For regular people (non famous), how bad can trolling affect your livelihood? Let's say it's not that easy to put 1 and 2 together, but people with the know how took extensive amounts of time to figure out that you likely trolled some forums in the distant past, and trolled in an obscene and annoying fashion. For example, joking about gay sex, getting jumped, being a loser, getting ripped off, and just flat out stupidity and even a little bit of creepiness. How bad will or can it affect you in the long haul? Would you never ever be able to have a career? Would every single person that knew, just write you off? Should you make up a story and deny it? For movie stars or famous people: How bad would it affect a celebrity if it was discovered one day through other forums that this person was a troll on other message boards? What would happen if one forum told everybody where the archived posts were located at? Would it go viral on youtube? Would it be on Fox or NBC? How bad would it make this person look? Like a stupid idiot, loser? If this person was embarrassed and lets say Anderson Cooper asked him if he really was a certain alias. Should this person deny it or just confess and apologize to the media? Also, what if some people thought that this person wasn't even a troll, but just a truthful idiot? Would people forgive? Anyway this person could redeem himself and make people get over it?