Somebody calls you a moron, idiot or even a disinfo agent and the urge to reach through your monitor is suddenly almost impossible for you to
I know the feeling, believe me... been there many times over the years.
What happens to us after getting attacked like this is a normal human reaction to trollery and the only recourse seemingly available would be to react
with outrage in the thread it happened in.
That's a problem, though, because experienced trolls just LOVE to see bruised egos. It makes them happy and they gleefully do their little 'Superior
Dance' while gloating at their success at getting your goat. Then they alert YOUR post to the mods and sit back, chortling with delight, waiting for
you to get your post removed.
Here's my advice... beat them at their own game and ignore the taunts. If it's obvious what they're pulling and bad enough to get your goat, alert
it yourself but don't respond to them at all.
It's sad to see members getting posts removed and also a chore for staffers to track down the troll who made those otherwise happy members flame.
The 'Bigger man' ( and Woman obviously) walks away......
I think the saying is .............'discretion is the better part of valor''...
I tend to laugh and smile and ignore and that means I can write what I want without the 'need' to really respond with venom............
I tend to do the same when I'm driving........ when someone 'cuts me up' I do NOT get mad and get road rage, I usually think 'what a twit' and smile
to myself........ usually in the knowledge that I am driving a better car anyway....
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I am starting to learn your way of dealing with trolls. However, I must admit to biting back at times. I just try to bite back without T&C
violations... It never bloody works though 'cos it just feeds them as they know they have a 'bite' then.
Originally posted by inkyminds
As a new-ish member, I'd have to say the 'alert' doesn't seem to be very well-enforced.
I have 'alerted' several posts in the past few days that have been in clear violation of the 'manners and decorum', that still remain.
I have to say I have noticed this too. There are some repeat offenders who often seem to get away with T&C violations.
And no way do I think I would make a good moderator if anyone gets any ideas.
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I can only speak for myself, but whenever I'm first to see a complaint, I check it out to see if it's a viable because some are completely unfounded
when the Terms and Conditions are taken into account. If it's an obvious transgression of our rules, I make the needed change right away, whether
that's a simple edit or more.
Other times, it's not so simple. Much of what we see in complaints are borderline T&C infractions which means that other staffers are called in for
their opinion and the consensus then rules for what we do.
It's not a perfect system but, over the years that I've moderated here on ATS, I see us getting much better at responding to alerts.
There are clueless trolls who get banned regularly and there are moderate trolls who try to stay within the parameters of the Terms and
Conditions. The most common trollery of the moderate kind are the ones that use mockery as their favourite form, making snide remarks that don't
attack anyone in particular.
Moderate or crafty trolls know the Terms and Conditions by heart and mke a practice of never crossing that line. Not much we can do about that until
it becomes obvious to staff that their only reason for being here is to disrupt and drive the debate away from the topics they post in.
Usually such things are handled through U2U's rather than just outright banning.
Originally posted by Lunartik
Just remember folks:-
A troll is someone who disagrees with what you post.
A troll will point out your stupidity and bigotry.
Dont worry though. If you have been found lacking upstairs, you can always report them. ITS A TROLL.
THEY MADE ME LOOK STUPID.
oh yuk ughoo, ( in the voice of Pluto) I am stupid.
nevermind. The internetz is here to defend the rights of the mentally retarded.
That has got to be the most ridiculous statement I've read in a while and have to admit that it seems like pure trollery of the crafty kind. You
know... mocking, etc. I hope you're just helping out by providing an excellent example of trollery because you just called 95% of ATS members
Disagreeing with a statement is not trolling... it's debate and can be done in a civil manner. Something obviously lacking in the above quote.
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