Hellbanning - brilliant way to deal with trolls & abusive posters?

(30 Posts)
exexpat Sat 19-Jan-13 17:03:45

I saw this article yesterday which gives some novel ways to deal with trolls .

I particularly like the idea of 'hellbanning' - trolls aren't blocked from the site, but their posts are made invisible to everyone but themselves. So there they are, starting threads, posting inflammatory replies etc and gradually starting to wonder why everyone is ignoring them. Eventually even the thickest, most persistent troll would give up. A very effective way of enforcing 'don't feed the troll'.

Worth a try, MNHQ?

Pinot Mon 21-Jan-13 20:07:56

But they would realise in no time at all, enjoy the challenge and just re-reg as they do now. Nothing would change.

It would work for 5 minutes.

MrsWembley Mon 21-Jan-13 19:40:53

Like this idea too. I get so fed up of posters troll-baiting and getting deleted and then investing time and energy into their threads too. It would be lovely if this was already in action on known trolls starting threads and being ignored.

<satisfied smirk emoticon>

Sunnywithshowers Sun 20-Jan-13 22:20:46

Hellbanning sounds awesome.

exexpat Sat 19-Jan-13 19:31:06

No, I'm definitely not expatinscotland - she's still around under the same name, afaik. There are a few of us around with expat-related names, but I think we're all generally different enough (posting styles, topics we hang out on) that it shouldn't be too confusing most of the time. I hope not, anyway.

IamtheZombie Sat 19-Jan-13 19:20:42

Zombie whispers: hide poster

Only joking!! grin

<< Runs away >>

It would be MNHQ administering their own version of Hide Poster.

amillionyears Sat 19-Jan-13 19:18:48

I will try and remember! thanks.

Pinot Sat 19-Jan-13 19:13:40

Not expatinscotland afaik

amillionyears Sat 19-Jan-13 19:11:58

Like the link.
exexpat, I have often wondered if you are expatinscotland?
I have thought yes, then no, then yes, then no.
Pleease tell me!

Pinot Sat 19-Jan-13 19:00:55

Like a fart in a steamy bathroom, Screamin. They just won't go away.

Not quite, Bof, but either one will clear your tubes a treat.

Screaminabdabs Sat 19-Jan-13 18:47:27

Do they?

LesBOFerables Sat 19-Jan-13 18:45:10

Is that the same as crystal meth, BeerTricks? <perks up>

Pinot Sat 19-Jan-13 18:34:14

If its so complicated, why do so many fucking irritating trolls and banned posts sleep coming back?

HecateWhoopass Sat 19-Jan-13 18:32:20

God knows. I thought it was fairly simple.

I don't know that a lot of them wouldn't view it as a challenge, tbh.

Screaminabdabs Sat 19-Jan-13 17:48:25

Afaik it's not that easy to mess about with different ISPs, different laptops etc. Why would they bother if the website doesn't give them the reaction they want? They'd go elsewhere, wouldn't they? And that's what we want - isn't it???

HecateWhoopass Sat 19-Jan-13 17:42:20

But the trolls would know about this and so when they didnet get a reaction, would it not be the first thing that crossed their mind? Leading to them just reregistering with a different email address?

Inhaling menthol crystal vapour is good for colds, Bof.

LesBOFerables Sat 19-Jan-13 17:37:31

<taps side of nose>

ivykaty44 Sat 19-Jan-13 17:35:02

testing..?

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Sat 19-Jan-13 17:27:16

exexpat

Pinot, the whole point is that they wouldn't know they'd been hellbanned as no one would tell them. Of course they could reregister etc if they realised, but they might just give up on MN as a boring place where no one rises to the bait. For all we know, MNHQ could be doing it already.

Indeed. We could be. Or we could be about to be. Or we could have read this and thought what a good idea.

In every case, probably the least said on this subject the better, eh?

Screaminabdabs Sat 19-Jan-13 17:23:27

Fantastic.

Pinot Sat 19-Jan-13 17:18:53

But they'd only need about five minutes to realise it.

exexpat Sat 19-Jan-13 17:18:18

Pinot, the whole point is that they wouldn't know they'd been hellbanned as no one would tell them. Of course they could reregister etc if they realised, but they might just give up on MN as a boring place where no one rises to the bait. For all we know, MNHQ could be doing it already.

Foggles Sat 19-Jan-13 17:12:53

I am worrying that I may have been slowbanned as it takes ages for MN pages to load.

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