posted on Aug, 15 2010 @ 04:29 PM
Trolls can be counter-trolled, but it's not recommended for those who don't know what they're doing. The ideal strategy to handle trolls,
obviously, is to ignore them, but on a forum like ATS, where there are people who apparently hold very controversial and, at times, offensive views to
be true, this can lead to people who are simply belligerent, instead of actual, deliberate trolls, being mistakenly identified as a troll. In most
cases, I think the best solution is simply to ban controversial opinions and arrest anyone who professes them, regardless of whether or not they
believe them. It's fine to discuss ideas which aren't popular, but attempting to argue in favor of absurdities like the existence of the Illuminati
or a 9/11 conspiracy should not be allowed under any circumstances.
Originally posted by March of the Fire Ants
I can't help but have a little bit of respect for trolls when it's done right. Some people are just way too opinionated and sure of themselves. A
little comic deflation can work wonders IMO!
Likewise. I occasionally troll on another forum I'm a member of (not telling which!) and I always do it with arguments that both somewhat offensive
(in that people will find them dumb and annoying, I don't do things like say, "we should kill all the Jews, that'll solve the economy!" or
whatever) and superficially logical, so people get annoyed and try to debate me, without exposing the obvious flaws. My whole point is just to keep
people on their toes and keep their reasoning active, because I feel like a lot of people just sort of absorb information and don't really try to
think about it critically in any kind of effective way.
[edit on 15-8-2010 by pr3l33t]