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From the Guardian, April 2015:

The Guardian wrote:
The nondescript building has been identified as the headquarters of Russia’s “troll army”, where hundreds of paid bloggers work round the clock to flood Russian internet forums, social networks and the comments sections of western publications with remarks praising the president, Vladimir Putin, and raging at the depravity and injustice of the west.

The Guardian spoke to two former employees of the troll enterprise, one of whom was in a department running fake blogs on the social network LiveJournal, and one who was part of a team that spammed municipal chat forums around Russia with pro-Kremlin posts. Both said they were employed unofficially and paid cash-in-hand.

They painted a picture of a work environment that was humourless and draconian, with fines for being a few minutes late or not reaching the required number of posts each day. Trolls worked in rooms of about 20 people, each controlled by three editors, who would check posts and impose fines if they found the words had been cut and pasted, or were ideologically deviant.

The LiveJournal blogger, who spent two months working at the centre until mid-March, said she was paid 45,000 roubles (£520, $790) a month, to run a number of accounts on the site. There was no contract - the only document she signed was a non-disclosure form. She was ordered not to tell her friends about the job, nor to add any of them to the social media accounts she would run under pseudonyms.

“We had to write ‘ordinary posts’, about making cakes or music tracks we liked, but then every now and then throw in a political post about how the Kiev government is fascist, or that sort of thing,” she said.

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tmcvey wrote:
From the Guardian, April 2015:

The Guardian wrote:
The nondescript building has been identified as the headquarters of Russia’s “troll army”, where hundreds of paid bloggers work round the clock to flood Russian internet forums, social networks and the comments sections of western publications with remarks praising the president, Vladimir Putin, and raging at the depravity and injustice of the west.

The Guardian spoke to two former employees of the troll enterprise, one of whom was in a department running fake blogs on the social network LiveJournal, and one who was part of a team that spammed municipal chat forums around Russia with pro-Kremlin posts. Both said they were employed unofficially and paid cash-in-hand.

They painted a picture of a work environment that was humourless and draconian, with fines for being a few minutes late or not reaching the required number of posts each day. Trolls worked in rooms of about 20 people, each controlled by three editors, who would check posts and impose fines if they found the words had been cut and pasted, or were ideologically deviant.

The LiveJournal blogger, who spent two months working at the centre until mid-March, said she was paid 45,000 roubles (£520, $790) a month, to run a number of accounts on the site. There was no contract - the only document she signed was a non-disclosure form. She was ordered not to tell her friends about the job, nor to add any of them to the social media accounts she would run under pseudonyms.

“We had to write ‘ordinary posts’, about making cakes or music tracks we liked, but then every now and then throw in a political post about how the Kiev government is fascist, or that sort of thing,” she said.



Wait, Cobert, Dashi, and Hyperbolus are Russian?
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she2 wrote:
tmcvey wrote:
From the Guardian, April 2015:

The Guardian wrote:
The nondescript building has been identified as the headquarters of Russia’s “troll army”, where hundreds of paid bloggers work round the clock to flood Russian internet forums, social networks and the comments sections of western publications with remarks praising the president, Vladimir Putin, and raging at the depravity and injustice of the west.

The Guardian spoke to two former employees of the troll enterprise, one of whom was in a department running fake blogs on the social network LiveJournal, and one who was part of a team that spammed municipal chat forums around Russia with pro-Kremlin posts. Both said they were employed unofficially and paid cash-in-hand.

They painted a picture of a work environment that was humourless and draconian, with fines for being a few minutes late or not reaching the required number of posts each day. Trolls worked in rooms of about 20 people, each controlled by three editors, who would check posts and impose fines if they found the words had been cut and pasted, or were ideologically deviant.

The LiveJournal blogger, who spent two months working at the centre until mid-March, said she was paid 45,000 roubles (£520, $790) a month, to run a number of accounts on the site. There was no contract - the only document she signed was a non-disclosure form. She was ordered not to tell her friends about the job, nor to add any of them to the social media accounts she would run under pseudonyms.

