or just cynical?

(29 Posts)
MintyyAeroEgg Sat 20-Apr-13 23:22:23

am really surprised by the number of people who fall for troll stories on Mumsnet.

Perhaps I have just been around for too long.

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Sun 21-Apr-13 12:28:33

No, sorry, I wasn't being clear. I meant my tiny voice of what if they're real. even if it sounds totally unbelievable. They might be real.

I know if I told you the story of my life, you would certainly think I was making it up! grin

MintyyAeroEgg Sun 21-Apr-13 09:54:31

Loads of threads get deleted for being troll threads but I bet that's only the tip of the iceberg.

I understand completely what you are saying Hecsy (re. the tiny voice of doubt) but I just stay away from any that I feel cynical about. There are plenty of much kinder/more gullible (whichever way you want to look at it) people on here.

Portofino Sun 21-Apr-13 09:39:23

Me either.

usualsuspect Sun 21-Apr-13 09:32:50

I don't believe half the threads on here tbh

everlong Sun 21-Apr-13 09:24:17

Yanbu

Tbh there are some threads that I think are utter bollocks but will still reply because they are harnless.

I only report if I think they could upset someone.

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Sun 21-Apr-13 09:21:18

I like to think I am not thick grin often I do click report. And often the thread is subsequently deleted grin so my troldar must be getting better.

It's just that little voice that says what if...

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Sun 21-Apr-13 09:20:13

I just worry that maybe it is real and the person is desperate. We can't know it's fake. What if the person has nobody at all in their life that they can turn to, so they go to the internet and people lay into them?

There's one person I do recognise, who keeps coming back and back and back with variations on a theme. They change their name and they change details like age of child, number of other children, etc, but the skeleton of the story is always the same. I don't think they're lying, but I am not quite sure what they want. I feel really sorry for them.

Maryz Sun 21-Apr-13 01:02:02

I try very hard to think that people are nice. But a part of me thinks they are thick naive.

But sometimes trolls are convincing. And when "regulars" drop hints they become even more convincing.

That is why I have relationships hidden. I just wish that hidden topics didn't come up in "Most Active" as I get drawn in [sigh]

YouTheCat Sun 21-Apr-13 00:45:15

I don't venture into Relationships very often.

I am no good at 'discreet' at all. grin

AgentZigzag Sun 21-Apr-13 00:33:22

I sometimes have a bit of a lurk in relationships, how can you tell who's trolling in those parts?

IamtheZombie Sun 21-Apr-13 00:29:09

Zombie gave up on Relationships ages ago. Those trolls are just downright cruel.

imour Sun 21-Apr-13 00:20:58

i dont think i would spot a troll story tbh ,why would the car park one be a troll story ? what do you have to look for ? im new ish on here and feeling quite naive now .

AgentZigzag Sun 21-Apr-13 00:13:40

I read the carparking one when it was at about 60 odd posts, do I need to open it to read later to avoid it being deleted/missing what deleted posts say LBE? <shameless rubbernecker>

LadyBeagleEyes Sat 20-Apr-13 23:59:16

I'm kind of 50/50 with the carpark one, but must admit I'm enjoying it.grin
Harmless and I like a good argument.
It's the trolls on relationships that I avoid like the plague, you can't say anything disbelieving or all the lovely and kind posters that do believe it will attack you.
I swear there's about three with three different threads given the writing style.

YANBU. Some are easy to spot and some are harder though, and obviously I've got fooled before (having given out way too much personal detail on one which seemed similar to my life...not nice) but some of them are obvious. (Equally, some aren't).

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AgentZigzag Sat 20-Apr-13 23:49:55

They make up much worse stuff than just police involvement I think Cat, the ones making up things happening to their children and that.

YouTheCat Sat 20-Apr-13 23:44:03

Not usually to the extent of police involvement.

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YouTheCat Sat 20-Apr-13 23:39:24

Is there one going that is about a carpark incident?

AgentZigzag Sat 20-Apr-13 23:37:33

'don't think I say anything' that should say, doh.

YouTheCat Sat 20-Apr-13 23:37:13

I'm usually okay at spotting troll threads and just don't bother posting unless it's very funny.

AgentZigzag Sat 20-Apr-13 23:36:41

I wonder about some threads and can mostly spot them, but the one's that get through and I genuinely post on do make me feel like a prize twat for not noticing.

I don't think say anything on MN I'm not comfortable spilling, but it makes you feel gullible.

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MintyyAeroEgg Sat 20-Apr-13 23:32:14

Good, glad you both agree! grin

And now, as site seems to be particularly badly infested tonight, I shall retire to bed with the Guardian magazine.

Thanks for replying to my little thread!

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