posted on Sep, 16 2016 @ 04:02 AM
a reply to: bilbous
One thing that I've noticed consistently about people who pretend to be "lurkers" who just suddenly joined is that they always over-explain. It's kind
of like the way people tend to babble and give too many unnecessary details when they're nervous.
They also tend to dredge things up, pretending to be just another one of the regular folks...have you noticed that? They sort of stick little details
into normal conversation that kind of needle their way into other people's thoughts and before you know it, they've got that person talking about it
too. And next thing you know, they've derailed the entire topic all over again.
All it takes is one gullible person to fall for it and suddenly they've got themselves an unwitting accomplice. They always go after the nice people
too, have you noticed that? The ones who are open and friendly. I hate that, don't you? It's so conniving, so deceitful.
But a troll simply cannot resist the opportunity to do what he/she/it does best. They're like herpes...they just won't go away. It's the most annoying
thing. Luckily for the rest of us, they are typically overconfident and think they're actually fooling everyone...when in reality, they're as
transparent as cheap cellophane.
But we're a close knit bunch here, so we're pretty good at spotting them and getting them weeded out before they can get too comfy. You should
definitely let a mod know if you see someone chatting up someone else in a thread, conning them into derailing the topic of a thread to bring up
things that have already been handled and are irrelevant to the actual discussion.
There's a little "alert" function if you click on the little green person below the member avatar. It's really cool...one click and you've alerted the
mods that someone is up to shenanigans. And especially if there has already been an issue on that thread with trolling and baiting and silly arguments
about stars...or any of that other nonsense that isn't tolerated here...definitely let them know then, because they already expect a troublemaker to
open another new account and try a different tact to accomplish the same thing.
Thank goodness they're typically dumb enough to tip people off, but just in case you actually run across one with half a brain cell (trust me, that's
rare), you'll know exactly how to handle it.