“We had to write ‘ordinary posts’, about making cakes or music tracks we liked, but then every now and then throw in a political post about how the Kiev government is fascist, or that sort of thing,” she said.



Wait, Cobert, Dashi, and Hyperbolus are Russian?


I hope they're getting more for their money than that.
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she2 wrote:
Wait, Cobert, Dashi, and Hyperbolus are Russian?


Nah, the Russians had quality control.
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There was a guy last year who I was sure was working for them actually.

Came out of relative nowhere and kept posting things on how much of a Genius Putin was in the geopolitical stage and how far the US was being left behind by a resurgent Russia.

Definitely weird stuff.
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The depressing thing is that they're running a trolling operation like a New Jersey boiler room or a call center.

Don't they realize true trolling genius can't be mass-produced? How can Russia, the land of Pushkin and Mayakovsky, not see the poetry within true trolling? Philistines.
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tmcvey wrote:
The depressing thing is that they're running a trolling operation like a New Jersey boiler room or a call center.

Don't they realize true trolling genius can't be mass-produced? How can Russia, the land of Pushkin and Mayakovsky, not see the poetry within true trolling? Philistines.


So you are one of those damn hipsters advocating artisan trolling?
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Hell I get paid not to troll.
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windsagio wrote:
There was a guy last year who I was sure was working for them actually.

Came out of relative nowhere and kept posting things on how much of a Genius Putin was in the geopolitical stage and how far the US was being left behind by a resurgent Russia.

Definitely weird stuff.


I remember this...

https://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/19446987#19446987
 
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gamesterinns wrote:
windsagio wrote:
There was a guy last year who I was sure was working for them actually.

Came out of relative nowhere and kept posting things on how much of a Genius Putin was in the geopolitical stage and how far the US was being left behind by a resurgent Russia.

Definitely weird stuff.


I remember this...

https://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/19446987#19446987


If you think Lee Dambis is one of those trolls then you've no idea what they look like.
 
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she2 wrote:
tmcvey wrote:
From the Guardian, April 2015:

The Guardian]The nondescript building has been identified as the headquarters of Russia’s “troll army”, where hundreds of paid bloggers work round the clock to flood Russian internet forums, social networks and the comments sections of western publications with remarks praising the president, Vladimir Putin, and raging at the depravity and injustice of the west.

The Guardian spoke to two former employees of the troll enterprise, one of whom was in a department running fake blogs on the social network LiveJournal, and one who was part of a team that spammed municipal chat forums around Russia with pro-Kremlin posts. Both said they were employed unofficially and paid cash-in-hand.

They painted a picture of a work environment that was humourless and draconian, with fines for being a few minutes late or not reaching the required number of posts each day. Trolls worked in rooms of about 20 people, each controlled by three editors, who would check posts and impose fines if they found the words had been cut and pasted, or were ideologically deviant.

The LiveJournal blogger, who spent two months working at the centre until mid-March, said she was paid 45,000 roubles (£520, $790) a month, to run a number of accounts on the site. There was no contract - the only document she signed was a non-disclosure form. She was ordered not to tell her friends about the job, nor to add any of them to the social media accounts she would run under pseudonyms.

“We had to write ‘ordinary posts’, about making cakes or music tracks we liked, but then every now and then throw in a political post about how the Kiev government is fascist, or that sort of thing,” she said.



Wait, Cobert, Dashi, and Hyperbolus are Russian?


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Beat me to it.
 
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GameCrossing wrote:
So you are one of those damn hipsters advocating artisan trolling?


I was appreciating hand crafted, sustainably produced, organically farmed trolling *before* any of the rest of you. I was following Archimedes Plutonium on sci.physics *before* he sold out and went mainstream.
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GameCrossing wrote:
tmcvey wrote:
The depressing thing is that they're running a trolling operation like a New Jersey boiler room or a call center.

Don't they realize true trolling genius can't be mass-produced? How can Russia, the land of Pushkin and Mayakovsky, not see the poetry within true trolling? Philistines.


So you are one of those damn hipsters advocating artisan trolling?


I certainly am! I'll have to buy some thick black rimmed glasses.
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