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What is a troll and why are so many posts being removed/deleted by Mumsnet

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dikkertjedap Thu 04-Aug-11 00:37:58

in one of the threads in Unreasonable?

NetworkGuy Thu 04-Aug-11 10:46:03

deletions would most likely be because of 'personal' attacks made against a poster - racist etc comments are not tolerated, and bitchiness directed at anyone is invariably a 'reasonable cause'.

MNHQ rarely deletes whole threads, as their policy is to keep as much online as possible for potential benefit of someone searching for a particular topic.

Trolls are described > here < along with MNHQ's request to not be a troll-hunter but if you have suspicions, report a posting/ poster for them to investigate and deal with.

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 04-Aug-11 16:57:24

Thanks Network Guy - admirably put!

dikkertjedap Thu 04-Aug-11 21:21:06

Thanks, still not totally sure, does a troll uses somebody else's username? How is that possible as the name is clearly already taken?

ThePosieParker Thu 04-Aug-11 21:24:11

No, it could be someone just posting nasty or controversial posts for their own entertainment and not anything that's helpful to anyone.

So I could go onto ChickenKeepers and start saying that foxes are the best thing ever and it;s cruel to keep chickens, or go onto religion just to say God is blah blah and Allah is blah blah....

dikkertjedap Thu 04-Aug-11 21:53:39

Thanks for the clarification.

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