Just in case we lose this great site. The other places we find ourselves won’t be so friendly . We can let our guard down here but that is a
dangerous thing to do and other places .
Trolls have a very limited tool chest to draw from. They will come at you in many different ways. Aggressively, mockingly, working in a group or from
a position of popularity. (The forum cool kids)
But the only real tactic they have is to put you on the defensive.
That puts you at a disadvantage in any debate. When anyone is on the defensive their opponent controls the narrative.
The solution is simple never never never go on the defensive always maintain the offensive. Don’t debate their narrative debate yours. Attack
attack attack .
Don’t defend your position press it. Stick them in a box and make them reply to you.
When you realize you’re dealing with a troll have a plan. Use their words against them to reverse their tactics.
Pick the statement you want to use well in advance and don’t spring it on them until well on in the debate. Then make it their entire position.
Another great tactic is don’t read their replies. Just skim them and Cherry pick one sentence or half of a sentence to put them on the defensive.
And once again make the passage you selected their entire argument.
We have one member here that excels in that tactic.
The other way to disarm them is to be honest. Trolls have no defense against that. The majority are inordinately dishonest with the sole goal of using
whatever means necessary to get under your skin.
When they succeed you find yourself on the defensive. In that case you will lose they will succeed by making you angry .
Trolls are right sometimes just like everybody else. Admit your fault they will try to capitalize on that to put you on the defensive.
But all you have to do is say yup you were right there. It’s exceedingly difficult to argue with someone that’s telling you you’re right.
You can always ignore them too.
But where’s the fun in that?
edit on 19-7-2020 by Fallingdown because: (no reason given)
edit on 19-7-2020 by Fallingdown
because: (no reason given)