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On the proper Feeding of Trolls

 
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Eve Z.



Joined: 10 Aug 2006
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2012 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, no. At least not before they do their 'trollwork'. If they get ignored, they might go away, or (if not) they will go further, with some more hardcore trolling, until they eventually get a reaction. And some don't go away if you ban them... They will make a new account, a new IP and go on with it, even worse than before.

I know of a troll on the TS3 site that cause lots of mayhem and drama. (with death treats and porn stuff) -.- He was 'put to sleep' by a couple of people who managed to track him down and let his parents know about his 'internet activity'.

Ignoring them doesn't solve things; banning them, not always; tracking them down to find out who they are, which in most cases scares them, is (most of the time) effective.
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Traegorn



Joined: 16 Feb 2010
Posts: 157

PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2012 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To be fair, there's a percentage who will go away of ignored. Or, as I prefer to do, "Awesome" them until they go away.


Example:

Troll: Ur [creative project] sucks!
Me: AWESOME!
Troll: wut?
Me: AWESOME!
Troll: Ur a loser and should kill yourself!
Me: AWESOME!
Troll: ...

It doesn't work on everyone, but it's surprisingly effective a lot of the time.
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Marscaleb



Joined: 28 Aug 2012
Posts: 258

PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2012 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Traegorn wrote:
To be fair, there's a percentage who will go away of ignored. Or, as I prefer to do, "Awesome" them until they go away.


Example:

Troll: Ur [creative project] sucks!
Me: AWESOME!
Troll: wut?
Me: AWESOME!
Troll: Ur a loser and should kill yourself!
Me: AWESOME!
Troll: ...

It doesn't work on everyone, but it's surprisingly effective a lot of the time.


Lol. No pun intended, but that's awesome.

I think it also proves an interesting point. Sure, some lose interest if no one reacts, some stick around until there is a reaction, but very, very few of them have any idea how to handle the wrong reaction.

Which is ironic, since they are thriving on creating content that people don't know how to react to.


Anyway, my opinion, nine times out of ten you should just ignore them. Starve them. Only a few of them are really going to persist until they get a reaction. But the majority of them are just out acting juvenile, and juveniles don't have patience.
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Bill Murphy



Joined: 22 Aug 2012
Posts: 28

PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2012 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I read on another "phpbb" forum that there is a setting where a troll's comments can be hidden to all users but the troll will still see it's own comments along with everyone else's comments. That way the troll will keep replying and think no one is responding. Twisted Evil
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