To say what's the big deal about trolls?

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Kateontheweight Thu 07-Apr-16 18:22:20

Since they thrive off attention, why do people keep creating separate threads and getting upset about them? Obviously if something isn't true, why do you need to get annoyed about it? So what if something is a story, I don't see the issue. You could help someone else in the long run.

Like that thread about teenage pregnancy etc, why do people get worked up?

Same goes for the thread yesterday about her boyfriend putting her baby in a pickle jar.

raininginspringtime Thu 07-Apr-16 18:32:09

I'm inclined to agree, but I bet no one else will!

Kateontheweight Thu 07-Apr-16 18:32:59

Thanks raining smile

MadamDeathstare Thu 07-Apr-16 18:36:00

Sometimes the troll is a journalist trawling the internet for article padding. It isn't very nice for someone to bare their soul and write about all kinds of traumatic childhood, medical, or legal experiences and then find it showing up in the Daily Mail or Guardian.

It also isn't pleasant to know that some people are misery porn junkies getting off on other people's harrowing stories and that their attempt to help someone get through a terrible ordeal is really just giving them the mental equivalent of wank fodder.

In addition some of the troll threads could trigger flashbacks, terrible feelings, and depression in people as they try and help the troll. To find that was just so someone can go giggling into the sunset is awful.

raininginspringtime Thu 07-Apr-16 18:36:54

I don't think OP is saying that it is pleasant, but that the more we react to it the more the troll likes it.

Kateontheweight Thu 07-Apr-16 18:38:07

I must agree that I don't think it's pleasant at all! But how we choose to react is very important.

MadamDeathstare Thu 07-Apr-16 18:38:40

There are also the money seeking trolls. The worst I saw was a woman who claimed her partner pushed her down the stairs and she gave birth to an extremely premature baby as a result. She posted a photo of the baby. Then the baby died. Fortunately another poster recognized the photo as being one that had been published a few years before of the most premature baby that has survived so far. The troll was clearly gearing up to ask for money for funeral expenses when the thread was pulled.

ThirtyNineWeeks Thu 07-Apr-16 18:39:46

I'm sick of being called goady. It's annoying and untrue.

MadamDeathstare Thu 07-Apr-16 18:40:29

If I recognize a troll thread I don't respond, I report it and then Mumsnet HQ can decide to pull it or not. The problem is there are so many now I find I am reporting threads that are not trolls.

I don't mind the funny troll threads though - like the lady who claimed to have found her DH getting jiggy with a knife sharpener. I think that one is in classics.

Kateontheweight Thu 07-Apr-16 18:40:29

Madam that's dreadful! What a way to pull on heart strings

ElsaAintAsColdAsMe Thu 07-Apr-16 18:41:10

I've been caught by a few bereavement trolls. They make on like they have a child who is dead, then me, and the other bereaved parents on here share our pain with the person, share our children, our coping methods, and listen to them about their child.

When it turns out they are a troll it is beyond upsetting and it makes me, and others less likely to try and help others just in case they are trolling as well.

It's horrible to help someone through what you think is their darkest time only to know it's some troll getting their kicks from your pain.

When it turns out

Finsa Thu 07-Apr-16 18:41:19

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MadamDeathstare Thu 07-Apr-16 18:42:03

That one did suck Kate. I was worrying all weekend about this poor woman. I guess, on the whole, I'm glad she was a troll because it would have been horrible for anyone to really go through what she claimed to be going through.

Kateontheweight Thu 07-Apr-16 18:44:14

I didn't realise people trolled about infant deaths for kicks, I thought they either

A. Made scenarios up for kicks that have twists and will certainly cause trouble, or

B. Make up sad stories, but only for financial gain (not kicks)

I'm clueless to how far people will really go :O wow

HackerFucker22 Thu 07-Apr-16 18:50:51

Hmmmm, I kind of agree. Although I also know there are people here whom are a lot nicer than I am and a lot less cynical. These are the people who will invest time and effort in a thread and I do understand why they feel personally affronted when it turns out to be a troll thread.

There are so many at the moment - I clicked on about 3 threads yesterday that I though "yeah right" and I clicked off.

I was trolled horribly years ago along with several other ladies on a pregnancy forum. Someone faked TTC, falling pregnant, then they faked an early labour and the death of the baby!! She was actually found out as she set up a second account to accuse herself of being a liar [don't ask] ... It was so fucking disturbing - the lengths this person went to was just terrifying as she was so plausible!! First inkling I had was when a moderator asked me not to send any personal details to X poster and within 24h it had been confirmed as a full on fake!!

HackerFucker22 Thu 07-Apr-16 18:56:52

Sorry posted too soon, meant to say that the outlandish trolls don't bother me.

The ones who take the time to create a fake online persona and gain the trust of others are on a different level though.

noeuf Thu 07-Apr-16 19:05:04

Kate this is weird I recognised your username because I just read your thread about being a pregnant teenager? And now you've posted about a troll teenage pregnancy? Is your other thread a joke? I just AS and only these two threads came up. Is it some odd in joke?

Sparklingbrook Thu 07-Apr-16 19:06:57

There are way more troll categories than your A) or B) unfortunately OP.

Kateontheweight Thu 07-Apr-16 19:07:47

noeuf no my other thread isn't a joke. I can see why you'd think that given the details of this thread but I was taking about a PBP of whom kept making up stories about school girls being pregnant.

Sorry if I confused anyone!

noeuf Thu 07-Apr-16 19:09:50

Oh ok, they were just started close together so I thought I'd missed something!

Kateontheweight Thu 07-Apr-16 19:12:49

noeuf I bet you thought you'd caught me like a bunny looking at headlights halo

noeuf Thu 07-Apr-16 19:14:13

No, I thought there was some weird game going on like Pairs

Sparklingbrook Thu 07-Apr-16 19:15:14

Have you been on MN long OP? You do after a while get to see all the different trolling that goes on and it does have a cummulative effect. sad

Kateontheweight Thu 07-Apr-16 19:18:29

I haven't been here long, no! I've used my Mums account before (she's a bit of an addict), and I have had an account in the past but forgot the details.

I've tried Netmums but had to leave the party because I was banned for calling someone a shitty parent for making their daughter wear make up for 'disco' at age 7 blush

Passmethecrisps Thu 07-Apr-16 19:20:41

I don't mind the daft ones which are obvious and silly.

The issue for me is when people get riled and start sharing really personal stuff and get upset.

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