In Poland we have got many names for young children or teenagers using the Internet. For example we could see on the Internet that many have mangled the mother tongue and have been writing like this:

I’m CoOl, dON’t yOu ThInK :* swEEt

The point is that they mix capitalized and normal letters. We call these people pokémons. I can see that this way of typing is also spread around the world so what do you call such people?

Second issue. Spotty teenagers flooding the web, asking over and over what had been answered, disregarding net etiquette. Someone forged the term of ‘neo child’. neo stem from the name of the product — Neostrada — a broadband Internet from the largest Internet provider in Poland: Telekomunikacja. Neostrada was and probably has been the most popular way to connect to the Internet so in some period of time we experienced such neo children.

Please watch this YouTube video to better understand what I mean: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6DZOq2hulk (hope you like it :D)

So, do you have a name for such stupid behaviours? Ah, what is more interesting is that not only children can be called ‘neo’. Adults can too if only their behaviour is similar.

  • Is the the second different than trolling?
    – timur
    Jan 29, 2011 at 12:54
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    I think the word "teenagers" tends to come loaded with all forms of warning for the knowing.
    – Orbling
    Jan 29, 2011 at 13:30
  • In China, we call a similar phenomenon to the former Mars Language (火星文). E.g. 煋 instead of 火星.
    – user3812
    Jan 29, 2011 at 15:26
  • timur: sometimes they overlap. Often being a troll you have to be intelligent to instigate a war.
    – humbledude
    Jan 30, 2011 at 16:32
  • For the phenomenon (rather than the kids), there's also the phrase "Eternal September". (Look it up.) Feb 19, 2011 at 6:27

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There's no specific term I know of that is used to describe adolescent people on The Internet. Here are some specific terms:

  • Script kiddie refers to people who use scripts to attack computer systems. They are referred to in a derogatory manner as 'kiddies' (a slag term for 'kids' or 'children') because they typically do not have the skill to write the scripts on their own and have obtained them from another source and run them. They are often stereotyped as writing in the style you described (alternating case).
  • newbie/noob/newb/nub refers to any person who is new to the activity in which they are participating. You can modify the adjective with a noun to specify the activity explicitly: an internet newb is someone who is new at using the Internet.
  • Troll refers to any person on the internet who posts inflammatory content for the purpose of enticing anger or other negative emotions from people. They are often stereotyped as being younger people.
  • Once everybody was a newbie so I don’t find it especially bad name. But I've often seen that they call themselves a ‘n00b’ (recanting or self-whipping): ‘hey I’m n00b, help please!’. The point is that to RTFM which neo children don’t.
    – humbledude
    Jan 30, 2011 at 16:47
  • As I’m not a native I can’t see much difference between nub/n00b. But you’re right: I think I could use nub or kiddie.
    – humbledude
    Jan 30, 2011 at 16:54
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    I was under the impression that trolls were all ages, and if anything, older. Jul 5, 2014 at 15:21

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