Web troll is derived mainly from fishing terms, and it applies to your examples (except the Christmas troll thing). There is a technique used in fishing called trolling, where the boat drags bait along under the water luring fish to bite and be caught. When someone online does it, and posts 'I HATE AMD' in the AMDZone Forums (a very, very AMD centric website) they are trolling. They have effectively put bait (I HATE AMD) in the water (AMDZone) waiting to incite (lure) unsuspecting people into responding for the troller's amusement (caught). In your cases, the paid employees were looking to lure people into their stores for financial gain. Most times when troll is slung about nowadays, its not because of financial gain. Why you were called one, is you went into the Folding Sub-Forum, and called it a waste, incited an argument, and then de-railed the thread. All of which follows what I posted in post 7. That is what I assume this is about, and I'm not saying you are a troll (covering my ass here).