Hello, just wondering what the difference is between 'shipper trolls' and 'real shippers'. As you said yourself, there are bad eggs in both camps. I have lost respect for many shippers over their treatment if MM, which, I assume, comes from jealousy and envy. I applaud you for acknowledging that people from both sides behave badly.
Okay, I am answering this ask only to clarify what I meant, but I will tell you now that I am side-eyeing your “lost respect” comment.
A “shipper troll” and “anti troll” are just TROLLS, they are most often neither shippers nor antis.
By definition from Wikipedia:
An internet troll (/ˈtroʊl/, /ˈtrɒl/) is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory,extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal, on-topic discussion, often for the troll’s amusement.
These trolls, by the nature of wanting to sow discord, simply pick a side, any side.
Some will pick the shipper side, some will pick the anti side, but they are just miserable people who enjoy provoking the reader and will chose to do so by whatever means.
In the Outlander fandom we have seen trolls get involved in shipping, in politics and other topics where they can just post opposing views to irritate and insult people.
So, yes…these “shipper trolls” are NOT shippers.
Hope that clarifies.