities and trolling. Her interests include opening up government data with the City of Portland, urban chickens and finding ways to make databases run faster.

    You can find her on twitter at @selenamarie.

    She founded and was co-chair of Open Source Bridge for its inaugural years, a developer conference for open source citizens. She helped found the PostgreSQL Conference, a successful series of east coast/west coast conferences in the US for PostgreSQL. She’s helped run other conferences like WhereCampPDX, BarCampPDX and PG Days. She is currently on the organizing committees for PgCon and MySQL Users Conference. She’s a contributing writer for the Google Summer of Code Mentor Manual, and Student Guide.

    She founded the pdx11.org site, which is putting a spotlight on the City of Portland’s efforts to transform the Portland tech industry.

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      • Speakers: <a href="/users/18">Selena Deckelmann</a>, <a href="/users/723">J Chris Anderson</a>, <a href="/users/625">Teyo Tyree</a>
      • Title: Seven Habits Of Highly Obnoxious Trolls
      • Track: Culture
      • Room: B202/03
      • Time: 9:009:45am
      • Excerpt:

        Developing more effective habits isn’t just for the good guys. We’ll discuss seven methodologies that make trolls more effective—-and tell you what you can do about it.

      • Speakers: <a href="/users/787">Bart Massey</a>, <a href="/users/18">Selena Deckelmann</a>, <a href="/users/445">Duke Leto</a>
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    Duke Leto

    Open Source Bridge

    Biography

    Jonathan “Duke” Leto is the root commit of PDX Git Together and does many other things

    Duke is also a mentor and org admin for Parrot Foundation in Google Summer of Code 2013.

    Most recently, Duke has launched BrewPony, which is, of course, powered by Free and Open Source software and on Github

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    Bart Massey

    Portland State University

    Biography

    Bart Massey has been geeking around with community computing for 35 years, and has been involved in Free Software and Open Source since its inception. For the past 13 years, he has been a CS Prof at Portland State University, where he works in open tech, software engineering, artificial intelligence and low-level software development.

    Bart’s titles include Secretary of the X.Org Foundation Board and Member of the PSU MCECS Innovation Program Board. Bart is the architect of the X library XCB, a modern replacement for Xlib, and the author of the XCB image extension. His current open tech interests include Inform 7, Haskell, GUI toolkits, open hardware and building bridges between pieces of the open tech community. He was one of the original participants in the Open Source Bridge conversation.

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      • Title: Seven Habits Of Highly Obnoxious Trolls
      • Track: Culture
      • Room: B202/03
      • Time: 9:009:45am
      • Excerpt:

        Developing more effective habits isn’t just for the good guys. We’ll discuss seven methodologies that make trolls more effective—-and tell you what you can do about it.

      • Speakers: <a href="/users/787">Bart Massey</a>, <a href="/users/18">Selena Deckelmann</a>, <a href="/users/445">Duke Leto</a>