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why do some people troll and how does mnhq weed them out ?

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mrsfuzzy Sun 24-Jul-16 17:51:43

a huge thread has been deleted today due to consensus at mnhq the poster had been previously banned, how does mn work out these things when a lot of us lovely peeps get pulled in ? why on earth do trolls do what they do and what do they get out of it, sorry being a bit naive i guess.

ElsaAintAsColdAsMe Sun 24-Jul-16 17:54:56

They absolutely shouldn't tell us how they figure things out, then the trolls will get more sly.

I have just about stopped commenting on child loss threads now unless I recognise the poster, there has been far too much trolling about it and I'm never sure if I'm helping or giving my personal story for someone's kicks.

Holdtheslaw Sun 24-Jul-16 17:57:38

What that was fake? I was just looking for that thread!

Cutecat78 Sun 24-Jul-16 18:00:22

It's a bit sad really isn't it?

I don't get why people do it.

AIBU can be a bit mean sometimes but there were some really lovely sensible replies on that thread.

I really feel for anyone who contributed.

mrsfuzzy Sun 24-Jul-16 18:06:09

elsa yes, of course you are right about not saying, as far as the thread went i have felt so sorry for some of the posters on here today.

MrsTerryPratchett Sun 24-Jul-16 18:08:58


<taps nose>

Arfarfanarf Sun 24-Jul-16 18:10:13

Which one was that?

People troll for all sorts of reasons.
To be a cunt. To take the piss. For money (there's always a sucker who will paypal a complete stranger on the basis of an internet sob story). For attention. Etc.

Mnhq wont say how they can tell. Truth is they cannot tell if someone is telling the truth.

I am wearing a blue top today. Prove that's true or false by my isp or other techie stuff.

You can't.

All they can do is find out inconsistancies and some techie stuff that links to it being the same person who's previously pulled some shit.

But there will be loads of trolls and billy bullshitters flying under the radar.

WellErrr Sun 24-Jul-16 18:10:14

What was the thread?

People troll for all sorts of reasons.

THirdEeye Sun 24-Jul-16 18:13:04

Which thread? I'm looking for one I lurked on, but can't find it now.

Iguessyourestuckwithme Sun 24-Jul-16 18:15:37

It has to be the photo of the daughter one

mrsfuzzy Sun 24-Jul-16 18:15:55

the domineering mil trying to take over gc after she 'lost her own child 30 yrs previously'.

Dontyoulovecalpol Sun 24-Jul-16 18:16:30

What arf said. Some trolls are sad and lonely: some immature: a few dangerous people you probably don't want to get involved in IRL.

MN don't "know"- they just add up the clues. They can't find trolls they're not specifically looking for

ailith Sun 24-Jul-16 18:18:26

One of the stealth-bragging threads disappeared but that was not today. Maybe the deluded OP asked for it to be pulled.

NeedACleverNN Sun 24-Jul-16 18:21:12

Ah that one.

I didn't even bother to post on it. It sounded so unreal it couldn't be true

hollyisalovelyname Sun 24-Jul-16 18:21:24

I commented on the MIL and grandchild thread.
I said that the mil needed counselling.
Oops blush
Perhaps the troll needs to.

acasualobserver Sun 24-Jul-16 18:37:40

Threads like this are just more troll food.

NeedACleverNN Sun 24-Jul-16 18:42:12

Don't be embarassed holly

Everyone is caught out at least once

SpuriouserAndSpuriouser Sun 24-Jul-16 18:47:12

I knew that one was fake! I must be developing a trolldar.

But yes, MNHQ should definitely not share their reasoning with us. And holly I think that troll probably does need counselling.

callherwillow Sun 24-Jul-16 18:48:04

Well, occasionally MN do make the wrong call. In general though, trolling is done by:

- compulsive liars, who may or may not lie in RL. These are often to be pitied.

- hypothetical situations. I have to admit, I've sort of done the same,not in an actual troll form but I might start a thread in baby names about my favourite names to get an overview. No one minds that in BN but elsewhere on mumsnet, they do. So for instance, I might be thinking, idly, about my friends or something that happened a few years ago but if I said 'this happened in 2008 and ...' I'd be struck down with 'overthinking' accusations or if I dared to admit it was about a friend I'd be flamed for being a bad friend or over involved or something.

- novel writers

- bored people.

I agree at times some weird threads vanish and I think 'really? You really trolled about THAT?' grin

NavyandWhite Sun 24-Jul-16 18:53:22

That thread had ' this is bullshit and I'm going to try and put every sensitive subject in it and see how many of you suckers bite ' all over it.

My comment on that was ' unbelievable ' because it was.

Wake up people. Stop falling for this shit.

mrgrouper Sun 24-Jul-16 19:43:19

Perhaps they check the IP address.

mrgrouper Sun 24-Jul-16 19:45:24

Oh and I had no clue that thread was fake. I am too trusting.

Hassled Sun 24-Jul-16 19:49:31

The motivation thing baffles me - I answered a completely bland "what do you think my dog's called?" thread a week or so ago, and then answered something about someone who'd lost her sense of smell. Both quite dull, nothing sensational - both trolls, both threads deleted. Why the fuck would you want to troll about that?

CaptainCrunch Sun 24-Jul-16 19:51:44

That thread was troll central, it never ceases to amaze me how gullible some mn members are when they fall for that grief porn shite time and again.

ElsaAintAsColdAsMe Sun 24-Jul-16 19:55:19

The troll on the thread op is on about thanked people for sharing their painful stories of their losses to help her. Sick bastard was obviously getting kicks out of reading people's experiences of their children dying.

It's so difficult now, I never used to question when someone came on here and told us about their child dying, I would always offer my experience and hopefully words of comfort and there was about 4 or 5 other who always did the same.

Now hardly any of us post on those threads which is a real shame as 9/10 times they will be genuine and people who really need support are missing out.

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