What is the term when someone asks the same question over and over because he is trolling.

Spamming might work, but I would like a more formal word.

I got mad because he was ...

  • Spamming if your audience is young enough.
    – TsSkTo
    Commented Jan 4, 2017 at 19:38
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    What is the situation? Did he repetitively ask the same question because he has Alzheimer's? Because you didn't answer it correctly? Because he's trying to make sure you know he is ignoring your answers? Can you please update the post with more situational detail?
    – Hank
    Commented Jan 4, 2017 at 20:03
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    Can you add that to the OP, please? Some people will not look at comments for clarification and your post may end up being closed for that.
    – Hank
    Commented Jan 4, 2017 at 20:05
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    @Hank I did it.Hope my question will be less nebulous
    – user213640
    Commented Jan 4, 2017 at 20:07
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    I do think spamming or nagging is a fit here.
    – Hank
    Commented Jan 4, 2017 at 20:15

2 Answers 2



which means to annoy or irritate somebody with constant urging.

It is often used to indicate constant complaining, but it works here.

Synonyms include:

harass, badger, give someone a hard time, hound, harry, criticize, carp, find fault with, keep on at, grumble at, go on at;

I got mad because he was nagging/badgering/harrassing me.

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    @user213640 On sites like this, we usually refer to it as "harrasment" when it is of a personal nature. Commented Jan 4, 2017 at 20:21
  • "nagging": it carries with it heavy gender-stereotypes (certainly using it to describe a even a 'trolling' line of questions by a woman congressperson would be considered sexist). Also, 'nagging' is frequently used while advocating reasonable/beneficial expectations, where a troll is bringing up unreasonable things with an intent to provoke. 'badgering', rings to me as forcing war of attrition, not reason, while advocating for a point held in good faith. Harassment rings more as an ad hominem attack ... and trolling can be quite malicious and disruptive without getting personal.
    – Tom22
    Commented Jan 5, 2017 at 1:08


To behave in an annoying manner towards someone by doing or asking for something repeatedly.

John has been pestering her to go out with him all month. (Cambridge Dictionary)

  • Somoene pesting usually wants to actually get something done and it's not infrequently used when they're pestering about a valid concern. Trolling is meant to disrupt, and to create anger and chaos, not to get a concern frequently held in good faith dealt with. (frequently: 'stop pestering me, I'll get around to it')
    – Tom22
    Commented Jan 5, 2017 at 1:21

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