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I think it's a given that we've been "infiltrated". You look at some topics and there are the same posters, time after time, either supporting the government stance or denying any sort of conspiracy even exists.
Originally posted by Shirak
I have seen countless political and sensitive threads derailed by individuals that I would consider to earnest in their derailment efforts to be a valid forum contributor seeming more like a persona with an agenda.
I actually study the methods of such individuals to find patterns of both personality and intent.
In the land grab for your mind and opinion social media is the new frontier.
Approaching suspected plants/trolls as a learning experience is quite illuminating.
Personally I would like to see public schools roll out a social media awareness campaign. Social media being the new platform of advertising whether you are a business selling a product or a gov selling an idea.
Personally I think that there should be tougher penalties for personas who abuse threads by derailing them.
Originally posted by Dustytoad
Defeat trolls by keeping the topic on course and by getting all the stars.
calling them out only serves a troll purpose.
If you do bring up a picture of a troll or say there is trolling going on just don't mention any names, and don't drop hints either.. Just leave it for those who have eyes to see.