"Nerd u [censor evasion], my main pwnz u" "Saferrrrr" "I [bleep]ed ur mom last night" "Your mom" "You [bleep]ing Jew!!" (From Lady Larriel's vid) "Ur not gonna be laughing when u hear moaning from ur mom's room"
Yes this is the typical F2P scenario (and the RSOF), there is alot of players in very little gamespace, trolls are everywhere, in every direction. Now, the big question: How do these players influence the game, and what effects has been caused?
Trolls feed off anything you give them, any emoticons can be detected miles off. It's kind of sad to see RuneScape's lack of a f2p community like this, makes me wonder about the maturity of players. A vid to demonstrate what I mean:
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Trolls can be costly in several ways. A troll can disrupt the discussion on a newsgroup, disseminate bad advice, and damage the feeling of trust in the newsgroup community. Furthermore, in a group that has become sensitized to trolling where the rate of deception is high many honestly naïve questions may be quickly rejected as trollings. This can be quite off-putting to the new user who upon venturing a first posting is immediately bombarded with angry accusations. Even if the accusation is unfounded, being branded a troll is quite damaging to one's online
To conclude, I think there should be a new rule on RuneScape, that being Idiocy. Not too long ago I've seen a screenshot of Paul talking about reports, with alot of players being reported because they were being a jerk/troll/moron/noob, which is horrible to a major game like RuneScape.