Am I correct that this is called Troll Timers because some people “troll” their fellow players by thinking long?
I used to think very long on game moves—with the common comment/complaint that it doesn’t seem to improve my winning chances. Not sure about the latter.
We did introduce timers to some games to limit turn time—and it did speed up things.
Nope, you are not correct. If anything the timer is the troll, badgering you and getting in your head and leading to sub-optimal decisions.
The working title was Time Pressure, and one might say its current alliterative name is a joke in poor taste.
(Explaining the joke + spoilers for anyone unfamiliar with HPMoR: Time Pressure was the title of a chapter where the main character has to think fast to keep a friend of his from being eaten by a troll, the kind with green skin and a big club. The panic of a ticking clock leads to missing some ideas he only thinks of later.)
(According to Eliezer, each tick denotes a “wasted motion”—something that Harry does or thinks that will nevertheless not influence his final course of action.)
Ah, that troll.