This might turn into a bit of a ramble and a bit of a rant. This is my first posting for a couple of months and my first lengthy spell surfing the site for almost as long. I'm puzzled at the way some of you seem to deal with trolls or perhaps I should say suspected trolls. I read many commercial and non-commercial newsgroups and I cannot think of a single unmoderated group and only one moderated group where trolls don't post. But what I don't see on these other sites is such a tiny sub group so grossly over-reacting to trolls. On Mumsnet the same few people seem to post their suspicions and then "run to teacher" (where teacher = Mumsnet HQ) again and again and again. But if you read other threads on Mumsnet people fairly overwhelmingly express negative views on these "troll hunters" but the hunters just go with their campaigning. Why not just accept the majority view on this matter?
Eg, other posters have explained clearly, calmly and well exactly what the dangers are in the "automatic suspicion about a first posting" reaction. Talk about falling on deaf ears . People might turn to Mumsnet in a moment of crisis only to get savaged by this tiny clique. For clique it is.
If you are not happy about a thread ignore it. The rest of us are big boys and girls well able to make our own decisions on veracity, participation or boycott or whatever. If one genuine poster runs away because of your antics or if one useful thread, even if started by a troll, gets terminated because of your obsession with trolls then the community as a whole is the loser. I find your actions both selfish and unwanted.
This is not the kind of "community" where people are not allowed to express minority views. You clearly have a strange view of how a community should operate, if you believe that those with an unpopular view should just "shut up" because others don't agree with them.
Just a tad curious how one of the worst (previously unnamed) culprits leaps to the defence of her actions, repeats her actions and hence proves my point so much better than I could ever manage. Curious too that it is soooooo soon after the intial posting. Just how much time do you spend here??
When will the rest of your little group appear. In about as long as it takes you to log off and log back on again I suspect
Ah bless are you cross cos all us "little women" are not listening to you?? You know what - piss off And why post this in "relationships", do you know this is where the most vulnerable members will be??
I will try again. In my opinion and by reading other threads in the opinion of other people the small group of troll hunters that exists on Mumsnet do more harm than good.
I don't expect them to stop but if, for example, I was to seek out their posts and follow each one up with "Ignore **, her views are only representative of a tiny number of Mumsnet viewers" I predict that their support for "everybody has the right to post what they want" might start to flag!
And yes, I am on here on and off most days. I don't really go on other "newsgroups" though, and I don't repeatededly make up stories. Go and shit that then, and see who's sadder. I am extending you an invitation to give up now- you are too easy to spot.