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To think too many people still feed trolls?

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PageStillNotFound404 Thu 04-Aug-16 08:29:18

By "trolls" I don't mean those who make up convoluted fabricated stories to suck people in. I mean the classic troll, the goady-fucker-to-the-max type, the obvious-troll-is-obvious who just posts the most provocative comments to try to get a rise out of people. And people engage with them! They might try to argue with them, they might berate them, they might try to poke fun at them. However they do it and however well-intentioned their engagement, all they're doing is satisfying the GF's agenda and giving them the attention they crave.

I know it's tempting to post a smart knockdown or a faux-pity "sad little troll" comment but even that simply plays into their hands. No publicity (/attention) is bad publicity for a troll. I long to see a thread where Obvious Troll starts metaphorically jumping up and down shouting "look at me!" and everyone just ignores them. And then quietly reports them to MNHQ.

CedarSpring Thu 04-Aug-16 08:30:19

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Tiggywinkler Thu 04-Aug-16 08:31:29


Although it is frustrating when you have reported about 19 of their posts since 7am, and they're still out there being twats.

Weedles Thu 04-Aug-16 08:32:37

YANBU. Can't say I haven't ever done it though invite always best to ignore really

PageStillNotFound404 Thu 04-Aug-16 08:33:29

Depends on your definition of fun, I guess.

I don't find it much fun trying to read a thread that's been hijacked by a troll, where someone has posted asking for advice and at least half the replies are focused on the troll rather than the poor OP.

TellMeSomethingNew Thu 04-Aug-16 08:34:26

Does it really matter in the grand scheme of things? confused

Dutchcourage Thu 04-Aug-16 08:34:43

Yep there is one being a top dick this morning. It's sad really that some one gets their kicks this way .

PageStillNotFound404 Thu 04-Aug-16 08:35:35

It is v frustrating Tiggy, but perhaps if more people took the "don't feed the troll" line and just ignored them from the off, they'd have got bored long before post 19?

UnikittyInHerBusinessSuit Thu 04-Aug-16 08:35:41

Yes, report and ignore is the best option. No matter how witty or insightful or devastating you think your putdown is, when it comes to this kind of troll you're still playing his game and achieving what he wants.

NeedACleverNN Thu 04-Aug-16 08:36:27

I'm cross about that poster who has been mentioned.

They have made some awful comments.

MNHQ have deleted for less. Why are they still standing?

acasualobserver Thu 04-Aug-16 08:36:36

I completely agree with you, OP. I also think people should stop starting or posting on troll post-mortem threads. Inevitably these mainly consist of people reporting how upset they are to discover they've been trolled thus providing the kind of feedback that will delight a troll even though her/his thread has been deleted.

McPie Thu 04-Aug-16 08:36:39

I reported this mornings one without commenting after opening two threads and finding the most goady comments I have seen on the site in a while. One thread they were ignored and never came back but on the other posters picked them up on it there were many comments from them so people please don't feed the troll just report.

PageStillNotFound404 Thu 04-Aug-16 08:38:03

Does anything on a message board really matter, TellMeSomethingNew?

PageStillNotFound404 Thu 04-Aug-16 08:40:41

Perhaps we could also avoid alluding to particular individuals? And stick to the general topic of how best to deal with trolls in the abstract? Otherwise this thread will end up giving them the same kind of satisfaction as people replying directly!

Sparklingbrook Thu 04-Aug-16 08:41:10

I have seen today's prize troll. I have reported, but didn't acknowledge them on the threads.

I think the 'I can't believe it was a troll' threads should be deleted quickly too.

ImOnMyTumbleTap Thu 04-Aug-16 08:41:35

"Don't feed the troll" just makes me think of people with a handful of bread and waving it at a small, troll-like thing. misses point of thread

UnikittyInHerBusinessSuit Thu 04-Aug-16 08:42:04

Especially if their actual username is "I'm a troll here to wind you up, please get cross and argue with me because that's exactly what I want". I know it's sometimes difficult to resist the urge to engage but honestly...

NeedACleverNN Thu 04-Aug-16 08:44:11


I want tea and cake

PageStillNotFound404 Thu 04-Aug-16 08:46:55

Any particular kind of cake, NeedACleverNN? A slice of Swiss troll, perhaps?

NeedACleverNN Thu 04-Aug-16 08:48:05

Swiss Troll grin well done! That was fab

UnexpectedBaggage Thu 04-Aug-16 08:48:13

Trolls don't bother .Troll-hunters, however, are Satan's children and very irritating.

UnexpectedBaggage Thu 04-Aug-16 08:48:35

*don't bother me

Sparklingbrook Thu 04-Aug-16 08:49:09

The 'no reply to reports' thing will make people less likely to report trolls. If you report with 'I think this is a troll'' you are not going to even get an acknowledgement or any indication anything is being looked into. So you have to keep an eye on the thread to see if the comments are deleted or not.

There was a big row in the office years ago because someone accused a colleague of messing with their troll's hair. The one that sat on top of their computer screen-looked a bit like the pic Need. grin

DonaldTrumpTriggersSJWlol Thu 04-Aug-16 08:51:18

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NeedACleverNN Thu 04-Aug-16 08:51:59

To be a fly on your wall that day Sparkling grin

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