The Inability of Many to Ignore the Troll

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    Aug 24, 2011 5:13 AM GMT
    Why is it that some people simply cannot ignore the troll(s) who interject into an ongoing thread with the sole purpose of trying to ruin it for the participants. By now everyone knows that engaging with them does not work.

    Do they think that by telling the troll to fuck off and die he's actually just going to say something like "oh sorry, I'll fuck off and die now" or that by telling him he's an asshole he's really going to feel bad?

    When will people learn to just ignore it and not reply in any way shape or form.

    If you're the type that has to get your 2 cents back at a troll please explain why you can't resist when you know that your actions are just making matters worse for everyone else.


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    Aug 24, 2011 5:16 AM GMT
    It's an acquired skill. A large portion of the posters here don't have a lot of message board experience. They act on the visceral impulse to harp on the troll.
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    Aug 24, 2011 5:20 AM GMT
    Look at me

    Look at me

    Look at me

    Look at me

    Look at me




    I'm sorry. What was the question?
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    Aug 24, 2011 5:36 AM GMT
    Normally I have good troll blocker, but in the Layton thread, which I know you're referring to, I just couldn't fathom why people would post which such vitriol. It kinda bothered me lol.

    Plus the guy has 7x the posts I do... a typical troll doesn't have that kind of endurance.

    But I'm still learning who's who here.
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    Aug 24, 2011 6:45 AM GMT
    It's not that people don't learn. It's that there are will always be a steady supply of people who are on their way to learning. As some learn, more unlearned will replace them.

    It's the same way on forums for people who post without searching their question first, and people who post a topic with a poorly chosen title. You can teach them a better way, but the influx of replacements will always be there.

    In these cases, the best thing to do is ugly-up the site with reminders so that EVERY person will see them often. But then there are only so many reminders and requests that will fit on a webpage.
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    Aug 24, 2011 6:51 AM GMT
    some people are stupid.
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    Aug 24, 2011 6:59 AM GMT
    Either people are bored, or they're easily baited but don't realize it.
  • JP85257

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    Aug 24, 2011 7:00 AM GMT
    I tried to hit a troll with the car the other day. Does it count?
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    Aug 24, 2011 1:42 PM GMT
    Im too cute to ignore icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 24, 2011 1:48 PM GMT
    It's tough for me to walk away form a fight.... you think I would have learned it by now, and most times I am able to do it but like many, I have "internet bravado."
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    Aug 24, 2011 2:02 PM GMT
    Have not read the Layton thread yet
    I just keep focused on the topic majority of the time
    although occasionally I do get "baited"( I am confrontationist)
    this is a website of real people in real world, positive and negative
    j.c.
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    Aug 24, 2011 2:06 PM GMT
    It's a hard skill to develop. I have managed to finally bring myself to block the ones I find most irritating.

    A few of them I just can't resist though. Making personal attacks on a troll is a guiltless pleasure because.

    a) they deserve it.
    b) it's not like you're bringing down the level of discussion.
    c) anyone who thinks you're an asshole for doing it is far too stupid to care about.
    d) it's just so damned fun.
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    Aug 24, 2011 2:08 PM GMT
    SkinnyBitch saidIt's not that people don't learn. It's that there are will always be a steady supply of people who are on their way to learning. As some learn, more unlearned will replace them.

    It's the same way on forums for people who post without searching their question first, and people who post a topic with a poorly chosen title. You can teach them a better way, but the influx of replacements will always be there.

    In these cases, the best thing to do is ugly-up the site with reminders so that EVERY person will see them often. But then there are only so many reminders and requests that will fit on a webpage.

    +1. The same applies to life as well. Great post.
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    Aug 24, 2011 2:11 PM GMT
    The_Guerrilla_Sodomite saidIt's a hard skill to develop. I have managed to finally bring myself to block the ones I find most irritating.

    A few of them I just can't resist though. Making personal attacks on a troll is a guiltless pleasure because.

    a) they deserve it.
    b) it's not like you're bringing down the level of discussion.
    c) anyone who thinks you're an asshole for doing it is far too stupid to care about.
    d) it's just so damned fun.


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    Aug 24, 2011 2:14 PM GMT



    Babs said it first and said it best..


