31 thoughts on “No Kidding?

  1. “Would you do brain surgery on someone for a joke?”
    “well, not if I liked them. Also, the joke would have to be pretty funny.”

    … trolls are scary people. trolls with enough money/time/energy to actually hire brain surgeons are worse.

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  2. This definition of trolling seems… a bit whacked, too, by the way. Quintessential trolling (when not being done by polling firms, or PR agencies) is about creating a big kerfluffle, that you can post about on 4chan or another message board. It doesn’t have to be about annoying people.

    In fact, annoying people is rarely as productive as you’d think (that whole blinking Epilepsy website thing aside). A troll would rather post a handdrawn picture of a new pokemon… (oh, my lord, did that one create a 3 day firestorm, trawling across multiple message boards, and getting official denials which Of Course weren’t believed).

    Not saying that the survey’s wrong, mind.

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  3. I don’t know if it was from the same study but I remember reading a few weeks ago that trolls respond highly to negative commentary and it encourages them to be more trollish and bullying. Meanwhile people who write thoughtful things do respond to positive commentary but not in a way that encourages them to post more.

    So tell a troll that they are horrible and vile and said troll will post more.

    Tell a thoughtful person that they write really cool things and said person will probably not post more frequently.

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  4. The piece says, “Don’t feed the trolls”, but I’d add something.

    If you have a banhammer, use it. The best method, especially for new identities, is to delete the comment, and then give an explanation why. Do not, however, be drawn into a debate. They sometimes will try. This will be the evidence that you needed to just ban them without comment.

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  5. Most of the “trolls” I knew frequented a certain game community forum. They were, for the most part, kids. And by kids I mean below 25. That said, I did occasionally participate in being a troll. It was fun to push folks buttons on hot topics. Then the damn mods got involved :)

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