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    Aug 24, 2011 2:17 PM GMT
    OP - Do you consider a form of trolling bumping all at once another member's threads over a several month period to make it look like the other member is spamming the board?
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    Aug 24, 2011 2:18 PM GMT
    theantijock saidA tongue is sharpest when used to cut out a cancer and help that person breathe, not to cut off his leg to maim him.


    And yet so few tongues know the difference between a cancer and a leg.
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    Aug 24, 2011 2:18 PM GMT
    theantijock saidA tongue is sharpest when used to cut out a cancer and help that person breathe, not to cut off his leg to maim him.


    My tongue is wrapped in razor wire and dripping acid. Not exactly a precision surgical instrument
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    Aug 24, 2011 2:19 PM GMT
    socalfitness saidOP - Do you consider a form of trolling bumping all at once another member's threads over a several month period to make it look like the other member is spamming the board?


    damn you're stupid. of course not.
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    Aug 24, 2011 2:22 PM GMT
    waimea said
    socalfitness saidOP - Do you consider a form of trolling bumping all at once another member's threads over a several month period to make it look like the other member is spamming the board?


    damn you're stupid. of course not.

    Is that something you do, btw? A bit defensive. Miss your usual 24 pt green font. It was so becoming.
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    Aug 24, 2011 2:26 PM GMT
    theantijock said
    waimea said
    socalfitness saidOP - Do you consider a form of trolling bumping all at once another member's threads over a several month period to make it look like the other member is spamming the board?


    damn you're stupid. of course not.


    I think the reference might have been that time when two guys were beating up on that socially inept kid who did the vids of himself singing. Why would you call someone stupid for that? Who taught you people how to treat others?


    I think the reference might have been from all socalfitness's less than intelligent and really ultraconversative comment back in the Eisenhower era. Why would you call me out for saying that's obviously true? Who taught you how to think?
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    Aug 24, 2011 2:27 PM GMT
    I wonder who started the whole concept of 'Trolling'

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    Aug 24, 2011 2:28 PM GMT
    I think this Thread is at a high risk factor of being Troll'd....

    The trolls just can't help themselves!
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    Aug 24, 2011 2:30 PM GMT
    Fivealive saidI wonder who started the whole concept of 'Trolling'



    Wikipedia has everything, even if it's not always right. icon_wink.gif

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troll_Internet


    The most likely derivation of the word troll can be found in the phrase "trolling for newbies", popularized in the early 1990s in the Usenet group, alt.folklore.urban (AFU).[12][13] Commonly, what is meant is a relatively gentle inside joke by veteran users, presenting questions or topics that had been so overdone that only a new user would respond to them earnestly. For example, a veteran of the group might make a post on the common misconception that glass flows over time. Long-time readers would both recognize the poster's name and know that the topic had been discussed a lot, but new subscribers to the group would not realize, and would thus respond. These types of trolls served as a practice to identify group insiders. This definition of trolling, considerably narrower than the modern understanding of the term, was considered a positive contribution.[12][14] One of the most notorious AFU trollers, Snopes,[12] went on to create his eponymous urban folklore website.
    By the late 1990s, alt.folklore.urban had such heavy traffic and participation that trolling of this sort was frowned upon. Others expanded the term to include the practice of playing a seriously misinformed or deluded user, even in newsgroups where one was not a regular; these were often attempts at humor rather than provocation. In such contexts, the noun troll usually referred to an act of trolling, rather than to the author.
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    Aug 24, 2011 2:36 PM GMT
    theantijock said
    waimea said
    theantijock said
    waimea said
    socalfitness saidOP - Do you consider a form of trolling bumping all at once another member's threads over a several month period to make it look like the other member is spamming the board?


    damn you're stupid. of course not.


    I think the reference might have been that time when two guys were beating up on that socially inept kid who did the vids of himself singing. Why would you call someone stupid for that? Who taught you people how to treat others?


    I think the reference might have been from all socalfitness's less than intelligent and really ultraconversative comment back in the Eisenhower era. Why would you call me out for saying that's obviously true? Who taught you how to think?


    That I do not agree with someone's politics does not deafen me to the rest of them. Compassion teaches me.


    LOL but you have to agree that once someone posts something so outrageously and blatantly ignorant, it's easy to write them off for good. Socalfitness is a great example of that.